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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

Saturday, May 9th

Well it seems we just keep having good things happen.  Yesterday Kyle went for a driving evaluation with Jane Loscheider, OT at Altru. I must admit, I was rather nervous about this as I knew that Kyle wants this to happen more then almost anything else.  This and working a job takes him a bit closer to his "normal" and allows him some independence that he hasn't experienced since August 21, 2013.  Jane explained that he had to pass a test about street signage and then they went out to a parking lot and he went behind the wheel.  He is using his left hand and arm mostly, but this can be supported by some adaptions to the steering wheel to accommodate his stronger arm. He did pretty well and Jane is now requesting about 6 more sessions to progress from parking lot to road worthy.  She explained to him that he probably wouldn't be able to drive on the highway, but driving himself to and from Grand Forks establishments is all he's really interested in at this point.  We are optimistic about this and we want him to be able to drive again provided he is safe and so are the drivers of Grand Forks.  Since we have so much confidence in Jane and she would never place him at risk, we say ...full speed ahead...just mind the speed limits!!
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Lenita Fast
By Jonathan's Aunt Lenita
Another milestone!!!
Daryl & Yvonne Halvorson
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YES, YES, YES!!! Thanks for sharing-keep it up Kyle--absolutely great news--just think how far you have come! We are so proud to know you!
Brenda Hanson
By Brenda Hanson