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He lost a toe, but plays on


September 6, 2019

Caleb Swanson

Mason Avey (left) is already playing football again after a lawnmower cut off his big toe this summer.

If Mason Avey could offer one piece of advice, it would be to wear steel toe boots when mowing.

Avey learned that lesson the hard way this summer.

Two weeks before the football season, the Cloquet High School junior was mowing a small but steep hill in his front yard. He slipped on damp grass and jammed his foot into the spinning blades of the mower.

"It didn't hurt, but I had a big shock," he said.

Mason was rushed to the emergency room, to be told by doctors that his severed big toe was "not fixable."

Avey, who plays football, hockey and volleyball, has persevered. The big toe has big r...

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