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Joey Nielson of Detroit Lakes works out at Star Fitness Center in Mahnomen Tuesday morning. He is an employee of Shooting Star Casino and gets a membership to the fitness center for free, as do all employees of the White Earth Tribe.

Defeating diabetes

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Every minute, at least one person is diagnosed with diabetes. Native Americans have a higher risk factor of developing diabetes, and 30 percent of those living on the White Earth Reservation have been diagnosed with the disease. That's not to say it can't be controlled though.


Over 10 years ago, the White Earth Reservation started a program for those suffering from diabetes, and also for those at risk of developing it.

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