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  • Todd Meester, BS '94 industrial engineering and management, joined Comcast as the enterprise sales director for the Twin Cities region. The company provides Internet, Ethernet, television and voice services. He previously was a regional vice president for ViaWest Inc.
  • Raymond Buelow, 81, BS ’55 animal husbandry, practiced veterinary medicine at the Foothill Pet Hospital for more than 35 years. He served as president of the Santa Barbara-Ventura Veterinary Medical Association and was a director of the Marguerite Doe Foundation, an organization dedicated to the humane treatment of animals. He lived in Santa Barbara, California.
  • David W. Mills, PhD '09 history, wrote the book, "Cold War in a Cold Land," published by the University of Oklahoma Press. The book examines experiences in the northern plains during America's war on communism in the 1950s. It is based on his doctoral dissertation. Mills was the first person to earn a doctorate in history from NDSU.
  • Shaun Rogers, BS '03 mechanical engineering, joined Widseth Smith Nolting, a company that provides engineering, architecture, land surveying and environmental services. The firm has six offices in Minnesota and one in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He is a coordinator and designer for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and plumbing projects. He previously owned a consulting business that worked on municipal building remodeling and retrofit projects.
  • Randal Melvin, BS ’99 agricultural economics, and his wife, Kristi Melvin, BS ’04, elementary education, were national winners at the 59th annual National Outstanding Young Farmers Awards Congress held Feb. 12-15 in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. The couple was among four national winners selected for an award based on progress in their agricultural career, extent of soil and water conservation practices and contributions to the well-being of the community, state and nation. The Melvins operate a 1,800-acre farm near Buffalo, North Dakota.
  • Matthew Erickson, BS ’98 animal and range sciences, and his wife, Patricia Erickson, BS ’99, veterinary technology, of Fertile, Minnesota, were among 10 finalists for the National Outstanding Young Farmers Award. The Ericksons are partners in Matthew’s family farm, which encompasses 2,730 acres and produces corn, soybeans, wheat, hay and cattle.
  • Birdie (Bartz) Wheeler, 98, BS '40 home economics education, taught home economics and science. She lived in Lincoln, Nebraska.
  • Lyle Dawson, 83, BS '56, MS '58 agronomy, managed the Oak Coulee Ranch near St. Anthony, North Dakota, and taught in the Flasher, North Dakota, school system. He also managed the Cannon Ball Ranch. In addition, he owned Dawson Trucking and worked at the North Dakota Livestock Division. He lived in Bismarck, North Dakota.
  • Becky (Feist) Humann, 44, BNSc '97 Medcenter One School of Nursing, worked at the Wishek, North Dakota, Hospital and later was a surveyor for the North Dakota Department of Health and the Strasbug Care Center. She lived in Linton, North Dakota.
  • Sara (Brudvig) Samek, 68, BS '68 home economics education, worked for Walmart in Blue Earth, Minnesota. She lived in Blue Earth.


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