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At the College of St. Scholastica Duluth campus last summer, Lydia Grommish and her mother, Adrienne, posed for a photo to capture a life achievement when Lydia was dropped off to begin college. “It was terrifying, exhilarating, everything,” Lydia said. (Contributed)

Homeless, not hopeless

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Lydia Grommish was homeless, not hopeless.

The young woman went from not having toilet paper to starting her second year of college this fall on a full-ride, academic scholarship.


Hers is a success story and she credits her survival and success to a persistent mother, hard work and access to the food shelf at school.


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Amy Chaffins
Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz
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