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Wahpeton school defibrillator saves West Fargo man's life

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A Wahpeton, N.D., school's defibrillator and some quick-thinking staff helped save the life of a West Fargo man last week.

St. John's Catholic School interim Principal Jim Milne was at a meeting about construction on a new school connected to the church.


That's when contractor Don Bernhagen suddenly leaned over, collapsing to the floor.

"He was breathing, but it was really labored," Milne said. "He was turning really blue in the face, almost purple."

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