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Sage Gonzalez, 4, holds the flag of Zimbabwe while the Red Lake Nation flag flies in the foreground at the beginning of the Freedom Walk at Paul Bunyan Park. Ben Karkela | Bemidji Pioneer

Connell shares message of hope at Freedom Walk celebration

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Jason Connell dropped out of college at the age of 19 and started traveling. He admits his only goal was to party in as many places as possible.


While visiting China, he witnessed a scene of horrific poverty that changed his outlook on life: a teenage girl rummaging through trash in searching for food to give to her infant child.

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