Date: Tue 01/21/03 13:55PM
From: Jasmyne Retzlaff

Message: I am one of Tylers senior fellow classmates, and just moved here the beginning of this year. It was fun getting to know him for what it was. He will most definetely be missed by many. I didn't know him all that well, but what I did know of him, he was always full of spunk, and wasn't ashamed to let anyone know that. I just wanted his family and Cara to know that I along with many others are praying for them constantly, and that everyone will get through this together!

Sincerely, Senior classmate

Jasmyne Retzlaff

Date: Tue 01/21/03 14:01PM
From: Tyler Ellenson

Message: Tyler, Tyler, Tyler what fun we had in our younger years. There are a many of hunting trips I can talk about, the taste of those frozen candy bars and pop have always stuck with me ever since my first hunting trip with you and your Dad. The "Dump" section will always have a special place in my heart every time I enter it to walk for deer. That was the first deer drive I have ever done and you were right by my side. Or the time I was at your house and we wanted to hunting so bad. So we made the best of what we had, a BB gun and box of BB's and the golf course. So we headed out to golf course to shoot squirrels. No body had any idea we were out there until we crossed the road behind Tyler's with about 7 squirrels,,, yeah we had a great time!!! But the fun ended when I guy saw use with these little hairy animals and asked what we were doing we told him we were shooting at birds in Tyler's back yard. Well we laughed at him when he left and then we saw Steve coming out of the garage. I said to Tyler " man we are in trouble" but Tyler replied with a its no big and calmed me down. I thought we were going to just get our butts chewed out. But Tyler and I got some entertainment out of the whole deal when Steve started picking up the squirrels and one was still alive, and it grabbed the end of Steve's foot. Man did he kick and kick to get that off of his foot, while Tyler and I went back into the house laughing. Tyler you will never be forgotten. And that hunting trip we were planning this spring with 1000 decoys, we will have one with thousands of decoys when I arrive up there in the big goose pit.

Love your buddy.
Tyler Ellenson

Date: Tue 01/21/03 14:12PM
From: Alex McCroskey

Message: I knew Tyler from my brother, Matt, who was really good friends with Ty. My most fond memories of Ty would be when he would come over to our house with his extremely loud truck! When we would hear someone pull up we would always know it was Ty because of that truck! My younger sister Laura especially loved Tyler... he was her favorite of Matt's friends because he would always come into our house and ask "Where's Laura?!" and when he would find her he would give her the biggest hug. That's who Tyler was..a caring person. Everyone loved Tyler.. he had such a great spirit.. I honestly can't say when I ever saw him sad.. he always had a smile on his face. He was such a happy kid and I know that was because of his wonderful parents and sister, Erin. We love you Ty, and everyone will miss you.. Rest In Peace Tyler Eicholtz

Alex McCroskey

Date: Tue 01/21/03 14:14PM
From: Anonymous

Message: "Looking back on the memory of
The dance we shared 'neath the stars alone
For a moment all the world was right
How could I have known that you'd ever say goodbye

And now I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain
But I'd of had to miss the dance

Holding you I held everything
For a moment wasn't I a king
But if I'd only known how the king would fall
Hey who's to say you know I might have chanced it all

And now I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain
But I'd of had to miss the dance

Yes my life is better left to chance
I could have missed the pain but I'd of had to miss the dance"

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in this tragedy. Tyler, you made everyone around you laugh and smile. You had the most amazing gift ever. If someone was having a terrible day, your presence alone could cheer them up. You enjoyed life to its fullest and you will be terribly missed. The world just lost a really good guy.

"God Bless"

Date: Tue 01/21/03 14:15PM
From: Brittani Blilie & Pam Bettenhausen

Message: To the family of Tyler... I know that you may not remember us, but know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. I was there the day that Tyler was born. In fact, both my daughter and I were there. Your family and ours were in the same Lamaze class together and we ended up being in labor at the same time at St. John's Hospital a little over 18 years ago. Tyler and Brittani were born the same snowy October 31st in 1984. We learned to bathe our children in the same room, so you could say, they saw each other and were soul mates at 1 day old. Even though they may not realize it. I have tears thinking of your loss. Brittani is now a Senior at West Fargo High School and has a class at Skills and Technology with some classmates of Tyler's in Intro to Health. Please know how much we think about you and keep you in our prayers. I have some pictures of a Lamaze reunion, but am not sure whether you were there. If so, I will most definitely send the picture to you.

Brittani Blilie and Pam Bettenhausen

Date: Tue 01/21/03 15:04PM
From: Sarah Reichel

Message: I personally did not consider myself good friends with Tyler. It would have
been along the lines of aquantences, but none the less I was affected by his
passing. I have known Tyler since kindergarden. Growing up with him, he was
one of the funniest people that I knew. It didn't matter if I was having a
bad day. I would walk into any class that I had with him, and he would have
made it better without directly saying anything to me. My heart goes out to
his family.

"... I believe there are angels among us. Sent down to us from somewhere up
above. They come to you and me in our darkest hours, to show us how to live,
to teach us how to give, and guide us with the light of love..."

I will never forget you. See ya later,
Sarah Reichel

Date: Tue 01/21/03 16:04PM
From: Anonymous

Message: Hello, I didn't know Tyler or his family, I'm just a Fargo resident that happened to see
the story on the news. I just wanted to let his family and friends know that the community
has been keeping them in our thoughts and prayers. I'm so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you all.

Date: Wed 01/22/03 04:01AM
From: Meredith Olson

Message: I find comfort in knowing that Tyler is in a better place, looking down on all his family, friends, and those in need. I grew up with him. I remember everything -from him teasing me in elementary school to us being the #1 and #2 baseball fans of the Legion team. When no one would go with me to the Legion games this past summer, he'd show up and cheer with me. We always had in depth talks about life.
A TRUE display of his character came last year. Even though he unfortunately was unable to play with his baseball team in the Championship game in Bismarck, he drove Leslie and I all the way up there so we could watch. The whole way there, he was angry and sad because he wanted to be there playing SO bad. He vowed that he would never make the same mistakes again. He wouldn't let anything get in the way of baseball. He was so mad. But- the SECOND we arrived, he let all of it go, and he walked right up to the fence and cheered that team on harder than anyone there. He was their biggest fan. All I could think was "how unselfish!" How classy and mature was he to support these guys, even though he was disappointed in himself. I was so proud and he earned even more respect from me from that day on. Tyler was the most honest, respectable, generous, and fun guy I ever knew. I will pray for him and his family forever. He will always be in my heart. I can't wait to get up there and see him. In the mean time, I trust that he will watch over the baseball team and all those that he loved. God Bless the Eicholtzs! Cherish the memories!
Love forever,
Meredith Olson

Date: Wed 01/22/03 04:08AM
From: Anonymous

Message: I was not friends with Tyler but I knew Erin. She is a very sweet and caring person and from the sounds of it her and Tyler were 2 of a kind. I know they were very close. I feel so bad for what happened. I just wanted to say sorry! Cara- I don't know how long you dated but it seemed for a long time just remeber Ty is looking over you! Erin- you had a wonderful brother he is also watching over you along with your parents. You should be so proud for raising such a wonderful son! Just remeber god is with you now and forever....If god brings you to it he will bring you through it...NEVER forget that!!! (just a suggestion you guys should really listen to the song ~Through the holes in the floor of heaven! And remeber Ty will always be now have a WONDERFUL gaurdian angel! God Bless you all

Date: Wed 01/22/03 05:34AM
From: Ashley Johnson

Message: I knew Tyler in elementary and part of junior high
school. He only lives a few houses from me so I would
see him every now and then, but I could definatly hear
his truck coming down the street. When I found out
about the accident my heart just seemed to stop. I
didn't even know him that well but just that something
so tragic hit so close to home. Every second of the
past week I have thought about what Tyler's family and
friends must be going through and I cannot even
imagine! Tyler was a great guy with a wonderful smile!
I'm sure he is just having a blast up there in heaven,
and wishes he could be back with everyone just for
another moment. The only thing I can say is that one
day you will be reunited with him, and that will be a
glorious day! My thoughts and prayers go out to Steve,
Lisa, Erin, Cara, and all of his other friends and
family! I am so extremely sorry for your loss!

Tyler is looking over all of you!

With deepest sympathy,
Ashley Johnson