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St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Dave Engstrom (left) hands Linann Pearson (center) the keys to her new home, 162 S. Apollo Road, in Habitat’s Eco Village on the city’s west side not far from Westside Elementary School. She will share the home with her daughter Shauna Pearson (right).

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Linann Pearson said this year she and her daughter, 17-year-old Shauna Pearson, are getting the best Christmas present they’ve ever had: A house in Habitat for Humanity’s Eco Village.

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“We’re just so happy to be able to have such an awesome gift,” Pearson said. “Of course, it’s not free -- we’ll have a mortgage and everything just like everybody else, but it’s one that’s more affordable. It’s a dream come true.”

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Gretta Stark
Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.
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