'You were my best friend': Tributes to teenage hunter killed in crash

The 18 year old died in an accident on Friday.

An 18 year old killed in a crash in northern Minnesota on Friday has been identified, with tributes being paid by family, friends and coworkers on social media.

Brenden Fenstermaker died when a Ford Ranger pickup left the road and rolled over just after 3:30 a.m. on Friday in Pine River Township, the Cass County Sheriff's Office announced.

The 18-year-old recent Pine River Secondary graduate died in the crash, with another 18-year-old man, Zachary Munsch, suffering serious injuries that saw him transported to a Twin Cities hospital by helicopter.

News of his death spread on Friday, with the Pine River-Backus Tigers football team paying tribute to their former player by holding aloft his No. 7 shirt ahead of a game Friday evening.

As well as a football player, the teenager was an avid hunter, and worked for Kentucky-based Backwoods Decoy Systems, which described him as a "young man with a passion for the outdoors and a love for everything hunting."

The most emotional tributes came from his siblings, with his younger brother, Alex, describing how Fenstermaker "helped me shoot my first deer, catch my first fish, shoot my first gun, go hunting for the first time and learn how to shoot a bow."

"I just want you to know that I will love you [till] the day I take my last breath. You were my best friend and that will never change, now you can hunt whenever and have no pain and be with the Lord," he wrote on Facebook.

His sister, Lydea, wrote: "I call you every morning, hoping you'll answer, and every time you don't, I still hear your voice, I know [you 're] still with me, I know you'll always be with me."

The crash is still being investigated by the Cass County Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota State Patrol.

So far in 2017, there have been 255 fatalities on Minnesota roads, according to the Department of Public Safety.

That is fewer than at the same time in 2016, by when there had been 270 deaths.

Next Up


DirecTV subscribers could lose KARE 11 on Tuesday

A new contract needs to be agreed upon by 6 p.m. Tuesday.

prison, Rush City cell block

Inmate from Rush City prison dies after COVID-19 diagnosis

The man is the fifth incarcerated person in Minnesota to die from COVID-19.


Belle Plaine man dies after duck boat capsizes on lake

One man was found sitting on the overturned boat while another man was in the water.

Screen Shot 2020-11-29 at 4.59.51 PM

Watch: Adam Thielen watches end of Vikings/Panthers just like all of us

The Vikings receiver looked like a true fan on Sunday afternoon.

Chad Beebe

Chad Beebe's roller-coaster fourth-quarter keeps Vikings playoff hopes alive

A muffed punt and a game-winning touchdown helped defeat the Panthers on Sunday afternoon.


West-central MN cops warn kids to stay off ice, or 'Santa won't come'

This comes amid repeated ice warnings across the state.

covid-19, coronavirus, PPE

Nov. 29 COVID-19 update: 57 deaths, nearly 9,000 more cases

Nearly 100,000 tests were included in Sunday's report.

jim ramstad

Watch former Rep. Jim Ramstad's memorial service online

The ceremony will be live-streamed for the public on Sunday.


How high can Rashod Bateman go in the 2021 NFL Draft?

The Gophers star receiver has plenty of praise heading into next April.

TCF Bank Stadium

15 more from Gopher football team test positive for COVID-19

That brings the total number of cases from this outbreak to 40.

Teddy Bridgewater

5 questions for Vikings-Panthers Week 12 NFC battle

The Vikings welcome Teddy Bridgewater back to U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday.

police lights

Man, 21, in custody after Albert Lea police officer shot in the chest

The officer was able to drive to an emergency room.


Woman killed in Hwy. 252 wrong-way crash was 911 dispatcher; husband pays tribute

The 30-year-old from Nowthen, Minnesota, died at the scene.

Tributes flood in for Twin Cities EMT killed in crash

Marina DeSteno Challeen died when the ambulance she was in collided with a semi-trailer.

Trevor Engelbrektson

Tributes pour in for Minneapolis musician, father killed in crash

Trevor Engelbrektson was one of four who died in a crash in Arizona.

Donations, tributes flood in for pregnant mother killed in crash

An online fundraiser had raised more than $22,000 in just 16 hours.

Screen Shot 2019-07-10 at 10.06.52 PM

Tributes paid to 18-year-old killed in three-vehicle crash

She had just graduated from Montevideo High School.

Teenage passenger killed in collision with tractor

It happened in northern Minnesota on Friday morning.