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Corey Loesch, back, is pictured with Cody Ellsworth. Corey won the bicycle in the photo following a drawing at Coborn's Superstore. The bike was too small for Loesch, so he gave it to Cody, his friend and neighbor.

Paying it forward

News Hastings,Minnesota 55033
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Paying it forward
Hastings Minnesota 745 Spiral Boulevard 55033

Early Monday morning, the phone rang at Corey Loesch's house.

The caller had good news.

It was Coborn's Superstore calling. Corey, age 12, had won a bicycle in a drawing as part of the grocery store's Kids' Week.

The bad news for Corey was that the bike was too small for him.

The solution was right outside his door, where 4-year-old Cody Ellsworth and Corey often play.

Cody also had a bike that was too small for him.

That's no longer the case.

Corey gave Cody the shiny and bright Mongoose dirt bike. No strings attached.

"His bike was really small and he needed a bigger one," Corey said. "He was the first one I thought of. He gave me a hug and said 'Thanks.'"

Corey's mother, Kelly, was proud of her son for thinking of his neighborhood friend.

"I thought it was really cool," she said.

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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