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September 12, 2013

Former Nicollet County commissioner dies

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Hanson had a deep sense of emphathy, Schott said.

"She had a really big heart, a really big heart. You could see her dab her eyes if she heard about somebody being hurt."

But she also knew how to have fun, playing with grandkids, listening to country music and joining Schott in dragging their husbands to dances featuring '50s-era bands like the White Sidewalls Rock 'n' Roll Revue.

Then came a pair of strokes in the past five months, one that Hanson was determined to recover from and a second that was debilitating.

"It was amazing to see her lay still there these last few weeks, and I sat with her many hours," Schott said. "I realized how hard it must have been not to move, because she was always moving."

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