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Mackenzie Wilkinson, 10, of Belfield, leaves the water at Patterson Lake near Dickinson on Thursday. Wilkinson was camping at the park with her grandparents when the soon-to-be birthday girl managed to save a young boy from drowning in the lake on Tuesday.

Life saver: 10-year-old out for first swim of the season saves 2-year-old at Patterson Lake

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Ten-year-old Mackenzie Wilkinson managed to save a little boy from drowning on Tuesday, despite never having taken a formal swimming lesson in her life.

She was swimming for the first time this season at Patterson Lake near Dickinson when she noticed a small child, around age 2, face down in the water wearing a lifejacket.

She snapped to action, grabbing her pool noodle and urging the young one to grab on.

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Katherine Grandstrand
I graduated from Bemidji State University in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in mass communcations, from Columbia College Chicago in 2009 with a master's degree in journalism.  
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