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  • Rodney Holm, BS ’97 computer science, was named vice president of technology at Forum Communications Co., Fargo. He will lead the company’s development and maintenance of digital products, content delivery systems and information technology systems.
  • Paul R. Miller, BS ’18 accounting, began his professional basketball career with the BC Beroe team in Bulgaria’s National Basketball League. The squad is located in the city of Stara Zagora. Miller was the first Bison player in NDSU’s Division I era to earn All-District honors twice during his career.
  • O. Lowell Flaat, 87, BS ’53 general agriculture, farmed for 40 years near Bygland, Minnesota. He also operated a cattle ranch and feedlot at Mentor, Minnesota, and owned Landeco Inc. He was a retired officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve who lived in Marco Island, Florida, and Bemidji, Minnesota. 
  • Benjamin Steiner, 43, BS ’97 sociology, was a faculty member at the University of South Carolina and later at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. His research focused on such areas as causes of prisoner misconduct and victimization, consequences of in-prison misconduct and the sanctioning of offenders.He lived in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • Marilyn (Meier) Uppman, 86, BS ’54 home economics education, was a homemaker who served on the Prairie Village City Council, park and recreation board, United Way board and Prairie Village Municipal Foundation board. She lived in Prairie Village, Kansas.
  • Lyle Warner, 71, MS ’81 agricultural education, was an agriculture educator for 35 years and continued with online education into his retirement. He was active with Hampshire and Rambouillet industries in North Dakota and nationwide. He was a member of the State Board of Agricultural Research and Education. He was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War and lived in Mandan, North Dakota. 
  • Maynard Schmidt, 70, BS ’86 business management, worked at Steiger Tractor and later was a facilities manager at NDSU. He was an Army veteran who lived in Mapleton, North Dakota. 
  • Ronald Ulven, 80, BS ’59 agricultural and biosytems engineering, was vice president of the State Bank of Hawley. He worked for the bank for 30 years, retiring in 1999. He was active with the Chamber of Commerce, city council, rodeo committee, Clay County Fair, Hawley Jaycees, Lions and American Legion. He was King Agassiz of the Crookston Winter shows in1972. He lived in Hawley, Minnesota.
  • Jerry “Pat” Novacek, 81, MEd ’66 education, taught and coached for many years, finishing his career in Gothenburg, Nebraska. He was a member of the Nebraska Coaches Association. He lived in Hastings, Nebraska.
  • Suzette Parkos, 57, AD ’87 nursing, worked as a registered nurse, primarily in home health care, for more than 30 years. She served in the U.S. Air Force, and lived in Fargo.


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