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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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Deb Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Tuesday, September 30th".

Sick day for me today. Slept most of the day, but Kyle had a very productive day. He started a 6 week PT program with UND. Today they mostly did some evaluation. He will ... Read more

Deb Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Monday, September 29th".

Kyle's cherry bars were a hit at Conversation group...not many came home with him.  In conversation group they posed scenerios and each person had to explain what they ... Read more

Deb Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Sunday, September 28th".

Relatively little to share today.  Kyle manage to be a sharer and gave all of us a bad cold.  No, it really isn't Kyle...the kids at school and at UMC have been dropping ... Read more

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Deb Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Saturday, September 27th".

Well we're all down with a rotten cold!! Kyle is starting to turn the corner, but Les and I are pretty much in the beginning stages.  We all have been on the "down-low" ... Read more

Deb Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Friday, September 26th".

Had a great day today..started out at 8:30 with Pt and Kari at Altru.  Boy was it hard to convince Kyle to get up at 7:30 to get to therapy by 8:30.  After therapy, Kyle ... Read more

Deb Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Thursday, September 25th".

Another day filled with therapies.  Today Kyle had speech at UND and music therapy in the afternoon.  His Comfort Keeper companion helped him get to his appointments and ... Read more

Deb Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Wednesday, September 24th".

Kyle is much better today...now Les and I think we may be getting the same thing.  I have an earache and Les has a sore throat.  Kyle still has his barky cough, but it ... Read more

Deb Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Tuesday, September 23rd".

Today would have been my father's 86th birthday!  HaPPy BiRthDaY DaD!!Kyle had another rough day with his cold/flu.  We had a day full of therapies planned and I became ... Read more

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