ADRIAN — A benefit is planned Sunday for Mitchell Wagner, son of Michael and Melanie Wagner of rural Adrian, who was critically injured in a boating accident more than seven weeks ago on Lake Shetek.

The 21-year-old suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of the crash and has been hospitalized in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This week, he will be moved to the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska, for further physical therapy.

“Mitchell may have a long road ahead of him but we know that this will be more like a marathon than a sprint,” shared his family. “We are keeping the hope in him and continue to trust in God’s plan for Mitchell.”

Sunday’s benefit begins with a 10 a.m. mass on the golf course at the Adrian Country Club. People are asked to bring their own chair, and rolls and coffee will be served following the service.

A nine-hole golf tournament will begin at 11:30 a.m., with registrations still being taken for alternate dates for the four-person best ball tourney by calling the club. All time slots are filled for Sunday, and slots added for Saturday have also been filled.

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The Rock-Nobles Cattlemen, Nobles County Corn and Soybean Growers, Weidert Dairy and VanBully’s are combining efforts to serve the meal from 2 to 4 p.m. There will be grilled burgers, french fries fried in soybean oil, sides and ice cream.

“These are all of Mitchell’s favorite things,” said his aunt, Tina Schlichte.

A live auction will begin at 4 p.m., with some of the donated auction items including four tickets to a Vikings game, an Adrian Peterson signed jersey, a horse-drawn hayride, a pontoon ride, a gun, John Deere pressure washer, gift certificates and gift baskets. Donations for the live auction will be accepted up to the time of the auction.

Raffle tickets are still available for purchase by contacting Taylor at the St. Adrian Parish Office ( or may be purchased during the fundraiser. Each raffle ticket sold will be entered into a drawing to win a 2020 CanAm 4-wheeler 450, a John Deere 36-inch triangle road box (tools included), $250 cash (two prizes), or $150 cash.

“We are so blessed in our close-knit community to be able to reach out to help our neighbors when in need,” said Msgr. Richard Colletti of St. Adrian Catholic Church. “I see this so often when there is a death or illness of a family member of our churches. Neighbors and friends gather together to help on the farm or to bring food and other signs of support to their neighbor during this time of stress.

“That certainly is a heart of Mitchell’s benefit as people are coming together to support him in his recovery and to give hope and strength to the Wagner family,” he added. “As people of faith, we have that anchor of prayer to hold Mitchell and the family in our daily prayer intentions. I see that so clearly in the Caring Bridge site where people share their prayers and good wishes for Mitchell, and the Wagner family keeps us informed on his progress. Mitchell is touching a lot of hearts during this time of hope and coming together in prayer for him each day.”