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Wendy Reuer, Published March 09 2012

NDSU students remember 4 who died

FARGO – North Dakota State University students here are hoping to give back to the families who recently lost so much.

Freshmen Jake Grossman and Morgan Lubben sat at a table inside the Student Memorial Union on Friday afternoon with laptops and a pile of white bracelets.

As the two freshmen talked, another student hurriedly slapped a $20 bill on the table and said, “Keep the change,” as she took just one $3 bracelet.

“It’s been like that a lot,” Grossman said. “A lot of people just saying, ‘Keep the change.’ ”

Lubben said a female student gave $100 and took three bracelets.

On the bracelets, purple lettering reads, “In loving memory of ms jp dr lp 2-20-12.”

They are a memorial meant to honor Jordan Playle, 19, Lauren Peterson, 18, Danielle Renninger, 18, and Megan Sample, 18, who were killed in a car accident near Alexandria, Minn., on Feb. 20.

Grossman and Lubben knew the four women, and said they wanted to do something for the families. They had 1,100 bracelets made and plan to give the money raised by the sale to the families as well as 100 of the bracelets.

The two men estimate they have collected nearly $1,000 for the families and plan to sell more when NDSU students return from spring break after March 16.

Sophomore Heather Hall bought a bracelet Friday afternoon. Hall didn’t know the girls personally but said the tragic accident had affected so many on campus. She said the bracelets were a good memorial.

Along with the bracelets, freshman Joe Holenko set up a Facebook page to take orders for pink T-shirts in memory of the women.

Holenko said more than 800 orders have been taken with an estimated $6,800 raised for the four families.

He hopes to distribute the T-shirts later this month and sell any remaining shirts available.

The page can be found at www.facebook.com/pages/MS-JP-DR-LP-Memory-Shirts/247178632036244.

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

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