• Potato Lake resident's deadly infection

Scott Donahue, who lives on Potato Lake, was diagnosed with blastomycosis in March and was hospitalized for over three months. He is still facing a long road to recovery from the fungal infection. Submitted photo
Scott Donahue, who lives on Potato Lake, was diagnosed with blastomycosis in March and was hospitalized for over three months. He is still facing a long road to recovery from the fungal infection. Submitted photo


Scott Donahue of rural Park Rapids who lives on Potato Lake was diagnosed with blastomycosis in March, and is still recovering.

The fungus thrives in a wet environment and is often found near rivers or lakes, according to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) website, entering the lungs when breathing in sports.

Donahue’s son, Max, had a yellow Lab named Buck on the property, who was diagnosed with blastomycosis in the summer of 2018.

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• DSU budget cuts

Dickinson State University has so far identified seven positions it will not fill as it tries to make $2 million in cuts.

At a forum Tuesday, Laura Nelson, interim vice president of finance and administration, told faculty about the budget task force's progress on their goal of reducing the university's biennium budget by $2 million by the end of 2019.

"The task force is still working on collecting department information and comparing it to other campuses, and then we are using that data to evaluate reductions whereas needed," she said.

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• East Gull Lake fire

A firefighter from Pillager Area Fire & Rescue battles an East Gull Lake shop fire Saturday, Sept. 21, on Poplar Drive. The shop building was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived on scene. Photo / Pillager Area Fire & Rescue.
A firefighter from Pillager Area Fire & Rescue battles an East Gull Lake shop fire Saturday, Sept. 21, on Poplar Drive. The shop building was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived on scene. Photo / Pillager Area Fire & Rescue.

Firefighters from Pillager Area Fire and Rescue battled a shop fire in East Gull Lake, but the building was a total loss, according to Fire Chief Greg Ringler.

“We were paged out for a fully involved structure fire,” Ringler said of the fire department vehicles that arrived on scene at about 7:40 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.

The owners of the nearby home on Poplar Drive, their daughter and their pets were inside their residence when firefighters responded to their shop fire.

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• Perham business moving to Wadena

Burned wreckage sat untouched earlier this year, months months after a fire leveled Suds Tavern and Make Me Wine in December 2018. Debris removal can't start until each insurance company completes an investigation. Carter Jones / Perham Focus
Burned wreckage sat untouched earlier this year, months months after a fire leveled Suds Tavern and Make Me Wine in December 2018. Debris removal can't start until each insurance company completes an investigation. Carter Jones / Perham Focus

Make Me Wine, a home brewing supply outlet, gift, decor and more store formerly of Perham, will soon move to Wadena.

The announcement came from new Make Me Wine owner Kim Wendt. The business is currently housed inside Head Quarters, a salon on East Centennial Drive in New York Mills. Wendt said the move to the former Rex McDonald Studio in Wadena will allow the business to show off their full inventory again.

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