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  • Marvin Gutknecht, 79, BS ’70 agricultural economics, was a grain trader for the Minneapolis Division of Bunge Corp. and a regional manager for Na-Churs Plant Food Co. He later was an owner and operator of Magnum. He was a Navy veteran who lived in Casselton, North Dakota.
  • Kevin Scheidecker, BS ’91 biological sciences, was named Otter Tail County assessor. He began working in the office in 2011.
  • Dan Holder, MS ’04 educational leadership, was named principal of Liberty Middle School, West Fargo. His new duties begin on July 1.
  • James Walla, PhD ’95 plant pathology, secured a patent on a variety of a white mulberry tree, along with fellow alumnus Michael Kjelland. The variety is known as the “Trader” mulberry. He runs Northern Tree Specialties, Fargo.
  • Michael Kjelland, MS ’01 natural resource management, secured a patent on a variety of a white mulberry tree, along with fellow alumnus James Walla. The variety is known as the “Trader” mulberry. He is a professor at Mayville State University.
  • Carson Wentz, BUS ’20 university studies, was traded by the National Football League’s Indianapolis Colts to the Washington Commanders. The former No. 2 overall draft pick joins his third team in the league. He has 20,374 career passing yards and 140 touchdown passes.
  • CharRae Chwialkowski, BS ’93 interior design, and Kim Dean, BS ’92, interior design, are among three owners of Connect Interiors, a rebranded company formerly known as Hannaher’s Workplace Interiors. Connect Interiors has locations in Fargo, Grand Forks and Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.
  • Michael Kelsch, PharmD ’99 pharmacy, was named associate dean of academic affairs in the NDSU School of Pharmacy. He is a professor of pharmacy practice at NDSU.
  • Michelle Mongeon Allen, BArch ’93 architecture, was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. She is the CEO of JLG Architects, and is a member of the NDSU Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture Advisory Board.


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