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Speedway injury adds to crash toll

Published: April 8, 2007

acfcmagtaiy4Speedway officials still insist the sport does not need a safety overhaul despite another accident in a series that has claimed three lives in four weeks and left two men badly injured.

A 42-year-old father of three became the latest injury victim when his racing car slammed into a concrete wall and flipped three times at Kaikohe Speedway’s Easter Stampede yesterday.

George Waa was last night in a serious condition in Northland Base Hospital after being airlifted from the scene about 12.30pm. He has serious chest injuries, including bruising to his heart and lungs and broken ribs.

Idland honored for his work as disability activist

Published: April 8, 2007

news01The son of former Ramsey County deputy sheriff Gerry Idland of Devils Lake was inducted into the Spinal Cord Injury Hall of Fame in the category of Disability Activist last fall.

Shane Idland of Kelseyville, Calif. was honored at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. He is also the half-brother of former Devils Lake basketball standout Gerry Idland Jr., who now lives near St. Cloud, Minn.

Idland was injured nearly 13 years ago in an automobile accident that caused a spinal cord injury, leaving him paralyzed and wheelchair-bound.

Ducharme regains some mobility

Published: April 8, 2007

01_03-ducharmeCHARLOTTE — A Charlotte man who suffered a severe spinal injury during last year’s running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, can now walk, jog and play golf — all to the surprise of doctors who said he would never regain mobility below his waist.

Ray Ducharme, who was injured in a mock bullfight, has slowly recovered after months of Rehabilitation. The 31-year-old banker is not quite as agile as he once was, but he plans to return to his job at Bank of America in the near future.

“Every doctor told me there was no chance I would walk again. I guess I didn’t listen to them,” he said.

Published: April 8, 2007
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