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Elma Sandahl, 101, plays the board game Upwords with her friend Phyllis Ellis at the Lighthouse of Superior July 8. (Maria Lockwood)

Walking past a century

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Elma Sandahl has always loved to walk, according to family stories. The Douglas County woman was born near Pattison Park on May 13, 1913. One day when Elma was age 2, she disappeared while her older sisters were supposed to be watching her. Their stepmother followed Elma’s tracks and found her more than a city block away, walking along the road. When she caught up with the toddler, Elma said she was going to get the mail.


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