Winona State University student Derek Bute, 25, passed away early Jan. 17 in Winona. Bute, from Alden, Minn., started at WSU in fall 2012 and was majoring in exercise science.

“Derek was a valued member of our community of learners,” said Denise McDowell, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Life. “As we come together for the spring semester, I ask that you keep Derek and his family and friends in your thoughts, and I encourage you to reach out to those who may be in pain and support one another during this difficult time.”

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