By Ana Alexander
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN In times of hardship, communities pull together if anyone knows this firsthand, it’s Jessie Krone of Lester Prairie.
After an accident that resulted in a broken neck and the amputation of Krone’s left arm, local communities have poured out their support. A benefit for Krone will take place Saturday, Oct. 29, starting at 4 p.m. at the Glencoe City Center, and from local volunteers to plentiful donations, the community has offered its support.
“The community feels like they want to help, that they’re giving to someone who honestly, honestly needs it.” Kathy, Krone’s mother said.
July 18, Jessie and her unborn daughter Mollie were in a single motor vehicle accident in Carver County, in which the vehicle went into the ditch and hit a tree. Responders to the accident used the Jaws of Life to get Jessie and Mollie out of the vehicle.
“They had called a surgeon out to the scene to amputate the arm, but they got me to Ridgeview without amputating it,” Jessie said.
Jessie was taken to the emergency room at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.
“They were taking an ultrasound to see if there were any broken bones or anything, and that’s when they found Mollie,” Jessie said.
Doctors performed a C-section in the emergency room, delivering Mollie two months early; she was then taken to Children’s Hospital, while Jessie was brought to Hennepin County Medical Center.
Jessie’s family was a huge support system for her, spending every day by her side.
“I don’t think you were ever alone, any day,” Jessie’s niece Ashley Maesse said. “Those first couple of weeks, we took up half the waiting room.”
The family’s continuous presence in the hospital led to them earning a nickname from the staff.
“There were so many of us down there that the hospital staff started calling us the herd we were known as ‘Jessie and Mollie’s herd,’” Maesse said.
Jessie was released from the hospital Aug. 26, and Mollie came home Sept. 1.
Donations from the benefit will go to help Jessie with a variety of expenses related to her injuries.
“Really right now, they’re going for medical expenses, and our ability to get back into our house there’s some railings and stuff that need to be put in. The prosthetic right now will be our next hurdle,” Jessie said.
Jessie also found out that Mollie’s lungs are not fully developed, which means she will need shots which insurance will not cover.
“The shots are three to four thousand [dollars], and she needs one [each] for four months,” Kathy said.
The Krones planned the event to be family-oriented. Amongst the variety of activities, there will be a family corner, which will include face-painting, coloring pages, and a photo booth for families and children. They also plan to put on a movie for the children, possibly “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” holiday special.
“It’s really fall-themed. I’m a huge Halloween supporter, so if you want, you can come in your costumes. Kids can maybe get more than one wear out of their Halloween costume,” Jessie said.
The Krone family will be dressing up as a herd of cows, inspired by the nickname the hospital staff gave them.
“We’ll have the ears and everything, so it should be pretty darn cute,” Jessie said.
The event also includes a turkey commercial dinner, provided by Bump’s Family Restaurant, which includes beverages and dessert. Live music will be performed by The Basics, from Stewart.
A silent and live auction will take place at the benefit, as well featuring items donated by community members.
There will be a plethora of auction items, including a Michael Kors set, an 8-by-10-foot shed, quilting items, Bobcat attachments, and baked goods.
“There will definitely be something for everybody,” Maesse said.
Donations are still accumulating for the event, according to Jessie. She encourages people to attend the event, even if they do not donate.
“Come and enjoy yourselves,” Jessie said. “It’s a community event, and it’s very family-friendly.”
How to help
Proceeds from the live and silent auction will go towards various medical expenses for Jessie and Mollie, and free-will donations will be taken at the door.
There has also been an account set up in Jessie’s name at First Community Bank in Lester Prairie. Those who would like to donate can simply drop off or mail in a check, specifying they would like to donate to Jessie.
Check out the Krone Family Benefit Facebook page for more information. To make a donation, contact Michelle Baumann at email@example.com.