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Shakopee superintendent dies after his cancer suddenly worsened

He was only diagnosed last October.

The superintendent for Shakopee Public Schools after his cancer suddenly took a turn for the worse.

Gary Anger died around 4 a.m. on Sunday, with an entry on his CaringBridge page noting "everything progressed quickly, and unfortunately there was nothing that could be done."

The husband and father had been taken on as the interim superintendent in July 2017, just months before he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer in October.

He took four months leave but started working again in February, and just last month was offered the position full time.

Earlier this month he wrote a post in which he explained he and his family were due to fly to Antigua for a family holiday, though this had to be canceled last minute due to dangerously low blood counts that required a two-night stay in hospital.

He was released as his counts improved, but his condition apparently took a turn for the worse this weekend.

“Superintendent Anger has forever changed ISD 720,” said School Board Chair Scott Swanson in a statement on the SPS website.

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"We had precious little time to fully experience the leadership and humanity that Gary had to offer. As we chart the course for the days and weeks ahead, I ask that all district staff, parents, students and friends keep Gary’s family in your thoughts and prayers and Gary’s spirit in your hearts.

"The best way to honor his memory is to serve and care for one another as he demonstrated."

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