In memory

- Norman Brakken ('48, '59), age 93, passed away on June 6, 2015. Although his parents, Anton and Minnie, did not have the benefit of much education, they strongly supported all aspects of learning and made it possible for him to continue his education at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul campus where he studied agriculture. He received a Bachelor of Science in 1948 and his Masters in Agriculture Education in 1959. On July 18, 1948 Norman was united in marriage to Edith Johansen at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler, MN. Their first daughter, Ellen, was born in 1951 while they lived in Harmony, MN where Norman taught Agriculture. Having a desire to be closer to their parents, they moved to Appleton, MN, which was between Alexandria and Tyler, where Norman continued in his career as an Agriculture Teacher. Their next two daughters were born in Appleton in 1955 and 1959. When Norman was recruited by Montevideo to lead an adult agricultural education program in 1973, they built a house outside of town on land bordering the Minnesota River. Norman finished his long career in teaching in Montevideo teaching adult agriculture. Read the full obituary.

Mark McCulleyMark McCulley ('74) passed too soon due to a farming accident on July 21, 2015, at the age of 65. After earning an agricultural degree from the University of Minnesota, where he was a member of the fraternity Alpha Gamma Rho, Mark joined his father in the family business, a progressive and successful farming operation that raised turkeys, swine, beef cattle, corn and soybeans. A member of the Farm Bureau, he held many leadership positions within the farm community, including a term as president of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association. Read the full obituary.

Arlene Knudson- Arlene Knudson ('52) passed away August 2, 2015 at the age of 85. Arlene attended the University of Minnesota, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics in 1952. She worked at Daytons during college to pay for her education. Other activities involved the Minneapolis Choralaires and Gamma Omicron Beta Sorority that provided a rich experience. She worked as a Dietician at the Fairview Hospital (Minneapolis, MN), Franklin General Hospital (Hampton, MN), and Tweeten Lutheran Hospital (Spring Grove, MN) - the latter for 35 years. Her family was always her priority. She was involved in her church, volunteered at Valley View, and served as a 4-H leader (Sheldon Spartans). She enjoyed gardening, sewing, and birdwatching, along with cheering on her favorite sports teams (Vikings and Twins). Read the full obituary.

Bill RempelBill Rempel ('52) passed away on August 1 at the age of 94. Rempel earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Animal Husbandry in 1952. He was employed in the College of Agriculture at the University from 1948 - 1992. He started as a graduate student and eventually became a professor, teaching many students. Bill started Active Learning Teaching, which many departments use to this day. He did research with pigs and one project even took 25 years. He developed miniature pigs for medical research, serving as the project leader. His last involvement was with 4-5 other staff members to detect the cause of malignant hyperthermia. Through their research they discovered the gene in muscles that causes death under an anesthetic. Bill was known for his good sense of humor and his love for gardening - especially his peonies. Read the full obituary.