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Otter, soon to be 4 years old, is one of the most accomplished dogs at Thunderstruck Retrievers. He made it to the final round of the open at the 2013 Golden Retriever Club of America National Specialty, along with Forman; placed second in the qualifying level at National Specialty; and received his master hunt title and qualified all age this summer. (Contributed)

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Life has gone to the dogs for Todd and Benita Otterness of Lowry. When their kids, Amanda, Jacob and Levi, were grown and out of the house, the Otternesses decided to take their love of golden retrievers (goldens) to a new level by competing in field trials, events in which hunting dogs compete against one another.


“We decided we were going to fill our empty nest with dogs,” Benita said with a smile.

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Jessica Sly
Jessica Sly has been working as a content writer at the Echo Press since May 2012, contributing, proofreading and editing content for both the Echo and Osakis Review. A Wadena native, she graduated from Verndale High School in 2009 and worked that summer at the Wadena Pioneer Journal as an intern reporter. She attended Northwestern College in St. Paul (now the University of Northwestern - St. Paul), where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in writing and a minor in Bible. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the piano (and learning the violin), reading, writing novels, going to the movies, and exploring Alexandria.
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