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Preston man determined to make great strides since accident


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 21st, 2016
Posted in All Features

Brady is currently in stable condition. Despite the road ahead of him, the determined Preston man is making great strides in his recovery. Photo courtesy of Micki Gartner

The morning of Thursday, February 18 is one Micki Gartner will never forget. Mid-morning, the Preston woman received a perplexing call from St. Mary’s Hospital while at work. The caller asked Gartner to clarify if she was Tom Gartner’s wife and then stated that they believed Tom had been in an accident involving a silver Chevy Impala. Knowing the car, owned by the couple, but not running, had been given to her 24-year old son, Brady, she was further confused. The vehicle in question was identified by law enforcement as registered to the couple, but the driver of the car had no identification.

Gartner believed there was some mix up with the accident, especially after the caller identified the driver as “30-35 years old. She attempted to call her son, but didn’t get a response. “I was trying to hold onto hope that it wasn’t him,” she recalls. She then called 19-year-old daughter Bailey to try and locate her son. “Bailey said, ‘He was just here. He fixed the Impala.’”

As Micki’s co-workers came together to hold her together, Tom drove to Traditions in Preston to pick her up. Bailey and 20-year-old son Daulton joined them for the torturous trek to Rochester. The family came upon the accident scene, which was still being cleaned up and stopped briefly to talk with police. They learned Brady had been driving northbound on Highway 52, near Marion, and had been stuck by a garbage truck turning left onto I-90 East. “It was very hard,” remembers Micki. “The team came together and told us that they were operating on Brady and that it was a bad injury.”

Arriving at St. Mary’s, the family learned that Brady had more than a dozen injuries, including a skull fracture, multiple broken bones, collapsed lung, and a severe laceration to his leg. The craniotomy procedure took more than six hours. “We pretty much filled the waiting room,” adds Micki. “He had been unconscious at the scene and was on induced sedation. He was in critical condition those first two or three days.”

An MRI determined the extent of injury to his neck and a CAT scan showed blood in the back of the brain had shifted, causing possible further pressure. During the craniotomy, doctors were able to reduce the swelling and relieve the pressure. Brady’s vital signs miraculously stabilized shortly after and he was able to wean off sedation medications. A fever caused some further concern, but cultures determine .....
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St. Patrick’s Day

Mon, Mar 14th, 2016
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By Connor Benson Every year on March 17, the Irish and Irish-at-heart across the globe observe St. Patrick’s Day. Why is it called “St. Patrick’s Day”? Saint Patrick was a patron saint who lived during the fifth century. Saint Patrick is ve ..... 
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Chatfield Charitable Event

Mon, Mar 14th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Features

Chatfield Charitable Event Pictured here is Kadin Hill, left, and Henry Gathje, right. Kadin is working to raise awareness for diabetes, a disease which affects 29 million people across the country, including his friend and teammate Henry Gathje. He ..... 
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January unemployment rate steady at 3.7% Employers cut 5,000 jobs

Mon, Mar 14th, 2016
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ST. PAUL – The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Minnesota held steady at 3.7% in January, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.9% in ..... 
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Gas Buddy

Mon, Mar 7th, 2016
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February 15- Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 8.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.44/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national averag ..... 
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Home repair loans and grants available

Mon, Mar 7th, 2016
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With warmer weather upon us, USDA Rural Development is gearing up to help local homeowners finance home improvements through low-interest loans and grants. “Now is a good time for homeowners to evaluate the need for necessary repairs or replacem ..... 
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Bradley honored by Thrivent Financial for outstanding performance

Mon, Mar 7th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Features

LANESBORO, MN, February 15, 2016 – Walter Bradley, 102 Sheridan Street South, Lanesboro, a financial associate with Thrivent Financial, has qualified to attend the Peak Performers conference as a Sierra Level qualifier by providing outstanding fin ..... 
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Semcac senior dining to open at traditions

Mon, Feb 29th, 2016
Posted in Preston Features

Semcac Senior Dining will re-open in Preston! Meals for seniors will now be available at Traditions of Preston. Beginning on Monday, March 7, meals will be served to senior citizens on Monday thru Friday each week. Arrive at 11 :45 a.m. for noon s ..... 
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Gas Buddy 2.29.16

Mon, Feb 29th, 2016
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February 22- Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have risen 18.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.63/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national averag ..... 
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