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Maintenance manager Don DuBois stands in the 3rd floor hallway of north campus on November 18, 2017. Photo by Reid Westrem.

August 2nd Stories Podcast

August 2 Stories is a Talon podcast series designed to allow members of the Minnehaha Academy community that were in north campus when the explosion occurred on August 2, 2017 to tell their stories. The series is hosted by M.A. senior Emma Melling.

August 2 Stories #7: Josh Thurow

This episode features Minnehaha Athletic Director Josh Thurow, who was in the gym at north campus when the explosion happened. In this interview, Thurow reflects on having gone through this experience with his girls’ basketball team and how he has moved forward personally. This interview was recorded on January 29, 2018.

August 2 Stories #6: Diane Hallberg and Karen Lutgen

This episode features band/orchestra teacher Diane Hallberg and choir teacher Karen Lutgen. Both Hallberg and Lutgen were in their offices in the fine arts wing of north campus when the explosion happened, but didn’t realize the full extent of the destruction until they went outside and saw the gaping hole in the building. This interview was recorded on January 25, 2018.

August 2 Stories #5: Kristin Overton

This episode features Minnehaha college and guidance counselor Kristen Overton, who was in her office meeting with a student when the explosion happened. Overton was pregnant at the time but has since delivered a healthy baby boy. This interview was recorded on December 5, 2017.

August 2 Stories #4: Donna Harris

This episode features Minnehaha Academy President Dr. Donna Harris, who was thrown to her office floor when the explosion happened and then escaped through her window onto the roof. This interview was recorded on December 4, 2017.

August 2 Stories #3: Curt Bjorlin

Our guest for episode #3 is Buildings Supervisor Curt Bjorlin, who heard about the gas leak over his radio and then tried to warn his other colleagues to leave the building. Bjorlin was near the main office area when the explosion happened. This interview was recorded on October 26, 2017.

August 2 Stories #2: Mary Kate Fretheim

This episode features Administration Assistant Mary Kate Fretheim, who heard Don DuBois’ call to “get out” and then tried to warn others. She was in the student services office off of senior hallway when the building blew. This interview was recorded on September 26, 2017.

August 2 Stories #1: Don DuBois

This episode features Maintenance Manager Don DuBois, who was in north campus when the explosion occurred and ran through the building warning others to get out. He has since been called a hero. This interview was recorded on September 28, 2017.