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Cal Larson, Fergus Falls, Minn., was elected secretary of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority Board of Commissioners.
Dolores (Ersland) Baldry, Billings, Mont., spent Christmas and New Year's with friends in Volda-Ørsta and Maura, Norway.
Earl '63 and Rosalie (Trom) Forkner, Northfield, Minn., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Roger Hanson, Denver, published four nonfiction essays in Trans-Portal, New Plains Review and Emrys Journal; he is a legal research and reform consultant. Olaf Storaasli, Oak Ridge, Tenn., retired after 35 years as a NASA research scientist and seven years as a researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory; he began a third career as a scientist at USEC.
Carol (Fyrand) Lacey, St. Paul, Minn., was appointed assistant professor in the College of Individualized Studies at Metropolitan State U.
Dikka (Moan) Ballantine, Seattle, is parish secretary at Denny Park Lutheran Church. Erling Rolfson Jr., New Rockford, N.D., retired from sales.
Murray Sagsveen, Bismarck, N.D., is chief operating officer and general counsel for the God's Child Project.
Scott Southwick, Hamilton, Mont., retired after 42 years in public education.
John Matthews, Apple Valley, Minn., is the author of "Bonhoeffer: A Brief Overview of the Life and Writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer" (Lutheran University Press) and completed his term as president of the International Bonhoeffer Society - English language section.
Colleen (Reiland) Anderson, Cedar, Minn., is director of worship and music at Advent Lutheran Church, Maple Grove. Roger Brandt, Charlotte, N.C., is general manager of Frontier Pro Services. Kathy James, Alexander, N.D., is owner of James Gang Java. Joel Jeppson, Corinth, Texas, retired from American Airlines after 33 years; he is working part time at CAE/Simuflite at Dallas/Forth Worth International Airport. Nolan Kienitz, Plano, Texas, is owner of Nolan's Inspections. Margaret Semrud-Clikeman, Mendota Heights, Minn., was promoted to professor of pediatrics and division director of behavioral clinical neuroscience at the U of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis.
Janet (Melom) Gardner, Montevideo, Minn., is composer and arranger of the two-part chorals "Santa Makes the 'Rounds'" (Shawnee Press) and "Speak Gently" (BriLee Music Publisher) published for the 2012-13 school music catalogs; she is a retired teacher. David Opitz, San Francisco, retired.
Becky Dooley, Cloquet, Minn., is warden/CEO for the Minnesota Department of Corrections, Moose Lake. David Zaudtke, Minneapolis, partner at the regional accounting and consulting firm Eide Bailly, has been appointed by the board of directors as partner-in-charge of the Minneapolis office.
Erik Johnson, Fargo, N.D., is a self-employed attorney at law.
Karen Clauson, Minneapolis, is senior vice president and general counsel for Integra Telecom, Golden Valley, Minn. Larry Nordhagen, Shakopee, Minn., is author of the book "A.R.T.ful Leadership: The Path to be Admired, Respected and Trusted as a Leader" (Pinnacle Performance Publishing).
Mary (Hennen) Anderson, Flushing, N.Y., is director of social work and investigation for Brooklyn Defender Services. Ann (Stearns) Clute, Hawley, Minn., is the author of "Blessed With Unusual Happiness." Lynette (Amborn) Haaga, Galveston, Texas, is director of G. Lee Gallery.
Stacie Afinson, Scottsdale, Ariz., was an Oxford U Round Table panelist for "God in Literature" and had her paper "A Kierkegaardian Analysis of Flannery O'Connor's 'Wise Blood'" accepted for presentation; she also was selected as a Miss North Dakota Scholarship Pageant judge. Diane (Hatlem) Bjornson, Horace, N.D., is an elementary school librarian for West Fargo Public School District. Elizabeth (Blom) Files, Neenah, Wis., is a business requirements analyst for Alta Resources. Beth (Swisher) Palmer, Rapid City, S.D., is publisher of Faces magazine. Katherine (Winegar) Tunheim, Orono, Minn., is the Board of Trustees Endowed Chair of Management and Leadership for Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter.
Dave Anderson, Waxhaw, N.C., is president and CEO of TIAA-CREF Life Insurance Co., New York.
Thor Tolo, Seattle, earned a Master of Communication in Digital Media degree from the U of Washington.
Mitch Moser, Durham, N.C., was promoted to senior associate athletic director and chief financial officer of Duke U.
Michael Ruff, Los Angeles, is senior director of development for Levitt Pavilions, Beverly Hills, Calif. Diane Sandven, Fargo, N.D., was promoted to trust administrator of Heartland Trust Co.
Chris Bonnell, Buffalo, Minn., was appointed to the selection committee of the Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation, Minnetonka. Kirsten Fisher, Fridley, Minn., is state youth coordinator for the Minnesota National Guard, Cottage Grove. Nathan Johnson, Rochester, Minn., is community and political affairs director for the Southeast Minnesota Association of Realtors. Anne (Bunde) Ylvisaker, Monterey, Calif., published her fourth novel, "Button Down" (Candlewick Press).
Amy Wasson, Albert Lea, Minn., is an attorney-writer for Thomson Reuters, Eagan.
Jeffrey Cadwell, Mahnomen, Minn., is the city administrator for Mahnomen.
Cory (Bengtson) Jansen, White Bear Lake, Minn., is a promoter and organizer for Frontrunner Events.
Annette (Graves) Steensland, Maple Grove, Minn., earned a Master of Education degree in adult education and human resources development from the U of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
Shane Burton, Andover, Minn., is a day process production leader for Flint Hills Resources, Rosemount. Geoff Hall, Kansas City, Mo., is assistant director and chief operating officer for the Kansas City Zoo. Charlene (Oberg) Hasz, Mantorville, Minn., earned a K-12 principal licensure for Minnesota from St. Mary's U of Minnesota, Minneapolis; she is assistant administrator for the Rochester Public School District. Jessica (Greco) Lance, Goodhue, Minn., is a third grade teacher for St. Paul Public Schools. Brian Mancini, Moorhead, is account manager for Loyalty Builders, Fargo, N.D. Susan (Hatlestad) Morris, Bainbridge Island, Wash., is a first grade teacher for Bainbridge Island Schools. Pamela Perleberg, Fargo, N.D., is the assistant director of annual giving with the North Dakota State U Development Foundation; she also is president of the recently chartered Fargo-Moorhead PM Rotary Club.
Amy Sands, Golden Valley, Minn., was invited by the Japan Print Association to exhibit in "Prints Tokyo 2012" at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum; she is a visiting artist at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Matthew Thoreson, Brighton, Colo., was promoted to equipment specialist for the Denver branch of Patterson Dental, Centennial. Gregory Wald, West Fargo, N.D., was promoted to manager of marketing communications at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, Fargo.
Erik Birkeland, Duluth, Minn., is capital planning manager for St. Louis County. Jennifer (Bailey) DeJong, West Fargo, N.D., was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor of nursing at Concordia. Kevin Koester, Chicago, is manager of global sourcing home for Sears Holdings Corp., Hoffman Estates, Ill. Gina (Martens) Nacey, St. Cloud, Minn., was appointed to the National ADDY Awards Committee of the American Advertising Federation; she works as a creative strategist at Adventure Advertising. Tina (Rode) Rued, West Fargo, N.D., earned a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction from St. Catherine U, St. Paul, Minn.; she is an English teacher at West Fargo High School.
Kendra (Mewhorter) Mohn, Frazee, Minn., is a music teacher for Kiev Christian Academy, Kiev, Ukraine.
Pamela (Wagner) Foster, Apple Valley, Minn., is an instructional designer for International Dairy Queen, Edina. Amy (Leader) Wells, Billings, Mont., is owner and CPA of Leading Edge Accounting.
Knut Bell, Mount Vernon, Wash., is a singer, songwriter and entertainer.
Kelly (Knott) Dusosky, St. Michael, Minn., earned a Master of Arts in Education degree from St. Mary's U of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Jonathan Halvorson, Bottineau, N.D., is executive director of Metigoshe Ministries. Mark Larson, Sioux Falls, S.D., is an associate professor of biology at Augustana College, Sioux Falls.
Hilary (Wear) Fox, Circle Pines, Minn., is a trial attorney for Farmers Insurance Group, St. Paul.
James Korsmo, Grand Rapids, Mich., is editor of Baker Books. Cory Renbarger, Bemidji, Minn., is an assistant professor of voice at Bemidji State U.
Matt Anderson, Plymouth, Minn., is author of the novel "Running Mate" (Beaver's Pond Press). Marnee (Bergenheier) Averett, Sidney, Mont., is a junior high teacher of U.S. history for Sidney Public Schools.
Daniel Lee, Baltimore, is vice president of external relations for Lutheran World Relief. Tricia (Olson) Ler, Edina, Minn., is a buyer for Target Corp., Minneapolis. Rachel (Berg) Scherer, Severn, Md., earned a master's degree in leadership in teaching from Notre Dame of Maryland U, Baltimore. Kristi Swanson, Plymouth, Minn., is an office and administrative specialist for the State of Minnesota Driver Vehicle Services, St. Paul. Anna (Grafstrom) Wittrock, Moorhead, is officer in charge for the 231st Brigade Support Battalion of the North Dakota Army National Guard, Valley City.
Amanda (Storm) Schuster, Woodbury, Minn., is senior development officer for the Minnesota Medical Foundation at the U of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
Jordan Anderson, Grand Rapids, Minn., is owner of Anderson Family Dental, Coleraine. Melissa (Johnson) Brodsho, Moorhead, earned a master's degree in nursing education from North Dakota State U, Fargo. Ruth (Schlumpberger) Dubuque, New Brighton, Minn., earned a master's degree in literacy education from St. Mary's U, Winona. Amber Vandenberghe, Rochester, Minn., earned a Master of Science in communication sciences and disorders from St. Cloud State U; she is a speech-language pathologist (clinical fellowship) at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester.
Patrick Amundson, an operational and logistics planning officer with the U.S. Navy, is stationed in Sicily; he and fellow officers climbed to the summit of Mount Etna, the highest mountain in Italy south of the Alps. Jonelle Clow, Henderson, Nev., earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State U College of Veterinary Medicine, Ames. Elizabeth (Connor) Dobson, St. Paul, Minn., earned a Master of Public Policy degree in public management and budgeting from the U of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Minneapolis. Kathleen (Bruns) Duppler, Fargo, N.D., is a medical physicist for Sanford Health. Erica (Hall) Meyer, Colorado Springs, Colo., is public relations manager for the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Julie (Miller) Myran, Albertville, Minn., earned a Master of Arts in Education degree from St. Mary's U of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
Andrew Green, St. Paul, Minn., earned a Juris Doctor degree from William Mitchel College of Law. Brian Halverson, Fargo, N.D., works in the retirement services division at Heartland Trust Co. Nichole Sorenson, Mahtomedi, Minn., earned a Master of Arts degree in educational policy and administration with a program track in higher education from the U of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Tara Steuber, Orlando, Fla., is an operations research analyst for Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista. Dena (Hammond) Weinberger, San Diego, earned a doctorate in biological sciences from the U of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; she is a postdoctoral scholar at the U of California-San Diego.
Erin (Anderson) Aulik, Golden Valley, Minn., earned a Master of Arts in Education degree in classroom instruction with a K-12 reading endorsement from Concordia U, St. Paul. Sarah Brindle, St. Louis Park, Minn., earned a Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology from Bethel U, St. Paul; she is a mental health practitioner at Nystrom & Associates, New Brighton. Nate Crary, Forest Lake, Minn., is worship and music director for Hosanna Lutheran Church. Elisabeth Dommer, La Crosse, Wis., earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the U of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Minneapolis; she is a dentist at Neighborhood Smiles La Crosse. Kari Flaagan, Fargo, N.D., earned an associate's degree in graphic design from M State, Moorhead; she is a graphic designer and project leader for Blue Cross Blue Shield. Jaclyn (Bacher) Gingrich, South Carver, Mass., is owner of Shady Acres Campground. Sarah (Hartmann) Hetz, Brooklyn Park, Minn., is a speech language pathologist for Metro Therapy, Fridley. Sarah Hoffbeck, Fergus Falls, Minn., is the marketing coordinator for North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton. Rachel (Charpentier) Putratz, Vadnais Heights, Minn., is a wealth strategy associate for UBS Financial Service, St. Paul. Jeannie Schultz, Bismarck, N.D., is a permitting specialist for AE2S (Advance Engineering and Environmental Services). Justin Timm, Redwood Falls, Minn., earned a Master of Science degree in teaching from the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth; he is a social studies teacher for Redwood Area High School.
Tifany (Bellamy) Anderson, Omaha, Neb., is a registered nurse for Alegent Health. Brittni Ingvaldson, Albert Lea, Minn., earned a degree in alcohol and drug addictions counseling from Treasure Valley Community College, Ontario, Ore., and Rochester (Minn.) Community College; she is a primary adolescent substance and mental health counselor for the Mayo Clinic's Fountain Centers.
Ashley Bjornstad, St. Cloud, Minn., earned a doctorate in physical therapy from the U of Mary, Bismarck, N.D.; she is a pediatric physical therapist for CentraCare Health Systems. KatyAnna Johnson, New York, earned a Master of Arts degree in international educational development with a focus on peace education from Teachers College at Columbia U. Michael Lamon, Bemidji, Minn., earned a Master of Arts degree in leadership and management from Concordia U, St. Paul. Megan Luebke, Denver, is a development and communications manager for Up With People. Katie Schmidt, Harwood, N.D., is director of social services at Bethany on 42nd, Fargo. Jeremy Welter, Buffalo, Minn., is a US/CD account representative for Zirc Co.
Sara Grasmon, Arlington, Va., is coordinator of promotions and events for the Washington Nationals, Washington, D.C. Alyssa Keith, Hermosa, S.D., earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State U, Ames.
Joel Schmidt, Willmar, Minn., is a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone, Africa.
Anthony Eddelston, Northfield, Minn., is an orchestra teacher for Faribault Public Schools. Rachel Maxfield, Minot, N.D., is the author of "Minute One of the Flood: Minot Remembers"; proceeds from the book will be donated to Flood of Love, a fund to help rebuild Minot. James Vair, New Hope, Minn., is the marketing coordinator for Solutran, Minneapolis.