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Former DLHS student passed away

Durgan Whitaker

Students and staff received the sad news that a former DLHS student, Durgan Whitaker, 18, passed away Saturday, Dec. 30.

Principal Darren Wolf sent a letter to parents and guardians to let them know of the loss and that counseling staff will be available for students in the coming days and weeks.

"Please contact the school office if you feel your child is in need of additional assistance; we have a list of school and community mental health resources," the letter reads.

A funeral service is scheduled for Whitaker on Saturday, Jan. 6, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Standing Rock Lutheran Church in Fort Ransom, North Dakota.

Whitaker participated in track and was also a Lakes Area Boxing fighter while he attending school in the Detroit Lakes district. According to his Facebook page, he was living in Lisbon, North Dakota, when he passed away.