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In the Three Generations film, "Native Silence," Detroit Lakes resident Joyce Arndt discusses how, at age 22 months, she was placed in her first foster home. She lived in 14 more foster homes before walking away from the system at age 16, and lived on the streets for three years. It was there that she became involved in the world of drugs and human trafficking. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Silent no more: DL artist shares how she escaped

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When Joyce Arndt was just 22 months old, she was placed in foster care for the first time.


Over the course of the next 13 years, she would be uprooted and sent to 14 more foster homes — until at age 16, she decided she'd had enough, and ended up living on the street. For the next three years, Arndt lived a hand-to-mouth existence, falling into the shadow world of drugs and human trafficking.

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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