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Along with her Chihuahua, Skippy, Oregon native and truck driver Jonnie Castens peers into the distance outside the Ramada Grand Dakota Hotel in Dickinson on Jan. 21.

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Two years ago Jonnie Cassens couldn’t have imagined she would be the focus of a video appearing on the website of America’s most-read newspaper.

Living in Oregon, broke and fresh from burying her grandfather, Cassens was looking to start a new chapter in her life.

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Bryan Horwath
A Wisconsin native, Horwath has been covering news in the Oil Patch of North Dakota since 2012. Horwath currently serves as the senior agriculture and political reporter for The Dickinson Press and, despite the team's tendency to always let him down, remains a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan.
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