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  • Ryan Helseth, BS ’02 computer science, recently marked the first year of a new successful online business, Mason Jar Lifestyle. Started by Helseth and his wife, Maggie, the company sells more than 200 items. it has grown from being a home-run business to the couple being in the process of purchasing a warehouse and adding full-time staff. Visit the company website at Helseth lives in Denver.
  • Syl Melroe, BS ’57 agricultural education, was named to the U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Cadet Hall of Fame. ROTC is celebrating 100 years and is honoring outstanding cadets from the past century. He is the former regional sales manager and vice president for international marketing for Melroe Co. He also is a former director of economic development for North Dakota.
  • Fred Paavola, BS ’70 pharmacy, honorary doctorate ’02, was named to the U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Cadet Hall of Fame. ROTC is celebrating 100 years and is honoring outstanding cadets from the past century. He is a retired rear admiral after a 30-year career with the U.S. Army and Public Health Service. He also is a former team commander for the National Disaster Medical System.
  • Amy (Vanderwouide) Elliott, MS ’96 psychology, was a contributing author of a study titled “Updated clinical guidelines for diagnosing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder,” which appears online in Pediatrics. She is director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Population Research at Sanford Research, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She also holds a professorial appointment in the Department of Pediatrics of the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine.
  • Walter Hack, 80, MS ’73 chemistry, was a high school teacher who taught mathematics and science in Germany, Turkey and several communities in the Midwest. He lived in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • Thomas Ladendorf, 75, BS ’65 arts and science, taught at Berthold, McClusky and Des Lacs, North Dakota. During his retirement years, he was a substitute teacher for Minot, North Dakota, Public Schools. He lived in Minot, 
  • Carol Neys, 58, BS ’80 child development and family relations, taught at St. Bernard’s Catholic School in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, for 10 years. She then worked for American Crystal Sugar Co. in Crookston, Minnesota, for 16 years. She lived in Crookston. 
  • Carol (Helms) Grimm, 63, BS ’81 sociology education, was director of health and wellness at Minnesota State University Moorhead from 2008 to 2016. She previously was director of health promotion and prevention at Fargo Cass Public Health. She was a volunteer for many local groups, including YWCA, Fargo Youth Commission, YMCA, Historic Fargo Theater, American Heart Association, Plains Art Museum and the Sundance Film Festival. She lived in Fargo.
  • Barbara (Hendrickson) Phillips, 63, BS ’74 home economics education, was a home economics teacher at Sauk Rapids-Rice, Minnesota, High School and Watertown, South Dakota. She lived in Rice.
  • Loren Stangeland, 84, BS ’59 agricultural economics, owned Three Rivers Potato Services, Inc., and was president of the Idaho Food Technologists and the U.S. Potato Board. He lived in Richland, Washington.


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