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Body of college student-athlete from Minnesota found in ND river

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Searchers have recovered the body of a college student from Blaine, Minnesota, in a North Dakota river after three friends went over a dam in a rubber raft.

Two of 23-year-old Dan Buehner's fellow Valley City State University students survived after the trio went over the small dam, known as the Little Dam, on the Sheyenne River at about about 1 a.m. Monday, Forum Communications reports. Emergency responders and residents helped the two others to shore, but Buehner did not resurface, investigators said.

The three had planned to float down the river to meet friends waiting downstream, and the fast-moving river whisked them to the dam, where they got caught in churning water and capsized, Forum reports.

No paddles or lifejackets were found, investigators said. The incident remains under investigation and an autopsy was planned. The body was found at about more than 250 yards downstream from the Little Dam at about 10 a.m., Forum reports.

Buehner, a senior majoring in business administration, was also a catcher on the university baseball team, which canceled Tuesday and Wednesday games. Buehner was a hard-working athlete and a starter with a .348 batting average, Forum reported.

Coach Casey Olney told Forum, “He had a sweet left-handed swing. He looked like he was born to swing a baseball bat.”

Teammate Kayl Hamre told Valley News Live, "We don't know why it happens but we lost a great guy, a great teammate and even a better friend."

Another friend, Casey Gardner, told KVVR, "He would go out of his way to make you happy."

A gathering of remembrance was planned for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the university.

Valley News Live - KVLY/KXJB - Fargo/Grand Forks

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