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The frigid and fast-moving waters of the Mississippi River almost claimed the life of an 8-year-old cinnamon Lab owned by Steve and Kathy Olsen of rural Brainerd earlier this month.


Without the efforts of a helpful neighbor, John Carlson, the Olsens might have spent the holidays mourning the loss of Walker, their cherished Lab.

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Mike O'Rourke
Mike O'Rourke began his career at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. He was named city editor in 1981 and associate editor in 1999. He covers politics and writes features and editorials.
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