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Winona State gymnast Brooke Baures tragically passes away after an incident in a food service elevator.



Brooke Baures, a member of the gymnastics team at Winona State University in Minnesota, tragically passed away Monday after an accident at her employer, the restaurant where she worked.

According to a report in the Winona Daily News, Baures was tragically found dead Monday night inside of a food-service elevator at WingDam Saloon & Grill in Fountain City, Wis.–just minutes away from Winona State University campus.

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On Monday night, the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call from WingDam Saloon & Grill about 8 p.m. When first responders arrived to investigate, they discovered Baures’ body inside the restaurant’s food service elevator – an employee of the establishment.

Frazier was declared deceased at the scene, according to Fountain City Police Chief Jason Mork….
Mork explained that the food elevator, commonly referred to as a dumbwaiter and located off the kitchen, runs between the first and second floors of the restaurant and is typically used for transporting bulk food for parties or other events in the space.

According to him, its opening measures three feet by three feet and was not designed with employees in mind; rather, its lifting mechanism works similarly to an electric garage door.

On this afternoon, Jason Mork – the sole cop in Fountain City (population 859) – told Fox 9 that it is highly unlikely Bauses was using the elevator to move herself. Instead, he believes she was likely “using it to move food.”
When asked for more details, Mork says “I won’t get into that… I need to speculate.”

Mork did mention however that first responders discovered Baures “trapped inside the elevator… she was later discovered by first responders to have passed away.”

Winona State officials were very complimentary about Baures, 21, a senior from Chetek, Wisconsin.

“Brooke had a charismatic personality and her smile could light up the gym,” WSU gymnastics coach Beckie Rolbiecki told the Winona Daily News. “She was an inspiring competitor as well as an ambitious, dedicated teammate.”

“She was one of those athletes who would bring you to tears when you saw her enter the gym. It is still hard for us all to comprehend what her struggles have meant.”

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