The Long Road Back: Community Pitches in to Aid Recovery


(The Grundy Register) – Preston Hulbert spent his 21st birthday in a hospital on February 15, but when you consider everything he’s gone through in the last month, it’s a miracle he’s even alive.

Hulbert, a Conrad native and BCLUW High School graduate, suffered a near-fatal brain injury after an accident involving a firearm about 20 miles from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he was attending a farm show, on January 26, and he’s been fighting for his life ever since. He started out in an intensive care unit at the Avera McKennan hospital, and has been transferred to Omaha, Nebraska, where he’s on a feeding tube and recently stood up for the first time.

Doctors have removed portions of his skull, but Hulbert is making progress every day. And to his mother, Sheri—who can still remember Grundy County Deputy Nathan Stahl waking her up at 4:00 a.m. to tell her she needed to get to Sioux Falls as fast as possible—that’s all that really matters. CONTINUE