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  • Jerold O. Nelson, 77, BS ’61 psychology, was a retired attorney for the Nelson law firm, Minneapolis. He specialized in agricultural and commodity law and contracts. He lived in St. Paul, Minnesota.
  • Chad Mason, BS’ 08 electrical engineering, was selected for a new embedded entrepreneurship program at the Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, Illinois. The Chain Reaction Innovations program is part of a new initiative to accelerate the development of sustainable and energy-efficient technologies. The inaugural five Chain Reactions innovators were chosen from more than 100 applications. His work has the potential to be the next chapter in electrochemical devices. He previously was with the fuel cell durability team at General Motors.
  • Greg Dahl, BS ’80, MS ’84 agronomy, was named to a one-year term as president of the North Central Weed Science Society. The crop protection industry organization covers Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming and the Canadian province of Ontario. He is a research manager for product development at WinField United.
  • Andrea Travnicek, BS ’01, MS ’04, PhD ’08 natural resources management, has joined the law firm of Lockridge Grindal Nauen as manager of government relations and regulatory affairs. She will work in the firm’s new Bismarck, North Dakota, office. She previously was a senior policy advisor for outgoing Gov. Jack Dalrymple and former Gov. John Hoeven.
  • Shirley (Rodewald) Kolberg, 95, BS ’43 home economics education, taught home economics at high schools in North Dakota and in Washington State. She later taught home economics at NDSU and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. She lived in Denver.
  • Kathleen (Hogan) McDonald, 90, Diploma ’46 Bismarck Hospital School of Nursing, worked at Quain and Ramstad Clinic for 23 years. She lived in Bismarck, North Dakota.
  • Leslee (Pullen) Bublitz, 44, BS ’96 accounting, was the chief financial officer for Bublitz Trucking Inc. She lived in Williston, North Dakota. 
  • Arnold Strom, 94, BS ’50 arts and science, was co-owner with his brother of Strom Construction Co., a company that built roads throughout North Dakota and Minnesota. He lived in Moorhead, Minnesota.
  • Estelle (Piper) Harder, 68, BS ’77 human development and education, lived in Rugby, North Dakota.
  • Allen Drege, 85, BS ’54 agricultural economics, worked for the Farmers Home Administration, holding positions in Carson, Bowbells, Steele, Cando, Rolla and Minot, North Dakota. He also taught piano lessons, teaching more than 600 students during seven decades. He lived in Minot.


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