In Memory

Dallas Bohnsack '60

Dallas Bohnsack '60 (B.S. Agronomy) of New Prague, MN, passed away at the age of 78 on December 23, 2017.  Bohnsack graduated from New Prague High School and the University of Minnesota's College of Agriculture. He was a member of the U of M marching band and Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. Dallas farmed most of his life and served as Clerk of Helena Township followed by Scott County Commissioner for 12 years. He was most proud of his time and commitment to the University of Minnesota, serving on the Board of Regents from 1999-2011. One of Bohnsack’s strengths, say friends and admirers, was that as a lifelong farmer, he brought a down-to-earth perspective to an increasingly cosmopolitan university. Serving on the Board of Regents was a labor of love. He had an abiding affection for everything maroon-and-gold, said David Metzen, a fellow regent and close friend. “I’ve never known a guy that loved the university so much in all respects,” he said. When the regents started talking about building a new Gopher football stadium, Bohnsack, who had been in the marching band, insisted that they include rehearsal space and locker rooms for the musicians. “He kept pushing … ‘What are we going to do for the band?’ ” remembered Metzen. When TCF Bank Stadium opened, with state-of-the-art facilities for the band, Metzen joked that they should name it “the Bohnsack band room.”

Bohnsack was on the Scott County U of M Extension Committee and U of M Landscape Arboretum Board. His allegiance to the University even followed him in death as his body was donated to the Medical School for research and education. Community involvement played a large role in his life: the New Prague Chamber of Commerce, Scott County Pork Producers and the New Prague Sportsman's Club to name just a few. In addition, he had been a long time member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. He was recognized many times for his endeavors, including his induction into the New Prague High School Hall of Fame with a Distinguished Alumni award and receiving the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity Man of the Year honor.

Bohnsack enjoyed traveling, fishing, reading, attending Gopher sporting events and music, in particular Drum and Bugle competitions and Dixieland Jazz. A memorial celebration was held on Friday, Jan. 20 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, New Prague. 

Dallas is survived by wife of 56 years, Joan; daughter, Deb (Bruce) Hastings of Lakeville; son, Brian (Patty) of St. Michael; cherished grandchildren, Justin, Amanda, Jeff Peterzen and Willow Hastings and sisters June Kohout, Lavonne Garoutte, Liz Kragthorpe.

To learn more about the legacy that Dallas Bohnsack created, visit this article written by the Star Tribune. To read the full obituary, visit here. 

Warren Gore 

Warren Gore of St. Paul passed away on January 17, 2017 at the age of 93. Gore was a WWII veteran in the Army Air Corps. He graduated from the University of Missouri and earned his Masters Degree from the University of Iowa. He earned his Ph.D. ABD from Northwestern University and the University of Minnesota. He taught at the University of Omaha (now Univ. of Nebraska at Omaha), the University of Cincinnati, and took a position in the Rhetoric Department on the University of Minnesota's St. Paul campus. Gore was honored by the University of Minnesota College of Agriculture in 1992 with the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award. Gore and his wife were recognized in 2013 with the Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation's Spirit of the Park Award, which is given to those in the community who exemplify the community's spirit. He was preceded in death by parents, Phleete and Byrde Gore. Survived by wife, Ki Ki; daughter, Lia (Frank Haluska); son, Paul (Tracy Fischman); grand children, Alex Quinones, Talia Gore and Jacob Gore; brother, Norman Gore; sister, Virginia Shelton; also nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. To read Gore's full obituary, visit here. 

Steven Tuman

Steven Tuman of Watkins, died on January 6, 2017 at the age of 69. He was a lifelong farmer in central Minnesota and created many milestones for the Brown Swiss Breed. He was a member of the Brown Swiss Cattle Breeders Association and served as a judge for numerous county, state, and national shows. He particularily enjoyed working with youth and loved passing on his knowledge to them. Tuman opened up his farm annually in the fall to the University of Minnesota Dairy Judging Team in order to help the team prepare for contests. In 2010, he was honored with inducation into the Minnesota Livestock Breeders Hall of Fame. To read more about Steve Tuman, visit here