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Sally Ride's niece, Caitlin Ride, from left, nephew Whitney Scott, Susan Craig (Karen Ride's spouse), Karen 'Bear' Ride and Joyce Ride (seated) visit Washington, D.C., for Medal of Freedom ceremony. SUBMITTED PHOTO

First woman in space had roots in DL

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Sally Ride, the first American woman in space and NASA’s youngest astronaut, had roots that reached back to this area.

Sally’s mother Joyce Ride grew up in Detroit Lakes and is the daughter of Andy Anderson, who was a prominent DL businessman.


This past weekend, Joyce, and Sally’s sister Karen “Bear” Ride were back in town visiting, and sat down to discuss the memories and legacy that Sally left behind.

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