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Former Perham man recovering after his legs were crushed in work accident

A tragic jobsite accident has resulted in a long recovery process for Arthur Kempenich, who has been hospitalized at Hennepin County Medical Center for nearly two weeks.

The accident occurred October 3 at a black-topping project near Battle Lake. Kempenich, 58, a Perham native, was employed by Mark Sand and Gravel.

Kempenich's legs were severely injured when an asphalt truck backed over him, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Department report. The driver was unable to see anyone behind the trailer when he began backing up.

"He had surgery on tissue Friday, but they haven't set any bones yet," said his brother Larry, Perham. Infection is one of the major concerns, he added.

Larry Kempenich said his brother is recovering slowly.

"When I talked to the doctors, they said his muscles are good and strong, but he really needs to eat better."

The accident crushed his legs nearly up to his waist. There were concerns about his heart, but Larry said that has stabilized.

A 1967 graduate of Perham High School, Arthur Kempenich has lived in Fergus Falls for about 18 years.

"He's getting really down, he needs visitors," said Larry Kempenich. Larry brought him a laptop computer, but as of now, he said, "I'm not sure he can even sit up to use a computer."

Anybody wishing to visit or contact Arthur should call his brother Larry at 218-346-3960, or his son Jim, at 218-346-2114.