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  • Maxwell Casper, BS ’12 sport and recreation leadership, is an assistant coach for the University of Minnesota-Crookston baseball program. He previously was a volunteer assistant coach at NDSU and a graduate assistant in the Augustana College baseball program.
  • Nicholas Samuelson, BS ’16 political science, began a one-year clerkship with the North Dakota Supreme Court. His appointment started Aug. 1.
  • Erika Haataja, BACC ’11 accountancy, was promoted to controller at Sterling Management LLC. She is a certified public accountant.
  • Jacob Erickstad, BS ’19 marketing, joined Super Studio as a production artist. Super Studio is a graphic design and digital production shop. It is a business unit of Flint Group, headquartered in Fargo.
  • Gene Kelly, 68, BS ’73 economics, worked as an area sales manager for the General Electric Co. from 1973 to 2002. He lived in Fargo.
  • Nordan Lunde, 72, BA ’73 speech, MS ’78, soil science, owned and operated, along with his wife, Soil Testing and Consulting for 50 years and Dakota Sausage Kitchen for 20 years. He was a member of the Davenport Lions Club, the volunteer fire department and the North Dakota professional soil classifiers. He lived in Davenport, North Dakota.
  • Charles Franks, 71, BS ’70 civil engineering, MA ’83, community and regional planning, was an architect-engineer with the U.S. Postal Service in Minneapolis. He was initially assigned to a 50-Post Office territory covering portions of North Dakota and Minnesota. After serving 25 years in that capacity, his territory had expanded to include states in the Upper and Central Midwest, including 2,700 Post Offices. He was an amateur photographer who won several honors, including a Grand Champion of the Year award. He lived in Anoka, Minnesota.
  • Betty (Dickson) Holes, 98, BS ’44 home economics, was a homemaker. She was active in her church, American Legion Auxiliary, Eastern Star and Town and Country Homemakers. She lived in Hunter, North Dakota.
  • Kenneth Szymanski, 86, BS ’61 electrical and electronic engineering, joined Western Electric in 1962 and retired in 1992 as the western region installation manager. Western Electric evolved into AT&T Technologies Inc. He was an Army veteran who lived in Thief River Falls, Minnesota
  • David Drake, 69, BS ’76 animal science, managed a meat company following graduation. He later worked in the elevator repair industry for 42 years, owning Drake Inc. for the last 14 years of his career. He was an Army veteran who lived in Thayer, Nebraska.


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