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Kelly Stone, former <i>Agweek</i> staff writer, dies

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Kelly Stone, formerly the news director for Paul Bunyan Broadcasting, has died, Paul Bunyan Broadcasting reported Friday. She was 52 years old.

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Kelly Stone, formerly the news director for Paul Bunyan Broadcasting, has died, Paul Bunyan Broadcasting reported Friday. She was 52 years old.

Funeral arrangements are pending with Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home.

Stone was diagnosed with Stage IV ovarian cancer in 2011. After a brief remission she learned it returned in 2013.

Stone had been an Agweek staff writer from the late 1990s until 2007.

"When I was first diagnosed ... I would go out walking, and I would find myself just staring at the ground," she told the Pioneer in October 2013. "All of the sudden I realized, 'This is not good. Look up, let's look at the people who are walking by, the kids that are having fun, laughing ... realize that there's other people out there.'"

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Stone graduated from BSU with a degree in mass communications and acquired a career's worth of reporting as a radio, TV and print journalist for news outlets all across the Midwest.

"Initially I thought I was going to be a newspaper reporter but the job openings were just a little more plentiful in radio when I graduated," she said in 2013.

In 2010, Stone began working as the news director at Paul Bunyan Broadcasting. Her last day at work was April 30.

"It's going to be a chronic thing, probably for the rest of my life," she told the Pioneer then about her cancer battle. "We phrase our goals in very simple terms: 'I want to be able to work, I want to be able to do things with my family, so let's see if we can find a combination of treatments that will allow me to do that for as long as possible.'"

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