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This edition of the Walsh County Record from 1931 is filled with stories about the fatal dinner. Later, a 13th person would fall victim. Special to The Forum

Old headline resurfaces as causionary tale: Beware of botulism

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DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - As another canning season approaches, it might be worth taking a moment to remember the story of Edward and Delphine Hein. The couple threw a dinner party 80 years ago at their farmstead two miles northeast of Grafton, N.D.


Delphine served a salad sprinkled with peas she had canned herself.

Within days, 12 people and later a 13th would fall ill and die, including the Heins and three of their six children.

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