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FNS Photo by John Stennes A secure evidence room at the morgue with access limited to only four staff members houses anything found on crime victims and has its own freezers, refrigerators and special forensic clothes dryers.

Where the dead tell their final stories: GF County morgue sees growing workload from around region


GRAND FORKS — The waiting room is inconspicuous for a place where people tell the last stories of their lives.

Those telling the stories don’t enter through the waiting room, which features pale walls and simple furniture.

Instead, they are ushered discreetly through the back of the building by ambulance crews, funeral home employees and others.

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Brandi Jewett
Brandi Jewett is an enterprise reporter for the Grand Forks Herald and reports on a variety of topics. Other positions she has held at the Herald include city government reporter, general assigment reporter and news intern. While attending the University of North Dakota, she worked as a news reporter and editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, The Dakota Student. She now serves as one of its alumni advisers. A native of Valley City, N.D., 23 years worth of winters hasn't scared her out of the state yet. You can follow Jewett and her reporting projects on her blog www.diggingdeeper.areavoices.com
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