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Brainerd Dispatch Reporter Chelsey Perkins On Crow Wing County Commissioner Paul Koering "Thankful for life after COVID-19 scare"

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Courtesy of Brainerd Dispatch Crow Wing County Commissioner Paul Koering spent six days in the intensive care unit at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. He drove himself to the hospital Nov. 1, 2021, after caring for himself at home for 12 days. Contributed

Chelsey Perkins is a reporter at the Brainerd Dispatch who covers local government like Crow Wing County board meetings. Last week she heard from Commissioner Paul Koering - now in his 3rd term - about his scare with COVID-19 and his change of opinion - of both the vaccine as well as how he governs in the future.

"These are the health care professionals that know what they’re
doing. They know the treatment we should have, and the vaccination we should have. And you have to rely on them."

— Crow Wing County Commissioner Paul Koering

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Heidi Holtan has worked at KAXE/KBXE for over 20 years. She currently helms the Morning Show as News and Public Affairs Director. Heidi is a regional correspondent for WDSE/WRPT's Duluth Public Television’s Almanac North. In 2018 Heidi received the “Building Bridges in Media” award from the Islamic Resource Group for her work on KAXE/KBXE hosting conversations about anti-Muslim movements in rural Minnesota.
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