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David (Johnson) E. (1974) I continue to live in Mankato and enjoyed my education at Mankato State (Minnesota State) very much. After working 27 years at Shari Candies and the past 13 years at Gander Mountain here in Mankato, I am looking forward to retirement and winters in Arizona in the near future. This past year I was elected to the Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame. I am the first slo-pitch player/manager from Mankato to be elected and very proud of this distinguished honor.

POSTED 05/16/2017

Linda (Maas) Klebel (1972) I retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield on 10/31/2016. I lived off campus the first year I was at MSU and at T & C apartments the 2nd year. I met my husband at a bar in downtown Mankato in March of 1972. In May of 2016 we celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary!

POSTED 05/16/2017

Jerry Roehl (1976) After providing financial and income tax services for 40 years I have retired and sold my firm. Residing in lake country in northern Minnesota with my spouse Helen.

POSTED 01/19/2017

Rick Searing (1970) BS Social Studies, English.Management/Graduate courses at Michigan State, UW LaCrosse and Minnesota State Obtained SPHR - Lifetime and am semi-retired in Wisconsin after a career in Human Resources, Teaching and Training. Have taught courses for Lakeland College, Chippewa Valley Technical College,Business Advisor for UW-Stout and guest presenter at University of Notre Dame . Consulting and Management experience with Honeywell, Graco, Toro, Rosemount, Marten Transport, Oakley Transport, Pentair and many others as they went through Change/Growth. Loved my time at Mankato and still have a Minnesota State license plate!

POSTED 01/19/2017

Brian Steele (1978) Brian Steele, B.S. Accounting ’78 recently graduated from the IT-OJT training program of Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and was designated an Information Technology Subject Matter Expert (IT SME). This program is designed to enhance examiners’ skills in the information technology examination area. He is qualified to conduct examinations and assessments of low and moderate complexity IT installations at financial institutions. Brian is a commissioned risk examiner with the FDIC specializing in community bank examinations.

POSTED 01/19/2017

Sandra (Berg) Haney (1976) I retired in 2009 after being a speech-language pathologist for 39 years. Received BS degree in 1970 and MA in 1976. Worked in southern Minnesota, Manitoba Canada and Iowa. Published research in the Canadian Journal of Speech and Hearing, and a program, utilizing associates or aides, dealing with articulation disorders. Two children, Anthony and Amanda; Anthony is in New York City, and Amanda is Louisville, KY, in active duty for the Air Force National Guard. I still live happily in small town Iowa and vacation in the Caribbean whenever possible.

POSTED 01/19/2017

Jerry DeMers (1971) Retired in 2008 as Chair of the Kinesiology Department at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly). Taught at the University of Oregon 1973-1980, Washington State University 1980-1987, University of Texas (Arlington) 1987-1989, Cal Poly 1989-2008. Received my Ph.D. from the University of Utah (1979). During my years of teaching at Cal Poly, I also worked with the national offices of the American Red Cross and YMCA of the USA revising and updating the lifeguarding and learn to swim programs. I also contributed to the development of the United States Diving Coaches Safety program. I was Co-Chair of the United States Lifeguard Standards Coalition from 2005-2009. This group accumulated all research in lifeguarding standards and water rescue techniques. This coalition had representation from over 35 national and international agencies. The results were published in 2009 and presented at the National Spa and Pool national convention. I worked for over 15 years as an expert in swimming and diving accidents and testified in many court cases around the United States relating to drownings, near-drownings and spinal injuries in open water and swimming pools. I currently live with my wife, Jill (Hollenbeck) DeMers in San Luis Obispo, CA for over 25 years.

POSTED 08/31/2016

Marvin Hrubes (1970) Marvin Hrubes (1970) I received my BA in Elem Ed in 1970 from Minnesota State Mankato and MA at Truman State in 1973. I enjoyed 45 years in education as a teacher, coach, elementary principal, superintendent, and School Improvement Consultant with the Iowa Department of Education. After retirement from the public sector, I worked half time with Kaplan University and then the last six years with Morningside College, working with teachers who wanted endorsements and/or MAs. Finally retired (I think) last May 31, 2015. I think Minnesota State Mankato provided me with a solid education to be in the education field. I had the opportunity to work with so many good people, some of who had also attended Minnesota State Mankato. POSTED 06/01/2016

POSTED 06/10/2016

Terry Rodenberg (1973) I retired as a Professor of Sociology and Executive Director of International Programs from the University of Central Missouri. I continue to teach part-time as well as presenting speeches both in the US and abroad on international education and the desegregation of American sports. My wife and I live in Lee's Summit, Missouri.

POSTED 06/01/2016

Marilyn (Belshan) Carrigan (1971) I have retired from teaching my entire career (34 years) 6th grade at Truman Elementary School, Truman, MN. When I retired in 2005, I became a volunteer to the Truman Historical Association and have volunteered since at the museum. I have been executive director since 2007. I also am the board secretary. I enjoy it thoroughly. I have 12 elementary classes who visit each spring from our two schools in town. Each class has a different lesson. We also put up a historic marker at the Boynton Ranch site just west of Truman. We researched this millionaire business man, Carlos Nelson Boynton, who raised harness horses and had a 1,200 acre ranch in early 1900.  Also Truman Museum began the Barn Quilt Trail in Martin County. There are 36 barn quilts on the map and many more have been added to the area since. To see the quilt trail designs, go to the Truman City website. The owners have given permission for visitors to drive in and take pictures. I also belong to the Truman Community Club. We are a small club whose goal is to improve the beauty and appeal of our town . We plant flower pots and plan to put up melal quilt designs on our downtown light poles. My husband retired last year after running our business Green Thumb Landscaping for 32 years. We enjoy traveling. My son Tyrone lives and works in the Mankato area. My daughter and her husband and two girls live in Fairmont, MN and both work in Fairmont. My husband and I do a lot of outside work this time of year. We both love trees, shrubs and flowers. We feed the many species of birds on our acreage. We are fortunate to both have good health and are thankful for each day.

POSTED 06/01/2016

Stephen Manson (1975) I retired from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice/Parole Division in August 2015 after 26 years. Since that time, I've enjoyed reading, going to the gym, playing golf, getting further involved in my church and the Republican party. I was just elected to the Republican Precinct Chair in my particular precinct. I do plan on traveling more and will plan to travel to Minnesota to take part in more alumni events. I enjoyed my time at Mankato, it opened my mind and heart to many ideas and friends.

POSTED 03/17/2016

Leslie Holmberg (1975) Les (or Leslie) Holmberg (class of 1975) retired in Nov. 2015 from Pentair Technical Products (Hoffman Engineering of Anoka) after 10 + years. We sold our home in the Twin Cities and moved full time to our cabin. My wife Caroline is also a graduate of Minnesota State Mankato. Our oldest son also attended Mankato. My nickname from Mankato State was and remains "Homer T. Jones".

POSTED 03/17/2016

Cheryl (Nelson) Harstad (1974) I married fellow student Terry Harstad. We met while we were students at the Hurdy Gurdy. What great times. I retired from teaching Spanish and French at various places in the country. We moved around a lot as Terry's restaurant career sent us opening new restaurants. Terry retired as part owner of a restaurant franchise with 96 restaurants. Twenty-six of them are in Mexico, so we had many trips there. When we went on a 40th anniversary river cruise through Europe, he had to get a new passport as he had 183 stamps from trips to Mexico. We live in Austin, Texas, which we love. We also bought a condo in Destin, Florida. Life was fun at Mankato, and we are enjoying retirement and grandchildren too. We loved our time in Mankato. Terry fondly remembers being the manager of village towers (the beautiful stacked mobile homes). Better than living out at "the farm". He still hunts every year with the friends he met while going to Bethany for 2 years before going into the army during the Vietnam war. He finished at Mankato State on the GI bill. What a life we've had!

POSTED 03/17/2016

John Dupont (1971) I enjoyed my years at MSU majoring in Business Administration. I lived in McElroy for two and a half years, a year at T&C Apartments, which I really enjoyed. The last year I lived at the top of "A" Tower of Gage. I also worked in the McElroy Cafeteria for a year and met some great friends. I go back almost every year in the summer to see the changes on campus. I currently work as a Manufacture's Rep in the Twin Cities and hope to retire the first part of 2017.

POSTED 03/17/2016

Sally (Shuster) Shoff (1979) In 1983 I married classmate, Susan Shoff's brother Greg. After 30+ years of working as a Certified Athletic Trainer, I retired and went back to school. In 2007 I received my M Ed. and teaching certification (K-5) with endorsements in Learning Disabilities and Cognitive Impairment. We currently live in my home state of Michigan, where I teach in my home town of Hastings.

POSTED 03/17/2016

Ken Franek (1976) Received an employment offer from the Pillsbury Company upon graduation. Immediately moved to Spokane, Wash., for 18 months then promoted to Regional Sales Manager and moved to Seattle, where I had the privilege of living for 20 years (absolutely wonderful experience). Then moved to Charlotte, N.C. with another company and have been here the past 20 years. I really miss the old Vet's Club on campus. Hope this group is still active? Hope to retire by the end of the year with a "possible" move back to southern Minnesota? For those who bet my marriage wouldn't last, Judy and I just celebrated our 39th anniversary. We have one daughter (Kristina). All the best to my friends in Mankato.

POSTED 03/17/2016

Richard Bryant (1973) Retired in July 2015 after 36 years in the oil and gas industry in Houston. In retirement I spend my time traveling with my wife, running, going to the gym, volunteering (tutor GED math students) and playing with the granddaughters. Really enjoyed my time at Mankato State especially the three years at Searing Dorm.

POSTED 01/12/2016

Marlene (Voss) Syverson (1973) I retired in 2009 after teaching math for 36 years in Byron, MN. I have continued subbing in that district for the last 6 years. I was only at Mankato for 2 years, having transferred from a junior college. I lived in McElroy and Crawford dorms, serving as an RA in the latter during my senior year. I've been back a few times to see the many changes on campus. Much improved from the Upper/Lower campus that I remember. (Although Old Main did have a lot of character.)

POSTED 01/12/2016

Sandy (Hage) Grace (1979) Recently retired from coaching and teaching Physical Education & Health for the Issaquah School District in Washington State. I love the Pacific Northwest but miss the Midwest people!

POSTED 01/12/2016

Terry Barnett (1973) I completed 30 years of teaching in Tempe, AZ. Retired and moved back to Austin, MN where I met and married Dianne (Faber) Burzinski. Will finish my subbing career this spring and continue to travel to AZ and CA in the winters. Really enjoyed my time at Mankato State (all six years!) especially at Searing Dorm and T&C Apts. The people and friends were GREAT!

POSTED 12/07/2015

Curt Steinmetz (1973) Regional Finance Manager at John Deere Financial, recently completed 25 years with the company.

POSTED 12/07/2015

Brian Steele (1978) Brian Steele, B.S. Accounting ’78 was recently named to the Kansas City Regional Internal Audit team of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). The internal audit team reviews the work product of the risk management division of the FDIC for compliance with rules and regulations and internal policies and procedures. The Kansas City Region is comprised of 16 field offices covering seven states. The field offices are responsible for directly supervising state non-member financial institutions. He was also named to the IT-OJT training program. This program is designed to enhance examiners’ skills in the information technology examination area. Brian is a commissioned risk examiner with the FDIC.

POSTED 12/07/2015

Thomas Goodrich (1973) Minnesota State Mankato provided a great education and preparation for my teaching career that lasted 5 years in Humboldt, IA. Since then I've enjoyed my career in the insurance business in Algona, IA. I plan to retire from Pharmacists Mutual Ins Co. in 2017 and spend more time with grandchildren. My time in Mankato created memories of good friends, good times, and the coldest winter winds sweeping across the upper campus seemingly uninterrupted from Winnipeg. Go Mavericks!

POSTED 12/07/2015

Paula (Bowron) Goschke (1977) Living in Northern Kentucky for 31 years. Married, 2 daughters, 3 grandsons. Worked for 8 years on pediatrics in Rochester, 1 year in pediatrics in Omaha, 10 years in neonatal ICU in Kentucky, past 20 years as staff/phone triage nurse in pediatric office serving a high Medicaid population. I am now the clinical coordinator in that office. Enjoying scrapbooking and cross stitch and traveling in my spare time. 4 years to retirement!

POSTED 12/07/2015

Duane Clark (1972) Semi-retired from insurance industry as an agent and district manager. Washed dishes at Gage and buffed floors at Old Main. 2 years at T&C apartments. Most fun years of my life.

POSTED 12/04/2015

Terry King (1970) I enjoyed attending MSU and have many wonderful memories of friends and relationships established at MSU. After graduation, I spent time in the military, then in the US workforce working in sales, sales management, and leadership of businesses. I currently own Infinity Consultant Group, but spend most of my time at home on Table Rock Lake near Branson, MO.

POSTED 12/04/2015

David E Nelson (1971) Graduated 1965 BS, 1971 MS Taught Lake Benton and Minneapolis public schools retired in 2000. Bio and Chem. Full time Realtor since 2000 western side of Twin Cities; dnelsonexit.com

POSTED 11/16/2015

Dan Ketchum (1973) I graduated from Mankato State with a double major in Spanish and History after student teaching in Spanish and History. I taught Spanish three years in Algona, Iowa.I have taught ESL in Des Moines, Iowa since 1980. I earned my Masters at UNI in TESOL. I also took many French classes at Drake University. I travel in the summers and have visited 45 countries, some multiple times. I have not yet retired.

POSTED 11/16/2015

David Smith (1970) Graduated from the College of Nursing in 1970. Had tours in the active US Army and the reserves until 1978 . Became a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist in 1977. Spent wonderful years in most parts of the USA. Returned to active duty in the US Air Force in 1989 and retired from the military in 1999. Worked Locum Tenens for a few years and finally settled in Florida, where my wife and I currently reside, in the Tampa area. I have spent the last several years as the "night walker" at a local hospital doing anesthesia mostly for OB and emergency surgeries. I have exactly 9 nore days to work before I retire from anesthesia for good! My years at Mankato State were some of the best years of my life. I learned much from my days living and working in the dormitory cafeteria and in the bowling alley that was there at the time. I also lived in the T&C apartment complex in my last couple of years at MSU. I also remember fondly the Department of Nursing personnel at the time. I hope to visit the campus in the next couple of years to "reaquaint" my brain with the campus. GO MSU!!!

POSTED 11/16/2015

June (Stager) Farwick (1974) Moved from southwestern Minnesota to Aiken, SC after a career in sales and marketing.

POSTED 11/16/2015

Joe Schmid (1978) I will retire in the fall of 2015 after working in the construction industry managing building construction projects as a Project Manager, Senior Project Manager and Vice-President since 1978. We live in Phoenix and plan to continue to travel around the globe and, for sure, back to Minnesota occasionally. I worked for Sheehy Construction Company in St. Paul for nearly 28 years and for Ryan Companies US, Inc. for 9 plus years Some of my recent construction highlights include the Musical Instrument Museum and the Phoenix Regional FBI Building in Phoenix.

POSTED 04/27/2015

Jim Brennan (1970) After a 4-year teaching stint in Lakefield, MN, I taught English in the Jackson County Central schools through 2006. In retirement I keep very busy golfing, fishing, and directing community theater. My most vivid memories of MSU are of the wonderful faculty and unique roommates. Curtis Dornberg was my advisor; he had such patience with me. Tecla Karpen changed my life in the Speech Dept. I will be forever grateful to her. I lived in the T&C dorm one year and in the "C" apartments for a year. Great times. I loved my time at MSU. My wife Jo and I have two sons. We are happily retired.

POSTED 04/27/2015

A. John Bergh (1973) Pastor John Bergh, class of summer of 73, graduated from Saint Paul School of Theology Course of Study in July, 2014. He is currently a United Methodist pastor in Kindred, ND.

POSTED 10/03/2014

Reggie (Neal) McCarthy (1975) I retired from teaching in the MnSCU system after 30+ years. Received my BS from Mankato in 1975 and MS from Bemidji in 1986.

POSTED 06/12/2014

Mike & Jo (Berge) Magnusson (1976) Owners of Front Range Packaging, LLC.—a packaging supplier to the retail, resort and golf industry in the Rockies—in Denver.

POSTED 05/14/2014

Richard Malone (1976) Lives in Henderson, NV. Workd in Las Vegas for the gas company as a buyer. Sails Lake Mead, and loves to travel and camp in my RV. Life is good!

POSTED 03/08/2013

Bill Tasler Tasler (1977) Placed 3rd in Moose International Pool Tournament.

POSTED 08/06/2012

Bill Tasler (1977) Celebrated 35 year anniversary with Hormel Foods.

POSTED 08/06/2012

Brad Koenig (1976) I have retired after a quarter century of teaching social studies at Nicollet, MN. I am back home on the family farm where I grew up between Buffalo Lake and Hector. I enjoy attending Maverick sporting events both home and away. I intend to continue learning, travel, read and work around the farm.

POSTED 08/02/2012

James LeBeau (1971) & 1973, is a Full Professor in the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. On March 8, 2012, he was a guest on National Public Radio's Talk of The Nation. The program pertained to "Ethnic Mapping: Prophylactic or Offensive?"

POSTED 03/21/2012

Patricia (Reed) Moore (1979) I will celebrate my 30th anniversary at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV in May 2012. As the only public hospital left in Nevada, I am extremely proud of the care we provide. As a Charge Nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit I see tragedy and miracles every day. But the kids make it all worthwhile!

POSTED 01/17/2012

Rod Grove (1974) Rod founded and directed MSU's Air Science Program back in 1968 for a ten year period. He taught and flew professionally for more than 50 years and the family moved to California in 1978. Alum wife Caroline passed in 2008, son Grayson, an Eagle Scout and National University grad became a Northwest/Delta pilot ten years ago. Daughter Kaylene was a UC Davis double major graduate, presently works at Stanford Medical, became a private pilot and will marry Dr. Cristiano Pereira in Yosemite May of 2012. Second daughter Kristal, an SDSU grad married Andrew Plein in 2008 and they are now expecting their first newborn in July this year. All but youngest Kristal were trained in the modified Cessna Skyhawk, still owned by Rod. The latter (76) still flys the smaller jets and turboprops, while operating small single engine retractables at the local airport. He enjoys dancing Argentine tango in his spare time. He remains proud to be a Minnesotoan and associated with MSU and the fine people of that community.

POSTED 01/12/2012

Dan Flicek (1976) Dan is a CPA working for Mahoney Ulbrich Christiansen & Russ in Saint Paul.

POSTED 01/11/2012

John Dupont (1971) Currently working in the Sales Field as a Manufacturer's Representative in Heating, Electrical and Hardware industry located in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN.

POSTED 12/20/2011

LeaRae Keyes (1974) Enjoying being an entrepreneur traveling around in a 26-foot travel trailer with my husband, Chuck Lucas. As the executive director of the Nurse Entrepreneur Network I am able to work as we explore parts of the southern United States. I am looking forward to reading what other classmates post.

POSTED 12/20/2011