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Grand Rapids community honors 9-year-old’s life with new outdoor rink

Published: Dec. 23, 2021 at 5:43 PM CST
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GRAND RAPIDS, MN -- The Grand Rapids community came together Thursday to honor the life of a young boy, lost much too soon.

Marshall Bader, 9, of Boy River, died during a tragic farm accident in January 2020.

Grand Rapids youth hockey players try out the new rink outside the YMCA, named in honor of the...
Grand Rapids youth hockey players try out the new rink outside the YMCA, named in honor of the late 9-year-old Marshall Bader.(KBJR 6/CBS 3)

Now, the Grand Rapids YMCA has named its new outdoor rink after Bader.

The third-grader loved to play hockey, and Thursday night, the community celebrated that passion with a special game on the new rink.

“This rink signifies a piece of Marshall to let his spirit live on and allow other community members and the hockey family to enjoy the same things Marshall did,” said Layne Chiodo, Board Member, Itasca Co. YMCA.

The Marshall Bader Memorial Rink is open to everyone in the community.

It was made possible through a collaboration between the Itasca County YMCA and the City of Grand Rapids.

Community comes together to celebrate life of 9-year-old Marshall Bader.
Community comes together to celebrate life of 9-year-old Marshall Bader.(KBJR 6/CBS 3)

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