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Published November 02, 2012, 11:30 PM

Lind: Heart association official says North Dakota has ‘great system of stroke care’

Neighbors’ mailbag is overflowing. So let’s dig into it. June Herman, of Ypsilanti, N.D., regional vice president of advocacy for the American Heart Association, says she “loved reading the story on Marilynn Moe,” referring to a column about a woman who survived a stroke.

By: Bob Lind, INFORUM

Neighbors’ mailbag is overflowing. So let’s dig into it. June Herman, of Ypsilanti, N.D., regional vice president of advocacy for the American Heart Association, says she “loved reading the story on Marilynn Moe,” referring to a column about a woman who survived a stroke.

June writes that “North Dakota has been developing a great system of stroke care. Due to legislation passed in 2009, the state set up the framework for stroke systems of care and also funded a statewide stroke registry that allows individual facilities to track the quality of care and also look at the coordinated response from EMS, rural hospitals and larger facilities.

“In 2011,” she says, “the governor and Legislature made stroke funding a base part of the state budget. For 2013, we hope to enhance the program further. “

June says nationwide, stroke has fallen from the third-leading cause of death to fourth. It has dropped to sixth in North Dakota.

Their 60th in Duluth

A book titled “How Fargo of You” was published a while ago. Well, a Fergus Falls, Minn., couple think a book titled “How Duluth (Minn.) of You” should be written because of their nice experience there.

Warren and Carol VanderLinden spent their honeymoon in Duluth, so they recently celebrated their 60th anniversary there.

When they checked into the Hampton Inn, the desk clerks greeted them with “Happy anniversary!”

At Grandma’s restaurant, a man from New York overheard them talking about it being their anniversary and said, “I’m buying your dinner,” gave them five $20 bills. He said he would be insulted if they didn’t accept it.

After they completed their “delicious” meal, as they described it, their waiter brought them a huge chocolate sundae for two.

To top it off, when they asked for their check, the manager appeared and said, “Your dinner is on the house. Congratulations!”

So the VanderLindens thank Duluth, the Hampton and Grandma’s “for making our 60th so memorable.”

Makes you wonder what Duluth will do for them on their 70th.


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