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Kristyn Osterhaus, 18, of Paynesville, is all smiles Tuesday as she meets a service dog named Pablo during an event at Cub Foods in Willmar. Pablo is part of Canine Assistants, a nonprofit organization that provides free service dogs to people with disabilities. Osterhaus, who was severly injured following a motor vehicle accident last year, has been selected to receive a dog through the program. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Disabled Paynesville teen to receive service dog

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Kristyn Osterhaus, 18, broke into a wide smile Tuesday as Pablo, a 4-year-old service dog, retrieved a set of car keys and dropped them in her lap. Next year Kristyn will have a trained service dog of her own to fetch, open and close doors, turn on lights and be a constant companion.

"I'm very, very excited," she said.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at http://healthbeat.areavoices.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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