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Heather Russell reads to toddlers at the Pleasant Hill Library Tuesday morning. She volunteers as a reader at the library every week. The 25-year-old Hastings woman lives with dystonia. A benefit is planned to raise money to fight the disease. It is Feb. 12.

Life as a marionette: Dystonia controls Heather Russell's body

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Heather Russell of Hastings spends her life in a battle against her body.

She wants it to do one thing.

It wants to do another.


And every day, her body wins.

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Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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