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John Barlund began his Frazee coaching career in 2005 and has led the Hornets to eight trips to state, including this season, leading to four runner-up finishes and one state championship in 2011. Forum News Service

Kicking teen in groin spurred suspension of Frazee wrestling coach

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By Chris Murphy, Forum News Service

FARGO — A kick to the groin of a 13-year-old last month, along with a verbal lashing, prompted school officials to suspend Frazee-Vergas Public Schools wrestling coach and physical education teacher John Barlund.

All because of a little badminton birdie.

According to investigation documents, Barlund kicked the 13-year-old in the groin after the student struck Barlund in the face with a badminton birdie.

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