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Mike Petri is a happy going guy, full of life. He loves hanging out with friends, telling stories, and being the life of the party. While he is an Air Traffic Controller in Fargo, ND, he keeps busy by dabbling in many things: DJ’ing, farming, bar-tending, cooking, gardening, and working on things in the garage. He enjoys going to music festivals, watching hockey games, boating, dancing, snowmobiling, singing karaoke, playing games, shooting, making new food inventions, and the list goes on and on. Mike is a proud American, Eagle scout, Air Traffic Controller, and is always willing to lend a helping hand.

Mike was looking forward to a February filled with fun snowmobile trips with friends and his 2015 Polaris snowmobile. February 2nd, 2017 a group of family and friends went to the upper peninsula of Michigan for a long weekend snowmobiling in the beauty. Mike stated that if his sled was still running and his carcass could handle it, he was going to join another group of friends February 10th going snowmobiling in a different area of the upper peninsula (UP).

Updates (7)

June 18, 2019

We are getting the house modifications finished up and getting ready to bring Mike home later this summer! He is still considered to be in a minimally conscious state – not communicating, eating, able to care for himself, etc. We have seen improvements doing hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) and he is more in tune, alert, and trying so hard to talk! We will be using money raised on Help Hope Live to pay for a Liftkar to be able to move Mike in his wheelchair up and down the stairs in the house. If we can raise more money, we would love to put that towards his very own HBOT chamber in home that he can use multiple times per week to aide in faster recovery!

March 1, 2018

What about the other guy? While the other guy Mike exchanged snowmobile skis with also went flying from his sled, he was unconscious for around 30 minutes then started moving around and talking. The group of snowmobilers he was with all left before help arrived (except for 1?). While it is not clear who’s fault the accident was, the other guy did not have any insurance on his snowmobile (which was also a new Polaris). His blood alcohol content was 0.04 around 2 hours after the accident, which would bring it to around 0.07 at the time of the accident. So while he had 4Xs the amount of alcohol in his system than Mike, not enough to go after and no gain for Mike (who had insurance on his snowmobile). We have not had any contact from the other guy, but Facebook says he was back to his life and riding ATVs about a month after the accident. Frustrating when Mike had insurance and was responsible, he was not drunk or buzzed or doing anything stupid. And of course his fellow snowmobile group did not bail, they called 911 and did what they could to help and of course keep Mike alive for the 50 minutes it took for the paramedics to arrive.

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Guestbook

June 19, 2019

Mike is a wonderful person and great friend. But, he'd be even cooler if he was a Packer fan. :D I'm pulling for you, Mike!

Adam Heili

August 1, 2017

Thinking of you and praying for you quite often.

April

July 19, 2017

Go Mike go!!

Richard Vinar

July 9, 2017

I'll see you again in a couple days Mike, Love you!

Dad