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FHS grad loses legs to explosion in Afghanistan

This is Kyle Malin's senior photo from Farmington High School. It is reproduced from a Farmington Independent graduation section.1 / 2
Kyle Malin in military gear.2 / 2

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.

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 or call her at 651-829-1856.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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