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Kelly Stone, longtime journalist in Minnesota, North Dakota, dies at 52

Kelly Stone, formerly the news director for Paul Bunyan Broadcasting, has died, Paul Bunyan Broadcasting reported Friday, May 23, 2014. Stone was a longtime area journalist, having also worked in Fargo and Grand Forks, N.D. She was 52-years-old. (Pioneer file photo)

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Kelly Stone, formerly the news director for Paul Bunyan Broadcasting, has died, the company reported Friday. She was 52.

Stone was diagnosed with Stage IV ovarian cancer in 2011. After a brief remission she learned it returned in 2013.

"When I was first diagnosed ... I would go out walking, and I would find myself just staring at the ground," she told the Bemidji Pioneer in October. "All of the sudden I realized, 'This is not good. Look up, let's look at the people who are walking by, the kids that are having fun, laughing ... realize that there's other people out there.'"

Stone graduated from Bemidji State University with a degree in mass communications and acquired a career's worth of reporting as a radio, TV and print journalist for news outlets all across the Midwest, including stops in Fargo and Grand Forks, N.D.

"Initially I thought I was going to be a newspaper reporter, but the job openings were just a little more plentiful in radio when I graduated," she said in 2013.

In 2010, Stone began working as the news director at Paul Bunyan Broadcasting. Her last day at work was April 30.

"It's going to be a chronic thing, probably for the rest of my life," she told the Pioneer then about her cancer battle. "We phrase our goals in very simple terms: 'I want to be able to work, I want to be able to do things with my family, so let's see if we can find a combination of treatments that will allow me to do that for as long as possible.' "

Funeral arrangements are pending with Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home.

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