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Bigler continues to improve

August 2, 2012
Marshall Independent

The surgeon for Southwest Minnesota State University head men's basketball coach Brad Bigler said Thursday morning that Bigler's status at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center in Sioux Falls is improving, a news release from SMSU said.

"Brad's recovery is moving in the right direction and he continues to improve," said surgeon Dr. Michael Bauer. "Rest continues to be an important part of the healing process and will help speed up his recovery."

Bauer also said Sharon Schuler, of Granite Falls, Heather Bigler's grandmother, continues to improve as well and is making solid progress.

Brad Bigler had several broken ribs and a broken shoulder blade; his wife Heather suffered minor injuries, and Schuler was left in critical condition from the crash that killed the Biglers' five-month-old son, Drake.

Dana Schoen of Starbuck, the driver of the truck that hit the Bigler vehicle, is facing three counts of criminal vehicular homicide and one count of DWI.

Funeral services for Drake have been set for 1 p.m. at First Lutheran Church at 100 Church Street in Marshall. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Sunday at the church. A viewing will take place from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Monday.

Meanwhile, the Southwest Minnesota State University athletics department, on behalf of the Bigler family, has established the "Drake Philip Bigler Memorial Fund" through the SMSU Foundation Office. Individuals wishing to make a donation for the "Drake Philip Bigler Memorial Fund" should send checks payable to the SMSU Foundation and please include a note stating that your gift is in memory of Drake Bigler.

All donations can be sent to: SMSU Department of Athletics

Attn: Drake Philip Bigler Memorial Fund

1501 State Street

Marshall, MN 56258

A portion of the proceeds from this year's '"Let's RideMinnesota" event will go toward helping the Bigler family. The Tim Orth Memorial Foundation announced Wednesday that a portion of the proceeds from the Aug. 18 event at the Renville County Fairgrounds will be given to the Bigler family for medical expenses incurred for baby Drake.

"Let's RideMinnesota" is a statewide motorcycle ride event to honor children the Tim Orth Foundation assists throughout the year and the veterans who have served the country, past and present. However, you do not need to own or ride a motorcycle to attend the event, which starts at 7 p.m. in Bird Island at the Renville County Fairgrounds.

For more information on the Tim Orth Memorial Foundation or the Let's RideMinnesota event, visit or Or call Bill Neubauer at 320-905-4624.



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