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Death of MSUM student Cody Hennum

Posted on August 24, 2017

We are saddened to report that the death of MSUM student Cody Hennum. Cody passed away on August 22, 2017. He was a History/Social Studies student.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 26 at 2 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, North Campus, in Fargo, with visitation at 1 p.m. A prayer service will be held on Friday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. at Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home, with visitation from 5-7 p.m. For more details and to read Cody’s obituary, visit

MSUM is following established protocols for the death of a student that includes communications with family, coordination between campuses office, supporting our students, and informing faculty teaching the student’s classes. Faculty, staff and students with questions may direct them to the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, 218-477-2171. They may also contact Hendrix Clinic & Counseling Center at 218-477-2630 if they wish to speak with a counselor.

We extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Cody Hennum.

Ken Smemo passes away

Posted on July 05, 2017

Kenneth Smemo, a long-serving faculty member at Minnesota State University Moorhead, passed away June 29 at age 86.

Please keep Ken’s family and friends in your thoughts during this difficult time.

A memorial gathering will be held on Thursday, July 6, 2017 from 5-7 p.m. at Wright Funeral Home in Moorhead.

To read Ken’s full obituary, visit

Brian Petron passes away

Posted on February 17, 2017

Brian Petron, 47, of Sauk Rapids, Minn., passed away on Feb. 7, 2017.  Brian was a Construction Management student at MSUM.

Please keep Brian’s family and friends in your thoughts during this difficult time.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 at 4 p.m. at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.

Read Brian’s full obituary at

Retiree passes away

Posted on February 15, 2017

Dr. Daniel P. Deneau, 85, died Feb. 9, 2017. He was Professor of English Emeritus at MSUM from 1976-1993.

Please keep Daniel’s family and friends in your thoughts during this time.

Following is his obituary as posted in the Mobile (Ala.) Press Register.

Kenneth Jacobson passes away

Posted on February 10, 2017

Kenneth “Ken” Paul Jacobson, 81, passed away Monday, Feb. 6. Ken was an instructor at MSUM.

Please keep Ken’s family and friends in your thoughts during this difficult time.

Memorial Mass will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 11 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frazee, Minn. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Read Ken’s full obituary at

Hunter Houle passes away

Posted on January 11, 2017

Hunter Houle, a freshman student at MSUM from Forest Lake, Minn., died on Friday, Jan. 6 as a result of injuries sustained while testing for an upcoming snowmobile race.

Hunter was a professional snowmobile racer, a pastime shared by several members of  his family. He lived in Nelson Hall, was a member of the Biosciences learning community and was pursuing a biology major. Hunter was also involved in club baseball at MSUM.

Please keep Hunter’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

A funeral will be held today at Hosanna Lutheran Church in Forest Lake. Hunter’s full obituary can be found at

Charles E. Driscoll Jr. Passes Away at 95

Posted on December 05, 2016

Charles E. Driscoll Jr., father of Kathy Abraham & father-in-law of Bo Abraham, passed away Nov. 27, 2016. He was 95.

Visitation is Dec. 9 from 4-6 p.m. with a prayer service at 6 p.m. at Korsmo funeral home in Moorhead. Funeral is Saturday, Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church in Moorhead.

Please keep Charles’ family in your thoughts during this difficult time. You can view his obituary online.

Alumna’s Husband Bobby Vee Dies

Posted on October 26, 2016

MSUM alumna Karen (Bergen) Velline’s husband, pop singer Bobby Vee has passed away at age 73.

The couple was active in the Central Minnesota community.

Read more on the couple’s legacy.

Former Associate Professor, Dean Dies at 100

Posted on August 24, 2016

William Borgen Treumann, known as “Bill,” died Aug. 2, 2016. He was 100 years old. At John Neumaier’s urging, Bill joined the (Moorhead State College) faculty as an associate professor of chemistry in 1960. He was Dean of Mathematics and Natural Sciences when he retired in 1981.

Please keep Bill’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

Former Biosciences Professor Phyllis Harber Dies

Posted on August 04, 2016

Phyllis Harber, 85, Moorhead, Minn., died Monday, Aug. 1, in Elim Rehab and Care Center. She taught in Biosciences department at MSUM and retired in 1992.  Read the rest of this entry →

Memorial Service for Carol Grimm on August 6

Posted on July 21, 2016

Carol Grimm, 63, passed away Saturday, July 16 at her home under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Carol retired from MSUM June 30 after serving as director of Hendrix Health and Gerdin Wellness Center for the past eight years.

Please keep Carol’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 6 at Faith United Methodist Church in Fargo with a reception to follow. Carol’s full obituary can be found at

Shirley Overvold Passes Away

Posted on July 15, 2016

Shirley Overvold passed away Wednesday, July 13. She is the mother of Kathleen McNabb, President’s assistant at MSUM.

Please keep Shirley’s family and friends in your thoughts.

Shirley’s funeral will be Tuesday, July 19 at 1 p.m. at Christ the King Church in Moorhead. Arrangements are being made with Wright Funeral Home.

Former MSUM Employee Steve Liebfried Passes Away

Posted on July 12, 2016
Steve Leibfried, who worked at MSUM as an AV Technician for 24 years (1980-2004), passed away Thursday, July 7 at the age of 65.

Please keep Steve’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

Information on visitation and funeral arrangements can be found on For a full obituary, visit

Former MSUM President John Neumaier Dies

Posted on June 03, 2016

John J. Neumaier, seventh President of Minnesota State University Moorhead, died on May 30, 2016. MSUM will hold a moment of silence to remember the former President at 10 a.m. CST today, which is when his funeral begins. Read the rest of this entry →

Kathryn Money Passes Away

Posted on June 01, 2016

Kathryn Isabel Money, 73, passed away on March 21, 2016. Kathryn is the wife of Duane Money, who worked at the Heating Plant at MSUM for many years.

A memorial service will be held for Kathryn on Saturday, June 4 at 10:30 a.m. at Hope Lutheran Brethren Church in Barnesville, Minn.

Please keep Kathryn’s family in your thoughts. You can find her full obituary here.

Cindy Sogn Funeral Today

Posted on May 31, 2016

Recent retiree Cindy Sogn passed away Thursday morning.

Cindy retired last spring after working at MSUM for 27 years. During her time at MSUM she worked in the Bookstore, English Department, Keys, Parking, and IT.

Please keep Cindy’s family in your thoughts. Her funeral will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 31 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Barnesville, Minn.

You may read Cindy’s obituary here.

Marcella MacLeod Passes Away at Age 93

Posted on April 21, 2016
Marcella MacLeod died Tuesday, April 19, 2016, in Villa Maria, Fargo, at 93 years of age. Marcella is the wife of Larry MacLeod, Assistant Professor of Physical Education Emeritus at MSUM.
A gathering of friends will be Thursday, April 21, 2016, from 5 – 7 p.m., in Korsmo Funeral Chapel, Moorhead. A celebration service will be Friday, April 22, 2016, at 2 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church, Moorhead.
Inurnment will be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Moorhead

Marv Gerhardson death

Posted on March 14, 2016

Marvin Gerhardson died on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at his home in Hawley, Minn. He was 87 years old. Marv worked
work in the Counseling Center at Moorhead State University until 1992, when he retired as dean of students. Service is today at 11:00 a.m. at Hawley Lutheran Church with a memorial gathering one hour prior. Read more.

Retiree death

Posted on February 16, 2016

Edwin “Ed” Bulik, 91, Moorhead, died Sunday, Feb. 14, in at home under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Wright Funeral Home in Moorhead. The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Moorhead. Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Moorhead. Arrangements by Wright Funeral Home.

Former dean David Nelson dies

Posted on February 01, 2016

David Nelson copy 2David C. Nelson, 84, died Jan. 24 at his  home in The Villages, Fla. Nelson served as dean of Business and Applied Programs before his retirement. During his 18-year tenure, he loved working the scoreboard at the Dragons basketball games and participating in the college’s annual July 4th celebrations.

Read his obituary.

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