Bonners County veterinarian sharing tale of survival in Creston on April 20

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Dr. Stuart Nelson will make a presentation in Creston on April 20.

Creston residents have an opportunity to hear a compelling story of survival in the Yukon. Guest speaker Dr. Stuart Nelson, Jr., shares his experience of being stranded in the wilderness when he lost his boat on a solo kayaking trip in the Yukon waterways. Alone, with almost no supplies, Nelson prepared to survive as long as possible in hopes of rescue. A seasoned adventurer after many years of kayak trips in the north, he devised strategies that saved his life.

Nelson is a vet living in Idaho’s Bonners County, with decades of ties to the Creston community. He currently is the head veterinarian of the Iditerod, a position he has held since 1996. Despite the adventure that almost took his life, he loves the north country, and spends at least half his year there.

Nelson has an engaging narrative style as he describes his journey of loneliness, desperation, ingenuity, and faith. He tells his story at 7 p.m. April 20 in the Creston and District Credit Union conference room. There is no admission charge, but it is recommended to reserve seats. Simply leave a message at 250-428-9449 or email


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