Frost community steps up to help local family
The people of Frost are at it again.
The residents of this small town, which had an estimated population of 185 in 2018, and the rural area which surrounds it, have a reputation for taking care of their own.
On Sept. 5, this rural community will unite to hold a benefit for Trey Dyslin, who was injured in a two-vehicle accident one month ago on Aug. 5.
“In the late 1970s we would work with Aid Association for Lutherans to do benefits so it goes back a lot of years,” TJ Johnson says.
Johnson owned TJs Bar and Grill back then. For the past five years, he and Julie Halverson, owner of Julie’s Bar and Grill, have worked together to make the benefits happen.
But TJ will be the first one to tell you it takes more than Julie and him to bring these events to fruition.
“The amount of volunteers we have and the effort this community puts forth is unbelievable,” Johnson remarks.
And just to be clear; the Dyslins never asked for help.
“We have never had anyone ask for assistance,” Johnson comments. “Most people say ‘we don’t need help.'”
But because of the close knit nature of the community, people are well aware that Dyslin, who owns and operates TJD Repair and Service which is located south of Blue Earth, is going to be laid up during a very busy time of the year.
“Trey broke his back in three different places, he has eight broken ribs and had severe lacerations on his head, face and neck,” Trey’s wife, Stephanie explains. “He will be in a brace at least three months and it may be five months before he can return to work full time.”
“Which is why we (the Frost community) want to help,” Johnson shares. “It is a bad time of year for him to be laid up.”
The Dyslins, who were married in 2018, both grew up around Frost and Stephanie says they are well aware of the caring nature of the people who reside in the area.
“Everybody looks out for one another,” Stephanie shares. “People want to help and they expect nothing in return.”
And it is not just the benefit.
“Someone has made sure our lawn was mowed,” Stephanie says. “People help out in many different ways.”
As bad as the accident was, Stephanie says it could have been even worse.
“Trey and I, along with our son Justis, had been in Lanesboro. Because I work for Faribault and Martin County Human Services I stayed home a few days from work just to be safe because of the COVID pandemic,” Stephanie explains. “So Justis was home with me the day of the accident instead of being in the pickup with Trey on his way to day care. Justis would have been sitting in the pickup right where it was struck by the other vehicle.”
Stephanie says it was also comforting knowing the Frost Fire, Rescue and Ambulance were all on the scene at the accident.
“I knew they would take care of Trey,” she says. “And TJ and his family along with Julie are more like family to us than neighbors or friends. It is so amazing to see them put their energy, time and compassion into doing this benefit for Trey.”
Johnson says the benefit will be held outside because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are going to serve Windsor Chops and Jim Volz and his crew will have sweet corn ready to eat,” Johnson states. “Julie will serve a salad to go with the meal.”
Seating will be set up out on the street so social distancing guidelines can be adhered to, according to Johnson.
“There will be a silent auction and people will use little disposable pencils to bid on items,” Johnson shares. “We have had so many donations for the auction.”
It seems other people are figuring out Frost is a nice place to live.
“There are a lot of young people moving to the area,” Stephanie notes. “When a house comes up for sale in town it does not stay on the market for long.”
She admits she did not always feel that way about her hometown. However, the amazing people she has come to know has led to a change of heart.
“I was determined to live in a big town; and I did for awhile,” Stephanie says. “But now that I am back in Frost and am surrounded by all of these wonderful people, I never want to leave.”
The Dyslin Benefit will be held on Sept. 5, from 12-3 p.m. outside of Julie’s Bar and Grill in Frost. Social distancing restrictions will apply and take-out orders will be available.
The event is sponsored in part by Thrivent Financial. Those wishing to make monetary donations can contact the Frost State Bank.