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Sandy Lia, at right, with close friend Nettie Momb (center), a resident at Ecumen-Emmanuel Nursing Home, and Nettie’s daughter Linda Wiedewitsch, trainer and founder of the Patriot Assistance Dogs (P.A.D.) program, along with P.A.D. service dog Zoey. Lia, the fund development director at Ecumen, was recently honored for her volunteer work with the P.A.D. program. VICKI GERDES/DL NEWSPAPERS

Lia honored for work with Patriot Assistance Dogs

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In her work as the fund development coordinator at Ecumen-Detroit Lakes, Sandy Lia often spends much of her time planning and coordinating publicity campaigns, fundraisers, and other special events for Ecumen.

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So when Patriot Assistance Dogs (P.A.D.) program founder and trainer Linda Wiedewitsch was looking for a way to honor the program’s first-year graduating teams in 2012, Lia offered to help.

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
(218) 844-1454
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