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ND university dean died in apparent suicide after report of hundreds of degrees to foreign students who didn't earn them

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DICKINSON -- A high-ranking and longtime Dickinson State University staff member has died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Dickinson Police Department said Friday that Doug LaPlante's body was found in Fairway Park.

LaPlante, 59, was DSU's dean of the college of education, business and applied sciences. He had been at the university since 1991.

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