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  • James W. Johnston, 96, BS ’49 agronomy, was a vice president for Melroe Manufacturing Co. (now called Bobcat) and Clark Equipment. Earlier in his career, he co-owned a real estate partnership. He was a former North Dakota state legislator and former president of the North Dakota Realtors Association. He was an Army veteran who served both in Europe and the Pacific Theater in World War II. He lived in Fargo.
  • Kimmy Milligan, BS ’07 child development and family science, was named Fargo Public School District 2020 Teacher of the Year. She is the student performance strategist at Eagles Elementary.
  • Wayne Fallgatter, 97, MS ’48 chemistry, worked for Cities Service Oil Co. as a research chemist. After retiring, he taught science classes to public school students. He was a Navy veteran who lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
  • Beverly (Halbeinsen) Blanich, 96, BS ’45 arts and science, helped organize the Fargo Community Theater. She appeared in many of its productions and served on its board of directors. She also established the Halbeisen School of Dancing in 1947 and began a 41-year career of teaching, performing, staging dance recitals and entertaining at events. In addition, she taught aquarobics for 17 years at the Fargo YWCA. She lived in Fargo.
  • Gordon Rustad, 93, MS ’59 counseling, was a guidance counselor for the Moorhead Public Schools, retiring in 1987. Early in his career, he taught for one year at Felton, Minnesota. He lived in Moorhead, Minnesota.
  • Craig Lapham, 66, BS ’76 pharmacy, was a neurologist in Johnson City, Tennessee. Early in his career, he was a pharmacist in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He then attended Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, and finished his residency at Wake Forest. He lived in Johnson City.
  • Joanne (Brooks) Ohnstad, 85, AD ’82 nursing, was a registered nurse at St. Luke’s/Sanford for 15 years. She also was a talented watercolor painter. She lived in Fargo.
  • Howard Preckel, 90, BS ’52 economics, worked in securities, investments, real estate and annuities. He also was owner-developer of land in south Fargo, including several apartments. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He lived in Fargo.
  • Ronald Berge, 88, BS ’60 mechanical engineering, worked as a mechanical engineer for 12 years for Honeywell in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. He then moved back to North Dakota and farmed for about 15 years. He then worked at Sheyenne Tooling in Cooperstown, North Dakota, marketing farm equipment. He was an Army veteran who lived in Valley City, North Dakota.
  • ElRoy Haadem, 77, BS ’65 animal science, worked for the NDSU Extension Service in Willison and Carrington. He was an Army veteran who served as a helicopter pilot for a medevac unit in Vietnam and earned a Silver Star. He later flew Huey helicopters for the North Dakota National Guard until he retired at age 60. He lived in Bismarck, North Dakota.


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