Class Notes General Announcements
Cal Larson, Fergus Falls, Minn., was reappointed for a six-year term to the Seaway Port Authority of Duluth by Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
Diane Plattes, New Hope, Minn., is the author of “Getting Back into God’s Good Graces.”
Don Houseman, Tenstrike, Minn., wrote, illustrated, and self-published a children’s book, “How Harvey and His Friends Saved the Barn.”
Martin Oleson, Clear Lake, S.D., was inducted into the International College of Dentists.
Lynette (Porten) Olson, Cambridge, Minn., earned a Doctor of Education degree in educational leadership from Northcentral U in Prescott Valley, Ariz.
Jon Pederson, Spicer, Minn., serves as the Northern Star Council commissioner for the Boy Scouts of America.
Judy (Fosen) Duenow, Elk River, Minn., earned a Master of Arts degree from St. Mary’s U, Minneapolis.
Diane (Johnson) Hanson, Brooten, Minn., is the CEO of Bohmer Agency Inc.
Karen Clauson, Minneapolis, is the vice president of Law and Policy at Integra Telecom.
Jonathan Knutson, Fargo, N.D., won first place in the North American Agricultural Journalists annual writing contest for the news story “Dairy Decline: Region’s Industry Loses Ground.”
Freda Myhrwold, Minneapolis, released and produced her first CD, “In Your Hands.”
Lorraine Frojen, Gig Harbor, Wash., is the sexual assault response coordinator for the Washington Army National Guard, Tacoma.
Brian Howland, Savage, Minn., is a credit, collection and finance specialist at Road Machinery & Supplies Co.
Craig Aasved, Missoula, Mont., is the chief operating officer at the St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center.
Melissa (Rosga) Lehmann, Lake Elmo, Minn., is the principal at John A. Johnson Elementary School, St. Paul.
Leonard Gardner, Mound, Minn., earned a master’s degree in information technology from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.; he is a technical specialist manager at ICF International, Fairfax, Va.
Shekinah Samaya (Joan Granander), Oakland, Calif., earned state teaching credentials in adult education and career technical/vocational education through the U of California, Berkeley, Extension.
Phillip Assis, Georgetown, Guyana, South America, is a Foreign Service Officer (diplomat) at the U.S. Embassy in Georgetown.
Todd Brekhus, Prior Lake, Minn., is the president of Digital Solutions of Capstone Publishers.
Darryl Carpenter, Frederick, Md., is the sergeant at the Baltimore Washington Medical Center, Glen Burnie.
Geoffrey Pettis, Lakeville, Minn., is product manager for Uponor North America, Apple Valley.
Denise Larson, San Francisco, is an English teacher in Seoul, South Korea.
Michael Savidge, Marysville, Wash., is a sales and marketing representative for The Boeing Co., Seattle.
Peter Severson, Janesville, Wis., was elected to the Janesville School District Board of Education.
Beth Shields, San Francisco, earned certification as an IRB professional and clinical research associate; she is a quality assurance coordinator at the U of California.
Derek Wolden, Stillwater, Minn., is the author of “BasketCases: How Youth Basketball Parents Can Lower Their Blood Pressure and Keep Their Sanity,” published by Beaver’s Pond Press, Edina.
Andy Zaske, Furlong, Pa., co-wrote the book “Christmas in the Forest,” published by A Bible Concept of Lino Lakes, Minn.
Heidi (Engler) Raulerson, Peoria, Ill., works in health services for the American Red Cross.
Anne (Nabben) Sheridan, Oak Park Heights, Minn., is a professional development specialist for the Minnesota Department of Education, Roseville.
Joshua Alexander, Eagan, Minn., is principal of McGuire Middle School in Lakeville, which received a School Spotlight Award from the Minnesota Academic Excellence Foundation.
Jennifer (Bailey) DeJong, West Fargo, N.D., passed oral and written examinations for a Doctor of Philosophy degree in education at North Dakota State U, Fargo.
Heather (Nielsen) Hester, Greer, S.C., is assistant principal of the Blythe Academy of Languages, Greenville.
Robin (Togstad) Percival, Apple Valley, Minn., is principal of Henry Sibley High School, Mendota Heights.
Michele Willman, Fargo, N.D., earned a Master of Arts degree in English from North Dakota State U.
Erik Kiesz, Fargo, N.D., is an analyst programmer at Corelink Administrative Solutions.
Serena (Prongua) Ball, La Grange Park, Ill., is a partner of Teaspoon Communications.
Julé (Laney) Ballinger, Abercrombie, N.D., is the associate pastor at Lutheran Church of the Cross, West Fargo.
Mary (Culhane) Dean, Minnetonka, Minn., earned a Juris Doctor degree from William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, and was admitted to the Minnesota State Bar; she is staff attorney for Carlson Hotels Worldwide.
Sarah Dixon, Fargo, N.D., earned a Master of Business Administration degree from North Dakota State U.
Jason Edwards, Quincy, Mass., is the author of “Navigating the Post Cold War World: President Clinton’s Foreign Policy Rhetoric,” published by Lexington Books of Lanham, Md.
Lee Nelson, Waverly, Iowa, is the Wartburg College choir director.
Corlin Allrich, Brooklyn, N.Y., earned a Master of Science degree in education from Pace U, New York.
Matthew Desing, El Paso, Texas, earned a doctorate in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Linguistics from the U of Minnesota; he is an assistant professor at the U of Texas.
Kari Flanders, Minto, N.D., earned a Master of Music degree in music education from St. Cloud (Minn.) State U.
Ryan Birkmaier, Westminster, Colo., earned a Master of Business Administration degree in health administration from the U of Colorado, Denver.
Alan Ball, Little Canada, Minn., earned a Master of Science degree in instructional systems technology from Indiana U, Bloomington.
Evan Graner, New York, is the vice president and creative director for Wells Fargo Foothill.
Nicole (Koskey) Holmes, Minnetonka, Minn., earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Carlson School of Management at the U of Minnesota.
Brie Swenson Arnold, St. Paul, Minn., earned a doctorate in history from the U of Minnesota; and is an assistant professor of history at Augsburg College, Minneapolis.
Amanda Eckenroad, Wayne, Pa., earned a Master of Science degree in exercise science and health promotion from California U of Pennsylvania.
Thomas Rosengren, Belgrade, Minn., is the marketing, advertising and dining room manager for John O’s Dining and Lounge, Brooten.
Abigail Mayer, Minneapolis, earned a Juris Doctor degree from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minn.
Leah (Ellerbroek) Benson, Lansing, Mich., is chief OB/GYN resident at Sparrow Hospital.
Andrea (Stebleton) Bourne, Seeley Lake, Mont., earned a Master of Science degree in rangeland ecology and management from the U of Idaho, Moscow.
Meghan Davis, Aschaffenburg, Germany, earned a doctorate in political science from Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena.
Evan Kuhn, Chicago, earned a Doctor of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry; he is an optometrist at Lenscrafters.
Lisa Schaffnit, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales, earned a Master of Arts degree in medieval history from the U of Wales, Aberystwyth.
Megan Torgerson, St. Paul, Minn., was ordained by the ELCA and is serving as associate pastor at Augustana Lutheran Church.
Erik Erickson, Circle Pines, Minn., earned a master’s degree in comparative international development education from the U of Minnesota.
Kristen Grove, Fargo, N.D., is the events coordinator for Hospice of the Red River Valley.
Kindra (McGrane) Hall, Scottsdale, Ariz., is the vice president of sales at Orenda International, Tempe.
Benjamin O’Donnell, Danbury, Conn., is a senior biochemist at Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics in Terrytown, N.Y.
Salome (Hammond) Okoh, Accra, Ghana, is the assistant director of Career Services at Ashesi U College.
Tally (McEvers) Tinjum, Yucca Valley, Calif., earned a Master of Science degree in nursing from Nebraska Methodist College, Omaha.
Jodi Gorres, Redwood Falls, Minn., is a membership specialist for the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys.
Sarah (Shaw) Kauffman, Moorhead, is the children’s coordinator at the Fargo (N.D.) Public Library.
Erin (Grorud) Clark, St. Paul, Minn., earned a Master of Music degree in Suzuki violin pedagogy from the U of Denver.
Lydia Kittelson, Chicago, earned a Master of Arts degree in clinical social work from the U of Chicago.
Michael Merkouris, Winona, Minn., earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Winona State U.
Kristina Hein, Moorhead, was promoted to communications director for the United Way of Cass-Clay in Fargo, N.D.
Jennifer (Speer) Lindquist, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Korea, is an English teacher at Kid's College.
Tamara (Suhsen) Merkouris, Winona, Minn., earned a Master of Science in Library Science from Clarion U of Pennsylvania.
Karen Nordenstrom, Braham, Minn., earned a Master of Arts degree in liturgical music and theology from St. John’s U, Collegeville.
Kimberly Vallevand, Lino Lakes, Minn., is the lead teacher at KinderCare Learning Centers, Coon Rapids.