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Bachman returns to Minnesota

Barbara Bachman, the Eureka Township resident who was seriously injured in an Aug. 9 knife attack in Beijing, is back in Minnesota and in improving health.

Bachman, whose husband, Todd, was killed in the apparently random attack at a tourist spot near Beijing's Forbidden City, underwent several hours of surgery and was in critical condition for a time. She arrived at Rochester's Mayo Clinic Aug. 15. Doctors there said she is in fair condition, meaning her vital signs are stable and she is conscious.

"We are indebted to the physicians and caregivers at Peking Union Medical College Hospital who have done such a wonderful job providing Barbara with the medical care she needed," son-in-law Hugh McCutcheon, coach of the United States men's indoor volleyball team, said in a statement released by USA Volleyball. "We are also extremely appreciative of the support we have received from people here in Beijing, the United States, New Zealand and around the world. The prayers and support have been a source of strength for our family during this difficult time."

According to the clinic, Bachman will continue her recovery and undergo additional testing in Rochester.

Most of Bachman's family has returned from China, where Barbara, Todd and daughter Elisabeth had traveled to support McCutcheon. The family was also close with the U.S. women's team, for which Elisabeth played in the 2004 Olympics. Some members of the women's team played with Elisabeth's nickname on their arms over the weekend.

Barbara Bachman served on the board of the Dakota County Fair for several years and her father, Leonard Turnquist, once served as superintendent of the fair's horticulture department. She also served as a board member at South Suburban Medical Center and at Christiania Lutheran Church, where her husband was a past president.