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Rex Kent stands with one of his four horses, Socks. Socks is the horse Emma usually rides when she comes over.

Granting wishes the western way

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Rex Kent of Denmark Township knows what kind of effect horses can have on people, especially children. He had them when he was younger, he watches his daughter work with their four horses, and he also gets to see 7-year-old Emma Phillips of Wyoming, Minn., find in horses the strength to battle cancer.


"There's something so calming and almost magical between children and horses," Kent said.

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Katrina Styx
Katrina Styx has been a reporter for the Hastings Star Gazette since 2010. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in journalism from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. Prior to coming to Hastings, Katrina reported for weekly newspapers in Jordan, Minn., and River Falls, Wis.
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