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Vernon Conrad to kick off Fun Fest parade

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When Vernon Conrad was named New Richmond’s 2013 Citizen of the Year, he didn’t realize the title came with Fun Fest grand marshal duties.

It wasn’t until he read the article about himself in the New Richmond News that he discovered the added responsibility.

“Oh was I happy,” he said.

Conrad, a developmentally disabled adult, immediately contacted Wally Lind, who, along with his wife Esther, acts as Conrad’s legal guardian, to tell him about the honor.

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Jackie Grumish
Jackie Grumish has been a reporter with the New Richmond News since 2008. She holds degrees in journalism and fine art from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Before coming to New Richmond, Jackie worked as the city government reporter at a daily newspaper in Aberdeen, S.D. 
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