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St. Charles man returns home after being severely burned

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ST. CHARLES, Minn. (KTTC) -- Four months after being severely burned and enduring several surgeries, a St. Charles man is now back at home recovering.

Jesse Halling said the situation has changed his outlook on life, but the healing process isn't over yet.

"Being able to look back and know that I was gone, that I should be in the ground right now. Every second now is so precious, it's so much more enjoyable," Halling said.

He's a man who got a second chance at life.

"The things that started to make it a reality was when I thought about my kids not having a father growing up and how many things I would miss not being around," Halling said.

Halling is a fiancé and a father of two who was severely injured in July, while helping to cut down a tree in Lewiston.

Now, home from the hospital, he proudly shows off pictures of his two sons.

But he says they don't quite understand what happened.

"Jacob I think, he tells people that, 'my dad got electrocuted' and that's as far as he goes with it," Halling said.

Halling said his injuries from the accident that stopped his heart are finally healing.

"But now that the wounds are starting to heal and I can walk properly, it's been getting better, and I really like being home," Halling said.

The burns on his feet, once deep holes, have started to close up thanks to skin grafts.

But it's not over.

"We're still not done, they're talking about doing surgery on my hand yet," Halling said.

Halling said he has seen an outpouring of support from the community, changing the way he sees his situation.

"Hopefully I'll be able to make it up to everyone that helped me, and what not," Halling said.  "I try to pay it forward for a reason!"

Family and friends are hosting a benefit in his honor at the American Legion in Eyota to help pay for the medical bills that are piling up.

"I was really starting to wonder there, a couple years ago," Halling said. "You know, 'what is wrong with everyone, why is everybody so angry?' And now... I just see... there's a lot of really good people left out there. Thank you."

The benefit for Jesse will be held at the American Legion post 551 in Eyota Saturday at 4 p.m.

There will be a hog roast dinner, auctions and fundraisers, followed by live entertainment, and will go on until after midnight.

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