After he took his first unsteady steps on his new legs, Collin Vander Galien told the man who fitted him with the prostheses that learning to walk again wasn't as difficult as he'd imagined.

"I thought it would be a lot harder and hurt a lot more," Vander Galien, 23, said Thursday morning surrounded by family in the office of prosthetist David Sisson in Monona.

It's the same positive attitude Vander Galien, of Randolph, has displayed in the 10 1/2 weeks since he lost both of his legs in a deadly explosion at the mill in nearby Cambria where he worked.

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