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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

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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 with beats focusing on northwest Minnesota, unmanned aircraft systems and East Grand Forks city government. Other positions she has held at the Herald include Grand Forks city government reporter, general assigment reporter and news intern. A native of Valley City, N.D., 24 years worth of winters haven't scared her out of the state yet. Follow her work at and on Twitter and Instagram: @brandijewett. Send tips and story ideas to 
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