Hundreds turn out at fundraiser for University of Minnesota Duluth studentPublished 9:33am Monday, January 6, 2014
ST. CLOUD — A crowd of hundreds turned out in St. Cloud to help a University of Minnesota Duluth student who nearly froze to death last month.
Nineteen-year-old Alyssa Lommel, of St. Cloud, suffered severe frostbite and hypothermia after a night outdoors in Duluth with temperatures as low as minus-17. Her friends dropped her off at her home but she never made it inside. She was found nine hours later on the porch of a home next door.
On Sunday, the Blue Line Sports Bar and Grillhosted a spaghetti dinner, silent auction and raffle. Owner Esther Widor said she’s friends with Lommel’s family and was heartbroken when she heard what had happened.
Lommel remains hospitalized. She’s expected to undergo skin grafts and to lose some of her fingers and toes.