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BRIDGE - Summer 2010, Volume 28, #1
Beatrice Ojakangas, Duluth, was the featured speaker at the Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards in May 2010 in Duluth. Ojakangas, also known as the “Scandinavian Chef,” has published 27 cookbooks including the Best Casserole Cookbook Ever, which was nominated for a James Beard Award in 2009. Her book The Finnish Cookbook, first published in 1964, is now in its 35th printing.
Richard Maturi (’70/’79) and his wife Mary Buckingham Maturi (’80) live in Cheyenne, Wyo. Their paperback edition of Triple Crown Winner: The Earl Sande Saga made its debut at the Santa Anita Racetrack in March 2010. HRTV featured the Maturis and their book on the Race Day America program. The couple have been telling the Sande story at racetracks in 23 states and Canada.
Paradise Gray, Marina, Calif., is the author of two books of poetry: Golden Curls from Heaven and The Hidden Treasure of Paradise.
Jeff Hovis, North Oaks, Minn., traveled with members from his church to Haiti in spring 2010 to help the Mission of Hope orphanage expand its care from 40 to 240 children.
Jill Klingner, assistant professor of healthcare and operations management at UMD’s Labovitz School of Business and Economics, traveled with UMD students to Thailand to help them gain a better understanding of Thailand’s family social sciences, healthcare system, and medical tourism.
Dennis O’Hara, Duluth, has a new book out — Picture Duluth: Photographs of the Zenith City. The book captures Duluth’s natural and man-made beauty: its parks, landmarks, historic buildings and homes, and the working waterfront of the world’s most inland seaport. The book is published by Tony Dierckins (’88, ’93), X-communication Press.
Chris LaVictoire Mahai, (MBA) St. Paul, Minn., is the co-owner and managing partner of Aveus, LLC in St. Paul. The company is a global strategy and operational change firm. They diagnose corporate problems and give companies the tools they need to implement successful solutions. Chris joined the company as CEO in 1999 and took ownership in 2001.
Dirk Cannon, Minneapolis, is a producer for Eagle Heart Productions, a full service professional film production company, delivering high-definition, content-rich products and crossing film with digital animation. They produce live concert shoots, music videos, television shows, television commercials, promotional videos, corporate training videos and pilots. Cannon’s new production “Community Heroes: Youth Violence and Gangs” can be viewed on their website: www.eagleheartproductions.com.
Todd Joseph Toner and his wife Sophie live in Edina, Minn. Todd is an account manager in sales and marketing for Network Instruments.
Lt. Col. Michael W. Glaccum attained the rank of full colonel in the U.S. Air Force on June 1, 2010. He and his wife, Leah, are currently stationed in London, England where Michael is serving as an exchange officer in the British military.
Sarah (Hohenstein) Burk, Minneapolis, Minn., is on the faculty of McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul where she teaches music theory, keyboard, ear training, and Latin performance. She’s a pianist, a violinist, and a vocalist, and after graduating from UMD, she toured the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East in a variety of ensembles and theater troupes. She is working on a Masters of Liberal Studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
Suzanne Warmanen, Minneapolis, is a Guthrie Theater resident cast member. She performed in Macbeth in spring 2010. Suzanne has also performed at the Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Illusion Theater, Theatre Latte Da, and others. She has taught acting and voice at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, the Guthrie Theater, and Bay View Theater. Suzanne appeared in the independent film, Herman, U.S.A. and recently released a Blues vocal CD entitled All Around Woman.
Kyle Collins and Stacy Ann Gramentz were married on August 7, 2009. They live in Waseca, Minn. Kyle is the arena manager for the Waseca Community Arena. He coaches girls and boys high school hockey and tennis. In 2009, the Waseca girls tennis team placed second in Class A, and Kyle was voted Class A Girls High School Coach of the Year.
Linda Ross Sellner, Duluth, attended the University of Wisconsin-Superior for Geographic Information Systems certification. She is currently doing research on the watershed delineation of impervious surface impact to Duluth streams.
Cheryl Reitan, (MA ’97, MLS ’04) Duluth, is the director of marketing and communication for UMD. She received the 2010 American Advertising Federation Duluth/Superior Silver Medal Award which recognized outstanding contributions to advertising, furthering the industry’s standards, creative excellence, and responsibility in areas of social concern.
Erin Vigen, Duluth, left a career in the banking industry to become a cosmetologist. She opened Hairapy by Erin — Therapy for Your Hair in Duluth. She was recently a featured guest at the Minnesota Salon Spa Association.
Lee Havermeier and his wife Heidi live in Rosemount, Minn. Lee received his MBA from the Carlson School of Business in 2009 and is a treasury analyst at Travelers.
Amber (Sexe) Moravec and her husband Andrew Moravec (’00) live in White Bear Lake, Minn., with their children Everett, age two and Elise, age one. Amber, a chiropractor, recently opened her own practice, Naturally Aligned Family Chiropractic located within Minnesota’s first free-standing birth center. The practice specializes in the care of pregnant women and new babies.
Troy Alan Gengler and his wife Marci live in South Milwaukee, Wis. Troy is the graphic coordinator for Midland Packaging and Display. He manages an art department and designs point of purchase displays.
Jason Dauffenbach, Sioux Falls, S.D., is a resident physician for the University of South Dakota Department of Internal Medicines.
Kirsten Joy Gunnarson, Grand Forks, N.D., is a graphic design specialist for the University of North Dakota Alumni Association. She designs the alumni Review magazine..
Alicia Kozlowski, Duluth, Minn., has a new job as a historical interpreter for the Minnesota Historical Society at Split Rock Lighthouse.
Dayna Landgrebe lives in Duluth. While studying at UMD, she was offered a job at WDIO-TV as their morning show producer.
Brittany Kucko, Duluth, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders and is currently pursuing a UMD graduate degree in the same field. She was awarded the 2010 Margaret Haley Kepner Scholarship which made it possible for Brittany to travel to China to present her research on assistive technologies for people with autism.
Jeffrey Carlson, Madison, Wis., is working as associate scientist I for Roche Pharma.
Adam Mika, Minneapolis, is working in a software engineer research and development position at Garmin-Digital Cyclone in Minnetonka, Minn.
Brittany Schubitzke, Proctor, Minn., started a new job as a staff accountant in inventory systems at the retail chain Maurices, Inc. in Duluth.
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Glenn C. Nelson,
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