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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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Former Spuds great set to become head coach of Moorhead girls hockey team  INFORUM

MOORHEAD — Ryan Kraft is second all-time for goals in Moorhead Spuds hockey history with 96 and fourth for assists with 86. The 1994 Moorhead High ...



Moorhead High School Dismissing Early  KVRR

MOORHEAD, MN — Classes at Moorhead High School will be dismissed at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 25, due to sewer backup. Buses will be running their ...



Moorhead School District approves purchase of Sam's Club site for career and tech academy  INFORUM

MOORHEAD — It has been just over a year since the doors closed at the Moorhead Sam's Club, and the vacant big-box store may soon have a new purpose ...



Moorhead High Theater Presents “Winnie-the-Pooh” & Special Play Day Event  AM 1100 The Flag WZFG

The Moorhead High School theater department presents the family-friendly spring production of “Winnie-the-Pooh” on April 25-28 with a special ...



Moorhead DQ Offers Spuddy Dilly Bars in Honor of Moorhead High School  KVRR

MOORHEAD, MN– The Moorhead Dairy Queen is giving its Moorhead High School Spud's a little bit of love with its limited-time Spuddy Dilly Bars. The bars are ...



Four Moorhead graduates to be honored at ceremony  Inforum

MOORHEAD -- Four Moorhead High School graduates will be inducted into the school's Hall of Honor on Saturday, Oct. 6 during a ceremony at Minnesota State ...



WATCH: Moorhead singers declare "It's colder than Fargo!" in song about late start  INFORUM

Most of the time when superintendents close or delay schools because of weather, they'll call their local TV and radio stations, but the recent polar vortex that ...



Moorhead Parks and Recreation Looks to Sell Sports Center to City's School District  KVRR

MOORHEAD, Minn — The Moorhead School District and the city's Parks and Recreation Department are coming to an agreement on selling the Sports Center.



Moorhead High School graduates  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.



Moorhead lacrosse well prepared for first varsity season  INFORUM

The inaugural season for Moorhead boys and girls lacrosse is here and the Spuds are showing they have the pieces to keep this new sport growing. Written By: ...



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 ...



Shooting hoax at Moorhead High School  Valley News Live

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



Moorhead High School graduation rate soars, challenges remain  Inforum

MOORHEAD-The graduation rate for Moorhead High School jumped by 7 percent last year, topping the Minnesota rate by 5.6 percent.Last year, 88 percent of ...



Moorhead Spuds speech wins top national honors  INFORUM

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The 2017-18 Moorhead High School speech team made history for being the first group of Spuds to bring home the prestigious ...



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 Public Schools Opening Day Enrollment Increases by Almost 300 Students  KVRR

MOORHEAD, Minn. -- It's back to school for kids in Moorhead and the public school district added 286 more students than last year.



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 ...



Former Moorhead Spuds hockey standout Cullen signs with Pittsburgh for his 21st NHL season  Grand Forks Herald

MOORHEAD, Minn.--Matt Cullen laughed when the question was asked of him Sunday, July 1. It's something the former Moorhead High School standout and ...



McFeely: Kovash took pride in being a Spud and worked to make sure others did, too  INFORUM

Former superintendent, who died this week, knew district and those in it so well because she worked her way up. Written By: Mike McFeely | Feb 15th 2019 ...



Moorhead's former superintendent passes away after fight with cancer  INFORUM

Her family said she died on Valentine's Day night, Feb. 14. Kovash had been battling pancreatic cancer for the last two years. Kovash received her first full-time ...



How Moorhead High School students became 'Spuds'  Inforum

Today, this column is looking back to the 1930s and somewhat into the 1940s, thanks to Bud Anderson, Moorhead. Bud sent Neighbors his recollections of those ...



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.



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 ...



MN Boys Basketball: 8AA Quarterfinal Highlights  KVRR

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Monday night marked the start of Section tournaments in the state of Minnesota. Concordia College and Moorhead High School hosted ...



The truth behind Moorhead High nickname  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 ...



2017 Moorhead High School graduating class  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, ...



Moorhead in Need of More Volunteers as Sandbag Operations Kick Off  KVRR

MOORHEAD, Minn. — It's day one of operations in Moorhead as they join Fargo and Cass County in the sandbagging efforts. Sandbagging is nothing new for ...



'The hardest decision of my life': Moorhead's Frisch talks about his hockey journey and leaving the Spuds early  INFORUM

Fargo Force defenseman and University of North Dakota commit Ethan Frisch has called Moorhead home for his entire life. His dad and uncle both played high ...



There is more to the falling numbers of Minnesota high school...  Duluth News 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 students to join national walkout in response to Florida school shooting  West Fargo Pioneer

MOORHEAD - Some students here are planning to take part in a nationwide school walkout next month to raise awareness about student safety and encourage ...



Spuds cap regular season with win over Hill-Murray in boys hockey  INFORUM

MAPLEWOOD, Minn. — Moorhead finished the regular season with a 3-2 win over Hill-Murray on Saturday in Minnesota boys hockey at Aldrich Arena.



Moorhead's newest bar, Harold's, taps into history  INFORUM

When Eric Odness decided to open a bar, the one thing he wanted it to be was completely different from any other bar in Fargo-Moorhead. Harold's on Main, at ...



WATCH: Moorhead family using hockey to heal after mother's passing  INFORUM

MOORHEAD — The Westra family has experienced more in the past eight years than many do in a lifetime, but through all their hardships, there's a sport that ...



Walz: Minnesota schools get a pass on instruction-time thresholds due to the cold weather  INFORUM

ST. PAUL - Minnesota schools will not be punished if they fall short of the state's instruction time laws because of this week's dangerous weather, Gov.



Area students graduate from MN colleges  Detroit Lakes Online

MOORHEAD — Minnesota State University Moorhead will award degrees to about 850 students during its spring commencement program Friday, May 17 in the ...



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 ...



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, ...



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 ...



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 ...



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.



FM Area Students Lend a Hand During Flood Fight 2019  KVRR

FARGO-MOORHEAD– Volunteers are critical to preparing for flooding. Students in the F–M area are joining in to do their part. “It feels good just to help people ...



Moorhead, DGF 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 ...



A look at Fargo-Moorhead's walkouts for gun reform  KFGO

Thousands of students rallied across the nation to mark the one-month anniversary of the massacre that killed 17 people at a Florida high school. Both Fargo ...



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 council signs off on deals to begin underpass construction  West Fargo Pioneer

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



Greek theater at the high school: Alexandria students prepare...  Alexandria Echo Press

Alexandria high school students will present their one-act play, based on an ancient Greek tragedy, next Friday, Jan. 25. This play will take place at the ...



Moorhead underpass plans on track, but city wrestles with future of First Avenue South  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 ...



Boys basketball: Section 8AAA semifinals moved to Friday  Alexandria Echo Press

The winter weather that won't seem to leave with the calendar turning to March has thrown another curveball into the sports schedule for this week. The Section ...



Plans for Moorhead railroad underpass stall after bids come in $7 million over budget  West Fargo Pioneer

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



Robin Young, 58 | Obituaries  Crow River Media

March 28, 2019. Robin R. Young, 58, of Hutchinson, wife of James, passed away Thursday, March 28, at her home in Hutchinson after living five years with ALS.



Moorhead teen adjusts to new life after crash left him paralyzed  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. "Explaining ...



Matt Cullen and his aggressive pursuit of longevity  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Seventy-four minutes had elapsed since the start of this early-morning, first-full-week-of-August skating session. While players half his ...



Maple Grove ends Moorhead girls' season in section semifinals  Inforum

ALEXANDRIA, Minn.-Moorhead's high school girls basketball season came to an end Saturday with a 60-42 loss to Maple Grove in the Class 4A, Section 8 ...



Moorhead High homecoming king, queen crowned  Inforum

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



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 ...



After nearly 20 years of planning, groundbreaking ceremony held for Moorhead rail underpass  Inforum

MOORHEAD -- Construction on the $72.9 million railroad underpass at Main Avenue and 20th and 21st Streets got its ceremonial start Monday, July 16, with a ...



Metro-area students won't be penalized for Wednesday walkout...  West Fargo Pioneer

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 ...



High School Partners Program  M State News

Minnesota State Community and Technical College - four unique campuses and extensive online offerings.



Moorhead School Board candidates stake out positions at forum  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, ...



Trent Mitchell - obituary  Aitkin Independent Age

A Traditional Wake will begin on Thursday, May 9 at 4PM in the White Earth Community Center in White Earth and Continuing until the time of the *service* on ...



'You are not alone': Parkland shooting survivors bring nationwide tour to Moorhead  West Fargo Pioneer

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 ...



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 ...



In 35 minutes or less: DLHS cast preparing for one-act play ...  Detroit Lakes Online

For fans of high school sports, January is a month filled with trips to see basketball and hockey games, Nordic and alpine skiing races, wrestling and gymnastics ...



'Will is just Will': Mentality of Moorhead grad and Olympian Borgen like none other  Duluth News Tribune

MOORHEAD, Minn.--There'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 ...



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.



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 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 ...



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.



Explaining The Jr. NBA True North Qualifiers  Timberwolves.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 ...



Spuds boys basketball continues building program with win over Deacons  Inforum

MOORHEAD-From Moorhead's first boys basketball game, second-year head coach Tyler Bormann knew this season could be different.The Spuds beat ...



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.



District 196 students win seven of 13 state speech titles  ECM Publishers

Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District students won seven of 13 state championships and 33 of the 104 total medals awarded at this year's Class AA ...



Moorhead arena to undergo $8 million upgrade, then be renamed Cullen Hockey Center  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 re-name ...



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 ...



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 ...



Moorhead alum Nina Grollman makes Broadway debut with Denzel Washington  INFORUM

NEW YORK CITY- Eleven-year-old Nina Grollman stands with an outstretched right arm showing off macrame fringe meant to mimic a bird's wing. She wears a ...



Pirates boys tennis schedule  Crookston Daily Times

Crookston vs Bemidji Thursday, April 4. Bemidji State University 12 p.m.. East Grand Forks Triangular Monday, April 8. East Grand Forks High School Crookston ...



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.



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 ...



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.



D-G-F girls use balanced attack to upend Spuds for Moorhead Holiday...  Detroit Lakes Online

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 Friday night ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 council OK's Center Ave. overhaul, tax break for mixed-use project  Inforum

MOORHEAD -- Center Avenue is getting a facelift and along with that, the Moorhead City Council has approved a $112,000 tax break for a new mixed-use ...



Fargoan sticks with tradition in reopening 8th Street Barbershop  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 ...



'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 ...



Brainerd latest Minn. school to add lacrosse, joining Duluth, Grand Rapids; Moorhead, Alexandria mulling option  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 as ...



Local broadcast legend Larry Knutson has dedicated his life to Moorhead and Concordia athletics  Inforum

MoorheadThere's a rare kind of voice floating in the area's airwaves that has the ability to talk the Moorhead faithful through seven losses in the state hockey ...



Fargo-Moorhead Family Fun Guide  Fargo Monthly Magazine

Since the school season is coming to an end and the weather is starting to warm up, you may be looking for fun things to do with the family to stay busy.



Mississippi flooding could cost St. Paul $750000  MinnPost

A river runs over it. Emma Nelson at the Star Tribune crunches the numbers on flooding in downtown St. Paul this spring: “Mississippi River flooding this spring ...



Barnesville, DGF move on to section semifinals  Detroit Lakes Online

Barnesville's boys basketball team entered Monday's Minnesota Class 2A, Section 8 quarterfinal matchup against East Grand Fork having lost to the Green ...



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 ...



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 ...



Bergquist officially hired as Osakis superintendent  Alexandria Echo Press

The Osakis School District has hired a new superintendent. Sort of. Randy Bergquist, who was named interim superintendent after Joe Broderick resigned in the ...



Carson Wentz gets married  Duluth News Tribune

Carson Wentz was married over the weekend to his girlfriend. The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and former North Dakota State University star announced ...



Local students to honor Columbine victims on 19th anniversary  Inforum

MOORHEAD -- On the 19th anniversary of what was then the deadliest high school shooting in American history, students at Horizon Middle School will honor ...



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 ...



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