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Erma Iverson adopted the abandoned dog, Crackers, when he wandered onto her rural property in the Minnesota River Valley in 2005. He’s been a constant and life-saving companion ever since. (Submitted photo)

A hero for the keeping: Abandoned as puppy, dog’s loyalty proved life-saving to woman who adopted him


WILLMAR — He arrived unexpectedly one summer day in 2005 as a ragged looking, dirty and skinny orphan.

One week ago, he looked absolutely regal as more than 400 people applauded as a medal proclaiming him a hero was ceremoniously placed around his neck.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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