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Kyle’s 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.

Latest Journal Update

Thursday, June 11th

What a different summer this is from the last! Last summer we were struggling with therapies, finding new and creative ways to get community help, and getting Kyle to and from the places he needed to be! This summer, Kyle is about to get involved in his UND Speech and Literacy group. Two things he loves and that has helped him so much. They start their summer 6 weeks on Monday and Kyle is excited. We still have Sgt. Dan helping us with PT and now Zachary from UND PT will also be assisting at Rehab with Kyle's workouts. Emily is still working her magic with Music Therapy weekly and she has become a very important person in Kyle' life!!  Also Kyle started some driving lessons with Jane Loscheider, OT, but he is really nervous about taking his drivers test over again, so we have discontinued driving until he gains some confidence! We only get 1 chance at having WSI pay for these lessons so Kyle needs to be  committed..DANG..we were so close!
Thereally big change for Kyle this summer has been that he is back to work about 2 1/2 hours per day, Mon.-Thurs. at Mosquito Control. His smile is back and he is loving every minute he is at MC. His job is in the lab and he and Nikki work on identification of mosquitoes so they will know when the mosquitoes responsible for West Nile virus make their appearance. He also got to go on the night spray held on Tuesday night. He was tired Wednesday morning, but it was well worth it. Todd and Eric have been super supportive and Les and I can't think of a finer group of individuals for Kyle to work with during the summer. All the people at the City of Grand Forks Health Dept. have been Kyle's support system and they have cheered Kyle on, even when we were unsure to what degree his injuries would limit his life. God is good and so are all the people caring and being there for Kyle!
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Daryl & Yvonne Halvorson
Thanks for the update! Kyle, way to go! Again and again, your dedication to moving forward is miraculous! You ARE an inspiration! Again and again we are reminded that "With God--ALL things are possible!"
Dottie Nelson
By Dottie Nelson
I'm so glad you're back fighting those "skeeters" for all of us. You have a GREAT TEAM at MC Dept. I second Kathryn's comment!!!!
Yvonne Fast
By Yvonne Fast
Wonderful update full of good news. I still pray for Kyle and for your family.
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Kathryn Greene
By Kathryn Greene
Thanks so much for the update--good news in so many ways!!
Kyle--I'm really glad to have you on my side once again against those pesky mosquitoes!