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Runner carries flag in Fargo Marathon for fallen soldier

Published 05/08/2009, Grand Forks Herald

Kurt Philion was a longtime runner, but he had resisted pleas to join his sister in running a half-marathon. Thirteen-plus miles was too far, he said. But sister Nikki persisted. So, he half-relented. “I will only do it if there is a good reason to,” he said. That good reason came Dec. 2, 2006, when hometown friend Corey Rystad of Red Lake Falls, Minn., was killed in Iraq.

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