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October 29, 2012

WEM students gather to mourn loss of classmate



“We did the best we could to go out and play the game,” he said.

Nolan Grose, who was on the boat with Hruska Saturday, wore Hruska’s No. 2 jersey at the game. The Bucs won over Medford 34-21.

Grose told KARE 11 News: “We knew we had to play for him. The community came together and the game meant everything.”

Bakken said the team will continue this season to do things in Hruska’s honor, including carrying on with the lime green attire.

Sunday his friends and teammates gathered at the school to remember Hruska. The school also is filled with huge sheets of paper with comments written by students who miss him, Whitehurst said, who added that even the afternoon visitation Wednesday is being held at the school gym.

Clergy and counselors were available at the school Monday to speak with students who needed to talk. Some students also sought out teachers they could relate to, Whitehurst said.

“Everybody knew the young man,” he said. “We’re all banning together.”

The Waseca County Sheriff’s Office was called at 6 a.m. Saturday from a person on shore regarding five boys in the water about 200 yards from land. Hruska was the only of the five who didn’t make it to shore. His body was recovered eight hours later.

Hruska also played baseball and golf and liked to ice fish and hunt, according to an obituary from Dennis Funeral Homes. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the WEM football, boys basketball or baseball programs.

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