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Carol Schmidt, the owner of more than 50 dogs, holds Pugsley, one of her favorites, in the dogs' outside kennel. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

Out of control: Woman says father's death, expenses led to too many dogs

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Carol Schmidt's father died two years ago this month and life hasn't been the same.

The 63-year-old rural Bemidji woman says she's lost 50 pounds and control of the last living connection between them: the father and daughter's stable of dogs, most of which are a cross of Chihuahua-Dachshund breeds.

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Steve Wagner
Grand Forks Herald Editor Steve Wagner can be reached at 701.780.1104 and swagner@gfherald.com. He joined the Herald in April 2013, and previously worked as editor at the Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer and in several newsroom roles -- including news director, investigative reporter and cops/court reporter - at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. His reporting experience includes extensive reporting related to Dru Sjodin's disappearance and the federal death penalty case for her murderer, Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., along with projects about immigration, the fatal 2002 train derailment in Minot, N.D., and the 20th anniversary of Gordon Kahl's massacre of U.S. marshals. Wagner also worked as a reporter at newspapers in the Twin Cities and Iowa. In his spare time, Wagner is an avid runner and occasionally writes about his experiences on his blog, Addicted to Running.
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