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  • Nicole Johnson, BS ’13 journalism, has taken a job with KDAF-TV, a CW affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth. She is a former news director for the Bison Information Network, and was a multi-media journalist at KVLY-TV in Fargo since 2013.
  • Jerome Dufault, 84, BS ’54 pharmacy, was a pharmacist, spending 33 years as the director of pharmacy at Deaconess and then United Hospital of Grand Forks, North Dakota (now Altru). He retired in 1992. He lived in Grand Forks.
  • Allen Graner, 64, BS ’76 agricultural economics, worked in the farm and ranch management field for 41 years. He lived in Rugby, North Dakota.
  • Roger Bergstrom, 67, BS ’72 economics, was the administrator of the Tri-County Nursing Home, Hatton, North Dakota, and later was a partner in the Bergstrom Ranch, Blabon, North Dakota. He lived in Mayville, North Dakota. 
  • Roger Schmidt, 83, BS ’58, MS ’60 chemistry, was a chemist whose career focused on the design and syntheses of organic polymers used in automotive and large equipment paints, and he, along with colleagues, held two patents. He retired from Cargill in 1998. He lived in Deephaven, Minnesota.
  • Karen Knudson, 56, BS ’83 computer science, worked for Dallas Instruments and Raytheon. She lived in Dallas.
  • Lowell Boe, 69, BS ’78 agricultural engineering, worked for Rugby Manufacturing in Rugby, North Dakota, for 28 years and Tommy Gate Manufacturing in Woodbine, Iowa, for seven years. He lived in Fargo. 
  • Russell Ringsak, 81, BArch ’48 architecture, lived in Stillwater, Minnesota.
  • Lyle Nelson, 96, BS ’48 agronomy, soil science, was an Army veteran of World War II. He later joined the faculty of Mississippi State University, where he had a 32-year career as a researcher and a teacher of elementary soils, soil fertility, and forest soils. He lived in Starkville, Mississippi. 
  • Delano Surdahl, 84, BS ’55 civil engineering, was a civil engineer and was retired from the Department of Energy at the Albuquerque, New Mexico, Operations Office. He lived in Albuquerque. 


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