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Published April 23, 2013, 10:48 AM

Longtime WDAY Anchor Marv Bossart passes away at 79

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Our WDAY TV family has lost one of the pioneers in broadcast news here in the Red River Valley. Longtime anchor Marv Bossart passed away today at the age of 79.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Our WDAY TV family has lost one of the pioneers in broadcast news here in the Red River Valley. Longtime anchor Marv Bossart passed away today at the age of 79. He had been battling Parkinson's Disease for several years, a disease he spoke about and shared with our viewers Kevin Wallevand takes a look back at the man who spent 42 years at WDAY as the familiar face on our 6 and 10 o'clock news.

When Marv started at WDAY TV, our budding business of television news was so fresh and fun. Marv joined a cast of characters like Boyd Christensen. Dewey Bergquist. Later, Marv would sit with the station's first female anchor, Claudia Danovic.

We sure didn't have all the bells and whistles back then. Marv was there for all the changes; film to video, NBC to ABC, and technology that quickly began to change by the minute.

He was such a trusted voice, honest, objective. He gave the news, never his opinion, and he had the utmost love and respect for the valley and her viewers. All along the way, Marv had fun. News did not have to be so serious.

He was always a teacher and perfect teammate to those who worked alongside him on the set; Claudia, Maureen, Stacie, Najla and Kerstin, and over the years at MSUM Marv taught hundreds of journalism students, many who stayed in the business and are now practicing professionals across the country. It is a job he loved for decades. But it would be in the newsroom that Marv would feel at home.

Long before computers and digital video, this is the newsman who loved to write and then tell you about it. In the end, 42 years after stepping inside WDAY, Marv bid his loyal sea of viewers goodbye. It wasn't long after retiring that Marv once again shared his life story with you the viewer, as Kerstin documented his very personal and public battle with Parkinson's Disease.

All along his journey on television and again as he battled Parkinson's, it would be his family that traveled down that road with him. It had been a ride; from those days together at the lake, to his 4 decades on WDAY, he would be one of the longest running news anchors in the country. It wasn't for the glory. He felt at home here, and nothing satisfied him more, than to tell the world about our valley.

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