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Gary Tinsley's mother to accept late son's bachelor's degree from U of M

Ronda Tinsley, the mother of the late Gary Tinsley, will accept her son's bachelor's degree during the University of Minnesota's graduation commencement on Thursday. The former Gophers' linebacker died of an enlarged heart last month.
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Ronda Tinsley, the mother of the late Gary Tinsley, will accept her son's bachelor's degree during the University of Minnesota's graduation commencement on Thursday. The former Gophers' linebacker died of an enlarged heart last month.

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