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Patti Riebold (center), executive director of the Connecting Connection in Red Wing, has teamed with cousins Felix Daubige (left) and Paul Thea (right) to send donated medical supplies to Guinea starting this summer. (Republican Eagle photo by Michael Brun)

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Though they were born decades apart and on different continents, Patti Riebold and Felix Daubige have at least one thing in common — both were raised by families that taught the importance of compassion.


“I grew up watching my parents help people they don’t even know,” said Daubige, describing his upbringing in the West African nation of Guinea. He said they would freely take in travelers looking for a place to stay.

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Michael Brun
Michael Brun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program. He has worked for the Republican Eagle since March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. 
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