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Robert Tubandt III had his severed hand reattached after a workplace accident in Arizona. Photo by Steve Schulz

Wadena native takes three horrifying accidents in stride

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The first time Robert Tubandt III nearly lost his life was when the cable company lineman was high up on a power pole near Phoenix, Ariz.

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"The power lines over my head exploded," said the Wadena native. "I was just lucky to be alive."

The Aug. 20, 2003, accident left second- and third-degree burns on Tubandt's arms, hands and face. In the burn center in Phoenix, he spent two weeks lying in a tub of water while nurses peeled his skin off with what looked like a butter knife.

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