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HIGHER EDUCATION NOTEBOOK: UND student finds success after tragedy

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Ben Hylden, a Park River, N.D., native, was sitting around the campfire at summer camp when he suddenly decided to tell his story.

A senior in high school at the time, Hylden told his fellow campers about how he nearly died from internal bleeding in his brain, organ damage, and a crushed leg and face when his car slid off a remote road a few years prior in 2007.


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Anna Burleson
Anna Burleson is the higher education reporter for The Grand Forks Herald. She is a 2013 graduate of the University of South Dakota's Mass Communication program and is originally from Watertown, S.D. Contact Burleson with story ideas or tips by either phone, email or Twitter, all of which are listed below. More examples of her work can be found at
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