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Former UMD running back Bauer dies in crash

Nate Bauer, a four-year football letterwinner at Minnesota Duluth and a member of two NCAA Division II national championship teams, was declared dead Monday after being involved in an automobile accident near his home in Menomonie, Wis. He was 26.

Nate Bauer
Nate Bauer
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Nate Bauer, a four-year football letterwinner at Minnesota Duluth and a member of two NCAA Division II national championship teams, was declared dead Monday after being involved in an automobile accident near his home in Menomonie, Wis. He was 26.
According to WEAU-TV in Eau Claire, Wis., investigators say Bauer’s vehicle went down a steep ravine and flipped in a creek after going off U.S. Highway 12. Bauer was the only person in the vehicle. Dunn County Sheriff’s deputies believe the crash happened around 8:30 p.m. Sunday because people in the area reported hearing something suspicious around that time. Bauer, however, was not found until Monday.
Bauer graduated from Menomonie High School in 2007. He joined UMD’s football program that fall, and after redshirting one season, he went on to rush for 482 yards and score three touchdowns on 111 career carries. His most productive year was 2010 when he rushed 37 times for 205 yards and a touchdown as the Bulldogs went 15-0 and captured their second national title.
Bauer graduated from UMD in 2012 with a degree in physical and health education. Since 2014, he had been employed as a physical education teacher at Knapp and Downsville elementary schools in the Menomonie school district. He taught adapted phy ed throughout the district and served as an assistant football coach.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Bauer family,” said UMD football coach Curt Wiese, who served as offensive coordinator during Bauer’s collegiate playing days. “Nate will be remembered as tremendous person, student and teammate, and he had a way of making those around him better. He’ll be greatly missed and forever a Bulldog.”
Menomonie District Administrator Joe Zydowsky said he met with counselors in the district Tuesday morning. He said the district will provide support for students and staff.
Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Menomonie. Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Sunday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services at the church.

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