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Carrie Ogonowski manages the John & Dede Howard Ice Arena as part of her duties as the recreation manager for the city of St. Joseph. Although Ogonowski briefly removed her mask for this photo, face masks are required at the ice arena.

ST. JOSEPH — Carrie Ogonowski has no children of her own, but her job brings her hundreds of kids who enjoy playing, growing and learning.

Over the past year, restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic could have been discouraging for Ogonowski, recreation manager for the city of St. Joseph.

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