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NDSU identifies student found dead on campus, but family wants privacy

FARGO – North Dakota State University officials identified the student found dead in a campus apartment on Wednesday, Jan. 10, as Noah Rockenback.

The family has requested privacy and NDSU won’t provide additional information at this time, officials said Thursday, Jan. 11.  

The social networking site LinkedIn shows a profile for Rockenback that indicates he was studying computer engineering at NDSU and previously worked as a lifeguard from 2010 to 2013 in Chisago Lakes, Minn.

A Facebook profile for Rockenback lists his hometown as Center City, Minn., located in Chisago County, and that he’s been studying at NDSU since 2013.

The Chisago County Press reported Rockenback was a 2013 graduate of Chisago Lakes High School and the recipient of two scholarships – one from LogiSolve, a Minnesota-based IT company.

The publication reported on Rockenback’s involvements, from cross country to robotics. He was a member of Team 3038 for Chisago Lakes and North Branch high schools, and competed in robotics events across the state.

Former North Branch teacher and robotics adviser Becky Leuer told The Forum she was “in shock” to hear of Rockenback’s death.

“I cannot say enough good things about Noah. He was an absolutely phenomenal kid,” Leuer said. “He was an awesome teammate and a great leader ... an extraordinarily responsible kid and well-respected by his teammates.”  

Leuer said Rockenback was a programmer and during his senior year he helped lead Team 3038 to the semifinals of the regional competition at the University of Minnesota.

Rockenback’s body was found in a private room in Matthew Living Learning Center West, an on-campus student apartment near the NDSU Wellness Center.

NDSU said there is no indication of foul play or threat to public safety.

Kim Hyatt

Kim Hyatt is a reporter with The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and a 2014 graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth. She started her newspaper career at the Owatonna People’s Press covering arts and education. In 2016, she received Minnesota Newspaper Association's Dave Pyle New Journalist Award and later that year she joined The Forum newsroom.

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