NORTHFIELD, Minn. (WCCO) — The people of Northfield honored a hometown hero Thursday.

Maggie Lee, 91, had worked at the local newspaper – the Northfield News — for more than 65 years.

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And they’re celebrating by wearing her favorite color – purple. Among some of the day’s highlights was a humane society event.

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“She’s also been a supporter of our humane society for many years,” said Kathy Jasnoch of Prairie’s Edge Humane Society. “These two (cats) are named Maggie and Lee, which she named especially.”

Lee, who wears purple virtually every day, has been having some health issues after retiring from the newspaper earlier this year. She’s also credited as being one of the instigators of Northfield’s Historical Society.

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“A lot of friends in the community came together to make this day in her honor,” said Northfield News publisher Sam Gett. “She’s championed the community for literally decades.”