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Jared Franek, a fifth grader at Harwood Elementary school, recently won the triple crown of wrestling for the third straight year. Chris Franz / Forum Communications Co.

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"You're not afraid of dogs, are you?" Laura Franek asks as we enter her family's Harwood home. "We just got a new puppy. She's our summer project."


As if on cue, a small bundle of black fur pops its head out as the door opens. Next to it, a much larger, browner bundle of fur with a graying muzzle warily assesses the stranger trespassing into its territory.

"Oh don't mind her," Laura says, as if sensing my slight hesitation. "She's older, but friendly."

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