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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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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 ...



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.



Shooting hoax at Moorhead High School  Valley News Live

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



Moorhead students to join national walkout in response to Florida...  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 ...



Moorhead High School Theater Brings History to the Stage with “Newsies”  AM 1100 The Flag WZFG

The Tony Award-winning Broadway phenomenon, “Newsies” is coming to Moorhead High School theater Nov. 9-11, 16-18, and 23-24. The show is based on ...



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.



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 ...



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 ...



Former Moorhead Spuds hockey standout Cullen signs with Pittsburgh...  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 ...



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.



Fargo-Moorhead area football players get the chance to interact...  Grand Forks Herald

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 council signs off on deals to begin underpass const...  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 ...



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.



Concerns arise over behavior of adult fans at high school ga...  Grand Forks Herald

FARGO — Referee Dave Klundt was looking to get things off on the right foot at the Tuesday night, Feb. 27, conference quarterfinal game between the Shanley ...



Lady Cards Defeat De La Salle In Top-5 Pairing  Voice Of Alexandria

(Alexandria, MN) -- The Monday edition of the Cardinal Sports Report is highlighted with summaries from the coaches of the Alexandria Cardinal Dance and ...



Plans for Moorhead railroad underpass stall after bids come in...  Inforum

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



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 ...



2017 Moorhead High School graduating class  West Fargo Pioneer

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, ...



'This is us taking a stand': F-M students join national demonstration...  West Fargo Pioneer

FARGO – The number of participants varied by school, but students across Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo joined their counterparts nationwide in walking out ...



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.



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.



WATCH: Moorhead's Carter Randklev scores highlight-reel goal  Grand Forks Herald

Moorhead High School's Carter Randklev ended up on ESPN's SportsCenter on Tuesday night for a highlight-reel goal he scored against Brainerd. Here's the ...



The class of 2018: Graduation day in photos  West Fargo Pioneer

Celebrating seniors at the graduation ceremony for Moorhead Senior High: Sofia Perez, Avyan Mejdeem, Fatuma Mohamed, Peighton Folks, Fatuma Abdallah.1 ...



'You are not alone': Parkland shooting survivors bring nationwide...  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 ...



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 ...



Keep forging ahead: Minnesota native finds success as interior...  Brainerd Dispatch

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Hopping on a plane and jetting off to the far corners of the country, Laura Wiedmann is taking America by storm — one room at a time.



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 ...



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 ...



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.



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 ...



Drivers should plan for major road work in F-M area this summer...  West Fargo Pioneer

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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



'Will is just Will': Mentality of Moorhead grad and Olympian...  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 ...



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.



Eight Moorhead Women Set to Make a Splash in November's Elections  KVRR

The Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers says that women are throwing their names in the hat for local elections in record numbers.



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 ...



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 native Borgen selected to U.S. Olympic hockey team  KFGO

(KFGO/KNFL) Moorhead native Will Borgen was selected to the 2018 U.S. Olympic men's hockey team. The team was announced on Monday during the Winter ...



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.



Will Borgen’s rapid rise take him from small town Minnesota to international stage  St. Paul Pioneer Press

As a 17-year-old, Will Borgen would walk the hallways of Moorhead High School simply hoping he'd get the chance to play college hockey, so forgive him if he ...



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 ...



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.



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

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 ...



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, ...



Grooters headlines this year's West Fargo Hall of Fame class  West Fargo Pioneer

Greg Grooters made a lasting impact as a teacher and school administrator during his life in West Fargo. He had a hand in most of this year's West Fargo High ...



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.



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 ...



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 ...



Local mayors share thoughts on pay equity  West Fargo Pioneer

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



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.



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.



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.



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



The King and Queen: Homecoming coronation held at Bemidji High...  Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI—Bemidji High School's homecoming week will culminate with a football game against the Moorhead High School Spuds, but there's a handful 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 ...



2017-2018 Minnesota Mr. Hockey Watch List  SBN College Hockey

The boy's fall Elite League concluded last weekend with their annual National Invitational Tournament, which means it is almost time for the Minnesota boy's ...



Eighth-grade DL Pacesetter team advances to state  Detroit Lakes Online

The eighth-grade Detroit Lakes Pacesetter youth basketball team is headed to the state tournament after placing at the Pacesetter Region 6 basketball ...



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.



Commission on judicial selection recommends Seventh Judicial District candidates to Governor Dayton  Wadena Pioneer Journal

Michelle Clark: Clark is an Assistant Douglas County Attorney, where she handles gross misdemeanor and felony cases. Previously, she was an attorney at Tillitt ...



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 ...



Boys basketball: Perham ends Osakis' 22-win season in the 8AA...  Osakis Review

The Osakis boys basketball team had cut its deficit to 29-22 after a Daniel Savageau three about two and a half minutes into the second half on Monday night.



Nordick selected as new Park Rapids Activities Director  Park Rapids Enterprise

Jeremy Nordick has been selected as the new Activities Director at Park Rapids Area Schools, replacing John Schumacher. "There are many reasons why I ...



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 ...



Something to talk about: Act Up's 'Theory' wants to get conn...  West Fargo Pioneer

FARGO — Act Up Theatre always has something to say. An alternative to the family-friendly, song-and-dance summer productions at Trollwood Performing Arts ...



Thompson leads section track qualifiers  Detroit Lakes Online

Sophomore Isaiah Thompson qualified for the Section 8AA finals in both hurdles races to lead the Laker track and field teams at day one of competition at ...



Prior Lake Bridges coordinator among dozens from area deployed to Kuwait  SW News Media

More than 650 Minnesota National Guard soldiers deployed for a nearly year-long overseas mission in Kuwait on Sunday.



Nordick selected as new Park Rapids Activities Director, head...  Detroit Lakes Online

"There are many reasons why I wanted the AD position at Park Rapids. I felt it was a tremendous opportunity to grow professionally. The administration has built ...



Local hockey pioneer Bernie Burggraf has died  Grand Forks Herald

WEST FARGO – Bernie Burggraf, a local pioneer whose last name is synonymous with hockey, has died, according to AM 1100 The Flag's Steve Hallstrom.



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 ...



Funeral set for south Fargo murder victim  Valley News Live

Funeral plans and obituary released for murder victim Cory Terlecky.



Metro volleyball sees spike in kid sisters shining like siblings  Minneapolis Star Tribune

Several volleyball standouts, including Kennedi Orr of Eagan, are following the lead of talented older siblings.



Balanced attack leads Perham in to the 8AA finals  Perham Focus

“Overall, it was a superior effort by the boys. They came focused and ready to go,” Perham head coach Dave Cresap said. “Our defense was solid. Jenson ...



17-year-old Moorhead boy gets 3.5 months in work camp for fatal...  DL-Online

MOORHEAD – Jamie Olson spoke loud and clear over the weeping teenagers assembled in a Clay County courtroom Monday as she told the standing-room- ...



Starry stonewort infests Wright County lake  Star Tribune

Starry stonewort, an invasive algae, has claimed another Minnesota lake. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recently identified two small patches ...



Interactive: Is your high school a pipeline to the UMN, community college or someplace else?  St. Paul Pioneer Press

Is your local high school a pipeline to the University of Minnesota, a community college or perhaps a Minnesota State university? New reports from the ...



Moorhead artist tours new Vikings stadium, unveils paintings  West Fargo Pioneer

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Grady Carlson was among the lucky few to get a sneak peek at the Vikings' new stadium, which hosts its first preseason NFL home game ...



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 ...



Coming Home  Minnesota State University

Since it was founded as Moorhead Normal School in 1888, Minnesota State University Moorhead has served thousands of students from across the nation and ...



Christensen vaults Breckenridge into section finals  Detroit Lakes Online

Breckenridge's 6-foot-8 junior Noah Christensen came down hard going up for a pass with 10 minutes, 26 seconds to go in the Minnesota Class 2A, Section 8 ...



RPI Engineers - Jeff Foss - 2010-11 Men's Hockey -  RPI Athletics

Statistics: Career / 2010-11 / 2009-10 / 2008-09 / 2007-08. 2010-11: Played in 38 games ... Has three goals with 11 assists for 14 points ... Assessed 24 ...



Wayzata In The Hunt For Another NXN Heartland Team Title  MileSplit

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SCSU hockey lands Moorhead defenseman  St. Cloud Times

Performance at camp helped sell Huskies on Will Borgen.



Moorhead native going back to Antarctica sets goal of visiting...  West Fargo Pioneer

MOORHEAD — Cameron Dailey-Ruddy says he feels more at home when traveling through foreign countries and living on a virtually uninhabited continent than ...



At the barbershop and the salon, area men and women share views...  West Fargo Pioneer

FARGO—A barber shop is the ultimate male domain, a place where men can relax and talk about subjects they might not speak about elsewhere, where ...



Willmar Prevails Over Alex In Volleyball Home Opener  Voice Of Alexandria

(Willmar, MN) -- The Wednesday edition of the Cardinal Sports Report features some post-match reaction from Alexandria's Mya Lesnar, after her Cardinals ...



Gretchen Kost  Bismarck Tribune

Gretchen Kaye Carlson Kost, 42, Moorhead, Minn., died Jan. 30, 2017, at Sanford Medical Center.



Old news rich in history: Thousands of newspaper clippings in...  West Fargo Pioneer

FARGO — Lined with dusty filing cabinets full of yellowed newspaper clippings and old books, the little room on the west side of the Forum building has the look ...



Wild turns Florida games into road trip for fathers, brothers and others  Star Tribune

Not only will the group take in Friday's game against the Panthers, but it'll fly with the team to Tampa for the second half of a back-to-back Saturday.



Matt Cullen comes home to play for the Wild  Alexandria Echo Press

In the summer of 2013, former Moorhead High School hockey standout Matt Cullen was walking around the bar at Usher's House in Moorhead during a silent ...



Meet the teams in NPSL North  E Pluribus Loonum

This is part two of a five-part preview of the NPSL North's 2017 season. Yesterday, our writer, Eli Hoff, went over 3 Reasons to Follow the NPSL North. But now ...



A guide to Minnesota's Tuesday caucuses  Minnesota Public Radio News

Minnesotans will join fellow voters in 11 other states (plus American Samoa and Democrats abroad) on Super Tuesday to choose who they'd like to see on ...



Student testing continues, but state revamps school grading  Star Tribune

Minnesota students will continue to take state tests, but the way that schools are graded will change dramatically under a new plan outlined Tuesday by the ...



Thursday, 12-1-16 Cardinal Sports Report | Cardinal Sports  Voice Of Alexandria

(Alexandria, MN) -- The first Cardinal Sports Report of December details some of what will keep Alexandria Area High School's Jaran Roste busy this weekend, ...



Jordan Greenway gets his first ice time for Wild against Nashville  Star Tribune

With only seven games to go in the regular season, Jordan Greenway is joining the Wild in the midst of a pressure-packed playoff push.



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