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Tina Gjessing and her sons Nathan (left), 6, and Alex, 8, stand near a goal at the Piedmont hockey rinks. Gjessing, a native of Ukraine, is thankful for the support her boys have received from coaches at the Piedmont Youth Hockey Association. (Clint Austin /

Through hockey, Northland family gets a helping hand

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Alone in Duluth with two young boys and 5,000 miles from home, Alevtyna "Tina" Gjessing turned to a common passion in both places for help.



"I loved hockey from Ukraine," the Ukrainian native said this week. "I was a really big fan of hockey and hockey players."

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