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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.

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Thursday, November 27th- Thanksgiving Day 2014!

It was a wonderful Thanksgiving Day in the Johnson household.  We mostly spent the day relaxing, laughing and enjoying one another.  Shaun made it in yesterday about 3:00 p.m. and had to battle some icy roads and snow to get here but she and Anya have the full weekend to spend here in the Forks.  Forgive me for feeling a little nostalgic today, but last Thanksgiving found us at Courage Center.  Kyle had been there approximately 2 weeks and Shaun managed to get Whole Foods to make us an entire Thanksgiving dinner to pick up and take to Rehab.  We had our turkey dinner in the dining hall at Courage Center with Scott, Amy, Jason, Kyle and Les and I.  Whole Foods had thrown in a couple of extra pies so we had a few other residents and their families join us for dessert!!  Today was quite different.  We had dinner at my mom's house made mostly by she and Jackie.  I prepared the pie and corn casserole, so it was a potluck style.  We watched football and enjoyed the family day without the institutional feel of a rehab setting.  Kyle told us he enjoyed last year, but really liked being home this year for the holiday.  We missed Amy and Scott and our new little granddaughter Autumn due to the fact that Amy has to work tomorrow.  I hope that each and every one of you had a very blessed Thanksgiving and NOW we can begin the Christmas season!!!  For those of you going out early on Black Friday...stay safe and warm.  As for all of us...we'll sleep in, have a little coffee and maybe venture out about noon!!  :)