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Klobuchar to honor Bemidji State University graduate

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar will present the Red Cross Lifesaving Award of Merit to Kelsey Johnson on 9 a.m. Thursday at Bemidji City Hall.

Johnson, a Bemidji State University graduate, saved the life of her stepfather, Chris Schomenta, who was suffering a seizure.

Schomenta's seizure occurred on Dec. 26, 2010. Johnson moved Schomenta to the floor and began CPR to keep his blood circulating before paramedics arrived.

Klobuchar is visiting Bemidji as part of her ongoing "Made in America" economic tour. The tour is designed to showcase successful Minnesota businesses and job creation.

Klobuchar will begin her trip through northern Minnesota today, stopping in Brainerd-Baxter to tour LINDAR, a plastics thermoforming company that specializes in stock plastic containers and custom plastic parts for the paint sundry, food packaging, retail packaging and medical packaging.

Klobuchar will also be in Park Rapids to participate in a roundtable meeting on tourism and broadband communication.

After the award ceremony on Thursday, Klobuchar will tour Terex Construction Americas, a facility that manufactures compact construction equipment in Grand Rapids.

Klobuchar will make the final leg of her tour on Thursday by visiting Duluth Pack, which manufactures high-quality outdoor gear in Duluth.