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Ames man falls from tree stand and is hospitalized

STORY CITY – An Ames man was hospitalized on Saturday after falling from a tree stand while hunting.

Michael Ylonen, 39, fell approximately 25 feet while climbing into a stand in the Skunk River Greenbelt south of Story City shortly after 5 p.m. His safety harness was on, but had not been attached yet. Despite suffering serious injuries to his upper body from the fall, he was able to walk to Interstate 35 and call for help.

Ylonen was transported by ambulance to Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames.

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