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Tribute to Higher Education and Rural Minnesota Advocate Dr. Stanley Sahlstrom
June 12, 2008

Minnesota lost a champion with the passing of Dr. Stanley Sahlstrom.  Those of us who live in Northwestern Minnesota feel the loss most.


While Dr. Sahlstrom had an unmatched passion about this region, he was also a tremendous advocate for all of rural Minnesota.  He loved the land, the communities and the schools and of course, he loved the people.  When I travel across the state and identify myself with the University of Minnesota or Crookston, I am often asked “Do you know Stan Sahlstrom?”  He truly seemed to know everybody and everybody knew him.


Dr. Sahlstrom had many interests beyond his family, including his horses, Rotary, baseball and the military, but his greatest passion was education and the University of Minnesota.  Most notably, he served as the founding provost of the Crookston campus, which he transformed from an agricultural residential high school to a thriving two-year technical college that later became today’s four-year coordinate campus of the University of Minnesota. 


Dr. Sahlstrom truly enjoyed working with faculty, staff and students.  He is known for his strong interest and commitment to students, even keeping contact with them after graduation. He was extremely proud of his degree from the University of Minnesota and his opportunity to expand the University’s reach across the state. He made a difference for hundreds of students.


It has been an honor to know Dr. Sahlstrom as an academic leader and friend.  His sense of history, commitment to education and service to the Crookston community, the region, the state of Minnesota and beyond made him a remarkable leader. His legacy is strong, and we will miss his vibrant support and presence.


All are welcome to attend the memorial service honoring Dr. Stanley Sahlstrom on Friday, June 13 at 1:00 p.m. at the Lysaker Gymnasium on the University of Minnesota, Crookston campus.


Charles H. Casey, Chancellor

University of Minnesota, Crookston