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owns are located in Minnesota unless otherwise noted.

tributors, and the Minnesota Music Acad- emy. She lives in Blacksburg, VA.

1982 Dr. Gary L. Canivez has received the Ringenberg Award from Eastern Illinois University. A professor of psychology, he was recognized for his reputation as a widely published scholar and outstanding teacher as well as for his distinguished record of service to his department. He lives in Charleston, IL ... Malachy McCarthy has been awarded Trooper of the Year honors by the Minne- sota State Patrol. A veteran of 21 years in the patrol, he has been working the last eight years with a K-9 partner, a Belgian Malnois named Liaka. He and his wife of 25 years, Kristen (‘82), live in Lake City and have four children, two grown and two still living at home ... Charles Richards is working on a mural called Collage of Nations that runs parallel to Highway 10 in Wadena. Part of David Evert’s Alley Art project designed to teach American history, the work is several hundred feet long and will be among the murals created by dozens of artists through- out the city. Charles and his wife Mary live in Wadena.

1981 Rodney Capistran completed his doctorate program in 2005 from the Uni- versity of Minnesota. His dissertation was entitled “Concepts of the Chain Rule for First Term Calculus.” He and his wife, Jane (’79), live in Fargo, ND, where he teaches at North High School. They have two grown children ... Deborah L. Anderson lives in St. Paul, where she is employed at Wal-Mart ... Mark Gray was named a Distinguished Edu- cator by the Helena (MT) Education Foun- dation. An English teacher at Capital High School in Helena, Gray was among 52 area educators recognized by the foundation ... Sandy Reuther is the new president of the League of Women Voters of the Brain- erd Lakes Area. She has been active in the League since moving from Langdon, ND, to Breezy Point in the early 1990s. Now resi- dents of Pequot Lakes, she and her husband have four children and four grandchildren … Todd Bever has accepted a position as direc- tor of consumer intelligence with Electrolux, Major Appliances Europe. His wife, Janette Poppen-Bever, who attended the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference, continues to write children’s stories and books. For- merly of Bloomington, IN, they will live in Brussels, Belgium. The couple has two grown children.

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1980 Larry Werder has been named an Administrator of Excellence by the Min- nesota Association of School Administra- tors. He was superintendent of Browerville Public School and also superintendent at Bertha-Hewitt School until he retired in 2006. A resident of Browerville, Werder was recognized for his leadership, concern for students, and active involvement in pro- fessional and community affairs.

1979 Marlys Vettleson Knutson is the recipient of the BestPrep’s 2008 Carpenter Achievement Award for her success in inte- grating BestPrep programs into her class- room. BestPrep is a Minnesota nonprofit whose mission is to prepare students with business, career, and financial literacy skills. Knutson is a high school business teacher in Warroad, where she resides ... Richard Lee Armstrong recently released the CD Hopes and Dreams, a compilation of songs and ojibwe humor dedicated to his grandson. From Deer River, Armstrong previously released the CD Thunder of the Circle.

1978 John Persell of Bemidji received DFL endorsement for the Minnesota House of Representatives in District 4A. Persell currently works as an environmen- tal policy analyst for the Leech Lake Tribal Government. He has three adult children

  • Valorie Knudsen of Minneapolis has

been appointed chief financial officer of the Cote Family Companies and Grand View Lodge, which includes properties in Arizona and Minnesota. A certified public accountant, Knudsen most recently was the chief administrative officer for Frauenshuh, Inc., of Bloomington.

1977 Pete Sullivan of Bemidji has been inducted into the Northland Commu- nity and Technical College Athletic Hall of Fame. He competed in baseball and hockey at Northland. After completing his bachelor’s degree at BSU, he embarked on a teaching and coaching career in olivia, Red Lake Falls, and Bemidji. For the past 18 years in the Bemidji school district, he has coached boys’ hockey, girls’ hockey, boys’ and girls’ tennis, football, and girls’ basket- ball, in addition to youth baseball, soccer, and hockey.

1976 Jim Madzey of Hibbing has taught math and sciences for 23 years at Nash- wauk-Keewatin High School. He recently was certified to teach the district’s Project Lead the Way pre-engineering courses ... David Lindig has been recognized for his contributions to the competitive swim- ming and diving program in Fergus Falls. A teacher and swim coach, he helped secure a pool for the YMCA, was involved with city AAU and USS recreational swimming,

volunteered at swim camps, and worked with the swim booster club. An educator and coach in Fergus Falls, he earned a Boys’ Region Swim Coach of the Year Award ... Deb Jacobson was inducted into the North- land Community and Technical College Hall of Fame. A pioneer in women’s athletics, Jacobson coached Northland’s first volley- ball and women’s basketball teams in addi- tion to directing the men’s and women’s golf program for six seasons. She was named an outstanding Faculty Member by the Min- nesota Community College Faculty Asso- ciation, Faculty Member of the Year from Northland, and 2006 Merit Award winner from the Minnesota Coalition of Women in Athletic Leadership. From Thief River Falls, she retired as Northland’s athletic director in 2007.

1975 Paul Sevald of Eagan retired after a 30-year career with Farmers Insurance Group.

1974 Bob Bird is running for the U.S. Senate in Alaska as an Independence Party candidate. Bird, who has been a social stud- ies instructor for 34 years, lives in Kenai, AK, with his wife, Rosemary Flaig. The couple has three grown children ... David Barnum was named the 2008 Teacher of the Year by the Minnesota Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association. Barnum has 35 years experience in teaching driver education and coordinates that program in the Crookston school district. A life science teacher, he also coached football and girls’ track and field ... Gary P. Johnson is the laboratory opera- tions manager for the office of Research at the Spokane campus of Washington State University, where he has worked for nearly 30 years. He retired from a 23-year career in the National Guard in 2000. Johnson, whose hometown is Potlatch, ID, is married and has five children ... Steve Philion has retired after a lengthy career as a math teacher. Following stints in LeSueur, Gonvick, and Clearbrook, he spent the past 10 years at Lafayette High School in Red Lake Falls, where he lives ... Adele (Levchak) Munsterman won an at- large seat on the governing board of the teacher’s union at the recent state republican convention. She and her husband Walt live in Brooklyn Park ... Gail Honek has retired as a school social worker at both Motley Ele- mentary and Motley-Staples Middle School. She and her husband, Tom (’73), live in Sta- ples, where they raised three children.

1973 Nancy Fladeboe has retired as a seventh-grade English teacher in the New London-Spicer school district. During her 35 years in education, she taught English and history classes for seventh through 12th grades. She lives with her husband Gerry in

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