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Katelyn Gierke (second from left) is pictured with her siblings (left to right) Ryan, Robyn and Abby, and friend Julaine, while vacationing in Orlando, Florida this past February. (Contributed)

Reward turns tragic on the slopes

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What was meant to be a reward for good academic performance turned into a traumatic experience for a local teenager and her family recently.


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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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