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Payton Rufsvold of Norman County West practices with his team Wednesday in Halstad. He recently scored his 1,000th point in basketball despite suffering an accidental gunshot wound Sept. 3, 2010. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

A year and a half after gunshot to stomach, Norman County West basketball player hits 1,000-point career mark

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HALSTAD, Minn. - A Mountain Dew bottle. A neon green-colored plastic bottled filled with 20 ounces of soda.

It's sold in countless convenience stores across the nation, including the Cenex Station here in town.

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This is what saved Payton Rufsvold's life.

"I just got some sour Gummi Worms and some pop in case I got thirsty," Rufsvold said. "I didn't open it. No reason I didn't open it."

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