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LIZ SHANER talks with Oak Crossing patient Marilyn Billings of Park Rapids during an occupational therapy session. Billings had total knee replacement the week before. Shaner started out as a certified nursing assistant, a job she said is a great start to any career in the health field, and now works as an occupational therapist.

Hardest job you'll ever love

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When Steve Puyear became a dislocated worker, he wondered what his next step would be for income.

The 54-year-old former lawn service worker prayed about it and came up with a solution that he describes as "the best job ever."


Puyear now works as a certified nursing assistant at Essentia Health St. Mary's, a job he started about a year ago and couldn't be happier doing.

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