Hartsburg-Emden community remembers two students who died in weekend car crash

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HARTSBURG (WEEK) — A local high school is remembering two students lost in a car accident early Sunday morning, just days before the first day of school.

Students and the community gathered for a private vigil Monday afternoon at Hartsburg-Emden Junior/ Senior High School to remember Gage Bell and Gage Klein.

Hartsburg-Emden Superintendent Terry Wisniewski says the community has united in the face of tragedy.

“The community has really stepped up and supported these families, and what they are going through,” Wisniewski said. “And that’s what we are doing here tonight.”

The fatal crash happened early Sunday morning along route 136 about 10 miles west of Emden. Police say the two boys drove over the center line and hit a second car. Both boys and the driver of the second car, 30-year-old Blake Anderson, all died in the accident.

Wisniewski says it was important for students to have a safe environment to mourn before school starts Wednesday.

The Superintendent says Klein wanted to go into the restaurant industry, and he was already working at a restaurant.

“Very confident. Can’t forget how confident [Klein] was,” Wisniewski said.

Bell wanted to work as a tradesman and had a great sense of humor.

“I’ll never forget [Bell’s] smirk, cause you could tell the wheels were turning, every time I got ‘the look,'” Wisniewski said.

The school will provide counseling services to students, and bank accounts have been created at Farmer’s State Bank of Emden to accept donations for the families.

“They are young boys who were becoming young men, and really maturing,” Wisniewski said.

Gage Klein, Photo courtesy of Hartsburg-Emden CUSD #21
Gage Bell, Photo courtesy of Hartsburg-Emden CUSD #21

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