Class Notes


Derik Otten ’02 and Sarah Fisher – October 6, 2012. Derik is a senior construction project coordinator at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley. Sarah owns and is an attorney at Fisher Law Firm PLLC in Minneapolis. They live in Eden Prairie, MN.

Erica Johnson ’08 and Jeremy Mulder – September 1, 2012. Erica is employed at KDFW Fox 4 TV. Jeremy is employed at Racing Solutions Inc. They live in Dallas, TX.

Jackie Willard ’12 and Caleb Shives ’12 – June 29, 2012. Jackie is attending Denver Seminary and is employed at Cherry Hill Country Club in Littleton. Caleb is employed at Chipotle Mexican Grill in Littleton and Cherry Hill Country Club. They live in Littleton, CO.

Jamie Arend ’98 and Ashley Dahlgren – August 04, 2012. Jamie is employed with Land O’Lakes. Ashley is a graphic designer at Iowa Information Inc. They live in Sibley, IA.

Jeff Kuper ’93 and Donna Randolph – March 8, 2013. Jeff is a medical director for PharmaWrite. Donna is an accountant. They live in Sioux Falls, SD.

Laura Everson ’05 and James Breuer – May 05, 2012. Laura is a city mail carrier for the Postal Service. James farms. They live near Little Rock, IA.

Laura Wayrynen ’91 and Michael Shaeffer ’92 – June 30, 2012. Laura is employed with SBS Retirement Associates LLC. Michael is employed at West Valley High School. They live in Fairbanks, AK.

Lindsay Leischner ’04 and Rob Flannery – September 08, 2012. They live in Dell Rapids, SD.

Matthew Lundberg ’00 and Carey Causway – November 11, 2012. Matthew is a sales manager for Daktronics. Carey is an executive sales specialist with TEVA Respiratory. They live in Huntersville, NC.

Nicole Eggebraaten ’10 and Heath Perry – June 30, 2012. Nicole teaches 5th-12th grade band in Elkton. Heath is a grower manager at Floral Plant Growers (Hiebert’s) of Sioux Falls. They live in Lyons, SD.

Rand Kriech ’77 and Sonia Sequeira – August 11, 2012. They live in San Ramon, CA.

Tara Bunde ’07 and Chris Skoglund – September 22, 2012. Tara is a health educator with Avera McKennan in Sioux Falls. Chris is a fire fighter with the city of Sioux Falls. They live in Sioux Falls, SD.

Suzie Shields ’10 and Adam Halvorson – August 25, 2012. Suzie works for Avera Medical Group Obstetrics & Gynecology. Adam is employed by Citibank. They live in Sioux Falls, SD.


Amber (Thomas) ’06 and Leon ’00 Garrett, a boy, Hazen Garrett, born September 26, 2012. Amber is a teacher at Stanley County High School. Leon is a district sales manager for Vitalix, Inc. They live in Pierre, SD.

Amy Thompson ’01 and Tim Biddle, a girl, Alexis Martha Jean, born October 4, 2012. Both Amy and Tim are majors in the United States Army stationed at Fort Bliss, TX, in El Paso.

Benjamin ’08 and Hannah Johnson, a boy, Henry Benjamin, born January 3, 2013. Benjamin is a process engineering manager at Chart Industries in New Prague, MN. They live in Shakopee, MN.

Brittany (Wolles) ’10 and Eric ’09 Fiegen, a girl, Adalyn Kay, born January 13, 2013. Eric farms and is a mechanical engineer at Raven Industries. Brittany is an occupational therapist at Goodcare Rehab. They live near Dell Rapids, SD.

Emily ’09 (Bartosh) and Evan Erickson, a boy, August Jacob, born July 1, 2012. Emily is an animal well-being and quality assurance manager at New Fashion Pork. They live in Jackson, MN.

Jan (Ehrman) PharmD ’02 and Richard ’98 Anderson, a boy, Evan Richard, born February 10, 2013. Jan is a clinical ambulatory care pharmacist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Richard is an environmental, safety and health manager at Cytec Industries in Winona. They live in Rochester, MN.

Jill (Lenz) ’01 and Austin ’05 Cragoe, twin girls, Harper Ann and Sydney Gene, born April 23, 2012. Jill is a licensed nurse and administrator for AseraCare Hospice. Austin is a marketing coordinator for Fishback Financial Corporation. They live in Sioux Falls, SD.

Julie ’05/MS ’10 (Doss) and Patrick ’00/’02/MS ’12 Danielson, a girl, Amelia Ann, born October 27, 2012. They live in Hartford, SD.

Karen (Coplan) ’93 and Brad Dumdie, a girl, Katharine Darlene, born August 3, 2012. Karen is a marketing strategist at KELO-TV and the couple owns Autoland car dealerships in Sioux Falls. They live in Sioux Falls, SD.

Laura (Plucker) ’05 and Brian Reimer, a girl, Sydney Olivia, born November 17, 2012. Laura is an accountant at Great Western Bank. They live in Sioux Falls, SD.

Mandy (Ford) ’07 and Greg DeMeritt, a girl, Norma Mae, born November 11, 2012. Mandy is a registered nurse in a radiology clinic. Greg is a software engineer. They live in Tucson, AZ.

Susie (Hadrick) ’01 and John Leahy, a girl, Alyssa Domino, born March 30, 2013. They live in Rapid City, SD.


John W. Peterson ’59, an elected director of the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, was inducted into the National Association of Conservation District’s Southeast Region Conservation Hall of Fame in Destin, FL, in July 2012. In February 2013, he was honored with the NACD distinguished service award. He lives in Burke, VA.

Caryl R. Crozier ’60 has written a book titled “Waking to Mourning Doves.” It was published by Wingspan Press in 2011. She lives in Burnsville, MN.

David C. Westbrock ’64 has been appointed as a new member of the Department of Labor and Regulation’s Workforce Development Council. He lives in Madison, SD.

Raymond J. Prince ’67. During the International Printing Week Conference, CalPoly’s Graphic Communication department dedicated “The Raymond J. Prince Shakespeare Press Museum Resource Room.” He lives in Canton, SD.

Larry O. Leske ’74 received the Bowl of Hygeia award in Minnesota in 2012. He lives in Redwood Falls, MN.

Loren M. Steenson ’74, CFO and senior vice president of Lamp, Rynearson & Associates Inc. received the Charles Durham Achievement Award in February 2013. He lives in Omaha, NE.

David L. Anderson ’78 has been appointed to the vacant seat in the State House of Representatives, representing District 16. He lives in Hudson, SD.

John V. McDermott, chair of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s litigation group, was recently appointed to the Latin American Education Foundation Board of Directors. He lives in Cherry Hills Village, CO.

Rand W. Higbee’s ’81 play titled “A Girl Named Destiny” premiered in March 2012 at the Venus Theatre in Laurel, MD. He lives in Hager City, WI.

Gordon D. Swanson ’84 has been named magistrate judge in South Dakota’s First Judicial Circuit. He lives in Sioux Falls, SD.

Gregory J. Stoltenburg ’86 was sworn in as circuit judge in South Dakota’s Third Judicial Circuit in January 2013. He lives in Clear Lake, SD.

Lori L. Winkelman ’90 has been selected for inclusion in the 2013 Southwest Super Lawyers list. She lives in Tempe, AZ.

Ross A. Johnson ’92 of Ross Johnson Design Company has been selected as the 2013 American Advertising Federation – Black Hills Silver Medal Award Recipient. He lives in Rapid City, SD.

Kevin J. Herrick ’94/MS ’97, Kemin dairy technical services manager, received a Midwest American Dairy Science Association Young Scholar award in April 2013. He lives in Normal, IL.

Mary J. (Dylla) Thoennes ’94 was commissioned with the U.S. Public Health Service in 2012 as a lieutenant commander. She earned her BPS certification in ambulatory care and the NCPS certification in anticoagulation therapy in 2012. She lives in Watertown, SD.

Richard H. Stammer ’96, biosafety specialist, USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, Center for Veterinary Biologics, is now a registrant of the National Registry of Certified Microbiologists. He lives in Ames, IA.

Glenna R. (McDaniel) Burg ’97/MS ’01, a teacher at Montana State University, was awarded the Excellence in Online Teaching Award in January 2013. She lives in Bozeman, MT.

Shaw M. Akula ’00 (PhD) has written a book titled “A Guide to PhD Success.” It was published by Strategic Book Group LLC in November 2012. He lives in Winterville, NC.

Ben L. Kleinjan ’06 recently joined Helsper and Mahlke, PC as an associate attorney. He lives in Brookings, SD.

Matthew J. Schreiber ’07 has been hired as a project manager at Hamlin Pro Center. He lives in Brookings, SD.

Abigail A. (Howell) Howard ’08 is the new Brookings County deputy state’s attorney. She lives in Brookings, SD.


1935 Ernest Beyers (Aggie)

1939 Marlys E. “Betty” (Hopkins) Evenson

1940 Marion M. (Etbauer) Antonides (Aggie)

1940 William V. Hass

1941 Clark S. Thomas

1941 Marcella (Rearick) Jacobus

1942 Berthold J. Banek

1942 Duane L. Lundquist (Aggie)

1942 Earle W. Klosterman

1942 Merritt H. Blow

1942 Norman D. Martin

1943 Charles J. Wilber

1944 Phyllis M. (Stuller) Roberts

1944 Ruth V. (Leighton) Erickson

1947 Albert H. Zarecky

1947 Earl H. Redlin

1948 Ida R. (Liffengren) Jansen

1948 Lawrence H. Duff

1948 Willard D. Scott

1949 Aloysius J. Cerny

1949 James L. Ramsdell

1949 Lloyd D. Knutson

1950 Clifford H. Fiscus

1950 James A. Marking

1950 Lloyd E. Payne

1950 Robert L. Dyrdahl

1950 William E. Kennealley

1950 Keith E. Verthein

1951 Donald H. Kukuk

1951 Lee Butterfield (Aggie)

1951 Marvin C. Hasvold

1951 Mary E. Robinson

1951 Maxine V. Williams

1951/MS ’53 Robert M. Pengra

1953 Burdette C. Solum

1953 Carolyn J. (Snyder) Haugaard

1953 Dorothy L. (Lee) (Fleming) Robins

1953 James V. McKenzie

1954 Marilyn Keffer

1954 Orland S. Sloat

1954/MS ’58 Turner L. Oyloe

1955 Harry A. Poletes

1956 Donald L. Keating

1956 Helen J. (Haddow) Green

1956 John R. Winkle

1956 Marlys L. Pearson

1957 Gerald E. Derdall

1957 J. Bernice Davis

1957 Paul H. Schwarting

1958 Donald L. Mlady

1958 James F. Person

1958 Marvin A. Meyer

1958 Ronald G. Jones

1958 Susan M. (Walker) Hardin Palmer

1958 William F. Bird

1959 Carol M. Storley

1959 Kenneth F. Miller

1959 Merton A. Lund

1959 Richard N. Bjorklund

1960 Norman J. Lewison

1961 James A. Straw

1961 Rita F. (O’Connor) Narcisian

1961 Windsor H. Straw

1962 John A. Schmidt

1962 John D. Lellelid

1962 Stanley S. Svarc

1962/MS ’63 Thomas A. Gaspar

1962/MS ’64 Gene Lohrke

1962/MS ’67 Merl A. Hamak

1963 Fred A. Schmer

1963 Marvel M. (Way) Washnok

1964 (MS) Floyd D. Farrand

1965 (MEd) Gerald R. McElroy

1965 Jerry O. Kirkeby

1965/MS ’65 Robert S. Redhead

1965/MS ’70 Shirley J. (Goossen) Mittan

1966 David I. Hoff

1966 William K. Pfeifer

1966/MEd ’69 Bernard Van Essen

1967 MS/PhD ’72 Marvin J. Wurster

1967 Richard O. Hegg

1968 (MS) Rodney G. Vietor

1968 Lynda J. (Hoffman) Hunt

1969 (MS) Gerald R. Wangsness

1970 Denton N. Haber

1970 Edward F. Swanson

1972 Patricia R. (Mutch) Cheeseman

1973 Ronald R. Riedel

1978 Wallace E. Werdin

1979 Michael A. Bonnes

1982/MS ’84 Lori K. Sterner

1983 Mary L. (Jaquez) Barnett

1984 Karen E. Spurgeon

1985 Thomas B. Ode

1987 Brian D. Sisley

1989 (MEd) Betty A. (Rassel) Schuster

1990 Jeffrey D. Zabel

1996 Gail M. (Anderson) Nielsen

1997 Stephanie M. (Andersen) Williams

2001 Andrew P. Mckeown

2002 Travis S. Johnson

2003 Elizabeth M. (Westra) Yerdon

2010 Sue A. (Alexander) Miller

2012 Adam D. Ellis

Robert J. Walstrom (Faculty)

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