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Minnesota teen honored by Girl Scouts USA after saving the lives of her mother and grandmother

This past week, the Girl Scouts of the USA awarded a Minnesota teenager with one of its highest awards, the Bronze Cross.

Fifteen-year-old senior Girl Scout Ilona Delaney, a citizen of Red Lake Nation who lives in Rosemount, was honored for risking her own life to save her grandmother and mother from drowning during a family boating trip last summer. She is the first Indigenous Girl Scout to achieve the honor for Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys.

The Bronze Cross is one of two medals youth can be awarded for their efforts related to saving a life.

At the awards ceremony this past Sunday in Rosemount, Ilona accepted the award, saying she couldn't quite believe what was happening as events unfolded in front of her last summer.


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