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Published February 16, 2010, 08:42 AM

Casselton City Attorney remembered for his dedication to small town living

Casselton, ND (WDAY TV) - In Casselton, North Dakota tonight, plans are being made for what is expected to be one of the largest funerals ever there. A pillar of the community, who most say went about to change Casselton without fanfare or back-slaps. They are remembering Brad Burgum for a lifetime of dedication to small town living.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

“He was known for his humanity and his compassion.”

Brad Burgum would want nothing to do with the accolades and tributes showered on him today. This man who, along with Kenny Habiger, quietly and methodically helped to start the volunteer ambulance service 30-years ago.

“Mellow person, level headed, knowledgeable and very professional.”

Dollars for Scholars, Economic Development, and Business Association all have the stamp of City Attorney Brad Burgum.

“Not the kind of person out front and in the limelight. He was very deliberate how he did things. It was not about Brad and him running the show.”

And there is the story of Brad Burgum just two months ago, arriving at a Moorhead homeless shelter to help serve breakfast to the needy. When the cameras showed up, he disappeared.

“When he talked you listened. He provided good judgment and reason.”

He was a family man who sure was dedicated to Casselton, dropping everything to make an ambulance run. And that is what makes communities like this a special place.

Honoring small town confidentiality, always respecting those he helped. He had the pedigree and power, but instead of flaunting it, he humbly used it to make Casselton a hometown that tonight must find strength from each other with this loss.

Funeral arrangements for Brad Burgum are pending.