After successfully raffling off a quilt during last year’s Heritage Days, a Knife River cancer survivor is back at it again this year, hoping to raise even more money for research and treatment of the rare chordoma cancer.
There was the girl at Friday’s street dance who let the music enter her soul and spit it back out with dancing that could only make you smile and be a little jealous of her abandoning any notions of care for what those watching might have thought.
Karen Hermanson is literally “one in a million.” The Knife River resident was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer called chordoma in 2005. It has an incidence rate of one case per million people. Only 300 Americans are affected by chordoma each year.
Alice Iversen couldn’t stand watching her father walk five miles to work everyday and her family scraping to come up with the $80 per month tuition and $20 bus fare it took to send her to the private Duluth Cathedral High School. So, without telling her parents, she transferred to Duluth Central for her senior year.
Cheryl Sundstrom’s secret is out. She’s a big Elvis fan. That may be why she’s hopping around town like a school girl this week after the Two Harbors Heritage Days organizer landed a big headliner for the Saturday stage show.
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