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Sheila Lehrke received her nursing degree from the Abbott Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis, where she worked for a short time, but has spent most of her career in Detroit Lakes. Photo by - Vicki Gerdes

A career spent saving lives

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Being on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year -- a nurse's job at Essentia Health St. Mary's EMS is more than just a career, it's a way of life, says Sheila Lehrke.


And she should know. Lehrke has been a nurse at St. Mary's for 40 years now, and "I've worked in EMS pretty much that whole time," she says.

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
(218) 844-1454