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Mary Rittenhouse, 76, shows off her diploma that she received one week ago. "Everybody is so happy for me," she said. (Riham Feshir / Enterprise)

At 76, Park Rapids resident hits textbooks after 60-year hiatus

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Mary Rittenhouse sat in her apartment Wednesday afternoon surrounded by flowers, balloons and a pile of photocopied textbooks.

The 76-year-old Park Rapids resident just received her GED certificate last Friday, after one and a half years of hard work.

"I kept telling my teacher 'you're burning my brain,'" she said. "It's a great satisfaction to know that I had done it at this age."

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