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Lissa Thies, who works at the Woodbury Lakes AT&T Wireless store, helps state Rep. Torrey Westrom of Elbow Lake learn features of his mobile telephone. AT&T workers helped more than 100 visually impaired Minnesotans with their wireless telephones Thursday and Friday. Don Davis/Minn. State Capitol Bureau

Blind learn mobile phone details

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ST. PAUL -- Torrey Westrom gave Lissa Thies a simple request: learn the basics of using his mobile telephone.

His Motorola Q is a typical smartphone, capable of surfing the Web, sending and receiving e-mails and handling text messages, besides being used as a telephone. Even to the most technically inclined, the nearly 50 keys are intimidating. To a blind person such as Westrom, the task becomes many times tougher.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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