Philip HetlandPhilip Hetland, 88, of Moorhead, MN, died Wednesday, April 24, 2013, driving his car near his home of one year, Farmstead Estates. The hard snow was a blessing in stopping the car without incident.
Phil was born June 14, 1924, near Hetland, SD (Kingsbury County), to Carl and Gudrid (Vigesaa) Hetland, moving to a farm near Cooperstown, ND, with his family at age 3. He attended country school, then Cooperstown High School, graduating in 1943. He joined the U. S. Navy and was in the field of electronics, stationed at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, DC, when WWII ended. He then attended Concordia College, graduating in 1949. On October 5, 1951, he married Lorraine Brodshaug at Horace, ND. They lived in Underwood, ND, for four years where Phil taught science, math and music and was principal. He directed a church choir there. They moved to Bottineau, ND, in 1955 where Phil had all the high school choirs and band. Great school talent resulted in award-winning groups. In 1956, Phil was offered the Engineering Dept. one-year opening at the then School of Forestry, teaching all the classes. He was coach of the baseball team and was named coach of the year. That year he also directed the Bottineau Community Choir. In 1957, Phil was offered a position in the Physics Dept. at then NDAC. He retired as Professor in 1986. While at NDSU, he was involved in many of the Christian youth groups on campus. He also earned a master's degree in his first years there.