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"Walking Into The Unknown", a documentary film that traces the personal journey of a middle-aged American Indian male through the health care system, has earned an Emmy nomination in the Cultural Documentary category by the Midwest Emmy Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

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The film was directed/edited by, Hawley native, Nate Maydole and features Dr. Arne Vainio, a physician who works on the Fond du Lac Ojibwe Reservation.

"Receiving the Emmy nomination is truly an honor and is something that everybody associated with the film can be extremely proud of," Maydole said.

"Walking Into the Unknown" is the first feature film that Maydole has completed which makes the nomination that much greater.

The folm follows the personal journey of Dr. Arne Vainio, an Ojibwe family practice physician. Frustrated by middle-aged American Indian men not getting health screenings. Vainio came to the realization that he, too, was avoiding the necessary screenings.

Facing all the health risk statistics for diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer that many American Indians face, Vainio chose to undergo the medical screenings, diet changes, and new lifestyle necessary to override the fatal outcome experienced by many people. .

More information about "Walking Into The Unknown"is available at www.walkingintotheunknown.com.

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