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Dale Bothun, an actor with the Minnesota Crisis Intervention Team, portrays a mentally ill man who's doused himself with gasoline during a role-playing scenario Friday. Officers from seven area counties participated in the training this week in Willmar. Tribune Photo by Carolyn Lange

Law enforcement officers from seven counties get training in mental health crisis intervention

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Dressed in an overcoat and hat drenched in gasoline, "Tom" sits on a pile of newspapers making flowers for his deceased mother, whom he misses dearly and to whom he is talking in a rambling mumble. "I know, mom. I know. I'm coming."


There are cigarette lighters beside him.

"I'm going home to my mom," Tom tells a police officer who has been called to the scene.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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