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18-year-old from Miltona, Minn., dies from medical condition

Alexandria School District 206 is trying to cope with the unexpected death of an 18-year-old student.

Lance Lundsten, a senior at Jefferson High School, died Saturday.

According to preliminary autopsy results that were shared with the family, he died from cardiac edema, a condition caused by an enlarged heart.

There was no evidence that drugs or alcohol played any role in the death, according to a family member interviewed by the newspaper. The family was told that it would be six to eight weeks before complete toxicology results are determined.

At 9:54 p.m. Saturday, the sheriff's office received a 911 call of a medical emergency at Lundsten's home in rural Miltona where he lived with his grandparents.

Sheriff's deputies, North Ambulance, Miltona First Responders and the Parkers Prairie Ambulance responded. Lundsten was transported by ambulance to the Douglas County Hospital where he later died.

This morning, students and staff at School District 206 are dealing with the loss.

Superintendent Terry Quist said that counseling services were made available to students at Jefferson High School beginning today and will continue for as long as necessary.

Quist said that the Jefferson High School crisis team met yesterday to plan for the return of students and how best to support their emotional needs as they come to terms with the tragedy.

He added that it is important that students have an opportunity to talk.

"We want to make the day as normal as possible," he said in an e-mail to all district staff. "Give your students time to process, assure them that there are adults to talk to if they are having a tough day...Today, and in the days ahead, we need to pull together and honor Lance's memory."

Visitation and funeral services for Lundsten will be held this evening at St. Mary's Catholic Church. The service will begin at 7:30 p.m. with visitation from 4 to 7:30 p.m. prior to services.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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