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Kristal Dahlager recently received her Minnesota driver’s license, and now is recruiting friends to vote for her in an online contest in which she could receive a specially equipped vehicle. It would give her the freedom to drive herself to work and to visit friends and family without relying on others. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

West central Minnesota woman hopes for greater independence

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SACRED HEART — No time was more trying for Kristal Dahlager than the final years of high school.

Her friends were involved in sports and activities, had their driver’s licenses, access to vehicles and the independence to go, go and go.

“It was a hard time for me, not because of other people but because of my disability,’’ said Dahlager. “I kind of focused on it too much instead of what I could do.’’

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
(320) 214-4335
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