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Jennie O'Connell is very proud of how her children, Kyle and Kaitlyn, have grown up. She knows their father, Dan, would feel the same. Photo by Meg Heaton

Jennie O'Connell: Her family perseveres

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Jennie O'Connell said she and her children are doing well 10 years after the loss of her husband, and their father, Dan O'Connell.

O'Connell's world changed forever Feb. 5, 2002, when her husband of 12 years was found shot to death in the family's funeral home along with intern James Ellison. Her children, Kyle and Kaitlyn, were in elementary school. She was home making cupcakes for Kyle's tenth birthday the next day when she got the news.


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Meg Heaton
Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
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