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  • Eric Dobervich, BS '99 food science, is a teacher in the West Fargo public schools and the adviser for a team of Liberty Middle School students who took part in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program. The students wanted to see how rust forms in microgravity, but their experiment was destroyed when the Falcon 9 rocket exploded shortly after launch. The group hopes to get another opportunity.
  • Thomas G. Garske, 65, BS '73 economics, was a successful entrepreneur. He also was a U.S. military veteran. He lived in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.
  • Maari (Larsen) Loy, BS ’08 pharmaceutical sciences, PharmD ’10, MBA ’11, business administration, was named 2015 Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year in North Dakota. The award is presented annually by Pharmacists Mutual Companies. She received the honor at the North Dakota Pharmacists Association annual convention. She is a pharmacist at Sanford Health in Fargo.
  • Todd Knain, BS '03 management information systems, MBA '10, business administration, has been promoted to director of planning at Noridian Healthcare Solutions in Fargo. He handles the strategic planning process for Noridian between executives and its board of directors. He has been with Noridian since 2003.
  • Chelsey (Plummer) Matter, BS '05 respiratory therapy, has been promoted to director of Provider Partnerships at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota. She is responsible for provider contracting, strategic partnerships, provider relations and education for existing and new programs.
  • Harlan Klefstad, 85, BS' 52 business administration, had a long career in banking. He retired as president of the Sargent County Bank in 1993, and continued as board chair. He served as mayor of Forman, North Dakota, and was a member of the North Dakota Bankers board. He was a Marine Corps veteran and a member of the American Legion. He lived in Forman.
  • Joseph Weigel, 66, BA '69 arts and science, was a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District for 31 years. He previously taught at a school for gifted children in Bellflower, California. He lived in Los Angeles. 
  • Zelda (Gilbertson) Zimmerman, 69, BS '68 textiles and clothing, worked for the State Extension Service in New York and later in Kansas. She moved to Oregon to continue her education and worked as a graduate research assistant at the Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She lived in Philomath, Oregon.
  • Dash Comford, 87, BS '50 agricultural engineering, was a partner and later owner of the International Harvester dealership in Wildrose, North Dakota. He retired in 1990, and then farmed in the Wildrose area. He lived in Bismarck, North Dakota. 
  • Tracy (Christensen) Kuehl, 58, AD '78 nursing, worked as a registered nurse in Fargo until her retirement in 2013. She lived in Glyndon, Minnesota. 


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