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Roger Kuss

Roger was a graduate of River Falls High School in 1949. He was a three time letter winner in football and a four year letter winner in basketball. He was a member of the conference champion basketball teams in 1948 and 1949.  After graduation from college, he returned to River Falls High School as a history teacher and basketball coach from 1953-1957.

From the years 1950-1953 at Wisconsin State College of River Falls, Roger scored 1,814 points in his three-year basketball career making him the second leading scorer in the sport, at the time of induction. In 1953, Roger was named the Helms All-American Player of the Year. That year, he set a conference record, by scoring 57 points in a single game. In 1953 he led the conference in scoring with 500 points, and an average of 41.6 points per game. Roger was also named the Conference Player of the Year in 1953. He was named to the All-Conference team three years, and he captained the Falcons his final two. Roger Kuss not only made his mark in the university's record book, but he has received national recognition. He is a member of the NAIA National Hall of Fame and was a charter member of the NAIA District 14 Hall of Fame.

Roger was born and raised in River Falls, Wisconsin. He married his wife Arnell Johnson in 1955. Roger and Arnell had three children, Kevin, Kim and Kyle. From 1957-1979 Roger served the insurance industry in western Wisconsin. Roger and Arnell moved to Eau Claire, Wisconsin in 1957, and then in 1974 they moved back to River Falls with their family.  Roger resided in River Falls until his death in 1979.