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Wendy Reuer, Published December 01 2010

Teen's return to Moorhead High step closer

After hearing about Nathan Bowser’s plight to return to Moorhead High, a local resident stepped forward to help – but with a slight catch.

The donor, who has vowed to remain anonymous, keeping his name even from Bowser, doesn’t want to be the only contributor to Bowser’s education.

The donor contacted Brian Wisenden, the father of Bowser’s good friend Sam, and pledged to give a large share of the more than $10,000 Bowser needs to complete his junior and senior years at Moorhead.

“He will contribute significantly, but he does not want to be the only donor,” Wisenden said.

So, Wisenden has set up a fund in Bowser’s name at State Bank & Trust to collect donations. Wisenden said the fund will need to gather $3,300 by January when the spring semester begins.

“We’re not there yet, but we’re optimistic,” he said.

Just last spring, Bowser was a Moorhead High School sophomore, performing in choir and the school production of “Peter Pan.” But after his father died in July, Bowser moved to live with his mother in Fargo, where he started attending Fargo South High School this fall. He had to give up Moorhead High unless he found a way to pay the $6,600 annual out-of-state tuition.

Bowser’s band, Nathan Bowser and Those Other Guys, have performed benefit concerts to help with his father’s medical bills and his own tuition, and he has saved money from a job, but it hasn’t quite been enough.

Once enrolled, Bowser will still need to present his case before the activities committee to rejoin choir and other activities as a transfer student. It’s a process that may take about a month after school starts.

Although the Fargo South staff has been supportive, Bowser said it simply hasn’t been the same. He says the support he has seen from the F-M area as a whole has been overwhelming.

“It’s been one thing after another, and finally some good news was really good to hear,” Bowser said.

He said if the anonymous donor comes through, he would still like to meet him even though he understands the desire for privacy.

“I’d just give a big, big thank-you. After all the trouble we’ve gone through and all the trouble I was willing to go through to get back there made everything a lot easier. I was determined to go back there, one way or another,” Bowser said.

How to help

Readers can reach Forum reporter Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530