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NSU remembers Casey Luedke and Tate Senftner

​ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University is mourning the recent loss of two students.


Casey Luedke, 21, of Watertown, Minn., and Tate Senftner, 20, of Onida, both passed away unexpectedly on New Year’s Day.

“The loss of a student or students, at a very young age, is always difficult for a university president,” said NSU President Jim Smith. “Like all of my colleagues here at Northern, we send our deepest sympathies to the families of these young men. The fragile nature of life is clearly made real when something tragic happens; this is especially true on a small campus, like ours, where our faculty and staff know these students so very well.”

Senftner was a member of the NSU Wolves football team.

“We are very saddened at the loss. Tate was the epitome of a true student-athlete, excelling in the classroom, the weight room, and on the playing field,” said NSU Football Coach Tom Dosch. “Our prayers go out to his family, friends, and teammates during this tragic time. He will be missed by Wolves Football."

The NSU Counseling Center is available to students to assist during this difficult time. The Counseling Center can be reached at 605-626-2371 or 605-290-5699.

For more information, contact NSU University Relations at 605-626-7747 or 605-216-3951.