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Owatonna man dies in collision

July 25, 2013

An Owatonna man died in a two-vehicle, broadside accident Wednesday afternoon in Waseca County, according to information from the Minnesota State Patrol. Todd C....

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Aug-08-13 9:48 PM

The man killed in this crash was someone who will never be forgotten. His name is Todd and he was a great, great man that found his passion to help as many people as he could. He was taken from his wife and kids and family and many, many friends. He always gave to others and never asked for anything in return. He helped me change my life and taught me how to be the good in the world. Because of Todd many people are helping change the world one person at a time. He was at the front of this incredible movement to get people healthier and only made people believe in themselves. I am lost without him here to give me direction and guidance as are so many others. I have held his children in my arms as they struggle to understand why Dad will never again walk in the door. I have held his wife as her world has been completely changed and we, his family and friends are slowly picking up the pieces. If only we could get one more hug, high 5, fist bump or WOOOOO!!! My mentor is greatly missed.

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Aug-07-13 10:09 PM

first let me say my deep sympathy to you the widow of this poor man. It must be hard to explain to the kids why dad had to die. Part of the issue is we from New Ulm didnt know your husband, so it seems some how far away and faceless. We do grieve for your husband and you and your children, its just hard to put anything down in words. I feel for both families as nobody can turn back the clock, although we all wish we could. Again a sincere heart felt sympathy to you and yours, it sounds like your husband was a great guy.

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Aug-07-13 6:39 PM


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Aug-07-13 12:16 PM

I live very far from Minnesota but have been affected personally by this horrible tragedy. I knew Todd and know his wife and I have been trying to support her and help her make sense of what happened. We can't forget that an amazing man has been killed-in the prime of his life-ONLY 41! -because of driver inattention - from someone who was supposed to be a "professional". I can't believe there aren't more comments in support of Todd - everything seems to be in support of the man who killed him. Where is Todd's family's voice in all this? Yes, it's a horrible tragedy; but an amazing person has been killed and his family is suffering - and will continue to suffer - yet everybody seems to be worried about the driver who killed him. Tragedy? YES! Avoidable? YES! Except for inattention, Todd would be home with his wife and kids today. Remember that!

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Aug-07-13 11:44 AM

Ok, here goes, you can talk about what a wonderful man this guy was that killed my husband, accident or whatever, he did kill my husband and left behind 2 children 9 and 12 that loved their dad and cry daily. My husband was the best man there was. He helped start a church NewLife Community, he helped start 7 plus fit clubs for Beachbody was only 41 had lots of life left and was stating a movement,that even Shaun T the best trainer in the world wrote kind words. He is missed by many family member, thousands I mean thousands of friends from the company he worked for and his close friends, let this be about my hubby not the guy that lived and blew a stop sign day dreaming REALLY! He took a life!My kids have nightmares.. My hubby's little truck had no chance at all. I don't care how nice the family is or him I am left at 43 without my soul mate, my children have no father now.Todd had just left his 89 grandpas house after he fixed his computer,lets grieve for my husband and not forget Tod

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Jul-30-13 5:10 PM

Life is truly just to short. I can't even imagine how each of the families are feeling over this tragedy. No one would do something like this on purpose-it was an accident. Please be respectful to the families involved in this. One never knows when something horrible can happen to you or a loved one. Please send prayers not judgements to the families involed. Jen

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Jul-27-13 2:22 PM

I agree with Laura. I have known this family the majority of my life and Greg is kind, generous, and yes....respectful. If you don't know truly know him, you are not entitled to comment on his character. Your derogatory remarks are just proof of your ignorance. I can't possibly know what either family is going through, but I do know this is a tragedy and should not be a witch hunt. Stacy

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Jul-27-13 1:42 PM

Do the people on here who posted negative comments about the wendingers actually know them personally? My daughter is very good friends with their oldest daughter and we have gotten to know them very well over the past few years. You would not meet a nicer family,, they are alwys willing to help others out when they need it. When our car broke down they were the first to offer us use of their vehicle until we could get ours fixed, this was an accident and shame on all of who who are saying horrible things about this family, they are hard working people just trying to provide the best for their kids, and please stop and think how you would feel if you were in their shoes, how their oldest daughter feels hearing and reading these comments she is old enough to understand what is going on and what people are whispering about. Think before you speak you never know when you might be walking in their shoes, because accidents can happen anytime to anyone. Laura Batt

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Jul-26-13 11:56 PM

First of all, thank you pinkie – whoever you are - for your words of support and encouragement at this difficult time. As sisters of Mr. Wendinger, we are praying hard for all families affected by this tragedy. We are also praying for those who feel this is a time to inflict more pain with harsh words.

Tammy, Kathy & Mary

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Jul-26-13 5:22 PM

Careaboutnivelsrights, I am neither the sister or the mother of Mr. Wendinger. I am just tired of peoples gossip and ruining peoples reputations. Yes, I agree both families are hurting and I feel sorry for both. I was not the one that brought up the pig barn situation but felt this is not a time to bring up the past. Right now both families need prayer and support.

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Jul-26-13 1:47 PM

Pinky, you are either the sister or Mother of Mr Wendinger. Rich Farmer is most likely from Gibbon, so why drag St George into this? Sour grapes over a hog barn shouldnt cause you to generalize about the area you called home for so many years. If you feel all of St George is taqlking about you then maybe you should look inward and question why you feel that way? It was a terrible accident that took a life, two familys lost one a much bigger price than the other. Again please dont be bitter towards people who were once your neihbors and still call your family friends. I hope there can be some healing.

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Jul-26-13 10:17 AM

They're driving the biggest machines on the road, they need to realize that and respect that. The Wendinger accident last fall was the same thing, not respecting others on the road when you have the largest, fastest machine on it.

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Jul-25-13 5:22 PM

It was an accident?,More like human error,Sad either way.

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Jul-25-13 2:04 PM

Its time for you people from St. George to grow up. You have been all over the Wendingers since he moved back to Minnesota. I don't feel you are very Christian in the way the gossiping has been going on. Put yourself in those shoes. It was not done purposely. It was an accident, and it could happen to anyone of us. Can you imagine what he is living with right now and this will haunt him the rest of his life. He is not an idiot and did not do this on purpose. It can happen to anyone of us and it is not right to judge . I hope this will put all the bad gossip to an end. What if this was your child. I know the family is going through alot right now and they all need your prayers and support not gossip.

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Jul-25-13 12:05 PM

God I hate when stuff like this happens because some idiot didn't obey the law and rolled through a stop sign. Innocent people die, wake up.

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