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Larry and Joan Holverson of Alexandria have been dealing with Larry's Parkinson's disease for about seven years. They've received a lot of help and support from local Neurofit classes and a Parkinson's support group. (Photo by Tara Bitzan)

'Busy and active and socially happy' despite Parkinson's diagnosis

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After 33 years of harried deadlines and countless evenings and weekends spent covering area sporting events, Larry Holverson was looking forward to retirement.

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But his vision of what retirement looked like changed considerably just two weeks before he wrapped up his career. In May 2007, the Echo Press sports editor was told he had Parkinson's disease (PD).

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Tara Bitzan
Tara Bitzan is editor of the Echo Press. She joined the company in 1991 as a news reporter. A lifelong resident of Douglas County, Tara graduated from Brandon High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications and English with a minor in Scandinavian Studies from Moorhead State University. She and her husband, Dennis, and their children live near Alexandria.
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