E. Paul Lian, Scottsdale, Ariz., retired from a 33-year career in the life and pension insurance business.
Yvonne (Albrecht) Kroll, Dickinson, N.D., is foundation director for St. Luke’s Home and Park Avenue Villa. Barbara (Senkbeil) Swaby, Great Falls, Mont., directed a performance of Handel’s “Messiah” with the chancel choirs of First Congregational United Church of Christ and Christ United Methodist churches in December; she retired from her position as choir director for the Great Falls Public School District in June.
Owen Jones, Lakewood, Colo., worked for 13 months at the South Pole in Antarctica supporting research by the National Science Foundation. Pat Morreim, Anoka, Minn., retired from the U of Minnesota Extension as regional director for Andover. Thomas Sletto, Des Moines, Iowa, was promoted to assistant professor of music education at Drake U. Toni (Wayne) Smith, Wabasha, Minn., retired from the U of Minnesota Extension as field outreach operations director and liaison to the Association of Minnesota Counties.
Nancy (Frosaker) Johnson, West Fargo, N.D., retired from the U of Minnesota Extension as regional director for Moorhead and Fergus Falls, Minn.
Leslie Bergland, Brooklyn Park, Minn., was appointed to the Ex-Im Bank 2012 Advisory Committee for Export-Import Bank of the United States, Washington, D.C.; she is a principal for Trade Acceptance Group, Ltd., Edina.
Sherry (Tschider) Linnerooth, Bozeman, Mont., is executive director of the Bozeman Symphony Society.
Craig Davenport, Spokane, Wash., volunteers for the soup kitchen at All Saints Lutheran Church.
John Rieke, Bismarck, N.D., is chief operating officer for Medcenter One.
Lee Carlson, St. James, Minn., is a board member for the Minnesota Rural Education Association, Brandon. Gretchen (Zolldan) Wold, Eagle River, Alaska, is a clinical supervisor for Pediatrics and Pediatric Intensive Care for Providence Alaska Medical Center, Anchorage.
Megan McRae-Hastings, Bethel, Ohio, is a user interface designer for American Modern Insurance Group, Cincinnati.
John Pederson, Mayville, N.D., was elected to a six-year term to the ELCA’s Church Council.
Amy Current, Dubuque, Iowa, serves as the dean for vocation at Wartburg Theological Seminary. Steven Erickson, Palm Springs, Calif., is a managing partner for the CPA firm Maryanov Madsen Gordon & Campbell. Eric Peterson, Appleton, Wis., finished a 15-month deployment to Afghanistan as a commander in the U.S. Navy, serving as department head of trauma at the NATO Role 3 military hospital in Kandahar; he also developed and participated in the en route critical care program. Kerri (Wall) Westgard, Fargo, N.D., was granted a doctorate in education from the U of North Dakota.
Karen (Pietila) Dill, Chicago, is the Defense Coordinating Element operations officer for FEMA Region V. Shayne Hamann, Little Canada, Minn., was elected shareholder at Arthur Chapman Kettering Smetak & Pikala, P.A., Minneapolis.
Erin Conroy, Fargo, N.D., is an associate attorney at Fremstad Law Firm. David Dettman, Rochester, Minn., is an English teacher for Stewartville School District. Greg Hausler, Chula Vista, Calif., is owner of Zephyr Collectibles.
Bryan Frandrup, Rosemount, Minn., is vice president and commercial loan officer for Venture Bank, Eagan. Melissa Hvidsten, West Valley City, Utah, is an associate content manager with Ancestry.com, Provo.
Betsy (Strebel) Grams, Chanhassen, Minn., is the director of outreach for the Miracles of Mitch Foundation.
Holly Rutter, Washington, D.C., is director of shelter operations and services for Stepping Stones Shelter, Rockville, Md.
Marc Skjervem, Elk River, Minn., is director of marketing for Totino-Grace High School, Fridley.
Kent Narum, Custer, S.D., and the congregation where he serves, Custer Lutheran Fellowship, were awarded a Lilly Endowment National Clergy Renewal grant of $36,233; he will use the grant for a three-month sabbatical to explore issues of worship, music and community through travel to Colombia; the Oregon Bach Festival; Taizé, France; and Iona, Scotland.
Sarah Anderson, Denver, earned a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn.; she is pastor for Epiphany Lutheran Church. Scott Belseth, Minnetonka, Minn., earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the U of St. Thomas-Opus College of Business, Minneapolis. Sarah (McCurdy) Hinnenkamp, Fargo, N.D., and two colleagues launched a blog, MidwestJunk.com, about repurposing items.
Jodi (Miller) Hoyt, Sioux Falls, S.D., started the private consulting firm Hoyt Consulting, Sioux Falls. Karen (Miller) Nelson, West Fargo, N.D., is project manager for Sundog, Fargo.
Aaron Ley, Grand Forks, N.D., is an assistant professor of political science at the U of North Dakota. Melissa Sire, Shanghai, China, is a pre-K teacher at Shanghai Community International School.
Laura (Espedal) Caroon, Moorhead, and two colleagues launched a blog, MidwestJunk.com, about repurposing items.
Becky Duehn, Worthington, Minn., earned a Master of Arts degree in education from St. Mary’s U of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
Stephanie Bartek, Arlington, Va., earned a Master of Public Administration degree at George Mason U, Fairfax; she is a helpdesk specialist for the National Resident Matching Program, Washington, D.C. Nicole Gertken, Aberdeen, S.D., earned a master’s degree in health, physical education and recreation from South Dakota State U, Brookings; she is academic services coordinator for Northern State U. Alyssa Parsons, Plymouth, Minn., was promoted to associate development officer at the Twin Cities nonprofit College Possible.
Heidi (Kittleson) Schutt, Winnebago, Minn., earned a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the U of Washington Information School, Seattle; she is library director for Muir Library.
Erica Beard, Bowman, N.D., is the owner of Straight 8 Logistics. Emily (Meyer) Clemenson, Moorhead, is the online content editor for Concordia College. Karin (Koenig) Rau, Elk River, Minn., is a music teacher at Westwood Elementary in Zimmerman and Parker Elementary in Elk River. Elizabeth Weiss, Dickinson, N.D., is a nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Jenni Amis, Plymouth, Minn., is the box office assistant manager for the Historic Theatre Group LLC, Minneapolis. Siri Preston, Fargo, N.D., works in the marketing department at CI Sport.