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Rally planned in support of beating victim


When Justin Doerfler read about Sunday’s brutal assault in downtown Brainerd — an assault law officers believe was racially motivated — he said Thursday he felt he should have been there to help the 53-year-old black victim, Willie Navy.

“I’ve got (racially) mixed family myself,” said Doerfler, an Army National Guard veteran who served 10 1/2 months in Afghanistan and returned home last June.

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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