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Leonard Hedlund told his mom he was gay when he was 17 years old as a senior at New Richmond High School.

Was it a big surprise? Not so much.


"I had a Pocahontas cake when I was 5 for my birthday," he said.

His folks didn't make an issue of it. They said, "It's your life. We're going to love you no matter what."

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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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