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Leverty moved to Stillwater; items added for Sunday benefit

New Richmond resident Jim Leverty has been moved from Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul to the Good Samaritan Society in Stillwater, continuing daily therapy as family and friends prepare to host a fundraiser benefit from 1-5 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 16, at Ready Randy's, south of New Richmond.

Leverty's sister, Judy Guise, wrote Monday on Jim's Caring Bridge website that he's amenable to having visitors but asks that they not wear cologne or perfume due to continuing sinus issues.

He has physical therapy every day and his endurance is improving, Guise said.

Justin Leverty wrote that his father becomes "emotional" when discussion of the benefit surfaces.

"I think he doesn't like, or maybe doesn't understand, when other people help him out because he is usually so independent. I'm sure he doesn't realize the impact he has had in the community and all the people he has touched in his life.

"I know he was always willing to help people out, whether it be buying raffle tickets to any benefit or for any sports team selling them, or helping a friend put siding on a house or shingle a roof. He has even hosted the NRHS wrestling team at his cabin in Shell Lake before a tournament at one time," Justin wrote in an email exchange with The News.

Leverty was severely injured when his vehicle was struck from the side by another on Hwy. 63 near Turtle Lake on June 19.

Along with a spaghetti dinner being served from 1-4 p.m., the benefit will include a raffle and large silent auction.

Among new items recently contributed is a chimney inspection and cleaning, $1,000 off rain gutter installation, golf passes, many restaurant certificates, Packers memorabilia, game tickets and other items, Justin said.

For more information or to donate, call Guise at 715-781-7427, Rose Knutson at 715-554-3708 or Jean Dalton at 651-269-3825.

Steve Dzubay

Steve Dzubay has been publisher at the River Falls Journal and Hudson Star Observer from 1995-2016. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. He previously worked as a reporter-photographer at small daily newspapers in Minnesota and is past editor of the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal.