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Cocker spaniel painting

This Forest City Summit file photo from Feb. 17, 1977, shows Shellie Kvale, who was 12 at the time, with the painting she donated to the hospital in Forest City. 

FOREST CITY | Another former Forest City resident is trying to locate a painting she did when she was in school. 

Shellie Kvale, a 1983 graduate of Forest City High School who now lives in Oelwein, read online the Dec. 18 story the Summit-Tribune did on Van Tran, who is trying to find a painting she did in 1985 while she was a student at FCHS. 

Kvale said the article caught her attention because she remembers Tran from high school and she has a missing painting of her own. 

When she was a child, Kvale did a painting of a Cocker spaniel puppy with a big red bow around its neck. 

When Kvale was 12, she had her appendix removed at the hospital in Forest City. 

"The walls were all bare," she said. 

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Kvale decided to donate her puppy painting to the hospital "so there would be something to look at besides blank white walls."

Her parents, Ron and Donna Kvale, who still live in Forest City, helped her arrange for the painting to be donated to the hospital. 

The hospital later closed. 

Kvale said when she returned to Forest City to visit her parents, she would often say, "I wonder whatever happened with that painting?"

However, she didn't consider trying to find it until she saw the story on Tran's painting. 

Anyone who has information on the whereabouts of Kvale's painting is asked to send an e-mail to mary.pieper@globegazette.com

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