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Mike Vanderhagen of Bird Island, right, and Ella Gustafson, 4, third from left, exchange smiles Monday after Nate Kopel, second from left, gave Ella and her brother, Zachary, 6, a short motorcycle ride. Kopel and Vanderhagen are helping with the Let's Ride Minnesota event. They stopped by the roadside stand that Susan Gustafson and her children set up alongside U.S. Highway 212 in Sacred Heart. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

Three words put mom, children on roadside for Let's Ride

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SACRED HEART -- Three words explain why Susan Gustafson and her four young children can be found under the hot, summer sun in a roadside stand this week, hawking T-shirts and waving down motorcyclists on their way to the Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, S.D.

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"Genetic, terminal illness'' are the words on the report handed to her six days after the birth of her youngest child, Ella.

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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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