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  • Annise Montplaisir, BS ’17 management communication and international studies, has been accepted into the prestigious Godolphin Flying Start management and leadership program that specializes in the international thoroughbred racing and breeding industry. The two-year program is similar to a master’s degree and the training takes place at locations in Ireland, United Kingdom, the United States, Australia and Dubai.
  • Taylor Braun, BUS ’14 university studies, was selected by USA Basketball to play in FIBA World Cup Qualifying for a second time. In his first appearance on Team USA in February, the U.S. earned a pair of victories over Cuba and Puerto Rico. He played this past season with the Salt Lake City Stars in the NBA G League and VL Pesaro in Italy’s Serie A.
  • Wayne Tesmer, 86, BS ’64 business management, was an Air Force veteran who was NDSU’s first director of Student Financial Aid – a position he held for 32 years. He lived in Centerville, Ohio. Memorials are requested to the Wayne and Marian Tesmer Scholarship Fund at the NDSU Foundation and Alumni Association, PO Box 5144, Fargo, ND 58105-5144.
  • Beverly (Akason) Ditmer, 83, BS ’56 home economics, was a home economics teacher for 28 years and also was the regional field director for the Girl Scouts in northwest Minnesota. She lived in Fort Myers, Florida.
  • Roy Weigel, 90, BS ’49 civil engineering, owned Weigel Construction Inc., and designed and built grain elevators throughout the Upper Midwest. He also helped found LPW Inc., a millwright company that moved and installed heavy industrial machinery. He was an Air Force veteran who lived in Lecanto, Florida.
  • Laura (Hugelen) Paulson, 94, BS ’45 food and nutrition, began her career as a home economics teacher and later was director of food services for the Grand Forks, North Dakota, school system where she was responsible for up to 5,000 daily meals. She lived in Grand Forks.
  • Robert King, 84, MS ’70 educational administration, was a longtime teacher and coach at several regional schools, including 14 years at Valley City, North Dakota. He later became executive secretary of the North Dakota High School Activities Association. He was inducted into the North Dakota Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. He lived in Valley City. 
  • Thomas Hannaher, 93, BS ’49 arts and science, was the founder and owner of Hannaher’s Inc., a highly successful office furniture, equipment and supply business. He was active in the Moorhead Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce abd the Fargo Elks Club. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, serving in the South Pacific during World War II. He lived in Fargo. 
  • Nancy (Stoops) Brandt, 70, BS ’93 respiratory therapy, was a University of Minnesota Master Gardener, and co-wrote gardening columns for the Norman County Index. She was a Sunday school teacher and leader for the Jolly Co-Worker 4-H Club.She lived in Ada, Minnesota. 
  • Myra (Schwartzwalter) McCarty, 70, BS ’68 home economics education, was a home economics teacher at Newburg, North Dakota, High School for several years, but considered being a homemaker as her favorite job. She lived in Maxbass, North Dakota. 


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