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The Mike Fern Benefit drew an estimated 3,000 people who came to support the Fern Family. Pictured (from left) Joan Forsythe, Mike Fern's sister; Katie Evenson, Mike Fern's niece; and Nate Fern, Mike Fern's son. (Submitted Photos)

Fern benefit a 'success'

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A Sunday, July 14, benefit for former St. Croix Central coach Mike Fern, who has battled cancer for years, was deemed a success by event organizers.


Terri Jo Hartung, who organized the event with Lisa Hawkins, Tera Hinzman and Sue Frank, said the benefit exceeded her expectations.

"It went unbelieveable," she said. Hartung said she and her fellow event-coordinators had been expecting a large crowd.

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Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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