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Susan Fedorko, bears a striking facial resemblance to her birth mother, Catherine Dahmen. Submitted Photo

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Though she never got the chance to meet her biological parents, adoptee Susan Smith Fedorko counts herself as lucky.

A Native American by birth -- her father, Tom Conklin, was an enrolled member of the White Earth Band of Chippewa, who spent at least some of his childhood in the White Earth area -- Fedorko was adopted by a Caucasian family as an infant, and raised in Minneapolis with her two adoptive siblings.


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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.
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