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  • Sarah Hanley, BA ’98 art, has written a novel, titled “Matka,” which is based on the true story of her grandparents. It is the story of a Polish refugee during World War II who fights for survival after the atrocities of the Nazis ended and her search for lost loved ones. Follow Hanley’s writings on Facebook at
  • Erich L. Knapp, MM ’10 choral conducting, had a scholarship established at Blinn College in his honor by the music department of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brenham, Texas. He has served as director of music ministry and artist-in-residence of the 1,500-member church for the past six years. He plays organ and leads five performing groups, including the 12-voice Choral Scholars, a paid and auditioned choir of music students from Blinn College.  
  • Francis Snider, 85, MS ’68 educational administration, taught high school, coached basketball and baseball and was a high school principal in North Dakota and Minnesota. He was a Navy veteran. He lived in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
  • Jonathan Lawler, 26, BS ’13 construction engineering, was a chief estimator for Bilfinger WestCon, Bismarck, North Dakota. He lived in Bismarck.
  • Lyle Ellingson, 76, BS ’63 economics, was a manager for Equitable Life Assurance Co. in Fargo. He later moved to Principal Financial Group. He was an Army veteran who lived in Moorhead, Minnesota. 
  • Fredrika (Cooper) Monson, 91, BS ’48 home economics, was a secretary for Minnesota State University Moorhead for many years until her retirement. She lived in Moorhead, Minnesota. 
  • James Bauer, 88, BS ’58 mechanical engineering, worked for John Deere in Des Moines, Iowa, and Moline, Illinois; later was chief design engineer with Melroe Bobcat.; and worked for Clark Equipment Co., Richland, Michigan. He later started Bauer Development Inc. He was an Army veteran who lived in Richland. 
  • Patricia (Thompson) Froelich, 83, BS ’57 arts and science, was a speech therapist in Seattle for several years before raising a family in Dickinson, North Dakota. She lived in Florence, Arizona. 
  • Loren Mairs, 61, BS ’80 agricultural education, taught vocational/ag education at Kindred, North Dakota, High School and later joined Control Inc. as an agriculture consultant. He lived in Edinburg, North Dakota. 
  • Nelson Stave, 88, BS ’52 agriculture, worked the family farm near Leeds, North Dakota. He also was the North Dakota’s Civil Defense director from 1968-73.  He was an Army veteran who received the Bronze Star Medal during the Korean War. He continued his service in the Army National Guard, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He lived in Devils Lake, North Dakota. 


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