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Ruth Bakken will celebrate her 75th birthday while raising funds for the American Diabetes Association. She was diagnosed with diabetes at 25. (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)

Ride to benefit diabetes research

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Ruth Bakken defies traditional aging.

Facing the three-quarters of a century milestone has not slowed this pedal pusher, but inspired her.

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She will celebrate her 75th birthday aboard a bike - riding 75 miles - while raising funds for diabetes, a condition she's battled for half a century.

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