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The Power Of One Man's Gift

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  It's the power of giving.  The owner of a small business has left a gift that will keep giving to generations of students at a northwestern Minnesota high school.

  Arthur Snustad left 2-milllion dollars of his estate to the Win-E-Mac school district. It's the combined schools of Winger, Erskine and McIntosh, Minnesota.

  Most Win-E-Mac students, running out of the cold and into school today, probably aren't even aware of the gift left by 1939 Winger graduate, Arthur Snustad.  

  They walk by Snustad's photo, who went on to serve in World War Two, run a funeral home and upon his passing last summer, left 2-million dollars of his estate to their school.

Randy Bruer, Superintendent: "That's going to be a huge impact to the students of Win-E-Mac school. The number of students per grade… they'll be able to go a long ways with that kind of money."

  On the average, 25 Win-E-Mac graduates a year move on to a technical or 4-year college. The Snustad gift is enough to provide each of those students with 25-hundred to $5,000 a year in tuition money.

  Parents are already looking forward to taking advantage of the gift, since the money will start being released this spring.

Kim Mandt, Parent: "My oldest daughter is going to Moorhead… MSUM. And my daughter that's about to go to college would like to go to the University of Minnesota."

Reporter: "This would be a nice little chunk off that tuition bill?"

Mandt: "Oh, it sure would. Sure would help."

  The generosity of just one man will now go on to help start the careers of students he never met, for generations to come.

  Half of the 80-thousand dollar a year interest from the Snustad gift will be used for school improvements, including the purchase of equipment.

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