The President’s Society – Fall/Winter 2018

Custom chargers (as pictured above) are created especially for the President’s Society by John "Butch" Holden, professor emeritus of visual arts. John “Butch” Holden. They are “awards of distinction,” honoring donors with cumulative giving of $50,000 or more.


The President’s Society recognizes the university’s most generous contributors, based on lifetime/cumulative giving to the Bemidji State University Foundation. Members include individuals, families and organizations.

Visionary’s Society – ($2.5 million +)

Joseph* and Janice Lueken/The Joseph and Janice Lueken Family Foundation

Trustees Society – ($1  million +)

The George W. Neilson Foundation

Michael and Tracy Roberge/Roberge Family Foundation

Sanford Health

Chancellors Society – ($500,000 + )

3M, Inc.

Frederick and Marie Baker

Keith and Maria Johanneson/Marketplace Food and Drug

Edwin* and Myra* Johnson

Sam* and Peggy* Johnson

David and Brenda Odegaard

Paul Bunyan Communications

Wayne and Beverly* Thorson

Benefactors Society – ($250,000.00 + )

Dr. M. James and Nancy Bensen

M. Fern Birnstihl*

First National Bank Bemidji

Doug and Sue Fredrickson/Big Oaks Foundation

Elfrida B. Glas*

Kirk and Penny Gregg/The Gregg Family Charitable Fund

Kathryn K. Hamm*

Dr. Ruth Howe and Merril Thiel

John and Delphine Jacobsen

Robin Norgaard Kelleher

Elwood and Jean Largis

Eva Lind*

John W. Marvin

Susan Marvin and Keith Schwartzwald

Mary A. Mushel*

Trudy and Kevin Rautio

Rich and Joyce Siegert/Edgewater Group (Hampton Inn & Suites, Green Mill)

David and Kathryn Sorensen

George and Sandra Thelen

Security Bank USA

Steve and Lauren Vogt

Directors Society – ($100,000 + )

Donald Anderson* and Vicki Brown

Bank Forward

Ron Batchelder*

Jeffrey and Kathy Baumgartner/Circle B Properties

Fred Breen*

Raymond Breen*

Dr. Almond and Shalyn Clark/Al and Shalyn Clark Family Fund

Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Bemidji, Inc.

Dr. Donald* and Petra DeKrey

Dondelinger GM

Enbridge Energy Company, Inc.

Kenneth and Mary* Erickson

Dr. Bruce and Mary Jo Falk

Federated Insurance

Anthony S. Gramer

Russell* and Gudrun* Harding

Dr. Evan and Elaine* Hazard

Paul and Lynn Hunt

Christine Janda*

Margaret H. Johnson*

Katharine Neilson Cram Foundation

Kopp Family Foundation

Kraus-Anderson Construction Company

Joan L. Kriegler*

Leech Lake Casinos: Northern Lights, Palace, White Oak

Lueken’s Village Foods

Michael McKinley and Deborah Grabrian/McKinley Companies

Miller McDonald, Inc.

Dr. Darby and Geraldine Nelson

Mark and Sandra Niblick

North Country Business Products

Northern Inn/Gary Gangelhoff

Otter Tail Power Company

Otto Bremer Foundation

Robert and Mary Lou Peters

Pinnacle Marketing Group

David and Kim Ramsey

Dr. Patrick Riley and Dr. Natalie Roholt

Marcella Sherman


TruStar Federal Credit Union

Moses and Angela Tsang

Robert* and Jeanette* Welle

Bob Whelan/Whelan Properties/Supreme Lumber

Stephen G. Wick

Builders Society – ($50,000 + )

Bernice M. Anderson

Dr. Wilfred and Mary Lou Antell

Julie and Scott Becker

Dr. Thomas J. Beech

Dr. Richard and Josephine Beitzel

Bemidji Woolens, Inc./Bill Batchelder

The Bernick Companies

Big North Distributing, Inc.

Dr. Elaine D. Bohanon*

BSU Dining Services/ARAMARK

Lynne C. Bunt*

Jim* and Lorraine Cecil

Dr. Michael and Noel Clay

Muriel Copp


Deerwood Bank

Herb* and Lynn Doran

Gregory Droba

Joe and Karen Dunn

Rebecca Eggers*

Steve and Susan Engel

Drs. Gary and Nancy Erickson

Gerald D. Freudenberg*

General Mills Foundation

Dr. Lowell* and Ardis* Gillett

Dr. Muriel B. Gilman

Marty and Lindsey Goulet

Bernard* and Fern* Granum

Dale Greenwalt & Kim Warren

Paul and Paige Hanson

Dr. Richard and Dianne Hanson

Margaret H. Harlow*

Thomas and Joanne Heaviland

Paul and Tammi Hedtke/Hedtke Family Trust

John R. Heneman*

Dr. Annie B. Henry

Hill’s Plumbing and Heating

Lynne K. Holt

William and Bette* Howe

Dr. Myrtie A. Hunt*

The Idea Circle, Inc.

Esther F. Instebo*

The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation

Rich and Meredith Kehoe

Alan and Judy Killian

Alan Korpi and Martha Nelson

Norman A. Kramer

Dale and Michelle Ladig

Lake Region Bone and Joint Surgeons

Lakeland Public Television

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Margaret Listberger*

LeRoy E. Maas*

Marvin Lumber & Cedar Co

Gary and Ruth McBride/McBride Family Gift Fund

Jon and Debra McTaggart

MeritCare Clinic Bemidji

Christopher and Dr. Abby Meyer

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

R. Alexander Milowski

Dr. Thomas and Mary Moberg

Harry Moore*

Ronald and Alvina Morrison

NLFX Professional

Nash Finch Company

Charles Naylor*

William* and Dona Mae Naylor

Nei Bottling, Inc.

Norbord Minnesota

North Country Health Services

Northwest Minnesota Foundation

Edward and Marla Patrias

Paul Bunyan Broadcasting (Buron/Campbell ownership)

Dr. Harold T. Peters*

Phillips Plastics Corp.

The Pioneer/Advertiser

Drs. Jon and Patricia Quistgaard

Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians

Steven and Robyn Seide

Tom and Cindy Serratore

Lowell and Lois Sorenson

Jack and Marie St. Martin/The Jack and Marie St. Martin Family Foundation

Dr. Theodore and Margaret Thorson

Gary* and Joanne E. Torfin

Dr. Ken Traxler

Mervin “Sock” Wagner*

E. Joseph and Jane Welle

Tom and Paulette Welle

Richard and Judith Werner

White Earth Reservation Tribal Council

Robert and DeAnn Zavoral

Ambassadors Society – ($25,000 + )

Ace on the Lake

Richard and Joan Ahmann/Ahmann Family Foundation

Alltech Associates, Inc.

Joan Campbell Anderson and David Anderson

Kenneth Anderson & Joan Enerson

Winnifred Anderson*

Trent and Beth Baalke

Bill* and Jesse* Baer

Carl and Terry Baer

John and Susan Backes

Dr. Marjory C. Beck

Bemidji Dental Clinic

Bemidji Lions Club

Bemidji Sports Centre

Kermit and Sandy Bensen

Marie Bishop*

Blandin Foundation

Jacob and Melissa Bluhm/The Bluhm Agency

Bob Lowth Ford, Inc.

Bois Forte Reservation Tribal Council

Robert and Lisa  Bollinger

Bradley R. Borkhuis

Randy and Marlene Bowen

Trey and Ann Bowman

Alan P. Brew

David and Stormi Brown

Patrick Brown/Clem’s Hardware Hank

Jeffrey P. Busse

Mary Campbell

John and Ann Carlson/John Carlson Agency

Dr. Jason and Angela Caron

Steve Carter, Jr.

Bertha Christianson*

Kenneth* and Marion M. Christianson

Citizens State Bank Midwest

Annie M. Czarnecki

D & T Landscaping, Inc.

Eugene Dalzotto*

DeLaHunt Broadcasting

Dick’s Northside, Inc.

Dickson Enterprises, Inc.

James and Tiffany Fankhanel/Bemidji Chrysler/Honda of Bemidji

Dr. Jeremy and Megan Fogelson

Fred and Virginia Forseman

Dr. Jeanine and Ronald Gangeness

George and Joann Gardner

Mildred A. Gjertson

Joseph and Patricia Grabowski

Cedsel J. Hagen*

Linda S. Hanson

Hartz Foundation

Gary and Diane Hazelton

Jim* and Marilyn Heltzer


Barbara Higgins*

Terry and Cindy Holter

Dr. Howard Hoody and Mary* Hoody

Xihao Hu

InFaith Community Foundation


Paul and Sarah Jensen

John Johanneson*

Wilbur Johnson*

Arnold* and Nancy* Johnson

Virginia “Hope” Johnson*

Robert and Mary Jorstad

Jeffrey and Julie Kemink

John G. Kittleson

Lillie M. Kleven*

Gary Knutson*

Krigbaum & Jones, Ltd.

League of Women Voters – Bemidji Area

Douglas and Renee Leif

LePier Oil Company

Drs. Gordon and Alice Lindgren

Mark and Monica Liska

James* and Janet* Love

William and Jodi Maki

Dr. Keith Marek

Marvin Windows and Doors

Betsy J. McDowell

Neil and Patricia* McMurrin

James R. Midboe

Dr. Thomas and Marilyn Miller

The Minneapolis Foundation

Minnesota Energy Resources

Minnesota Precision Manufacturing

Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants

Diane Moe & Thomas Fitzgerald

Gary and Marlene Moe

Sharon Moe

Betty Murray

James and Janice Naylor

NCS Pearson

Judy Nelson

Dr. Raymond* and Jane* Nelson

Dr. Gene and Colleen Ness

Dr. Lee A. Norman

North Central Door Company

NorthEnd Trust

Northern Aggregate, Inc.

Northland Electric

Northwestern Surveying & Engineering, Inc.

Marc and Kay Olson

Douglas L. Onan

Grant and Kris Oppegaard/The Oppegaard Family Foundation

Otter Tail Power Company

Joel and Kary Otto

David and Dianne Parnow

Paul Bunyan Broadcasting HBI

Dr. John C. Pearce

Stephen Pearce, M.D.

Patrick and Kaia Pelstring

Rod and Delores Pickett


The Presto Foundation

Raphael’s Bakery Cafe

Ray’s Sport & Marine

REM Northstar, Inc. Bemidji Regional Office

Dr. Tom and Sandra Richard

James and Carol Richards

RiverWood Bank

Dr. Patricia A. Rosenbrock

Carol Russell/Russell Herder

The Saint Paul Foundation

Walter and Mardene Schuiling

John and Mary Seamans

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community

Mark A. Shanfeld, MD, Ph.D.

Hazel Shimmin*

Robert Fiskum and Yvonne* Siats-Fiskum

Skyline Exhibits

Bob and Jane Smith/Image Photography and Framing

Dr. Kathryn Smith

Buster* and Helen Spaulding/Spaulding Motors, Inc.

Michael and Melinda Spry

St. Joseph’s Area Health Services

Maurice and Lorna Sullivan

Super 8 Motel

Dr. Thomas and Bonnie Swanson

Dr. Dave and Peggy Tiffany

Dr. Roger and Connie Toffle

Terri and Tim Traudt

Tri-State Manufacturers’ Association

Dr. James and Diane Tuorila

USA Color Printing

Austin and Paula Wallestad

Robert and Patricia Walrath

Harvey and Loris Westrom

Wells Fargo Bank N.A.

Widseth Smith Nolting & Associates

Drs. Larry and Ranae Womack

Barbara L. Wylie

Zetah Construction, Inc.

Founders Society – ($10,000 + )

3M Foundation

Dr. Robert and Barbara Aalberts

Don and Susan Addy

Bernard V. Adlys

Allen Oman State Farm Agency

Carol M. Alstrom

American Association of University Women

American Family Insurance

Dr. Kris and Linda Anderson

Robin and DeAnne Anderson

Boris and Caroline Andrican

Annexstad Family Foundation

Drs. Norman and Linda Baer

Ryan and Jean Baer

Baratto Brothers Construction

Bear Creek Energy

William and Maria Beitzel

Edward and Jennifer Belisle

Beltrami Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Bemidji Ambulance Service, Inc

Bemidji Aviation Services Inc

Bemidji Building Center

Bemidji Medical Equipment

The Bemidji Rotary Club

Bemidji Welders Supply, Inc.

Bemidji-Cass Lake Chapter 46 of Muskies, Inc

June Bender

Terry and Gail Bergum

Best of Bemidji Quarterly Magazine

Best Western Bemidji

Big Horn Financial Services LLC

Jody and Gene Bisson

Jon and Linda Blessing

Daniel and Midge Boettger

Howard and Rebecca Borden

Dr. John* and Ann* Brady

Bravo Beverage Ltd

Bonnie L. Bredenberg

Gurnee K. Bridgman

Phillip A. Buhn*

Burger King Corporation

Louis H. Buron Jr.*

Robert C. Bush*

Dr. Mark and Mishel Carlson

Dr. Raymond and Margaret Carlson

Thor Carlsrud and Melissa Hilde Carlsrud

Dr. Leah J. Carpenter

Dr. Joseph and Jennifer Carson

Caswell International Corporation

Cat Pumps Corporation

Charter Communications

Richard Chopp*

CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

Control Stuff

Cool Threads

Drs. Bret and Veronica Cooper

Veita L. Corbin

Corner Bar of Bemidji, Inc

Country Kitchen Restaurant

William and Teresa Crews

Dean and Wendy Crotty

Scott Curb and Mary Boranian

Dr. Caroline M. Czarnecki

Lyle E. Dally*

Dave’s Pizza

Dr. Richard and Ann Marie Day

Robert* and Jackie Decker

Dr. Daniel and Beth DeKrey

Dr. Steven and Veronica DeKrey

John and Kay Delinsky

Delta Kappa Gamma

Patrick and Barbara DeMarchi

Roxanne Desjarlait

David and Abby Deterding

Dr. James and Jana Dewar

Dick’s Plumbing and Heating of Bemidji, Inc.

Tracy and Kristy Dill

John T. Driessen

Shawn and Shaina Dudley

Richard and Rose Dukek

Jon and Beth Duncan

Mary and Lynn Eaton

Ed Sauer Memorial Fund

Eldercare Health Benefits Mgmt Systems, Inc

Erbert & Gerbert’s Subs and Clubs

Janet Esty*

Dennis J. Fallon

Herbert M. Fougner*

Dr. Joann Fredrickson

Michelle and Morris Frenzel

Laura Gaines

Dr. Fulton and Nancy Gallagher

Michael and Deanna Garrett

Dr. Daniel Gartrell and Dr. Julie Jochum

Dr. James and Connie Ghostley

Marjorie and Steven Giauque

Col. Clark and Judith Gilbertson

Dr. Eric Gilbertson

Keith and Jeannie Gilbertson

Ordella M. Gilbertson

Marjorie and James Gildersleeve

Paul and Kathy Godlewski

Dr. Richard and Carol Goeb

Dr. Frank and Marilyn Goodell

Bruce L. Gordon

Gourmet House

Bryan and Paulette Grand

Great Lakes Gas Transmission Ltd Partnership

Dr. Colleen Greer and Dr. Debra Peterson

Beulah Gregoire*

James and Barbara Grier

Robert and Susan Griggs

Grimes Realty

Keith W. Gunderson*

Richard F. Haberer*

Lisa L. Haberman

Richard and Sheridan Hafdal

Jim and Jo Hanko

Hanson Electric of Bemidji, Inc

Hardees of Bemidji

James and Pamela Harrison

Dale and Rochelle Hartje

Dr. Richard* and Dorothy Haugo

Oluf* and Margaret* Haugsrud

William and Sandy Hawkins

Headwaters Shrine Club

Drs. Faith and Neil Hensrud

Dr. Michael and Deb Herbert

Lawrence and Dianne Higgins

Hobart Laboratories, Inc.

Hoeschler Fund – St. Paul Foundation

Neal and Maureen Holmstrom

Pamela and Steven Hovland

Kenneth and Kari Howe

Insure Forward

Myriam Ivers

Iverson Corner Drug

Louise H. Jackson

Richard and Sheri Jahner

Jerry Downs Agency

Johnson Controls

Diane and Thomas Johnson

Jeremiah D. Johnson

Dr. Terrance and Susan Johnson

Dr. Johannas and David Jordan

Thomas and Susan Kaplan

Keck Sports

Keg N’ Cork

Keith’s Pizza

Dr. Debra Kellerman and Anthony Wandersee

Ken K Thompson Jewelry

David and Charlotte Kingsbury

Knife River Materials/MDU Resources Foundation

Drs. Raymond and Beatrice Knodel

Dr. Clayton and Ivy Knoshaug

Paul and Catherine Koski

Dr. James and Patricia Kraby

Lois M. Kruger*

Dr. Franklin and Diane Labadie

Dr. David and Alice Larkin

Lesa and Jeffrey Lawrence

Lazy Jack’s

Dr. Arthur and Judith Lee

Lee C. Scotland, DDS

Hazel Leland*

Dr. Robert and Dale Ley

Paul and Teri Lindseth

Brad and Dawn Logan

Dr. Kenneth and Mary Lundberg

Steven Lundeen & Jennifer Driscoll

Brian Maciej/Lime Valley Advertising, Inc

Dr. David and Mara Marchand

Mark’s Frame House/Mark and Linda LaFond

Douglas and Mary Mason

MasTec North America Inc.

Allen and Susie Mathieu

John and Judith McClellan

Dr. Judith L. McDonald

James D. McElmury

Robin and Diane Mechelke

Medsave Family Pharmacy

Debra Melby*

Dr. Kathleen J. Meyer

Midcontinent Communications

James and Sharon Molde

Dr. Robert and Sally Montebello

Dr. Dorothy L. Moore*

Leo D. Morgan, Jr.

Robb H. Naylor

Katharine Neilson Cram*

Peter and Bonnie Nelson

Stella and Paul Nelson

Gerald* and Fern* Nichols

North Country Dental

Northern Liquor Off Sale

Gary and Karen Oftelie

David and Jean Olderman

Bruce L. Olson

Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home

Royal and Diane Orser

Family and Friends of Ruth Ouverson

Dr. Donna K. Palivec

Greg and Kathy Palm

John and Lori Paris

Pat Knoer State Farm Insurance

R. Scott and Kate Pearson

John and Teresa Persell

Dr. Martha and Don Peters

David Lee Peterson*

Rohl and Patricia Peterson

Ronald L. Phillips

Pickett Agency, Inc.

Elmer and Betty Porter

Productivity, Inc.

Dr. Joanne M. Provo

Jack* and Mary Betty* Quistgard

Michael and Jackie Rasch

Roger Rasmussen

Dr. John and Mary Sue Redebaugh

Roger and Arlene Reierson

Mary A. Reitter

Scott Robbins

William and Lainey Rodgers

Ross Lewis Sign Company

Stuart and Susan Rosselet

RP Broadcasting, Inc

Dr. Samuel and Sara Sant

Drs. William and Rochelle Scheela

William and Susan Schmitz

Lee and Deborah Schreck

John* and Evenly* Schuiling

John* and Charlotte Schullo

Patricia and Mark Shough

Harold J. Shellum

Pete* and Marilyn Simonson

Rose Skyberg

State Farm Companies Foundation

Dr. Maria and Terry Statton

Erma Stelter*

Irene K. Stewart

Willie and Arla Stittsworth

Stittsworth’s Meats

Dr. Bruce and Shari Sutor

Chet Swedmark* and Helen Kohl-Swedmark

Systec, Inc.

Dr. Martin and LaRae Tadlock

Doug and Lori Taylor

Teammates for Kids Foundation

Telespectrum Worldwide

Jeff and Susan Tesch

Dr. Jerome and Jane Thompson

Dr. Romola K. Thorbeck

Chris and Dick Tolman

Dr. Benjamin and Janet Tsang

Brian and Jana VanHaaften

Shane A. Veenker

Mary M. Veranth

Marilyn Vogel & Leland Wilkinson

Ruth E. Warde*

Dr. Victor D. Weber*

Julie A. Wegner

Ryan and Bryn Welle

George* and Paula Welte

Wes’ Plumbing & Heating

Bryan and Judy Westerman

Wilde Financial

Dr. Rodney Will and Anne Meredith-Will

Jerry and Kathy Winans

James and Lois Wood

Bud and Gloria Woodward

+Charter Member
BOLD – New Member