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John E. Foss     1957
a professor emeritus at the University of Tennessee, has had soil archaeology projects in Greece, Albania, and the British Virgin Islands in 2008. He has provided soil interpretations for over 300 archaeological sites in the past three decades in 12 countries. Dr. Foss recently received the “Outstanding Achievement Award” from the Board of Regents at the University of Minnesota.

Roger G. Hanson     1957
working as a senior environmental employee with a team at USEPA in the Research Triangle Park, N.C., received a 2008 Level I Scientific and Technology Achievement Award from The National Center for Environmental Research. This research information was included by the Office of Water (OW) to develop provisional health advisory values for PFOA and PFOS to assess potential risk from exposure to these chemicals through drinking water.   

Doyne Anderson     1958
was proud to attend the graduation of his grandson, Jay, on Dec. 20—50 years and six months after his own. Doyne returned from Korea and registered with Mr. Prucha. Jay Anderson has served one tour in Iraq and will be going back for a second tour next spring.

Manley E. Olson     1959
retired in 2001 from 40 years in education, the last 30 as Dean at Normandale Community College. He also “retired” from several nonprofit boards, including the St. Paul Council of Churches, the Metropolitan Council Advisory Committee on Transit, the Council of the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the UWRF Foundation Board of Directors (past president). He is currently chairing the Committee on Local Arrangements for the national Presbyterian general assembly meeting in Minneapolis in 2010, which includes recruiting 1,500 volunteers.

Duane Swanson     1959
has been teaching in Ohio for the past 44 years. He retired from high school and middle school teaching and is currently an adjunct at Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio. Thanks to Benny Kettlekamp and Kate Lineman, he is still enjoying several fields of biology. They got him hooked on the biological sciences and he’s never quit learning. He is using a textbook in his anatomy and physiology class written by a former chancellor at UWRF, Gary A. Thibodeau. “Thanks to River Falls for a great education,” says Duane.


John Kevin Johnson 1962
has retired after 46 years in the insurance business. He remains active in community and Masonic work. John recently completed a nine-year term on the Board of Governors at Shriners Hospital for Children the Twin Cities. Also, he is currently serving as Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Eau Claire Masonic Center. John is enjoying more time with wife Janet of 49 years and traveling to Texas to see two of his three children living in the Dallas area.

Victor A. Bekkum     1964
serves as co-director of Wisconsin Retired Educators’ Association for District I and recently became a grandfather.

Harlan Larson     1964
retired in 2008. He was a chemistry teacher at Rhinelander High School with 43 years in the district. He won the Kohl Fellowship award in 2004, was the Central Wisconsin American Chemical Association’s Teacher of the Year in 1977, was named to the National Honor Roll’s list of Outstanding American Teachers in 2006, and placed in Who’s Who Among American Teachers in 1985 and 2004.

Victor L. Diller     1965
got married on Oct 8, 2005. He retired in March 2007 and became a great grandfather in November 2007. Now, he says, it’s time for golf and travel.

Edward Wink     1965
retired June 5, 2009, after 44 years working for the University of Minnesota in various administrative capacities, most recently as associate vice president for research, directing the Office of Sponsored Project Administration. He joined the University of Minnesota shortly after graduation from the UWRF. Edward and his wife, Barbara, who attended UWRF from 1961-62, plan to stay in the Twin Cities and will enjoy more time at their lake cabin in northern Wisconsin.

Robert Linaberry 1966
and wife, Bonnie, just completed a two-year stint as full-time RVers, traveling with a custom 5th wheel trailer. They logged 50,000 miles and visited 45 states. Robert and Bonnie relocated to Wisconsin where Bonnie will return to work for a few years before they "hit the road" again following her retirement. Robert and Bonnie loved being on the road, but missed the grandkids and wanted to be around as they grew up. Bonnie has taken a job in the Tomorrow River School District in Amherst, Wis. Robert is looking for a volunteer position where he can offer support to veterans and their families, or to people who are in the end stage of their lives.

Geoffrey Chikwuka Okwumabua     1967
has retired and now lives in his hometown in Nigeria. He is a Traditional Ruler with the title of Chief Geoffrey C. Okwumabua, the Odogwu of Issele-Ukwu. He presides at town and palace meetings, serving as second in command to the King. His wife and their first child live in Nigeria, while his other three children and their families reside in the U.S.

Ward W. Winton 1967, 1974
is continuing to practice law in Hayward, Wis., with wife, Kay Brown Winton, 1969, and is joined by their daughter, Angeline E. Winton, a UW-Eau Claire graduate. Ward continues to make a yearly pilgrimage to the Rockies to ski with Ed Fischer, 1974, and John Peterson, 1978.

Daniel J. Anderson     1968
received the prestigious Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) at the annual national ceramic conference in Tempe, Ariz., in April 2009. He taught ceramics at Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville) from 1970-2002, heading the ceramics area from 1976-2002. He retired as professor emeritus in August 2002. Daniel is currently a full-time artist. He resides in Edwardsville, Ill.

Mary (Elstad) Gagnon     1968
plans to look at life through a new lens, that of a Canon Rebel SXi. After living in Thailand in 1970, serving in Peace Corps (Ecuador) from 1973-75, and working in nonprofit financial development for 30 years, she retired on Dec. 31, 2008, from her recent position as executive director of the Wisconsin FFA Foundation. She currently resides on the fringe of Madison, Wis., with her husband, Dean, class of 1969.

Kay (Krauss) Weirauch     1969
retired after 40 years of teaching, the last 35 years in the Neillsville Public School System with the last 33 years teaching second grade. She traveled to Africa this summer with a volunteer group to build a high school in Uganda.


Lloyd Friske 1970
became the Leadership award winner for Genex Cooperative Inc. Residing in Prior Lake, Minn., Lloyd serves as an Area Program Consultant. Friske works with the cooperative's service force as well as with college students and dairy producers. He encourages people to better their artificial insemination (A.I.) techniques. His teaching methods emphasize why things are done as they are. His willingness to work with individuals of all skill levels is a tribute to his patience and persistence.

Sally L. Nyhus 1971
retired in June of 2008 after 37 years of teaching music. She spent four years in Jt. District #1 in Auburndale, Wis., and thirty-three years in South Washington County School District #833 in Cottage Grove, Minn. Sally taught classroom music and choir in K-12, K-8, and then spent the last 34 years with classroom music and choir in Grades K-6. She taught for 30 years in the same school, Pine Hill Elementary. Sally is now very involved with music and other activities at her church, First Lutheran in St. Paul; substitute teaching in South Washington County; and having fun with her nieces and nephews and their families.

Michael J. McIntyre 1972
was recently appointed as a trustee of the Lake County Public Library System, the second largest library system in the state of Indiana. The appointment came from the Lake County Council. McIntyre has been a board member of the Lake County Public Library Foundation for 20 years, is a past president, and continues on the board. He also has joined the advisory board of the Alzheimer's Association of Northwest Indiana. He is Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of Horizon Bank in Munster and is heavily involved in community activities. Early in 2009, McIntyre was presented the Burton B Ruby Award for Community Service by Horizon Bank. McIntyre lives in Munster, Indiana with his wife, Cheryl, and three children, Michelle, Michael and Ryan.

Robert B. Mattson     1973
was named president of Telecom Training, Inc., a training company for the telecommunications industry.

Charles Palmer    1973
has accepted a position at Wipfli LLP as the Regional Managing Director for the Minnesota Region. Prior to joining Wipli, he was the Senior Director at RSM McGladrey heading up their Upper Midwest Southern Region and the COO of RSM McGladrey’s Upper Midwest Economic Unit. He also served in leadership positions at KPMG and the Rider Bennett law firm after beginning his career at CNW Transportation Company in St. Paul.

Greta (Swanson) Baehnman 1974
retired, as of June 2009, after 35 years of teaching music in the Weyauwega-Fremont School District.

Dan Danielowski     1975
retired last summer after 34 years of teaching and administration. This past fall he started working at Comprehensive Community Solutions, Inc., in Rockford, Ill., as the assistant executive director with primary responsibility for the YouthBuild training and educational program. He is presently writing a charter school application for GreenTek Career Academy Charter School. While at UWRF, he majored in communications/theatre and was involved in plays and musicals for all four years. He has continued his work in theatre, most recently as founder and president of the Board of Byron Civic Theatre. They are just beginning their fifteenth season and are moving into a new $5+ million theatre this summer.

Leigh Livermore     1975
is the director of operations at the award-winning Cardinal Health Distribution Center in Hudson, Wis. He has provided leadership to his team at Cardinal Health for 11 years and just purchased his retirement home in Cameron, Wis. He still feels that he is fulfilling an important mission in distribution of medications to pharmacies, clinics, and hospitals, so he plans to work through 2010 and plans an active retirement sometime in 2011. He will be relocating to Cameron with his wife, Mary, and their chocolate lab, Gunnar, this fall.  

Bonita (Uher) Searles     1975, 1982
retired in 2008 from the Oshkosh Area School District. She spent 27 years there as a speech/language pathologist, having previously taught four years in another district. Bonita and husband, Preston, reside in rural Oshkosh, Wis.

Stephen Hacken     1976
was recently elected 2009 president of the Minnesota Association of Assessing Officers (MAAO). Hacken has been county assessor of Winona County (Minn.) since 1997. He was previously county assessor of Pine County (Minn.) for 12 years. He lives in Winona and spends his free time officiating high school football, basketball, baseball, and softball, and NCAA softball games.

Gwendolyn P. (Kressin) Swenson     1976
and her husband, Jim, along with their children, Karl, Kurt, and Katherine, were chosen as the Chisago County Farm Family of the Year for 2008. The family was recognized at Farm Fest in August 2008. The Swenson family operates a farrow-to- finish hog operation along with crop farming and a few head of beef cattle. The family are active in 4-H. Gwen was recognized for being a 4-H leader for over 30 years.

Terri (Jansen) Peterson     1977
has been selling real estate for the past 22 years in Shawano, Wis. Recently she received the Emerald Master’s Award from Century 21, ranked number 44 in her region.

Rich Ruemmele     1978
is celebrating 30 years of employment with the Cenex Harvest States Cooperative system.

Karyn Sackis Lunn     1979
was one of three finalists for a district court judge position in the spring of 2008 and interviewed with Gov. Pawlenty in June. She did not get the judgeship. She also became engaged in April 2008 to long-time significant other, Patrick. He was diagnosed with cancer in July. They were married on Jan. 17, 2009, and her husband passed away six days later on Jan. 23, 2009. Patrick and Karyn were together almost 14 years.



David Harper     1980
a graduate of the communication disorders graduate program, was awarded the Honors of the Minnesota Speech-Language-Hearing Association in April 2009. The Honors is the highest award that the association gives to one of its members. David is a speech pathologist currently working in a Birth-to-Three program in Superior, Wis.

Jon Losness 1981
recently became editor of the Kenosha News. For the last two and a half years Jon has been Executive Editor of the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research.

Jim Reiter 1981
obtained a State of Hawaii Professional Land Surveyors License in May 2009. He has been living in Honolulu since December 2002.

Marianne (Foster) Shira 1981
is working for The Sun in Osceola, Wis., as a sports reporter covering Osceola and St. Croix Falls High School sports.

Ben Abrahamson     1982
has worked as a graphic designer for television news at KARE 11 and FOX 9 in the Twin Cities. He also has a jewelry design company with a Web presence at Ben gives a “hearty hello to all music and theater alumni and staff.”

Virginia (Pfaff) Green     1982 
started with the Farm Service Agency of the United States Department of Agriculture in 1999 as a program technician. In 2002, she became the county executive director for the Oneida County (New York) Farm Service Agency office.
In 2005, she was selected to be the chief agricultural program specialist for New York State Farm Service Agency.

George Olson     1982
was recognized for 20 years of service as a food inspector with the USDA in August 2008.

David Scheevel     1982
was elected chairman of the board of directors of Foremost Farms USA dairy cooperative. Foremost is based in Baraboo, Wis., with 2,300 members in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan. David and wife, Kathy, operate a dairy farm near Preston, Minn. They have two children—Emily Sinn, 25, and Andrew, 23—and one grandchild.

Lorry A. Erickson     1983
was re-elected vice president of the Wisconsin Agricultural Tourism Association (WATA) at the group’s annual meeting in January. Erickson is the director of the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center in Warrens, Wis.

Gregg Losinski     1983
was named the 2009 Idaho Professional Environmental Educator of the Year. He works in the Upper Snake Region of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game where he has become a familiar face through his work with the media. Gregg teaches both children and adults; children through hunter education and school programs across the region and adults through Project Wild and special weeklong workshops. “Hopefully, when people see my video on TV or hear me speak, they gather a greater understanding of how complex and wonderful Idaho is and how hard we all need to work together to enjoy it, without destroying it.”

Dan B. Smith     1984
was the team leader for the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation for the Department of Interior’s Partners in Conservation Award for the Bayhorse cooperative management project in central Idaho. This multi-agency team effort was recently recognized for outstanding efforts in cooperative management of natural and cultural resources.

Robert Rude 1984
and wife, Kathy, started a non-profit animal sanctuary about 10 years ago. They rescue animals from dangerous situations and assist other people who want to help animals. Their biggest rescue efforts were during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the Iowa floods of 2008. Robert and Kathy recently published a book about their adventures titled The Best Little Cat House in Maryland.

Scott M Hyslop 1985
has been appointed to the Board of Directors for Lutheran Music Program, home of the Lutheran Summer Music Academy. Now in its 29th year, LSM brings together 150 talented young instrumentalists and singers (grades 8-12) from throughout the U.S. each summer. The program features an outstanding faculty of artists, teachers, and a chaplain who guide the gifted students from around the country through a month of intensive musical study and performance. Scott has also recently published an anthology of hymns and liturgical music by the noted American composer Paul Manz. The collection, entitled "Sing to the Lord: The Paul Manz Hymnary" was published this summer by MorningStar Music Publishers of St. Louis. Dr. Hyslop presented the book at the annual conference of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada held this past July at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. Hyslop and his family reside in Birch Run, Mich.

Lorrie Ogren 1985
is working as an Art Therapist with traumatized children in the Santa Fe New Mexico area, and has a Masters degree in Therapy.

Evelyn Klein     1986
served as a judge for two poetry competitions in the Twin Cities in 2008. She also introduced authors to the techniques of memoir writing in a course offered at The Loft Literary Center in Oakdale, Minn., in early 2009. Evelyn resides in Woodbury, Minn.

Jeffrey R. Night 1986
started his own business in 1997. Jeffrey has four boys.

Jeff and Ellen (Hoffman) Newman     1986; 1986
live in rural Wanamingo, Minn., with their three kids. Jeff has been in the agronomy department at Farm Country Coop since 1986 and is now the department manager. Ellen started her own recruiting company in 2004, recruiting in the food manufacturing sector.

Robert Campbell     1987
received Lawrence University’s 2009 Outstanding Teaching in Wisconsin award in May. He is a physics and chemistry teacher at McFarland High School. The award recognizes two educators in Wisconsin each year.

Jim Benick 1987
is now the Head Football Coach and Health and PE Teacher at New Prague (Minn.) High School

Glenn Pahnke    1987
has been recognized among the top 1000 financial advisors in an article published February 2009 in Barron’s for being among the best in the financial services industry and other leading national publications. He is the Managing Director and Senior Investment Consultant in Baird’s Scottsdale office and is a member of the Pahnke Group.

Patty Perdzock-Haas     1989
is attending MATC-Madison where she is working on an associate degree in nursing. She is pursuing an RN degree. Recently, she passed NCLEX-PN boards and is now a licensed practical nurse (LPN). She anticipates graduating in December 2009.

Sarah (Porter) Petty 1987
is currently employed as the Principal of the Sanchez State Jail. The school serves 300 inmates who are attending classes to obtain their GED or learn new behaviors that encourage them to become productive members of society. She supervises a staff of nine teachers.

Barry G. Elwood 1988
is a Staff Accountant at Amery Regional Medical Center in Amery, Wis.

Sharon Radd 1988
is the Program Director for the Office of Equity and Integration at the East Metro Integration District in Maplewood, Minn. Sharon also received her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, Minn.


Christopher Hindle 1990
received an MFA degree with emphasis in sculpture from UW-Madison in May of 2009.

Jacqueline (Hance) Ahlers     1992
is making a career change and is presently taking legal courses to pursue becoming a paralegal.

Lynette (McGrath) Mansour 1993
recently became accredited as a Certified Wound Specialist which is a designation given to Physicians, Physician Assistants and Physical Therapists who fulfill specific criteria and pass a board exam.

Jackie (Roehl) Montreal 1993
was recently accepted into the counseling program at UW-River Falls. Jackie plans to start continuing her education in the summer of 2010. Jackie currently lives in Star Prairie, Wis., with her husband Rick (2001), who is a 6th grade teacher and head basketball coach for the New Richmond School District. Jackie and Rick have two daughters, Emily, 8, and Abbie, 6.

Shannon Cody    1994
was named the 2010 San Mateo County Teacher of the Year. The County Teacher of the Year is selected using criteria provided by the California Department of Education. She is currently a fourth grade teacher and has taught in the Clifford School District for the past twelve years.

Kendra (Scholl) Newman 1994
after completing her B.S. Degree in Biotechnology at UWRF, Kendra earned her DVM degree at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Kendra is a practicing veterinarian and owns a 60-cow registered Holstein dairy farm with her husband.

Brigid-Anne L. (Christopher) Emerson      1994
lives and works with her children, Kaitlyn-Anne, 11, and Christoper-Cyril, nine, on their small farm in Maine where they raise sheep, pigs, chickens, turkeys and vegetables. Brigid-Anne home schools the children, so they spend time together and also have time to explore the things that interest them. They will enter the local fairs this year with their animals that they raise from babies. They enjoy the time together and the hard work surely pays off during the long, snowy winter storms, when they are trapped in their little Cape on the mountain with old kerosene lanterns and a generator. As Brigid-Anne reports, “We went from Dairyland to Vacationland, the way life should be.”  

Anthony Stender     1994
is currently working on a Ph.D. in chemistry at Iowa State University. He just published his first novel, a scientific thriller titled Ground State. He hopes it will be the first of many novels to come.

Kathryn Schaefer     1995
since graduation, has received her master’s degree in geriatric and medical social work. She has worked for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for 13 years. While there she’s been a clinical home care social worker for 12 years in Milwaukee. She then transferred to Minneapolis where she became the program coordinator of a new program she is developing called medical foster homes. Beyond work she loves time with family, friends and hobbies. Kathryn celebrates rescue dogs, chamber orchestra each week, pottery, organic gardening, her husband’s artistic talents, traveling and much more.  She says “it’s just great to be present in the moment and appreciating all the little things in each day.”  

Paula Berends      1996
released her first solo CD, Just For Me, in summer 2009, an eclectic combination of rock, folk, country, jazz and the blues. She performed at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival in June, and will perform at Navy Pier and the House of Blues in Chicago in 2010. For more information, check out her Web site at

Christine Dease     1996
was named the Outstanding Secondary Educator of 2008 by the Woodbury (Minn.) Chamber of Commerce. She is a Woodbury High School art instructor. Christine teaches a wide range of art techniques, including combining technology and art.

Darren Visser     1996
resigned after 10 years as head football coach at Ely High School to take the head football coaching job at Vermilion Community College in Ely, Minn.

Todd Rueth     1997
received his certification in molecular biology from NCA in September 2008.

Angela (Shafer) Belkey 1998
is a Speech-Language Pathologist in a high-needs autism program in Cottage Grove, Minn.

Aliesha R. Crowe 1998
began duties as Education Director-Agriculture, Energy, Transportation, and Construction at Chippewa Valley Technical College on August 3, 2009. Aliesha is responsible for the day-to-day operation and long-term success of related academic programs. She is also responsible for the development of a yet-to-be constructed Energy Education Center. Aliesha reports to the Vice President of Education.

Kevin Coffeen     1999
is an employee at M&I Bank where he is the Vice President–Agricultural/Business Banking department. He has two children, McKenna, nine, and Coltin, six. He currently lives in DePere, Wis.

Michael R. Cummings     1999
recently moved to Des Moines (Iowa) and works as Midwest Director of Business Development for Provo Canyon School. He is pursuing business consulting work and has started to play hockey again.

Megan L. Elder     1999
has been a zookeeper for the past six years at the Como Zoo and Conservatory, where she specializes in primate husbandry, behavior, and conservation. Megan is also the North American Crowned Lemur Studbook Keeper and the International Orangutan Studbook Keeper. Recent travels include trips to the Panamanian and Amazonian (Brazil) rainforests and numerous visits to zoos throughout the United States to visit primates in both wild and captive situations. Future travel plans include visits to Borneo and Sumatra to observe and research her favorite primate of all, the critically endangered orangutan.

Lisa (Mayfield) O’Keefe     1999
has been married to Russell O’Keefe since 2001. She has four children, Conley and Keagan, seven, Quin, four, and Cullen, nine months. She works as a school psychologist for Milwaukee Public Schools.

Sharon (Ebersberger) Meilahn-Bartlett 1999
completed a PhD in French and Francophone World Studies from the University of Iowa in May, 2009.


Theresa Christian     2000
is a clinical social worker with trauma and neurosurgery at Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, Tex.

Chad Erickson     2000
made a career move. On Oct. 15 he started his own business as an Independent Pioneer sales representative serving central Wisconsin. He also sells crop insurance for all major crops.

Andrea Oestreich     2000
received her doctorate in molecular pharmacology from the Mayo Graduate School in 2008. She was a former McNair Scholar at UW-River Falls.

Amy (Long) Thome     2000
completed her master’s degree in May 2008 in organizational management from Concordia University, St. Paul, Minn. She is working at the Mayo Clinic as a senior sponsored projects specialist.

Jon Zetah     2000
has been teaching at Cornelia Elementary School in the Edina Public Schools for the past eight years. He was engaged to be married this past June!

Nathan Lande     2001
decided to change his career path in 2006 and enrolled in a technical college to study automotive technology. He is currently enrolled at Central Georgia Technical College in Milledgeville, Ga., working to become an automotive technician. He married Ursula Becker on Oct. 8, 2005, in Merrill, Wis.

Joshua Perkins     2001
has been teaching elementary music in the Anoka Hennepin district #11 for the past eight years at Johnsville Elementary School (Minnesota School of Excellence). He has completed his master’s degree in education from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in 2006.

Erin Pyrek     2001
at the University of Kentucky’s Make the Difference 2009 Employee Suggestion Awards Program, was presented by President Lee Todd with an award for her idea that auto-generated e-mails from the human resources jobs website have customized subject lines. Over 400 suggestions to improve the university were submitted, and Erin was one of 15 award recipients whose suggestions were implemented.

Jill Brainard     2004
is a HeadStart ESL pre-k teacher for the Aldine school district in Houston, Tex., at Hinojosa EC/PK Center, where she has been teaching for five years. She received a 2008 Fund For Teachers grant, which enriches the personal and professional growth of teachers by recognizing and supporting them as they identify and pursue opportunities around the globe. Emphasis is placed on creating the greatest impact on their practice, the academic lives of their students, and on their school communities. The grant award was $8,000 to travel to Ireland and England to learn about interactive storytelling and culture.  

Maile (Ilac) Boeder 2004
accepted an offer in January, 2009, to become the Executive Director of The Leadership Center, a conference and retreat center, founded by the Nebraska FFA 40 years ago.

Melissa (Ewings) Reidenhour     2004
was transferred back to Pennsylvania in May 2008 after spending 15 months with USDA Market News in Missouri. In September, she took a new and exciting job with USDA Farm Service Agency as a farm loan officer for southeast Pennsylvania, covering 10 counties. Rodney Reidenhour and Melissa were engaged after four years of acquaintance and later in the month they bought their first home. In February, they were married and honeymooned in California, traveling throughout the state and attending the World Ag Expo, the world’s largest farm show.

Eric Ebert     2006
has been promoted to presentation editor of the Green Bay-Press Gazette. He previously worked as a copy editor there from June 2007 to December 2008.

Don Hammer     2006
finished his first year as the executive director for the Grand Marais Art Colony. The oldest art colony in the State of Minnesota, it was started in 1947 as a school of outdoor painting for what is now the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. George Morrison taught here. Hazel Belvo and Howard Sivertson teach here now as do a host of other excellent artists. Four studios cover the visual arts, ceramics, glass and printmaking.

Kara Nelson     2006
has worked for the USDA—Natural Resources Conservation Service for over three years in Wisconsin and Iowa. She recently transferred from Manitowoc, Wis., to Kealakekua, Ha., where she works with farmers, ranchers and private landowners to address their natural resource concerns and implement conservation practices on their land.

Emily Antinoja 2006
is working for Iowa Select Farms, the nation's fourth largest producer of hogs, as a Sow Farm Manager. Emily has been with the company since March, 2008, and was promoted to her current position in December, 2009.

Michelle (Dodge) Ulland 2006
was recently hired as a UWRF Adjunct Faculty in the Speech Communication and Theatre Arts Department. She says that it feels great to be back at UWRF teaching the course Fundamentals of Communication.

Kate Sorenson 2006
is now the Culture and Inclusion Coordinator at Ecolab Inc. Prior to this role, Kate was a Field Compensation Analyst since 2006, also at Ecolab Inc.

Stephen Frye     2007
was hired by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) in June 2008 as a pollution control specialist. He works on the major watershed load monitoring project in southwestern Minnesota, where he samples streams, testing for pollutant loads such as nitrogen, phosphorus, total suspended solids, turbidity, etc. He is based out of the Marshall, Minn., PCA office.

Jessica (Pries) Desens     2008
is an assistant greenhouse manager at Custom Retaining Walls and Landscaping in  Rochester, Minn. She recently married Peter Desens who works for the Farm Credit Administration. They live in Eyota, Minn.

Carl Sackreiter     2008
moved into feed sales for ProFeeds LLC (Greenway Coop and Farm Country Coop). He sells feed to customers in the Kasson and Pine Island (Minn.) area. He recently resettled in Kasson, Minn.

Meriam Molstad     2009
is thrilled to announce her graduation from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. She will be an equine ambulatory veterinarian in the Gainesville/Ocala area.


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