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Former Moorhead mayor undergoing rehab for stroke

In a recent Facebook posting, Ron Williams said his wife thanked everyone for their well-wishes, adding that she could not use her hand to write responses to posts, but that she reads everything.

Mayor Del Rae Williams
Mayor Del Rae Williams talks with Moorhead residents at one of her last "Coffee with Mayor Del Rae" in December, 2018, in the atrium of the Moorhead Center Mall.
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MOORHEAD — Former Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams, who suffered a stroke earlier this month, is undergoing rehabilitation, according to information her husband posted on a Facebook page.

Williams' stroke was initially announced by her husband, Ron Williams, in a Facebook posting on Sept. 15.

Ron indicated he made the post on behalf of the former mayor, saying that she asked him to post the information.

Del Rae was taken by ambulance to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo around 5 p.m. on Sept. 14.

Ron said in that initial post that his wife was having difficulty using the phone and that her recovery could be slow.

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In a subsequent Facebook posting, Ron said his wife thanked everyone for their well-wishes, adding that she could not use her hand to write responses to posts, but that she reads everything.

"She's lost all ability on her right side, but she's at rehab working on it," Ron said.

"It's unfortunate that her loss of control is on the side opposite the shoulder she broke in May, so even that side is limited. She really appreciates all your words of encouragement," he added in the latest Facebook post talking about his wife's health.

Del Rae was elected the first female mayor of Moorhead in 2014, and was the first mayor that had not previously served on the City Council.

She served through 2018, after deciding not to run for a second term.

As mayor, Del Rae held monthly coffee sessions with citizens, get-togethers that were known as “Coffee with the Mayor.”

She serves as a trustee of the Cass-Clay Chapter of The Awesome Foundation, which gives small grants each month to fund ideas that aim to make the community a better place.

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