MSUM Alum Publishes Book On Deployment Experiences

By Kristin Kirtz

Dan Nygard
Dan Nygard, author of “Rounds.”


MSUM English and MFA graduate, Dan Nygard, joined the Minnesota National Guard straight out of high school and spent four years in Germany, working as an electronics repairman. In April 2006, Nygard was deployed to Iraq, where he gained experiences that inspired his book, “Rounds.”

“Rounds” takes you into the first person perspective of solider, Ray Beaucook, a fictional character. Throughout the book the reader will come to understand what it’s like for a solider to return home after a deployment.

Knuckledown Press of Fargo, N.D., recently published Nygard’s book.

“Rounds” is available on e-book and can be found on

At 7 p.m. on Oct. 18, Nygard will read from “Rounds” at the official debut at the Hunt Club, located in the basement of Usher’s House at 700 1st Ave. N. in Moorhead, Minn.