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Maurice "Boomer" McGrath's daughters and ex-wife visit him at Deer Crest where he resides in the Garden View Memory Care unit. McGrath was diagnosed with dementia about four years ago and moved into the senior housing development just this year. From left are Cheryl Key, Boomer, Shirley McGrath and Cindy McGrath.

Those fighting Alzheimer's show their dedication

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Red Wing has held a "Walk to End Alzheimer's" for more than 15 years straight, but the event that usually brings out large crowds saw a bleak year in the past when winter arrived earlier than expected.

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Red Wing Alzheimer's Committee co-chair Lona Bignell -- whose mom suffered from Alzheimer's -- remembered the venue for the walk looking especially empty because the cold and snow had struck.

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