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Teen dies in shooting accident

DICKINSON, N.D. - Dillan Bloomgren was always one to say hello as he walked the halls at Dickinson High School.

"Every time I'd see him in the hallway, he always had that beam in his eye, that look on his face," said Brian Ham, a DHS history teacher and freshman football coach.

Bloomgren, a 15-year-old Dickinson teen, died as a result of an accidental shooting by his 10-year-old brother during a pheasant hunting trip Sunday north of Gladstone.

He was pronounced dead at St. Joseph's Hospital in Dickinson of a gunshot wound to the head, authorities said.

Bloomgren was a member of the DHS freshman football team and planned on continuing to be a part of the wrestling team this winter as he transitioned from junior high to high school.

Though Bloomgren was known as a quiet player, Ham said it's now evident how much his life affected those around him.

"A lot of people touch people's lives and you don't usually see it until their not there," Ham said.

Dunn County Sheriff's Department Deputy Glen Gietzen said the boys were pheasant hunting with two other brothers and their father when the shooting occurred Sunday afternoon.

"There is not any kind of criminal investigation or anything else going on," said Bill Schaller, Killdeer District game warden.

State regulations mandate that children ages 12 and older be certified in hunter safety.

Those younger than 12 can hunt as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian and carry the appropriate license.

Cody Wolf, DHS wrestling coach and freshman assistant football coach, remembered Bloomgren as a dedicated athlete with much heart.

"He really enjoyed being part of the team more than what his expression showed that he was," Wolf said. "I think his heart was in the right spot. There's a lot of kids who don't have quite as much talent, but they have just as much, if not more, heart than the other kids."

The DHS freshman football team will honor Bloomgren in its three final games, Ham said.

The Midgets travel to play Mandan today for a game and plan to carry Bloomgren's jersey onto the field before the game.

There will be a moment of silence and prayer before the game and Dickinson players will wear stickers with Bloomgren's No. 89 on their helmets for the rest of the season.

Ham said other athletes plan to pay tribute to Bloomgren in other, more personal ways.

"We'll miss him," Ham said. "We're just hoping we learn how precious life is from this."

Services for Bloomgren are at 1 p.m. Thursday at Living Word Fellowship Church in Dickinson.

Dustin Monke, John Odermann, Beth Wischmeyer and The Associated Press contributed to this article. Sticka Photography of Dickinson contributed the photo.