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Lois Burnes catches her breath before accepting the 2012 Amos Owen Award from Barb von Haaren. The Red Wing Human Rights Commission honors someone every year during the Diversity Festival for promoting justice and equality for all people.

Burnes earns Amos Owen Award

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Lois Burnes was helping children create paper fans at the far end of Central Park during Saturday's Red Wing Diversity Festival. When the time came for the Amos Owen Award, she heard bits and pieces about the recipient as wind, crowd noise and children's conversation competed with the sound system.


"Oh, that sounds like someone may be doing some good," she said to herself and kept working.

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Anne Jacobson
Anne Jacobson has been editor of the Republican Eagle since December 2003. 
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