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January 4, 2013 by Don Nelson (Register to contact)

“Epidemic of Choice – A DEA Story,” by Don Nelson, a former Embassy Marine Security Guard in Madrid, Spain, and a retired DEA Agent, is a Suspense/Thriller recently published by Amazon Kindle e-books, now available for down loading.
When Jake Shaunessey got his transfer orders to the Minneapolis office, he was all smiles. His years as a Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration in San Diego had been grueling. His adrenalin glands were tired of pumping. His head was tired of the San Diego defense lawyers and their long lines of clients. Minnesota sounded great. Jake welcomed the break. His wife shared his attitude. But later, Jake and his wife get slapped with a new realization about the good life in Minnesota.
Drug kingpins and their minions secretly established their networks. The entire state…flooded with heroin. The violent crime rate…sky rocketed. ERs and morgues…crammed with heroin lovers. Bullets are flying. Innocent bystanders…killed on the streets, and even in their own back yards. No one feels safe.
The media catches the scent and reacts with a vengeance. With the heat on, the DEA sits squarely on the hot seat. The boss gives Jake a directive: Put your expertise to work. Clean up this mess. Take the damned heat off. OR ELSE!
A very tall order, indeed. Huge challenges confront Jake and his team. He plunges headlong into the case. At first some promise: Numerous leads come quickly. But the disappointments come just as fast. Violence, havoc, or corpses confront the agents at every turn. At the same time, serious problems, both in the office and at home, plague his life. Jake knows any one of them could shoot down the heroin investigation. If that happens, the Land-of-10,000-Lakes, as Minnesota is known, will become a murky cesspool, filled with tragic headlines and dead bodies.
Finally: a break. Jake probes deep into the bowels of the heroin ring. More blood spills.
But this time it’s his.
Author, Don Nelson served four years in the Marine Corps from 1964 to 1968. After his separation from the Corps, and earning his BA degree from the University of Minnesota, he was offered a position as a Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, where he served until his retirement. During his event-filled 21 year DEA career, he was awarded five commendations. At one point the DEA purchased his home and relocated him and his family with urgency after agents uncovered a sinister plot by an organized group of drug traffickers to have him murdered.
Following his retirement, his wife was awarded a commendation for her unwavering support of her husband and the DEA mission.

Recently published novel

January 2, 2013 by Don Nelson (Register to contact)

Amazon Kindle Books has recently published a novel entitled, "Epidemic of Choice - A DEA Story," written by Don Nelson, Class of 1962. Don was a DEA Special Agent for 21 years until he retired. The novel, while a work of fiction, centers around many of his experiences while enforcing federal narcotics laws. Much of the novel takes place in the Fargo/Moorhead area, as well as northern Minnesota and the Twin Cities. It is in the genre of fiction/mystery/thrillers, and has been well received.

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LIVE: Newsies at Moorhead High School  KVRR

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Explaining The Jr. NBA True North Qualifiers  MinnesotaLynx.com

What: This is a youth basketball tournament for the top young players around the world. The winning teams from each Timberwolves True North Qualifier will ...



Mural discovered at old Moorhead High School  West Fargo Pioneer

MOORHEAD – A nearly 80-year-old oil painting featuring early pioneer and American Indian life in the region has been discovered in the former Moorhead high ...



The Wait is Over: Moorhead High School Adds Boys, Girls Lacrosse  KVRR

MOORHEAD, Minn. — On the back of Moorhead Spuds lacrosse shirts worn by Moorhead students dawns the phrase “…WAIT FOR IT” in big, bold, capital ...



Moorhead High School Celebrates Students With International Day  KVRR

MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Moorhead High School took its students on a trip around the world with its International Day.



Lacrosse could be coming to Moorhead High School  Inforum

MOORHEAD-Moorhead High School will present a proposal for boys and girls varsity and junior varsity lacrosse for the 2018-19 school year to the Moorhead ...



Moorhead High School graduates | INFORUM  Inforum

Moorhead High School graduation will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at the Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse at Minnesota State University Moorhead, 1711 6th Ave.



Forgotten Moorhead mural may get new home  Star Tribune

The mural is tucked away in a locked second-floor storage closet at the old Moorhead High School. Even with a key to get into the cramped room, you can't see ...



Boys Basketball: Moorhead Hangs on to Beat Alexandria  KVRR

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Moorhead boys basketball started the 2018-2019 campaign with a matchup against Alexandria. The Spuds took down the Cardinals ...



Moorhead High School Joins National Movement to Remember Florida Shooting Victims, Create Change  KVRR

Students at Moorhead High School were in a government class talking about the Parkland, Florida shootings and the walkouts that are taking place.



Jazz Festival at NDSU Featuring World Class Performers  AM 1100 The Flag WZFG

The North Dakota State University Division of Performing Arts is excited to announce the 37th Annual High School Invitational Jazz Festival, February 9, 2019 at ...



A former Moorhead man competing on 'Jeopardy' this week. Who is Ryan Vesledahl?  INFORUM

MOORHEAD -- A Moorhead native will be a contestant on one of America's most iconic game shows later this week. Ryan Vesledahl, a 2010 graduate of ...



Shooting hoax at Moorhead High School  Valley News Live

Police say they traced the hoax to a high school in Virginia.



There is more to the falling numbers of Minnesota high school...  West Central Tribune

MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Chris Ellingson has been a high school basketball referee for 15 years and a baseball and softball umpire for 12 years in Minnesota.



Moorhead Public Schools Announces Goals of 2019-2020 Academic Year  KVRR

MOORHEAD, Minn. — It may be the middle of the year for students everywhere but Moorhead Public Schools are already planning ahead for the 2019-2020 ...



MSUM Homecoming festivities taking place this week  INFORUM

MOORHEAD -- Minnesota State University Moorhead's annual Homecoming celebrations kicked off Monday, Oct. 1, and will continue through Saturday, Oct. 6, ...



Hiking on groomed cross-country ski trails? That's a definite...  West Fargo Pioneer

MOORHEAD — Local parks make a good training ground for the only cross-country ski team in the Fargo-Moorhead metro area, and well-groomed ski trails can ...



The truth behind Moorhead High nickname | INFORUM  INFORUM

A debate has been going on in this column for some time about how Moorhead High School students became known as Spuds.One person had written that the ...



Moorhead High Students Hold Assembly To Honor Parkland Victims  KVRR

Students at Moorhead High School organized their own memorial assembly to hear stories about each of the 17 people who died in the Parkland shooting.



Minority parents to Moorhead school board: Stop racial bullying, taunts, inattentive teachers  Inforum

MOORHEAD - Parents and a former student pleaded with school board members to address concerns of minority and immigrant families who complain their ...



2017 Moorhead High School graduating class | INFORUM  Inforum

FARGO - The Moorhead High School graduation ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 4 at the Nezek Hall, Minnesota State University Moorhead, ...



Metro-area students won't be penalized for Wednesday walkout if not away from class for too long  Inforum

FARGO-Student activists in the metro area will walk out of the classroom later this week when they take part in a nationwide demonstration to call attention to the ...



Local high school students learn from Hamilton cast  KARE11.com

Around sixty high school students got the chance to take part in a dance workshop with two cast members of the hit musical Hamilton, as part of the Spotlight ...



Moorhead police: School shooting threat is a hoax  Inforum

MOORHEAD - An online threat of a shooting at Moorhead High School turned out to be a hoax that's making the rounds on social media, police said. Moorhead ...



Moorhead teen adjusts to new life after crash left him paral...  Duluth News Tribune

MOORHEAD — Holding back tears, 19-year-old Malachi Rohrer can't help but get emotional when thinking back to the accident that changed his life.



Moorhead council signs off on deals to begin underpass construction  Inforum

MOORHEAD -- It's full speed ahead for the long-anticipated underpass near Moorhead High School now that City Council members signed off on agreements ...



WATCH: Episode 2 of 'Dream. State.' featuring Moorhead Spuds boys hockey team  Inforum

The second episode of "Dream. State.," a six-episode documentary featuring the Moorhead Spuds boys hockey team, aired Thursday night, Feb. 22 on Fox ...



Moorhead man's car vandalized  Valley News Live

Van Raden described a feeling of violation when noticing the dents on his vehicle, which was parked in the Moorhead High school parking lot. The car was his ...



'Our whole lives have slowed down': Moorhead teen adjusts to new life after devastating accident  INFORUM

MOORHEAD - Holding back tears, 19-year-old Malachi Rohrer can't help but get emotional when thinking back to the accident that changed his life."Explaining ...



Plans for Moorhead railroad underpass stall after bids come in $7 million over budget  Inforum

MOORHEAD - Construction bids for the long-sought railroad underpass near Moorhead High School and Minnesota State University Moorhead came in $7 ...



'Will is just Will': Mentality of Moorhead grad and Olympian Borgen like none other  Inforum

MoorheadThere's a baffling calm to Will Borgen. His eyes do not widen when the moment gets bright. In fact, he doesn't blink.Those closest to the former ...



HDM: Spotlight part of Moorhead hockey’s ‘new norm’  FOXSports.com

One of the more storied programs in Minnesota, Moorhead High School hockey has been in the spotlight all year.



Third candidate seeking Moorhead 3rd Ward seat  Inforum

MOORHEAD -- A Moorhead businessman recently announced his run for city council. Karl Deilke is the second person so far to throw his hat into the race for ...



Food Bank's pop-up truck to make Moorhead stop on Thursday  INFORUM

MOORHEAD - The Great Plains Food Bank Pop-up Perishable Food Program will provide food assistance from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 10, in the ...



Where Are They Now? Brian Lee’s New Identity  Fighting Hawks Magazine

Throughout the two years Brian Lee was at the University of North Dakota and six years in the NHL, he always made his way back to the Moorhead youth rink.



3 family members accused of dealing drugs tied to fatal overdose in Fargo  Inforum

MOORHEAD -- Police here have arrested three people suspected of selling drugs linked to an overdose death in Fargo earlier this year. Ramiro Longoria, 64 ...



Moorhead High School Holds Celebration to Honor Superintendent Dr. Lynne Kovash  KVRR

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Moorhead High School is honoring and celebrating Superintendent Dr. Lynne Kovash. Kovash, who dedicated 30 years of *service* to the ...



Moorhead, D-G-F schools see rise in enrollment  Inforum

MOORHEAD - Moorhead and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton public school officials reported significant enrollment increases with the start of classes for the 2017-18 ...



Morlock, Estrella crowned Moorhead's homecoming royalty  Inforum

MOORHEAD - Seniors Lance Morlock and Emma Estrella were crowned Moorhead High School's 2017 homecoming king and queen at a ceremony Monday, ...



'You are not alone': Parkland shooting survivors bring nationwide tour to Moorhead  INFORUM

MOORHEAD -- Ten-year-old Saima Velline of Avon, Minn., was determined to see the students from Parkland, Fla., on Tuesday, June 26. Saima and her mom ...



Fargo-Moorhead area football players get the chance to interact...  Bemidji Pioneer

MOORHEAD, Minn.—Wyatt Gunkel showed up at Jim Gotta Stadium on Friday afternoon, June 29, in a Carson Wentz jersey and khaki cargo shorts, not ...



Moorhead High homecoming king, queen crowned | INFORUM  Inforum

MOORHEAD - Brian Hoffman and Lauren Cartwright were named Moorhead High School's homecoming king and queen at a coronation ceremony Monday, ...



Drivers should plan for major road work in F-M area this summer and next  Inforum

FARGO - Major construction projects on some of the most-heavily traveled roads in the Fargo-Moorhead area will be in full swing by mid-May, and commuters ...



Old Moorhead High School Transforms, Memories Stay  KVRR

Sorry, this video is no longer available. One of Moorhead's historic buildings is now being called home by many. KVRR's Sarah Brechbill finds out why these ...



Kristopher L. Weiss | Obituaries  AberdeenNews.com

Moorhead, Minn.: Kristopher L. Weiss, 40, of Moorhead, MN, passed away on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Sanford Health, Fargo, ND. Kristopher Lee Weiss ...



Coach Spencer Stowers leaving defending state football champion Casteel  AZCentral

Coach Spencer Stowers, who started Queen Creek Casteel's football program and led it to a 14-0 championship season in 3A last year, is stepping down, the ...



8 fun facts about Minnesota to talk about with your family instead of politics this holiday season  MinnPost

Whether you agree with them or not, you might not want to talk politics with your family over the holidays — we don't either. With that in mind, here's a list of eight ...



Driver arrested after high-speed chase through Fargo and Moorhead  Valley News Live

MOORHEAD, Minn. (Valley News Live) Two people are in custody following a chase the led officers across parts of North Dakota and Minnesota.



Moorhead underpass plans on track, but city wrestles with future...  West Fargo Pioneer

MOORHEAD — This city is moving forward with a highly anticipated underpass near Moorhead High School, but the $53 million project has one hitch before ...



Moorhead honors former Spud by naming school after her  Inforum

MOORHEAD--The Moorhead School District will honor a Moorhead High School graduate and educator, and stick with the themes of new horizons and vistas for ...



D-G-F girls use balanced attack to upend Spuds for Moorhead Holiday Tournament title  Inforum

MOORHEAD-Katlyn Brenna scored 16 points to help lead the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels to a 66-62 girls basketball victory against the Moorhead Spuds on ...



FOX Sports North announces comprehensive coverage for 13th annual Hockey Day Minnesota  FOXSports.com

FOX Sports North, in conjunction with the Minnesota Wild, announced Tuesday their in-depth broadcast coverage plans for the 13th annual “Hockey Day ...



Moorhead arena to undergo $8 million upgrade, then be renamed...  West Fargo Pioneer

MOORHEAD — The Moorhead Youth Hockey Association plans to help renovate and expand a city-owned arena it uses to add a third sheet of ice, then ...



Sartell Wins Big Ole; Cards Wrestling Team Places 6th  Voice Of Alexandria

(Alexandria, MN) -- Monday's Cardinal Sports Report recaps weekend events, including a summary of the Big Ole Tournament from Alexandria Cardinal ...



Moorhead schools superintendent battling cancer to retire sooner than expected  Inforum

MOORHEAD - Moorhead School District Superintendent Lynne Kovash is moving her retirement date up from the end of the school year to Nov. 30.The request ...



Minnesota High School League adjusts rules to snowy season  MPR News

The Minnesota State High School League is trying to help by modifying rules to help teams squeeze more games into a weather-shortened season.



Ex-Moorhead High hockey player pleads guilty to sexual assault  INFORUM

MOORHEAD - A former Moorhead High School hockey standout and junior league hockey draftee pleaded guilty Monday in Cass County District Court to ...



Looking for the political ground floor? Try Minn. caucuses, N.D. district conventions  Inforum

FARGO - The last several weeks have seen a flurry of announcements from legislative candidates in North Dakota but few if any in Minnesota, even though ...



MSU-Moorhead Won't Renew Contract of Head Coach Todd Peters  SwimSwam

Minnesota State University-Moorhead has elected to not renew the contract of head swimming and diving coach Todd Peters. His name no longer appears on ...



Piepkorn named new DL head girls hockey coach  Detroit Lakes Online

Scott Piepkorn has been named the new varsity head girls hockey coach at Detroit Lakes, according to a release by Activities Director Rob Nielsen. He replaces ...



CHS Orchestra performers get high marks at competition in Moorhead  Crookston Daily Times

On April 18, 16 Crookston High School Orchestra students participated in the String Solo and Ensemble Contest at Moorhead High School. Students prepared ...



Nine of Thirteen Moorhead School Board Candidates Attend Forum  KVRR

MOORHEAD, Minn -- Thirteen people are running for a single one-year seat on the Moorhead Public School Board.



Oh, the irony: Former Spuds open potato-based food truck in Moorhead  INFORUM

MOORHEAD -- Two brothers hope their new spud-based food trailer idea will be no small potato in the local food scene.Patrick and Tony Frost debuted their ...



Vehicle strikes Moorhead High student in crosswalk near school  INFORUM

MOORHEAD-A 15-year-old Moorhead High School student was injured Thursday, Sept. 29, when she was struck by a vehicle while crossing a street near the ...



Local mayors share thoughts on pay equity  INFORUM

FARGO - Mayors from Dilworth, Moorhead and Fargo agree that paid maternity and paternity leave are long overdue. During a panel discussion Tuesday, April 3 ...



Kolpack: Football is the great diversion from the real world...  Grand Forks Herald

FARGO — I don't know about anybody else around here, but I'm ready for some football. It's time for a diversion from the real world. Don't tell the North Dakota ...



Moorhead wrestling coach heads to Pierz  St. Cloud Times

PIERZ — Skip Toops said he wasn't actively looking for a job when he saw a listing in Pierz for a physical education and health instructor and a wrestling coach.



"Art Ghoullery" Brings Out All the Halloween Stops this Season  KVRR

MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Halloween is all about trick-or-treating, costumes and even art.



Cards Roll To Third Victory Of Football Season  Voice Of Alexandria

(Alexandria, MN) -- The Thursday edition of the Cardinal Sports Report shares some of the sounds of Alexandria's third victory of the 2018 football season.



Wrestling: Toops walking into winning situation at Pierz  Brainerd Dispatch

When Skip Toops seized the reigns of the Moorhead High School wrestling program six years ago, the Spuds hadn't been to a state tournament in 32 years.



Gregoire becomes West Fargo Hockey Association director, leaves...  West Fargo Pioneer

Concordia women's hockey head coach Jason Gregoire was announced as the new director of the West Fargo Hockey Association, which was formerly run by ...



Moorhead School Board candidates stake out positions at foru...  West Fargo Pioneer

MOORHEAD — Nine of 13 candidates vying for a one-year seat on the Moorhead School Board did their best to break out of the pack during a forum Thursday, ...



Moorhead Hockey Arena To Be Renovated, Renamed After Cullen Family  Zone Coverage

The Moorhead Youth Hockey Association approved plans to renovate and then expand their hockey facility, and then will rename the facility in honor of the.



'Fly High Eli': Huge crowd mourns loss of student-athlete  Inforum

MOORHEAD - A mournful crowd of more than 500 people gathered inside Concordia College's Knutson Campus Center Wednesday, Sept. 13, for a vigil in ...



Can't beat the feeling: Minnesota native crowned 2018 American...  Bemidji Pioneer

NEW YORK CITY — Jazz, pop, reggae, classical, rock. Music is everywhere: on the radio, on your phone — even in the headphones of a co-worker who, judging ...



Down syndrome doesn't keep Sam from being one of the guys on...  West Fargo Pioneer

MOORHEAD—Todd and Jackie Beedy had to wait a week for the results of blood tests to tell them their first-born son, Sam, had Down syndrome. During the wait ...



Morken: Flak for officials? I've seen it in this job  Alexandria Echo Press

Tempers always run a little hotter in early March. I've come to expect that. The playoffs tend to bring that out of fans and coaches alike. I have watched enough ...



It's class time: Moorhead's newly built schools ready for students  Inforum

MOORHEAD - For Moorhead students hoping construction at their schools won't be done in time for the first day of classes on Tuesday, Sept. 5:Sorry.Vacation's ...



Moorhead man convicted of sexual assault on 14-year-old  Minneapolis Star Tribune

A former Moorhead High School hockey player was sentenced to two months in jail.



Laker girls' expectations up with new coaches  Detroit Lakes Online

The Detroit Lakes girls hockey program begins 2018-19 under new leadership in Scott Piepkorn, who was named the new varsity head girls hockey coach in ...



Ex-hockey standout sentenced for sexual assault of 14-year-old girl  INFORUM

MOORHEAD - A former Moorhead High School hockey standout was sentenced Thursday to two months in jail for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl last ...



Student orchestra performance moves vets to tears  INFORUM

Jon Larson can tick off many memorable events he's had during his 40-plus year career as an orchestra director at Bemidji (Minn.) High School, Minnehaha ...



Hockey journey brings Moorhead grad Mehnert to Fargo to take on Force  INFORUM

MOORHEAD-It's been a busy nine months for former Moorhead High School hockey player Alex Mehnert. In January, he committed to play hockey for Air Force ...



Marilyn Cole  Aitkin Independent Age

Marilyn Susan Cole, 78, Brainerd, formerly of Aitkin, passed away Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Woodland Good Samaritan Village, Brainerd.



Former Moorhead Pancheros Employee Charged  KVRR

MOORHEAD, Minn. -- A Moorhead man is out of jail after allegedly using his cell phone to record women in the bathroom at Pancheros in Moorhead.



La Unica offers a taste of Mexico from its corner in Moorhead  Inforum

MOORHEAD -- Amy Espinoza stands beside a tortilla machine, rolling balls of dough between her palms and feeding them into the gas-powered device that ...



New Americans: Finding refuge in Fargo-Moorhead  Minnesota Public Radio News

Families from Iraqi Kurdistan, Nepal, Vietnam, Bosnia, Albania and handful of African nations — Somalia, Sudan, Liberia, Congo, Burundi and others — have ...



Brainerd latest Minn. school to add lacrosse, joining Duluth,...  Duluth News Tribune

BRAINERD, Minn. — High school students will have a new varsity sport to try out this spring in Brainerd. The Brainerd School Board approved offering lacrosse ...



Fargoan sticks with tradition in reopening 8th Street Barber...  West Fargo Pioneer

FARGO - When it comes to tradition, Jed Felix aims to be a cut above average. Felix, the new owner of 8th Street Barbershop, was trimming the beard of Jared ...



Miss Basketball candidate, Moorhead's Haiby only to miss a few weeks after knee injury  Inforum

MOORHEAD-Sam Haiby plans to take off her Moorhead basketball jersey for the final time when she's good and ready. She's not ready yet, even if a tear in the ...



Moorhead hockey player charged in sex case now faces DWI  TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press

PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. — The 19-year-old hockey player who faces a criminal charge in Moorhead for allegedly sneaking into an underage girl's room to have ...



Intro to WPSL  E Pluribus Loonum

The Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) is the oldest women's soccer league in the country and will play it's 21st season in 2018. The WPSL consists of ...



Nielsen captures second discus title  Detroit Lakes Online

Detroit Lakes senior Jay Nielsen repeated as the section discus champion and punched his second straight trip to state to highlight day two of the Section 8AA ...



School board: Looking at lacrosse changes  Brainerd Dispatch

The Brainerd School Board Monday night learned what it would take to move lacrosse from a club sport to a Minnesota State High School League sport.



Perham upends East Grand Forks in section tournament  Grand Forks Herald

MOORHEAD—Perham was all smiles in the second half of its 83-63 win over East Grand Forks Senior HIgh in the Minnesota Section 8AA quarterfinals Saturday ...



Breckenridge Police Dept. hires new officer | Local News Stories  Wahpeton Daily News

Blake Olson was sworn in Monday night in front of family and friends as the newest officer to join the Breckenridge Police Department. The ceremony was held ...



Funeral set for south Fargo murder victim  Valley News Live

Funeral plans and obituary released for murder victim Cory Terlecky.



Weah runs wild as Spuds claim first win of the season  Inforum

MOORHEAD-Larry Knutson has been broadcasting Moorhead High School athletic events since 1979. Friday night at Jim Gotta Stadium, the longtime radio ...



MSUM grad's 'special voice' earned him spot singing the national anthem at Minnesota Wild games  INFORUM

While most of us have a story about where we were during the Minneapolis Miracle, the Vikings' nail-biter win over the Saints in the NFC Divisional Round game ...



Spuds' Miss Basketball candidate Haiby has tear in her left...  Detroit Lakes Online

Moorhead senior point guard and University of Nebraska commit Sam Haiby tore the lateral meniscus in her left knee against Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton on Friday.



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