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Compton back home after ATV accident

Dale Compton, 53, of Tenstrike, was injured Nov. 14 when his ATV was struck by a deer near his residence on Erdahl Court.

He was driving the ATV home when a deer jumped across his path and ran into him, said Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp. Compton was thrown from the ATV.

Compton was transported by Blackduck Ambulance Service to the Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, where he was flown to Fargo via North Memorial Air Care with a severe concussion as well as other injuries.

The chairman of the Blackduck School Board was released from the hospital Wednesday and returned home.

Blackduck School Superintendent Bob Doetsch was there when Compton was airlifted to Fargo.

"I watched it leave," he said. "It was an empty helpless feeling not knowing what was wrong and knowing I could not do a thing."

Compton and his wife, Judy, have two sons, Charles and Benjamin, who attended Blackduck Schools. He worked for ADM Milling Co. for 14 years before being disabled from burns he received in an explosion at the mill.

Compton ran for and was elected to the Blackduck School Board in 1997 because he wanted to become more involved in his children's education and the school system.

He became the chairman of the school board in 1998, according to Doetsch, and has been the chair ever since.

"He has been elected to this position every year in January at the board's reorganizational meeting. The board members vote him in.," Doetsch said.

He is a past member of the North Country First Responders, a member of the Bemidji Eagles and Liberty Masonic Lodge No. 31.