Sympathies to family and co-workers

When a person goes to work in the morning, they fully expect to come home that evening.

Sadly, that wasn’t the case for an Oklahoma man who was killed in a construction accident just north of New Prague last week. Robert Fenstermacher was 28 years old and had a wife and two children, who were here with him in Minnesota. The youngest child was just three weeks old. Fenstermacher was a young man working hard to support his family and seemingly had his whole life in front of him.

Accidents are just that... they are unexpected and unplanned. The two men who were suspended above the hole working on the foundation for the power line were doing something they were familiar with. Unfortunately, a strap broke and they were sent into the hole. One man’s life ended, the other’s was most likely significantly changed.

We send our sympathies to the family of this young man, including his wife and children. We also offer our best wishes to his co-workers. While the CapX2020 project is controversial and had much local opposition due to the eminent domain taking of property from many landowners along its route, none of those doing the work on this project had anything to do with those decisions. They are just everyday workers who are trying to provide for their families. We hope and pray that they will be able to continue to do so, and that when they head out to work each morning, they can look forward to a well-deserved good night’s rest that evening.