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My Story

As most of you know Wednesday morning Kyle and a coworker were hit by a train while protecting Grand Forks from mosquitoes. Kyle would tell the story with a most funny, exaggerated version...I will tell it with just the facts! We will get his version later! At about 8:30 yesterday, August 21, Kyle and Jonathon were out just west of the Industrial park, when they crossed a railroad track. Unknown to both of them, there was a train on the tracks  and although whistles were blown, neither of them heard the noise and proceeded to cross. From there it is a bit sketchy..we don't really who was driving, however both both boys were found still strapped in the vehicle according to first responders. Both boys were rushed to Altru, where life-saving triage began immediately.  Kyle had to have surgery for internal bleeding and a head injury. He also has a collapsed lung and bruised vertebrae and ribs.  His ocular socket is broken on the right eye. Please pray for Kyle ! I will update as time and circumstances allow!

Addendum: After much discussion with police and first responders, as well as Les and Scott's visit to the accident site, it appears that Kyle was driving.  Circumstances such as morning sun, trees that partially obscure tracks in the area,  the noise of the Kubota and the fact that ear protection may have been used as per procedure through mosquito control, may all have contributed to this accident.

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Twyla Bartel signed Kyle's Guestbook.

I've been praying for you all along, even if I rarely post on here.  In fact, I've read Deb's posts every day, except for the 2 weeks when I was away from Internet ... Read more

Deb Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Wednesday, August 20th".

Fantastic day today.. no therapies, but lots of good things happening.  Today I connected with County Social Services and it looks like they may assign a caseworker to ... Read more

Deb Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Tuesday, August 18th".

Well that darn planner is working pretty well!  What's better then a planner for a kind of rigid thinking guy who asks many questions over and over.  Today was a ... Read more

Deb Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Monday, August 18th".

Our days are very full and Kyle is very motivated to continue.  His calendar helps a lot for him, as things are laid out and I just have to say, "Look at your calendar." ... Read more

Deb Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Sunday, August 17th".

Another lazy Sunday...but we stayed active and engaged.  Kyle started the day at 10:00.  Got to sleep in a little longer.  We have been trying to start getting up ... Read more

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Deb Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Saturday, August 16th".

And the bathroom moves forward!  Today we did the insulation and tomorrow we will pick up the shower and all the accessories with the help of Eric Nelson who owns a truck ... Read more

Deb Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Friday, August 15th".

A decidedly better day today...had a few victories.  Nothing like being persistent and hard-headed even if you are worn out and down.  Today we emailed the doctor who ... Read more

Deb Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Thursday, August 14th".

As the start of school nears ever closer, so does the anxiety about what Kyle will do and how to keep him active and engaged in activities that will enhance his progress. ... Read more

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