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Auction, BBQ in works for ill reporter

John Braese (File photo)

Friends from throughout the community are planning a fundraiser to help John Braese and his family meet expenses as he remains hospitalized, battling critical illness from persistent infections.

Braese, news and sports reporter at the Malheur Enterprise, came down with influenza in early March, but his illness became complicated by several more serious infections and conditions. He has been in intensive care at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise for a little over a month.

His wife Robin has been at his side through the ordeal, unable to work. The couple live in Vale and have a son, Trenton, 8.

Supporters hope to raise money to help the family with living expenses as the . . .