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Larry Pearson, Jean Martin-Hampton and Fred Bursch at the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum, Martin boat motor induction gathering on September 26 in Alexandria. (Echo Press photo by Crystal Dey)

A sign from olden times - museum collection propelled donation

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Sometimes things happen for a reason. This summer when Jean Martin-Hampton was visiting Ozzie Groethe in Alexandria, she saw a sign - hanging at the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum.


Jean and her husband Kent Hampton, from Brooklyn Park, were touring the museum when she spied something that brought back childhood memories, a Martin Outboard Motors sign. Jean's father, George Martin, founded Martin Motors in the 1940s.

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Crystal Dey

Crystal Dey is a staff reporter for the Echo Press. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey worked for newspapers in North Dakota, Florida and Connecticut before returning to her home state to join the Echo Press in October 2011. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Staff Reporter Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.

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