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Nikki Bollman stands with her husband, Chris, on Thursday evening in Duluth. Nikki , a daycare worke, is not getting paid for her maternity leave, so she set up a “crowdfunding” account to help cover it. Bollman is selling her short stories and novels to the public in order to receive money to cover her maternity leave. So far she has raised more than $400. (Clint Austin /

Duluth woman turns to crowdfunding to cover maternity leave

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Nikki Bollman has a strong passion for writing stories about magic and dragons. Now, with the help of the Internet and maybe a few hundred online strangers, she’s trying to turn that skill into a way of paying for her six-week maternity leave.


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