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Breaking news of those breaking new ground

This is where we celebrate noteworthy achievements from fellow Bulldogs.
Here you can stay in touch, stay informed and announce your own class note by submitting your story.
(Class notes range from January 2018 to present) 



Larry Stauber Jr., Duluth, Minn., was named Appeals Court judge.


Brian Kobilka, Palo Alto, CA., is set to speak at the Life Sciences Baltics conference held in Vilnius, Lithuania on September 26-27, 2018.


Hettianne Cekalla, Rapid City, SD., has been selected as the Senior Area Manager for the Bismarck office of the U.S. Small Business Administration.  


Katherine Flannery Dering, Bedford NY., published her new book Aftermath.


Stephanie Hammitt, Cloquet, Minn., was named the Interim President of Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College.


Kevin Noreen, Duluth, Minn., was named the Chief Financial Officer of Duluth-based Moline Machinery LLC.


Pat Cutshall, Hermantown, Minn., has been named ALLETE Vice President and Corporate Treasurer.


Kevin Cardille, Oronoco Minn., has been approved as District Superintendent for a new three-year contract at La Crescent-Hokah school.


Elissa Lindsoe, Minneapolis, Minn., was hired as Chief Financial Officer at Minnetronix.


Todd Antony, Onalaska, WI., was approved by the School District of Lacrosse Board of Education as the new Director of Elementary Education.


Joyce Peppin, Rogers, Minn.,  announced she will be running for re-election to the District 34A seat representing the cities of Dayton, Maple Grove and Rogers in the Minnesota House of Representatives.


Pastor Robert Drake, Grand Rapids, Minn., was officially installed as the first openly gay pastor of Moorhead's First Presbyterian Church.

Chandra Subramaniam, Northridge, CA., is the new Dean of CSUN’s David Nazarian College of Business and Economics.


Marc Achterkirch, Owatonna Minn., was announced as the new Activities Director at Owatonna Public School.

Mike Goldammer, Tuscaloosa, AL., begins as the new Director of tennis for Center Court Tuscaloosa.


Teresa Hopke, New Prague, Minn., was named one the of members of The (Real) Power 50 for her success with Life Meets Work.


Doug Welnetz, Duluth, Minn., was hired as Finance Manager at the Whole Foods Co-op.


Timothy C. Garding, Tampa, FL., was hired by the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick. He practices in the areas of administrative/government law, labor and employment, and commercial litigation.  

Dr. David Moyer, Hibbing, Minn., has joined Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet as a hospitalist.


Heather Driscoll, Madison, WI., is running for the Dane County Board of Supervisors District 6 seat, representing parts of east Madison.

Andrew Bennett, Duluth, Minn., joins Swim Creative as a copywriter.


Chelsea J. Helmer, Duluth, Minn., was hired as an attorney at Maki & Overom, Ltd. She will be practicing in the areas of Municipal Law, Economic Development, Real Property, Business Planning, Corporate Law, and Estate Planning.

Adam May, Minneapolis, Minn., announced that he will be leaving Baltimore TV news show for a communications job in his home city of Minneapolis.


Erin Holznagel, Merrifield, Minn., earned the Distinguished Service Award and was named Burnsville Police Department 2017 Officer of the Year.

Meryl Lucchesi-Freyberg, Tyler, Minn., works as Assistant Director of Disability Services at Southwest Minnesota State University and was accepted into a doctorate in Educational Leadership program at Moorhead for fall 2018.

Scott Glew, Elk River, Minn., was nominated for Teach of the Year.


John Shuster, Superior, WI., won USA’s first Olympic curling gold medal in curling.

Dave Lislegard, Aurora, Minn., has announced he will seek the DFL Party’s nomination for House 6B. As Mayor, Dave is an advocate for mining, healthy rural communities and “the Iron Range way of life,” and hopes to bring his passion for jobs and a brighter economic future for the region to the Legislature in St. Paul.


Vicky Goeser, West Fargo, ND., was promoted to Director of Release Management at Discovery Benefits.


Chris Schwartz, Norwood Young America, Minn., earns industry’s top designation, joins exclusive NAA CAI group of approximately 860 worldwide.

Jennie Lennick, San Francisco, CA., opened her own storefront in San Francisco’s Mission District, where she sells her small-batch clothing and home textiles.


Aaron Haugen, Minneapolis, Minn., was hired as closing administrator of the Entrepreneur Fund.


Matthew Falk, Kerkhoven, Minn., is engaged to be married on May 5, 2018, at Peace in Christ Lutheran Church to Brooke Bursch.

Amber Burns, Duluth, Minn., joins the Playhouse Family Theater as Education Program Artistic Director full-time.

Brian Goldner, Cromwell, Minn., is the new project manager of Kennecott Exploration’s Tamarack Project.


Jennifer Doebler, Portland, ME.,  is the new Director of Student Life at the Maine College of Art in Portland, ME.


Meghan Hurley, Minneapolis, Minn., was hired as an Assistant Strategist. She will help with project management and client communication as well as conduct competitor research.

Moriah Grace, Monona, WI., departed for Peace Corps service in Tanzania. As a Health Community Services volunteer, Grace will work with local health clinics, community-based organizations, and non-governmental organizations to help raise awareness of and respond to community health concerns.

Sidney Morin, Excelsior, Minn., competed in the 2018 Olympic hockey games and won Gold for Team USA Women's Hockey.

Nevada Littlewolf, Virginia, Minn., will become the Tiwahe Foundation president and CEO as of March 1.

Sydney Arens, Princeton, Minn., has been hired by the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation to serve as its first winter wilderness educator in it's an effort to increase youth participation in national forests.

Jessie Mathews, Faribault, Minn., debuts as Graduate Assistant Coach of UMD's Women's basketball team.

Laura McDowell, Sauk Rapids, Minn., is training to become a rural OB-GYN of a groundbreaking new residency program through the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Amanda Sommers, Waseca, Minn., joined the Minnesota FFA Foundation as program coordinator.

Alex Iafallo, Eden, NY., is playing his first year of NHL hockey with the LA Kings.


Andrew Achter, Menomonie, WI., will begin the Red Bull "Can You Make It?" Challenge in Europe to compete against 200 other teams for a grand prize.