LUVERNE, Minn. — The Luverne community is mourning Brooke Thompson, 22, who died Tuesday morning in a four-vehicle crash near Brandon, S. D.
Thompson was a gifted figure skater and dancer, active with the Blue Mound Figure Skaters for most of her life.
She was a member of the dance team at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall while earning her degree in psychology. After graduating college in 2018, Thompson began coaching younger girls with the Blue Mound Figure Skaters. She planned to begin graduate school at the University of South Dakota in the fall to pursue a master's degree in social work.
Because Thompson lived on the ice, so to speak, the Blue Mound Figure Skaters had a gathering at the ice rink Wednesday night to share memories and grieve together. Thompson loved organizing get-togethers, so the event was seen as an ideal way to honor her memory.
Another effort underway is a GoFundMe page set up in Thompson's honor. Funds will support a scholarship for the Blue Mound Figure Skaters to empower future skaters. The fundraiser has a goal of $5,000, and as of Friday afternoon had reached $3,970.