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Minnesota hockey community honoring Grand Rapids 3rd grader who died in farming accident

Photo Courtesy of Marshall Bader's family and friends

BOY RIVER, MN -- Minnesota's hockey community is coming together to honor a Grand Rapids third grader who died in a farming accident Sunday.

According to Cass County authorities, Marshall Bader, 9, of Boy River, was accidentally pinned under a skid steer loader while on a rural Boy River farm.

He was pronounded dead at the scene.

According to an obituary published in the Grand Rapids Herald Review Wednesday, Bader was a student at Murphy Elementary School in Grand Rapids.

He was described as a "sweet, charming" boy who made a great impact on his community.

"Marshall brought a brightness to all of our lives that was undeniable," his obituary read. "He was full of charisma and charm; he'd be the first to lend a helping hand. He was the hardest working nine-year old you would have ever met; something that not only he took a great deal of pride in, but his family did as well. Marshall will forever be remembered for his sweet smile, contagious laugh and big heart."

While he enjoyed spending time with his family on their farm, he also loved to play hockey.

Photo Courtesy of Jamie Rae

"Marshall loved the sport of hockey and anyone who knew him, saw that he was made for the ice. He couldn't wait to be a Thunderhawk and play in the state tourney with his friends," his obituary read.

Hockey teams across the state of Minnesota and beyond are honoring Marshall and sharing their support for the Bader family by putting their hockey sticks outside their homes.

Some teams wrapped their sticks with orange tape, one of Grand Rapids' school colors.

Briggs LeSavage

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