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Dr. Mark Koponen, deputy coroner, in the main autopsy room of the Grand Forks County morgue. The facility contracts with 19 counties in North Dakota and Minnesota and in 2012 performed 184 autopsies, up from just 73 in 2004. JOHN STENNES/GRAND FORKS HERALD

Grand Forks County morgue sees growing work load from around region

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The waiting room is inconspicuous for a place where people tell the last story of their life.

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 with a focus on northwest Minnesota for the Grand Forks Herald. Other positions she has held at the Herald include 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 on Twitter and Instagram: @brandijewett
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