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Community Holds Benefit for Detroit Lakes Burn Victim

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Twenty-one year old Aaron Kalberer of Detroit Lakes, just six weeks ago was in the hospital suffering from severe burns during an explosion. Now, just three weeks later, Aaron is well on his way to recovery and more than 200 friends and family members teamed up to raise funds for his medical bills.

Thomas Seelye, a good family friend and one of the benefit organizers says, "It was interesting to watch him during the hospital setting. Even though he was in a great amount of pain he was always so courteous."

Another family friend and co-worker to Aaron's mother is amazed at the turnout. She also helped organize the event.

"This is awesome to see so many people."

A committee of eight people pulled the fundraiser together at the Shorewood Pub, planned with a pork loin donation dinner, a silent auction, beer tasting and more. Aaron's wife, says despite the incident they've been hanging in there.

"Just taking it day by day. We're doing good. It's just a lot to handle all at once. We have our moments and our days but through the friends and family and the whole community, they've been all so helpful."

Just 22 years old, Tess offers advice to help other couples get through tough times.

"Communication is key and putting yourself in each others shoes. How would you feel if that's where you were at and I don't know, a lot of love!"

The mutual feeling here...thankful to be together, for the love of friends and family and grateful to be alive.

Aaron says, "I'd like to thank my family and Tess especially for helping out. All the people that help to put this on and the community that we live in and everyone that came to support us."

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