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North Branch, MN Man Recovering from Electrical Burns

North Branch, Minnesota – The North Branch Water and Light worker who received burns on his legs from an electrical injury last week is in satisfactory condition and making a rapid recovery, according to Water and Light General Manager Russ Good.

Jamie Monette, 36, of North Branch, had been working on an electrical box Monday afternoon, Sept. 27 on Grand Avenue, a few blocks south of Hwy. 95, until an electrocution call summoned the North Branch Police Department and Lakes Region EMS.

Monette was airlifted by North Memorial Air Care to Regions Hospital in St. Paul where he was initially listed in stable condition.

Now, a week later, “he’s alert, talking and anxious to get well enough to go deer hunting,” said Good, who visited him Monday in the hospital’s burn unit. “Within several weeks he will be released, but he wants to come back to work.”

At the time of the accident, Good explained, Monette and other workers were close to completing an upgrade of the city’s electrical distribution system. And while there is speculation as to what went wrong, he added, the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association has been investigating and is expected to publish its report later this month.

Good, a 42-year veteran in the utility business, can empathize with Monette who doesn’t recall the accident. “I experienced the same thing 26 years ago,” said Good, noting he was unconscious for about seven weeks after his incident. “I had no clue what happened; all I knew was that I was in a hospital room.”

Story via East Central Minnesota Post Review

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