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ABERDEEN, S.D. – Aberdeen area law enforcement investigated a potential safety concern at Northern State University on Friday morning. No threat was found and campus was deemed safe.

Officials issued an all-clear at around 10:30 a.m. Friday, and regular campus activities resumed.

Initially, the campus community was asked to avoid the west side of campus. However, the Aberdeen Police Department, Brown County Sheriff’s Office, Aberdeen Fire and Rescue, and Brown County Emergency Management all responded and investigated, leading to the all-clear.

Similar situations occurred at other universities on Friday, with no actual threats found.

“We’re grateful for the prompt response by our local public safety officials,” said Dr. Neal Schnoor, NSU President. “Northern is committed to providing a safe environment for students, faculty and staff, and we appreciate the patience of our campus community during the investigation today.”

About Northern State University

Northern State University is a student-centered institution that provides an outstanding educational experience, preparing students through the liberal arts and professional education for their future endeavors. A regional university, Northern offers rigorous academics; diverse civic, social and cultural opportunities; and a commitment to building an inclusive environment for all points of view. Northern also offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 15 NCAA Division II intercollegiate varsity sports that compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NSIC). The university strives to enrich the community through partnerships such as its Educational Impact Campaign, which opened a new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired; new athletic and recreation fields; and an on-campus regional sports complex. With the $55 million campaign, NSU has been the recipient of more than $150 million in privately funded building projects and scholarships within a decade. To learn more, visit NSU Admissions.