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  • Jun 24, 2010 6:49am

    I thought he would get a harsher sentence but I guess it is what it is and that part is over for you. His guilty plea leaves it open for a civil suit so you can recover some financial loss if you want to go that route.

    All the best to you Tom.  Big hugs. 

    Collette Lemons

  • Jun 23, 2010 2:27pm

    Tom:  There is no way that whatever sentence imposed on Mattson can remotely make up for what you've been through and are going through.  I'd send him voodoo vibes for a miserable life, but I'd rather put my energy into sending you best vibes for your best healing.   I'm keeping the candles lit (with special dispensation from the Ozone Powers That Be) for both your healing and the best outcome on your civil lawsuit against the guy.


    Mary Dignan
    Sacramento, CA

  • May 28, 2010 4:41pm

    Hey Tom,

    Scott from the cell phone store here.  Hope you and Nectar are doing well.

    I'm heading out of town for the weekend, but if you get a chance give me a call next, Tuesday or after sometime when you get a chance.

    You should have my cell phone # still, if not it's 612-387-0254.

    Have a great Memorial Day weekend and give Nectar a scratch behind the ears for me.

    Take care,

    Scott Watkins
    Willmar, MN

  • May 27, 2010 4:13pm


    I am deeply sorry to hear this latest news. I am rooting for you in your upcoming civil suit. Take care of yourself and enjoy life as much as possible. Know  you are an inspiration regardless of your intent. Keep updating the site.

    Nat (from the RPList)

    Natalie Watkins

  • Mar 28, 2010 7:58pm

    Hey Tom,

    Thanks for the update....I still check the site to see if you have any updates.  Keep us posted on the trial.  I don't think this man has a prayer.....What a JERK!!

    We still think of you and hope you are healing well.  Also thinking of your mom and hope she gets her heart regulated.

    Take care...


    Shawna Dorr-Jones
    Jeffers, MN

  • Mar 8, 2010 6:55pm

    Hi Tom,
    Carolyn and I are hoping you're doing better and healing well. Your weather should be improving now and allow you some more time outdoors. Smell the flowers, Tom. You're a lucky guy and so are we. We still have our friend.
    Bob and Carolyn

    Bob Gold
    Clearwater, FL

  • Feb 24, 2010 10:29pm

    Tom, Hi, I just wanted to thank you for inviting me up to see you for a week in minnesota.  I had a nice time.  Our guide dogs got along so well, they almost look like twin, lol.  Thank Again!  Love SaraSmile & Cameo(my lovable guide dog)

    Sara Shay
    Buffalo, NY

  • Feb 5, 2010 11:48pm

    Hello Tom,

    It has been a while since I have written.  I was waiting to find out how things were going with in a normal ( if that is what you can call it) sense.  I'm a pretty honest person and not normally a very vocal person -unless I'm completely strong with my emotions.  And to be honest with you - being in my mid- fifties I feel like those emotions overwrite anything  ( I have that right)- therefore I feel I can be very vocal.  So to those that have a hard time with that - put your fingers in your ears and don't listen.  And don't read either. 

    Tom, I read everything you shared here.  Every little detail.  Someone once told me that I should be a detective - and I did not pursue that (unfortunately  - I could have been another GI Joe or whatever they are called).  Anyway, I can read in between everything that transpired here and the guy is not being honest in some way.  I don't think he is - sincere - I just don't think he is in reality.  He hit you.  We all know that.  I don't think it is fair to you that there is an excuse for this.

    He needs to admit his wrong doing - period.  If he cannot do this there is absolutely no excuse and - he is even more fault for what happened to you.  There is no doubt that he ran you over - it is what happened and this should be acknowledged. That is what I think it will come down to - and if your judge is compassionate - he will see this.  And he/she will also see what is right and what is wrong - no matter who the person is in this community.  And if this does't happen then I have lost all hope in the political process.  And my education is in Political Administration.

    In my thoughts - your friend Sharon

    (p.s.  Hope this sound logical with a couple glasses of wine)

    Sharon Sandland

  • Feb 4, 2010 11:37am

    Tom -

    I'm just checking in to let you know we're still praying for you.  Thanks for the newspaper articles links.  Please keep us up-to-date.

    I got to meet Nectar last week - walking in the mall with Steve.  She is SO SWEET.  I'm really glad he let me pet her and talk to her.  I look forward to the day I can greet you outside and introduce myself personally.

    Keep up the great attitude as you continue to heal.
    Bless you, Tom!

    Nancy Murphy and the AG Church Choir

    nancy murphy

  • Feb 3, 2010 3:14pm

    I have seen you walking through Skylark and across the street to Cub Foods area a lot.  I never met you but you seem like a real nice person and would have like to chat but never saw you having coffee at the mall.  Many times wanted to pet your dog but refrained from that in case that was not a good thing.  I have missed seeing you lately and didn't realize until today, since I don't get the paper that you were crushed under a truck.  Hoping you heal up quickly and that you and Nector can go around town again and maybe stop for coffee.  Certainly hope that Mattson will get justly punished.  Also hope you get funds for your healing.

    Darlene Dergan
    Willmar, MN

  • Feb 3, 2010 3:03pm

    I think that what Mattson did to you was horrible and if he wasn't a prominet white "good ole boy" from Willmar he would be facing felony charges and would have already been sitting in jail.  Tom I pray for your full recovery everyday and I hope that in some way shape or form justice is served.  Even if it is not through the Kandyohi Court system.  I believe in Karma and Mattson will one day get everything that he has coming to him. 

    Amanda Losing

  • Jan 21, 2010 4:41pm

    Love you, bro!!!  See you Saturday.  Walmart!!!

    Kelley Sykora

  • Jan 19, 2010 10:47pm

    Hi Tom,

    I agree with Wendy Rhubee....You should write a book.  I read your last entry.  MAN....It must have been horrible.  The pain and not knowing what was going to happen.  We are so grateful you are okay and can talk about it.  Do you have Nectar with you now? Bet you can't wait until she is by your side again.  We do hope and pray all goes well with your leg and knee.  And I do hope that the man that caused all of this gets what is coming to him.  I still can't believe he just left the scene.

    Glad you are doing better....Take care of your self.

    Shawna Dorr-Jones

  • Jan 19, 2010 8:09am

    Dear Tom,      This is Momma Dot. I have a hard time getting in touch with you through this sight. Would you mind sending me an email so I have your email address. I would appreciate it. Thanks. Dot.l@att.net               Dot

    Dorothy Lupascu

  • Jan 18, 2010 10:30pm

    Hi Tom,

    My name is Karen Fredrickson, and I live in Plum City, WI.  Scott Watkins posted on Facebook about your accident right after it happened and I have been following your recovery ever since.  Reading your last post about the accident was very sad, I can't imagine the suffering you must have experienced and then to have the driver leave the scene is just so awful.  I am so very glad that you are mending and that you and your dog will be together again soon.   And I want to say that you have a gift of writing, I really enjoy reading your updates and I wish for you a complete recovery very soon.

    Karen Fredrickson
    Plum City, WI

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