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Anderson wants to keep rolling

Fund raiser for accident survivor set for Feb. 3 at the VFW

February 7, 2018
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

Lee Anderson of Estherville has neither regrets nor hang-ups about what he lacks: both legs and an arm, and partial use of the remaining arm. He's grateful for what is. These days, that includes his one-year-old grandson, his son and daughter, and even his childrens' young half siblings, as he gets around to their wrestling matches.

"I take the good out of everything. There's something good you can find in everything. No matter how bad it is, somebody always has it worse," Lee said.

Lee's friends are hosting a fund raiser for him this Saturday, Feb. 3 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the VFW. The night starts with a free-will offering dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., a live auction by Howell Auctions from 6 to 8 p.m., and a concert by the Nectorines from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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"It should be a really fun night," Lee said.

The Nectorines play "something for everybody," as a four-man band out of Jackson, Minn. Jeremy DeWall (lead vocals, guitar), Scott Ringquist (guitars, vocals, keyboards), Jeremy Ringgenberg (bass, vocals), and Jordan Ringgenberg (drums & percussion, vocals and guitar).

"I'm good friends with Kurt Ringgenberg, whose sons [Jeremy and Jordan] are in the band, and it's so great that they're putting something together for this event," Lee said.

Lee's current van was purchased in 2006, and "everyone is shocked it's still going," Lee said.

A quote for a new van came in at $54,000; the cost in 2006 to equip the current van with the ramp and specialized controls was $23,000 at the time.

A YouCaring campaign has raised, as of press time, $9,147 of a $10,000 goal from 90 donors.

"So many friends and coworkers are helping," Lee said.

Lee was in an accident in 1991.

"The owner [of what is now AGCO in Jackson, Minn.] and his daughter came to the hospital and said, "We'll have something for you to do when you're ready to come back. I was really worried and thought, 'What the hell am I going to do?'"

The two took Lee around the plant to show several options. Lee chose to work out on the floor, using a foot pedal on a stand to run wire. These days Lee works in human resources for the company.

"It's amazing that they offered it, and even more amazing they followed through," Lee said.

Lee's van is everything, and if it was to break down at the side of the road, he wouldn't be able to just get a ride to town with a passerby, nor could he just carpool to work. In fact, if he did not have his van, he might have to take a leave from work until he gets the transportation he needs.

"I love my job, and I love going to visit my grandson," Lee said.

His daughter Brynne said, "Please open your hearts to help get him something safer to drive his grandbaby around in."



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