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George McGovern has entered hospice care in Sioux Falls and students at the Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, said the news of McGovern’s failing health has saddened the whole campus community.

"It's really alarming on campus," said Ian Lackey.

Ian Lackey, a junior studying Athletic Training said he was online Monday, when he came across the news of McGovern's health and found out he could pass away soon.

"It's going to effect us because of all the facilities we gotten here, all the community leadership he's given the Dakota Wesleyan University. It's going to effect the rest of our lives and how we learn," said Lackey.

For Breanna Clark, a junior studying Business Administration along with Leadership and Public Service, said last year she was doing community service to raise awareness on ending world hunger.

Clark said McGovern stopped by her booth congratulating her effort to benefit the community and said she'll never forget what he said.

"World peace a noble goal but probably never going to happen, but we can world hunger," said Clark.

Christen Hildebrandt, a senior studying History Education and Public Service, said McGovern is the driving force behind bettering the Dakota Wesleyan Campus.

"He stood for courage and later was recognized that you can change things with hunger programs and even change this campus with a library," said Hildebrandt.

All three students said McGovern has a special place in their hearts and they want him to know the campus will be with him until the end and beyond.

"He's a man that lived what he believed and he changed the world and that's no small feat," said Hildebrandt.

"We're definitely going to miss you when you go and we hope we can continue to make your legacy grow and prosper," said Clark.

"He's a great guy that has led so many students to great passions and great concentrations in our community, South Dakota and everywhere Nationwide," said Lackey.

McGovern is at the Dougherty hospice house in Sioux Falls.
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