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Phil Laval (left) and Salvation Army's Duana Bremer know first-hand that unexpected challenges for families and individuals can lead to homelessness. Photo by Jeff Holmquist

Homeless man finds hope at Grace Place

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As an emergency responder for more than two decades, Phil Laval knew how to handle difficult situations.

But after a recent streak of health problems and a bit of bad luck, Laval faced a challenge that his emergency training couldn't prepare him for. He eventually became one of a growing statistic in St. Croix and Polk counties - a homeless individual.


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Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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