Marie Johnson joined the Detroit Lakes Tribune as a reporter and magazine editor in November 2017 after several years of writing and editing at the Perham Focus. She lives in Detroit Lakes with her husband, Dan, their 4-year-old son and toddler daughter, and their yellow Lab.
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A 20-year-old Vergas native rescued a man who had gotten pinned under the driver's side door of his semi-truck after a rollover accident near Killdeer, North Dakota on Saturday. Logan Schrupp, who works in the oil fields, was on his way home to get some sleep after finishing a 12-hour overnight shift when he saw another man standing in the road ahead, waving his arms to flag him down. Schrupp saw the crashed semi lying upside-down on the side of the road, then turned on his hazard lights and pulled over.
Editor’s note: This story is the seventh in an 8-part series of feature stories written in conjunction with the ongoing “Inside Out” community campaign to normalize mental illness. The subject of this story, Kyle Larson, is featured in Leighton Broadcasting’s “Inside Out” video about schizophrenia. He agreed to be featured in this newspaper article as well, but due to the state of his illness at the time, declined a separate interview with the paper. Comments attributed to him here are taken from the video.
Editor’s note: This story is the sixth in an 8-part series of feature stories written in conjunction with the ongoing “Inside Out” community campaign to normalize mental illness. This week’s “Inside Out” video by Leighton Broadcasting features Kristina Story talking about her battle with addiction. Joe Johnson did not have a happy childhood.
Editor's note: This is the fifth in an 8-part series of weekly feature stories written in conjunction with the "Inside Out" community campaign to normalize mental illness. As a kindergartner, Keagan Gilbert just couldn't sit still. He was always on the go, always talking, and always fidgeting. He had trouble focusing, and would move from one activity to the next "within milliseconds," recalls his mom, Rachelle Gilbert. Parenting him was "kind of like being on an ongoing, constant train that never stops at the station," she says.
Editor’s note: This is the fourth in an 8-part series of weekly feature stories written in conjunction with the ongoing “Inside Out” community campaign to normalize mental illness. This story is the first of a two-part feature on the topic of suicide, examining the issue from the standpoint of a mother who lost her young son (in this story), and then from a woman who has herself had suicidal intents (that story will be published Sunday, March 24, in print and online).
Editor's note: This is the second in an 8-part series of weekly feature stories written in conjunction with the "Inside Out" community campaign to normalize mental illness. Imagine arriving at the scene of a bad accident. You see two crushed cars laying on their sides in the road. It's your job to extract the crash victims from the insides of those cars. They're hurt, and scared. One is just a child — about the same age as one of your own. You do your job, you do everything right, but still, one of the victims doesn't make it.
It was standing room only in the conference center at M State on Tuesday for the "Inside Out: A Step Inside Mental Illness" Video Premiere and Panel Event. A crowd of about 200 people showed up in support of Detroit Lakes' new community campaign to normalize mental illness — enough that there were some without seats even after the last-minute addition of extra chairs.
Four years ago, after 36 hours of intense on-and-off labor that ended in an unplanned C-section, all the anxieties of those grueling hours in the delivery room melted away the moment I laid eyes on my beautiful, healthy baby boy. My newborn son looked up at me with such love and wonder that I instantly forgot about everything else. It didn't matter anymore what it took to get to that moment — we got there.
Some trips are taken to help people get away, to escape their daily lives and lose themselves on a beach somewhere. This wasn't one of those trips. When mother-and-son travelers Mindi and Matt Jenson visited South Korea this past fall, they wanted not to lose themselves, but rather to find themselves — or at least, a part of themselves. A part that, until then, had always felt like a faraway footnote in their family's history.
"Nobody can believe I have what I have." People who've just met Lisa Flynn, or who talk to her only in passing, would never in a million years guess that the radiant woman in front of them has a terminal illness. With her utterly cheerful personality, bright eyes and full head of hair, Flynn doesn't look or behave like people usually expect someone with an advanced, incurable type of cancer to look or behave. When people find out that she has Stage IV metastatic breast cancer, they're always shocked, Flynn says — and she gets it.