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Red Lake Nation College grad Salena Beasley inspired by family to study, in turn inspires others


Salena Beasley will graduate as part of the Red Lake Nation College's class of 2021 on Friday, May 21, 2021. (Hannah Olson / Bemidji Pioneer)

May 19-RED LAKE - Salena Beasley always said she'd go to college after taking a gap year post-high school, but the years flew by and there was never the time.

A few years ago, she found herself in some trying personal situations. Her mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer and her husband was incarcerated. Feeling down, she decided to take this time to better herself.

Fulfilling both her mother's dying wishes and her promise to herself, Beasley will graduate from Red Lake Nation College on Friday, May 21, as the school's valedictorian and Student of the Year.


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