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Brainerd Sertomans Mary Marana (left) and Patty Hartman were checking bulbs at the Winter Wonderland holiday lighting display Tuesday night at the Northland Arboretum. Marana and Hartman are both affiliated with Crisis Line, one of the charities ...

Brainerd Sertomans Mary Marana (left) and Patty Hartman were checking bulbs at the Winter Wonderland holiday lighting display Tuesday night at the Northland Arboretum. Marana and Hartman are both affiliated with Crisis Line, one of the charities that benefit from the annual lighting array which begins on Thanksgiving from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
Brainerd Sertomans Mary Marana (left) and Patty Hartman were checking bulbs at the Winter Wonderland holiday lighting display Tuesday night at the Northland Arboretum. Marana and Hartman are both affiliated with Crisis Line, one of the charities that benefit from the annual lighting array which begins on Thanksgiving from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls

Brainerd Sertomans Mary Marana (left) and Patty Hartman were checking bulbs at the Winter Wonderland holiday lighting display Tuesday night at the Northland Arboretum. Marana and Hartman are both affiliated with Crisis Line, one of the charities that benefit from the annual lighting show which begins on Thanksgiving from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls

I was raised on a farm in western Minnesota where I participated in 4-H, high school sports, and everything that farm kids do for fun after chores. Graduated from Ridgewater Community College with an AA degree and my first taste of newspapering. I worked a summer on the Ortonville Independent as a reporter and photographer.
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