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Volume 19, No.1, Summer 2002

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The University of Minnesota Duluth Bridge publishes Alumni Notes. You can send us notes by e-mail:, by fax at 218-726-6186 or by sending the form on page 22. If you are in the U.S., you can send your note to: Alumni Director, University Relations, University of Minnesota Duluth, 315 DAdB, 1049 University Drive, Duluth, MN 55812. This issue of the Bridge reflects the notes we received before December 15, 2003.



Remembering those who have left us

Violet C. Tabb, of Columbia Heights, MN, was chosen as the 2000 Columbia Heights Humanitarian of the Year. She works for a company that sends Christian booklets, Bibles, and tracts to third world countries.

Floyd L. Bergman (BA 1951, MA 1961) and his wife, Virginia Bort Lawson Bergman, reside in Hilton Head, SC. Floyd received his master’s of arts degree in 1961. Although Floyd retired from teaching and school administration, he is still busy reading and writing books to go along with the five educational books he has already published.

Ben Korgen, of Hope Valley, Rhode Island, accepted the International Scholar Athlete Hall of Fame induction award named for Fridtjof Nansen. Korgen holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from UMD, a master’s degree from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in physical oceanography from Oregon State University.

John Andrew received the Sacramento Publishers Association’s 2000-2001 Award for the best non-fiction book for his work The Hanging of Arthur Hodge — A Caribbean Anti-Slavery Milestone. John resides in Gold River, CA, and is the retired chief counsel of government relations for J.C. Penney Company, Inc.

Janet M. May, of Eden Prairie, MN, was honored by the Midwest Direct Marketing Association as the 2001 recipient of the William H. Holes Long Term Achievement Award. Janet is the president and partner of Volkart May & Associates, Inc.
Patricia (Nyman) Opitz spent nine years teaching in the Moundsview school system until she and her husband, Stan, bought Anderson Pharmacy in St. Paul in 1971. After 30 years, the couple is retiring. They will continue to live in their lake home in New Brighton, MN, and they plan to travel.

Arnold L. Luukkonen has been retired for four years, but he is still researching, speaking, and writing about the history of exploration and trade in North America. He has written the glossary Terms of the Trade and the feature article “Tales of the Old Northwest Trail.” Arnold visits most of the sites that he writes about, from coast to coast and north to the Arctic Circle.

Dr. George and Elaine Ahlgren, Duluth, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in June. George is a retired biology professor from UMD. Elaine is a retired retail clerk.

Bill Shipley retired as the head of the art department at Trinity School in New York City. His art gallery in Wilton Manors, FL, is devoted to contemporary painting, sculpture and works on paper.

Susan K. Woods retired from her speech pathology position in the Amityville schools after over 19 years. Susan had previous assignments in Lindenhurt, NY, and with the New York City school system.

Dr. Dennis L. Nelson and his wife, Joyce M. Nelson (1970, ME 1975) of Little Falls, MN, are retired and keep active gardening and traveling.

Douglas A. Benson was appointed the grant activities manager for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. He was promoted from his former position as the executive director of the Minnesota Board of Government Innovation and Cooperation. Douglas is also a Ph.D. candidate in organizational development from the University of Minnesota.

Richard J. Swanson was elected into the Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in October of 2000. He has been the head girls basketball coach for Duluth Denfeld for 15 years. Dick has accumulated a 240-115 career coaching record with six Lake Superior Conference titles, a Region 7AA title and two region runner-up finishes.

Phil Johnson is a senior project manager for Learning Byte International. Phil is also working with the U.S. Olympics effort as the national coordinator for the women’s pole vault.

James H. Danzl II and his wife, Tamara (Smith) Danzl reside in Manhattan, IL. Tamara graduated from UMD in 1975 and James graduated in 1974. James is the director of marketing for Transtar/Elgin Joliet and Eastern Railway Co.

Michael Johns has been the executive director of a rural regional planning commission in Missouri for the past 21 years. He also teaches a class on state and local government at the local community college near his home in Trenton, Missouri.

Mike Nelson is the director of the California Oil Museum in Santa Paula, California. He also chaired a session on the history of geology at a recent meeting in Los Angeles.

B. Howard Penix, of Muscatine, Iowa, served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years, and later held positions in administration, as well as a political liaison. He also worked in information technology and technology training.

Vicki (Lundberg) Gornick, of Chisholm, MN, was selected as the Finlandic Foundation National Performer of the Year for the year 2000. She has been on tour throughout the U.S. performing Finnish organ music. Her CD, Finnish Mixtures was released in June of 2000.

Vicky Knickerbocker was awarded an educational stipend to attend an international teaching seminar for Holocaust educators in Israel. Vicky attended the seminar with three Holocaust survivors who were employed at Oskar Schindler’s armaments factory during World War II.

Martha M. Markusen, of Duluth, was appointed as the president of Fryberger, Buchanan, Smith & Frederick, P.A. Martha joined the law firm in 1986, and focuses her practice in the areas of trademark, commercial finance, licensing, franchise and business law.

Ron Hagland (BA 1982, MSW 2001) of Cloquet, MN, was hired as the executive director for the Duluth Art Institute. Ron worked for 10 years as a human resources executive and for 17 years in nonprofit groups. For the past eight years, he has operated his own human resources consulting business.

Candace L. Dale recently became board certified as a trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA). To fulfill the requirements of becoming certified, Candace had to undergo peer review from judges, complete extensive documentation, and successfully complete a day-long exam.

Robyn Wahlberg Campanaro received the highest recognition an actuary can achieve in the United States when she was named a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) in May.

Cheryl (Rattel) Carson lives with her husband, Steve, and their two daughters in Allen, TX. Steve works for Alcatel in the Switch Products Division. Cheryl spent part of the past year on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Todd Kneebone (BA 1986, MSW 1995) and Christine Oliver, both of Duluth, were married in June. Todd is a psychotherapist at the Human Development Center in Duluth. Christine graduated in 1989 from the University of Wisconsin Superior, and is pursuing her master’s degree in social work from UMD.

Mark Oestreich and Victoria Anstett, both of Duluth, were married in October of 2001. Victoria is a waitress, and Mark is a controller for the Jamar Company.

Suzanne Anderson of Duluth, and Brian Rauvola (BA 92) of Two Harbors, MN, were married in July of 2001. Suzanne is an administrative assistant for the Northland Foundation. Brian is a teacher with the Lake Superior school district.

Tom Dahl manages investigation and re-mediation projects for the RETEC Group, Inc. in St. Paul, MN. Tom is a member of a nationwide train derailment response team and also assists attorneys with gathering and interpreting data.

James Huber (MS 1987) received his Ph.D. in interdisciplinary archaeological studies from the University of Minnesota in December of 2001. James and his family will soon be moving into their new home in Vinton, IA.

Caroline (Kornmann) Moe gave birth to a son, Erik, in June. Caroline and her husband Scott live with their “new bundle of joy” in Mora, MN, where Caroline is the commissioner of finance for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.

Jean (Pehkonen) Schunck and Christopher Schunck were married in March on the island of Maui, HI. Jean is a software engineer for Tivoli Systems, a branch of IBM. Chris is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and works for Advanced Micro Devices. The couple resides in Austin, TX.

Thomas Johnston and his wife of 11 years, Sheryl Waddick, Lakeville, MN, have two daughters. Thomas is an information technology technical specialist for Brown Printing Company. Sheryl works as a Minnesota state peace officer of standards and training.
Adam J. Schattschneider was promoted to full professor of music with a commendation for artistic contribution and leadership at Bluffton College. Adam also has released an instrumental CD entitled Broken Boundaries. Adam, and his wife, Kelly, and their daughters Leah and Haley, reside in Bluffton, OH.

Brenda (Sward) Beuschel attends Viterbo University, working towards her master’s degree in education. Brenda, and her husband Samuel, have four children. The family resides in the “quiet countryside” of Jude, WI.

Sally (Drews) Armitage works for Planned Parenthood, teaching classes for youth at risk. Sally and her husband, David, had their second child in July. The family lives in Golden, CO.

Brian Helmken, of Plymouth, MN, is the vice president of office leasing with CB Richard Ellis. Brian’s wife Kay gave birth to triplets on September 13, 1999.

Scott Nocton is a senior hydro-geologist with Widseth Smith Nolting in Brainerd, MN. Scott works on watershed management, solid waste, and lake restoration projects. Scott and his wife, Chris, have three daughters. The family resides in Merrifield, MN.

Brian Pelletier recently joined CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association, as the director of global communications. Brian and his wife, Melanie, reside in Chicago.

Tim Allison, JD, and Vickie Ideta were married in April of 2001. Tim is the executive director and CEO for Tim Allison and Associates, and Vickie is a project manager in the technology industry. The couple resides in Santa Barbara, CA.

Robert Slabodnik and his wife, Ellie, have a new baby daughter, Zoé Kathleen Slabodnik, born in November. Robert was honored by KOMO-TV in Seattle as one of the Top 20 Teachers in the Puget Sound area this past spring. He is a French teacher and department chair of world languages for the Sedro-Woolley school district.

Jim Sales and Tina Alcala, Duluth, were married in March. Jim works as an information technology professional for NRRI and Tina teaches at the Marshall School.

Michael Kerttula and Lisa Kirsh, both of Duluth, were married in September. Michael graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications and is employed by Qwest in Minneapolis. Lisa graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Superior in 1997. She is employed by Park Nicollet Health Systems.

Erika (Laven) Hammerschmidt married Steve Hammerschmidt in September of 2000. The couple had their first baby in July of 2001. Erika was the band director at Orono High School for one year. Prior to that, she worked on her master’s degree in music education at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Erika also gives private horn lessons and is a substitute teacher in the Orono school district.

Mary L. Morse (MA 1992) is an assistant professor of English at Rider University in New Jersey. Mary is busy setting up and teaching courses for the new Workplace Writing Program. She also teaches courses in Medieval and Renaissance literature.

Anthony Radloff and Kimberly Mickendrow were married in June in Duluth. Kimberly graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Superior in 1999 and is a parole officer for Arrowhead Regional Corrections. Anthony graduated in 1992 from UMD, and is a police officer in Duluth.

Jackie Weick and Darren Vogt, (1994) were married in October of 1997. The couple is living in Duluth with their new daughter, Peyton. Jackie is a senior registered sales assistant for Dain Rauscher. Darren is an environmental biologist for the 1854 Authority.

Troy Bonkowske is working as the economic development and planning director for the city of Jordan, MN.

Armen Chilian moved to Ontario, Canada. Armen is a field geologist for the natural gas production branch of Ontex.

Colleen (Gallagher) Roess is a center director for the Children’s World Learning Centers. Colleen and her husband, Steve, welcomed their daughter, Madeline, into their lives in March.

Tracey Mehrkens and her husband, Mike Lenarz, Woodbury, MN, are both members of the class of 1993. The couple has two daughters, Sophia and Sydney.

Krista (Mehling) Steen was married to Douglas Steen in July. Krista is a recreation therapist for the Minnesota Department of Corrections in Moose Lake, MN. Douglas is also employed by the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Dan Summers and Katie MacDonald, both of Superior, WI, were married in July. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in communication, Dan became a claims adjuster with State Farm Insurance in Duluth. Katie graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Superior in 2001. She is working as an oral surgeon assistant with Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Associates in Duluth.

Clarke Davis and Dr. Brian Campbell were married in June of 2001 in St. Paul, MN. Clarke is a product analyst for Achieve Healthcare Information Systems. Brian received his Ph.D. in music theory from the University of Minnesota and is an assistant professor at St. John’s University in St. Cloud, MN.

Timothy Fergestad and his wife, Jennifer Fergestad (1993, MS 1995) recently moved to Wisconsin for Jennifer to do a residency in surgery and for Tim to complete his second post doctorate. Tim graduated from the University of Utah with his Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine with her MD.

Kelly Greenwalt and Lori Spilde were married in November in Duluth. Kelly is a police officer for the city of Duluth. Lori is employed by PaineWebber.

Robert Gruba was married in August to Stacy Kraak. Stacy is a registered nursing assistant at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, MN. Robert is a producer for KSTP-TV in St. Paul.

Jennifer Kucera and Justin Hoffmann, both of Duluth, were married in July of 2001. Jennifer works for independent school district #99. Justin is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University.

Dee Lund is an image-processing analyst for the Illinois State Geological Survey. She is working on a project to create a database of historic aerial photographs of Illinois. Dee resides in Urbana, IL.

Steve Patronas and Karin Vukson, both graduates of UMD, were married in August of 2001. Karin is a registered nurse for St. Mary’s in Duluth. Steve received his political science degree in 1994, and is an associate vice president for Dain Rauscher.

Lynette (St. George) Carney (MS 1994) and Scott Carney (MS 1997) had their first child in December of 2000. The new family resides in Duluth.

Jason Bolz is enrolled in a full-time MBA program at the University of Colorado-Boulder. This summer, Jason worked as a Business Development intern with Array Biopharma in Colorado.

Lori Cole and Scott Engen, both of Duluth, were married in August of 2001. Lori is a sales representative for Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals in Duluth and the co-owner of Always & Forever Bridal in Superior. Scott is a sales representative for Superior Beverages.

Lori (Schilling) Danielson and Brent Danielson, both of Cloquet, were married in December of 2000. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in psychology and criminology, Lori returned to the University of Wisconsin-Superior for her master’s degree in family counseling. She is a mentor Duluth coordinator for Copeland Community Center in Duluth.

Kristi Duncan (MIS 1995) married Derek Plante in July, 2001. Kristi graduated with her bachelor’s degree in criminology and sociology, and later with her master’s degree in industrial safety. Derek is a professional hockey player and played for Team USA in the Winter Olympics.

Bonnie Helmbrecht married John Daugherty in September. Bonnie and John live in Dallas, TX. Bonnie is a computer consultant for Syntegra, Inc. in Dallas, TX.

Jennifer (Gunderson) Ondrus and Stephen Ondrus (1997), were married in July of 1999 in Minneapolis. Both Steve and Jennifer teach in the Raleigh Edison School in Duluth. Steve is a third-grade teacher and Jennifer is a first-grade teacher.

Rhonda Hakala and Jason St. George, Shakopee, MN, were married in April in Duluth. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in business, Rhonda is now the human resource manager for Minnesota Air, Inc. in Bloomington, MN. Jason is a sales marketing representative for APS International.

Ryan and Melanie Hoff of Stillwater, MN, were married in July. Ryan is working as a senior tax analyst for Andersen Corporation and Melanie is an instrumental music teacher for Independent School District #196.

Carrie Jacobson earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology in October of 2000. She is also a captain in the United States Army and is stationed in San Antonio, TX.

Katherine Lyle and Duane Buyaert, both of Cloquet, MN, were married in October of 2000 in Duluth. Katherine and Duane are both employed by the Independent School District #94 in Cloquet.

David McLaughlin and Heather (Anderson) Thornburg were married in August at the Renaissance Festival in Shakopee, MN. Dave works for the Carlton County Health Department. Heather graduated in 1997, and is the senior secretary for UMD’s School of Business and Economics‚ Student Affairs Office.

Jim Peterson and Alessandra Galhardo Alves were married in June of 2001 in Recife, Brazil. Alessandra earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Faculdade de Ciencias da Administracao de Pernambuco in Recife in 1997 and a master’s degree in business administration from ESADE in Barcelona, Spain, in 2000. Jim received his master’s degree in business administration from Carlson School of Management in Minneapolis in 2000.

Russ and Sara Soukup (1995), have a new addition to their family, Trent Stephen, who was born in June. Russ is working as a quality manager for Penstar and Sara is an academic advisor for the Rochester Community and Technical College.

Dawn Sheetz and Arlo Lehtinen (1995), have two children, Shawn and Maggie. Shawn was born in September. Arlo is a manager at an AmericInn Motel.

Cameron R. Seybolt, of St. Louis Park, MN, graduated from the University of Minnesota law school in 1998, and has joined the Fredrikson & Byron law firm as an associate in the estate planning service area. He advises clients regarding estate and tax planning matters, and also prepares wills, trusts, and related documents.

Amy Lou (Asche) Anderson was married to Kent Anderson in July of 2000. The couple resides in Richfield, MN, where Amy Lou is an occupational therapist for The Therapy Place. Kent graduated in 1996 from St. Lawrence University in New York.

Lori Lukovsky and Charles Noris Jr., both of St. Paul, were married in July. After graduation, Lori earned her doctorate in chiropractic from Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, Missouri. She is a chiropractor and acupuncturist for Chiropractic Services, Ltd. in Arden Hills, MN. Charles is a territory manager for Cheney Industries in Plymouth, MN.

Lee Monson and Becky Ingemansen were married in September of 1995. They have two children, a son Gabrial and a daughter Elizabeth. The family lives in Champlin, MN. Becky graduated in 1994 with a bachelor’s of science degree in biology. Lee is a project architect with Born.

James Musielewicz and Sylvia Barry (MS 2001) were married in Duluth in August of 2000. Sylvia is a member of the research team for Harvard University’s Long Term Ecological Research Program in Massachusetts. She coordinates the project between several researchers in the U.S. and several researchers abroad. Jim is busy working on his master’s degree.

Tara Sobtzak and Daniel Radloff (’99), both of Duluth, were married in August of 2001. Tara earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1996. She is a teacher in the Duluth public school district. Daniel is an engineer for Mielke Electric in Duluth.

Quin Sweetman and Andrew Karsnia (MIS 1997), both of Portland, OR, were married in October of 2001. Quin is in communication and public and media relations for the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette-Portland area. Andrew is an environmental health and safety consultant for the Environmental and Occupational Risk Management Company in Portland.

Jessica Palmer and John Pederson, both of Duluth, were married in December of 2000. Jessica (class of 1996) is a nanny in Duluth. John (class of 1998) graduated with his bachelor’s degree in secondary education and is a director of information technology for the school district of Superior, WI.

Kent Adamson (MS 1997), of Houston, TX, joined a new group at Geoquest called Intouch/Geoframe Central Support. The group supplies the support for Geoquest’s field personnel. Kent’s new position calls for some travelling, including destinations such as Norway and the United Arab Emirates.

Mary (Schwieters) Beckedahl and her husband Bryan were married in April in Rochester, MN. The couple resides in Chatfield, MN, where Mary is an intake program social worker for Olmsted County.

Jared Goldesberry of Thief River Falls, MN, was named the executive director of the Northland Community and Technical College Foundation. Jared will assist the foundation to obtain private gifts for scholarships.

Jared Granley and Melinda Zapp (MS 1998) were married in February in Duluth. Melinda is a research assistant with the City of Superior Wastewater Treatment Plant. Jared is a senior risk analyst for Minnesota Power in Duluth.

Laura Habert (BA 1997, MBA 1999) and Brandon Thorsvik (1999), both of Hermantown, MN, were married in August in Duluth. Laura received her master’s degree in business administration in 1999.

Bryan Hill and Jessica Couchard, both of Minneapolis, were married in July in Duluth. Jessica received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Concordia University in St. Paul. She works for Marquette Bank in St. Paul. Bryan is a certified public accountant in structured finance for Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Minneapolis.

Stephanie Hrovat and Jeffrey McCann, both of Minneapolis, were married in September. Stephanie and Jeffrey are employed by American Express Financial Advisors.

Jodi Ierino and Damien Paulson (BA 2001), both of Duluth, were married in October of 2001. Jodi is a fourth grade teacher in Duluth. Damien works for Max Gray Construction and is a football, basketball and baseball coach in Duluth.

Michael Karstens and Gretchen Graff-Dolezal were married in June of 2001 in Duluth. Gretchen is a medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin, in Milwaukee. Michael is a law student at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee.

Sherry Kohlts and Dennis Kozelka were married in September in Duluth. Sherry is a clinical research assistant for oncology clinical trials at St. Mary’s. Dennis is pursuing an electrical apprenticeship from Lake Superior College.

Billie Jo Kruse (BA 1995, MA 1997) and Peter Steen were married in June in Moose Lake, MN. Billie is a guidance counselor at Barnum High School. Peter is a social studies teacher at Barnum High School, and the owner of Steen Rental in Moose Lake.

Dr. Jessica Lavan graduated from the University of Minnesota’s Medical School with her Doctor of Medicine degree in 2001. She has since started a family practice residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul.

Elizabeth Lind and Jeffrey Mayne were married in June. Elizabeth is a free-lance graphic designer in Duluth. Jeffrey is a dispatcher for Minnesota Power.

Joshua Sadek and his wife, Tiffani, were married in July of 2000 in La Paz, Bolivia. The couple is in their second year of teaching at the American Cooperative School in La Paz.

Scott A. Stai (MS 1997) received the master of divinity degree from Luther Seminary in May at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. Scott served as an intern at the House of Prayer Lutheran Church under the guidance of Reverend Steven McKinley.

Carl Svendsen and Jennifer Miller (1999) were married in September in Deerwood, MN. Carl is a staff accountant for Eikill & Schilling Ltd. in Duluth. Jennifer is an accountant for McGladrey & Pullen L.L.P. of Duluth.

Susan Vartmann and Mark Rauschenfels were married in September. Susan graduated with a criminology and sociology degree, and is employed by UMD.

Tim Amundson (BA 1998, MBA 2001) and Emily DuBois were married in March in Duluth. Tim is a work director for Wells Fargo. Emily is working as a dietician.

Paul Fassbender graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Law and will be joining the litigation section of Wilkinson, Goeller, Modesitt, Wilkinson, & Drummy in Terre Haute, IN.

Jodi Grayson and Daniel Kiminski, both of Esko, MN, were married in October. Jodi is an associate with Baldwin and Mattson in St. Louis Park, MN. She is also a public affairs specialist for the 148th Fighter Wing Minnesota Air National Guard. Daniel is an operator with Northland Bituminous, Inc, and a sno-cross mechanic for the World Snowmobile Association.

Ann Larson (ME 1998) and Kevin Anderson were married in July in Duluth. Ann is a first grade teacher in Duluth. Kevin is attending the University of Wisconsin-Superior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology.

Kelly Lussier (MIS 1998) and Angie Dowell, both of Duluth, were married in December of 2001. Angie graduated from the College of St. Scholastica in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Kelly works for Kolar Auto in Duluth.

Emily Marino and Geoffrey Welles (1999) were married in Duluth in July of 2000. The couple lives in Hutchinson, MN. Emily is employed by the Hutchinson school district as a music teacher. Geoffrey is an art teacher for the Dassel-Cokato school district.

Danielle Mason and John Stenvers, both of Ferndale, WA, were married in August. Danielle is a lab manager for Samson Rope Technologies in Ferndale and John is a truck driver for VanBoven Gravel.

Jason Miller and Shivon Ringdahl (1998) were married in July in Duluth. Jason is working for K-Byte Hibbing Electronics. Shivon is the youth and intergenerational ministries director for Peace Church and a first grade teacher at Summit School in Duluth.

Sara Ouellette and Mark Stone were married in April in Duluth. Sara is a job recruiter for Atlantic Recruiting in Raleigh, NC. Mark is a service consultant for Johnson Lexus in Raleigh.

Karl Pracht graduated in May of 2001 with his master’s degree in geology from the University of Montana. He is working as an intern with the U.S. Geological Survey in the Philadelphia area. Karl is helping investigate the hydraulic properties of an aquifer beneath an old industrial area.

Laura Sorenson and Josh Edwards were married in December, in Superior, WI. Laura is a refractive coordinator with Northern Refractive Surgery Center in Duluth. Josh is employed by Burlington Northern Railway.

Andy Stenlund and Kristine Squillace (1998), were married in July of 2000. Kristine is a research associate at R&D Systems in Minneapolis and in the fall of 2001 will start her graduate program at the University of Minnesota in clinical lab research. Andy is an engineer with Remmle Engineering in St. Paul.

Karri Alwin moved to Watertown, WI, to teach and coach for the Watertown Unified School District. Karri will teach 9th-12th grade Physical Education and is also coaching the volleyball and track and field teams.

Kyle Anderson and Stephanie Graham (BA 2000) were married in August of 2001 in Mankato, MN. Stephanie is pursuing her master’s degree in speech-language pathology at the University of Minnesota. Kyle is pursuing his doctorate degree at Northwestern College of Chiropractic in Bloomington, MN.

Shawnee Belka and Jon Stephenson (2001), both of Duluth, were married in May. Shawnee is a certified public accountant for McGladrey & Pullen L.L.P. in Duluth. Jon returned to UMD to attend medical school.

Tamara Diedrich and Jason Aronson were married in November of 2000. Jason is a geologist for L.F.R. in Scottsdale, Arizona. Tami is working on her Ph.D. at Arizona State University.

Michael Elling and Jo Lynn Libal, both of Duluth, were married in January. Jo Lynn graduated from the College of St. Scholastica in 1999. She is a credit analyst for Republic Bank in Duluth. Michael is a financial analyst for St. Luke’s hospital in Duluth.

Jessica Fisher and Kevin Saba were married in May. Jessica is working for Lerner Publications in Minneapolis as a marketing production coordinator. Kevin is a district network specialist for Independent School District #622 in St. Paul.

Gina Fremont and Brandon Cole, both of Duluth, were married in June of 2001. Brandon is a store manager at Office Max in Shakopee, MN. Gina is a kindergarten teacher in Burnsville, MN.

Melissa Fritts (MS 1999), of St. Paul, MN, has been working in the Environmental Health and Safety Division at 3M. Melissa’s job takes her to 3M plants across the U.S.

Courtney Hardtke and Brandon Lambert, both of Salinas, California, were married in December of 2001 in Duluth. Courtney and Brandon are both English teachers at San Benito High School in Hollister, California.

Brandi Lassi and Andrew Merfeld were married in July in Ely, MN. Brandi is a third grade teacher for the St. Louis Park school district. Andrew is a high school teacher in Winsted, MN.

James Lord and Kelly Hiukka were married in May in Duluth. James and Kelly are both employed in Duluth.

Tanya Nelson and Aaron Loveland were married in October in Rogers, MN. Aaron (class of 2000) is a computer consultant for U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray. Tanya does night billings for Reinhart Food Service.

Annie Palmer of Duluth, and Jonathan Lund of Mound, MN, were married in June. Annie is a science teacher in Minneapolis. Jonathan is an engineer with Rosemount Inc. in Chanhassen, MN.

Jeff Romfo and Erika Jarvenpa, both of Charleston, SC, were married in June. Jeff is working for Environmental Management and Engineering Solutions as a remediation consultant. Erika is an occupational therapist for Interim Healthcare.

Mike Santi and Alicia Boehne (2000) were married in September in Columbia Heights, MN. Mike is employed by Knight Ridder.
Marti Wolford and Ryan Graham were married in July. Marti is a speech language pathologist for the Maercker school district. Ryan is a project manager for Spike Enterprises.

Cristen Cannon and Scott Christensen, both of Duluth, were married in September of 2001. Cristen is an accountant with St. Louis County. Scott is employed by Anderson Furniture.

Russell Carter and Jennifer Mahoney were married in July in Duluth. The couple resides in Minnetonka, MN. Jennifer is a Spanish teacher at Edina High School. Russell is a firmware verification engineer for Seagate Technologies in Shakopee, MN.

Kari Dresback and Jon Thralow were married in January in Hawaii. Kari is pursuing her master’s degree in cellular biology at UMD.

Joseph Esler and Alyson Haun (BAS 2001) were married in September of 2001. Joseph is a second lieutenant with the U.S. Air Force.

Michael Newfield, of St. Paul, was married to Nicole Fridgen in June, in Virginia, MN. Michael is a student at the University of Minnesota College for Veterinary Medicine. Nicole is completing her internship at North Speech and Occupational Therapy Clinic in Maple Grove, MN.

Emily Iverson and Ryan Sharrow were married in May in Duluth. Emily is a counselor for Northwood Children’s Home. Emily is also an assistant coach of the YMCA swim team.

Jamie Makowsky and Rick Somerville II were married in October of 2000 in Superior, Wisconsin. Jamie is a third grade teacher for the Pulaski Community School district in Wisconsin. Rick graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Superior and is a service team leader for Schneider National in Green Bay.

Cindy Sampson and Dave Foster were married in August of 2001 in Duluth. Cindy works for Uniprise in Duluth. Dave graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Superior and is a physical education teacher for the Cromwell-Wright school district.

Stephanie Sandberg and Michael Van Staagen were married in February on the Explorer of the Seas cruise ship. Stephanie is a staffing specialist for Manpower in Duluth. Michael is an engineer and designer for Cirrus Design in Duluth.

Melissa Schwab and Craig Honkola (MIS 2000) were married in Rice Lake, Wisconsin in July of 2001. Melissa is a personnel analyst for St. Louis County. Craig works as a health and safety management assistant for Northeast Service Cooperative in Mountain Iron, MN.

Terry Steele is in the second year of graduate school. He is working towards receiving his Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry, and is immersed in the fields of organic synthesis and cell biology.

Sarah Stone and Erik Skafte were married in October of 2001. Sarah is employed by Hirshfield’s Design Studio in Minneapolis. Erik is employed by Silver Lake Dental in New Brighton, MN.

Robert Troolin and Stephanie Koenig were married in October of 2000. Robert is working as a bailiff for Goodhue County in Redwing, MN. Stephanie is a nurse at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

Timothy Wade and Amanda Bass, both of Duluth, were married in September of 2001. Amanda is a licensed practical nurse at St. Mary’s and for the Duluth Clinic Health System. Timothy is a billing analyst for United Health Care in Duluth.

Jamie Zywicki and Joshua Orhn, both of Duluth, were married in June of 2001. Joshua is an attendant with Minnesota Power in Duluth. Jamie is a market consultant at Midwest Communications for KTCO-FM radio in Duluth.

Janelle Butterworth and Christopher Johnson were married in June. Christopher is a police officer for the city of Mankato, MN.

Katherine Kauzlaric and Brian Feiro (2001), were married in December of 2000 in Duluth.

Christi Seppi Sickel (ME 2001) and Craig Sickel were married in December of 1999. Christi is a special education teacher for Mesabi East School District. Craig is employed by Ken Waschke Auto Plaza in Virginia, MN.



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