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This is Kyle Malin's senior photo from Farmington High School. It is reproduced from a Farmington Independent graduation section.
This is Kyle Malin's senior photo from Farmington High School. It is reproduced from a Farmington Independent graduation section.

FHS grad loses legs to explosion in Afghanistan

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Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

A 2002 Farmington High School graduate is in stable condition and preparing for transportation to Walter Reed Army Medical in Washington, D.C. after he was injured in an explosion in Afghanistan earlier this week.

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Kyle Malin, 26, son of Deb and Jon Malin of Lakeville, was injured when an improvised explosive device went off while he was on walking patrol in Afghanistan last weekend. Two other soldiers with him were injured. One died.

A member of the Army's 101st Airborne out of Fort Capmbell, Ky., Malin was in surgery earlier this week, preparing for transportation to Walter Reed. Malin lost both of his legs in the explosion.

Farmington Warrior to Citizen Yellow Ribbon Network coordinator Annette Kuyper met with the Malin family Wednesday. She said, the Malins have indicated they do not need any extra help, but would appreciate cards and notes be sent to Kyle.

The Malins will meet Kyle in Washington, D.C., sometime this weekend. Extended family will stay at the Malins' Lakeville home while they and Kyle's wife are at Walter Reed.

Kyle and his wife have two young children.

Malin played football and wrestled at FHS. He competed in the state wresting meet in his senior season on a team coached by his father, who is still a teacher at FHS. He joined the Army just days after his high school graduation and had served at least one tour in Iraq prior to his current tour in Afghanistan.

Anyone interested offering assistance to the Malin family, or in sending cards to Kyle Malin, should e-mail Kuyper at annette.b.kuyper@us.army.mil or call her at 651-829-1856.

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