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Becker County prepares for a flu pandemic

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A drill to test the distribution of medical supplies from the national stockpile -- and their local allocation to essential personnel -- went well Thursday, with 85 bags of placebos distributed in Detroit Lakes.

Getting those placebos -- actually M&Ms and Skittles packaged 10 apiece in plastic medical bags -- was no easy matter. A squad car with two auxiliary Becker County deputies had to be dispatched to Park Rapids to pick up, guard, and return the box to Detroit Lakes.

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