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Sandy Brecht was named this year's Heartland Award winner. Brecht said it was a complete surprise, albeit a pleasant one.

Sandy Brecht has 'biggest heart' in Hammond

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This year's "biggest heart" award was given with much applause, and many hugs of congratulations, to Sandy Brecht of Hammond.

Brecht said she feels very humble and honored to receive this award, which is presented during Hammond Heartland Days. She said winning the award was "shocking and surprising."


"In a good way," Brecht said. "It's always nice to win."

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Gretta Stark
Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.
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