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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, January 15th

It been almost one year since the wonderful city employees, mosquito control personnel and NDAD held a fundraiser for Kyle.  In that year the monies have helped supplement the many therapies that Kyle continues to need to get better and stronger.  It was a lifeline for us, especially with the traveling we had to do weekly when Kyle was in Bethesda in St. Paul and Courage Center in Golden Valley.  I recall being overwhelmed by the response and the people we saw walk into the 6th floor of the Social Service building.  The only real disappointment was that Kyle was not able to be there to see the support he had and the feeling of love and encouragement that the people of Grand Forks and outlying communities had for him.
Tonight we had the chance to see that same action of encouragement, support and caring being shared by this community again for a dear friend and colleague, Brad Sanner.  His is a story of health crises after health crises and his resilience to overcome; first kidney disease and now melanoma.  The fundraiser was an "Old-Fashioned Variety Show", and the talent was exceptional.  I happen to know that there were tons of people willing to give of their time and talents for this show.  The orchestration of this fundraiser was awesome, with the show being held in the Empire Arts Center.  There were over 85 silent auction items and I hope I got at least one of the number of items on which Les, Kyle and I made bids!!  The food was donated by Rhombus Guys and Blue Moose and was very tasty.  But the real treat was seeing Brad, Amy and their family and being able to talk to a few wonderful people like Mike Brue from NDAD, Todd and Brenda Hanson, Todd is Kyle's boss at Mosquito Control, and some of my awesome colleagues who were instrumental in making this fundraiser a reality!!  And now another family will have the same chance to benefit from financial support as they continue to get medically stronger.  I can say without a doubt that the money raised tonight makes a difference..we have lived that difference.  Thank you Grand Forks for being there for those in need..There isn't another place this girl would want to live and Brad...Seize the Day!!!