Apr 16, 2018
When Heidi Farner ’99 married Nate Christen ’99 in December, it was a Cobber family affair.
Farner’s mom, Beverly (Richman) Farner, is a 1966 grad and Christen’s mom, the late Dorothy (Lindfors) Christen, was also a ’66 grad.
The photo of the bridal party includes (back row): Brent Pellinen, Melissa Denton, Kevin Christopherson, Solvei…
Apr 03, 2018
Heidi Marttila-Losure ’00 has published a book titled “Sky Theater: Essays on Rural Life and Community.”
The collection of essays invites readers to see new possibilities in rural communities. The book also includes photographs taken near her South Dakota farm near Frederick.
The title comes from one of the underappreciated aspects of rural living:…
Mar 19, 2018
Wright & Close LLP has changed its name to Wright Close & Barger LLP, adding the name of partner Jessica Zavadil Barger ’99 with the firm’s founders, Tom Wright and Howard Close.
“We are very happy to recognize Jessica’s legal talents and business acumen through this name change,” Wright said. “She has been an outstanding leader for this firm and an outstanding fighter for her clients. Renaming the firm to include her…
Mar 07, 2018
When gathered at the Minneapolis campus of Bethlehem Lutheran Church Twin Cities at the visitation for their beloved Pastor Christopher Nelson who passed away in June, four Cobbers connected for a group photo.
From top left: Gail (Haugen) Nylin ’83, immediate past president of the Bethlehem Church Council; Jessica Epple ’15, children, youth and family specialist at Bethlehem; Soren Poffenberger ’13, youth ministry specialist at Bethlehem; and Steve…
Feb 19, 2018
The Minneapolis law firm of Nilan Johnson Lewis has more than its fair share of Cobbers.
Eight of the firm’s 54 lawyers are Concordia grads, representing four different decades.
All share a common affection for Concordia and gratitude for the foundation it provided, leading each to success in his or her chosen field.
Feb 05, 2018
Julie Kaldor Grives ’93 (left) and Patty Kramer ’11 shared the role of the mother in “Amahl and the Night Visitors” at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where they are both pursuing their doctorates in voice.
Amahl” is a one-act opera by Gian Carlo Menotti.
Jan 22, 2018
Classmates and former business majors David Pederson ’64 (left) and O. Jeffry “Jeff” Olson ’64 (right) are pictured at a historic site in Geneva Old Town, Switzerland.
Pederson, a retired businessman and college donor from Dawson, Minn., and Olson, a former member of the Board of Regents and campaign volunteer leader from Spicer, Minn., along with senior gift planner John Pierce ’65, West Fargo, N.D., spent…
Jan 03, 2018
Dr. Margaret (Hayford) O’Leary ’73, Northfield, Minn., received the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit, Knight First Class, from King Harald V, Olso, Norway, in September.
O’Leary is the King Olav V Chair in Scandinavian-American Studies at St. Olaf College.
The Royal Norwegian Order of Merit was founded by King Olav V in 1985. It is conferred on foreign and Norwegian nationals as a reward for their outstanding…
Nov 28, 2017
Cobbers gathered in Albert Lea, Minn., at the Drommerhausens to reminisce and celebrate 40 years of wonderful friendships made at Concordia College.
They traveled from Kansas, California, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Minnesota to Stand Up and Cheer!
Pictured (l-r): Ray Julson ’78, Palm Springs, Calif.; Pam (Wilson) Lynner ’77, Clarkfield, Minn.; Pat Lund-Moe ’78, Hortonville, Wis.; Dave Drommerhausen…
Nov 06, 2017
Doug Brekke ’80 and Kristi Bummer ’87 were married in June in Scobey, Mont., with nearly 30 Cobbers in attendance.
This was a first marriage for both. Doug had terminal cancer and passed away in October at age 59.
With so many from the Cobber family present, this was indeed a quality wedding! The group photo of Cobbers includes: Joel Westby ’79, Sidney…
Sep 29, 2017
Joan (Ubaniak) Wodiska ’96 was honored for her service as the vice president and member of the State Board of Education in the Commonwealth of Virginia from 2013-17.
Wodiska was subsequently appointed by the governor to represent Virginia on the Education Commission of the States. Wodiska is also a gubernatorial appointee to fight childhood hunger.
Previously, she was the president of the Virginia School…
Sep 15, 2017
Former Cobber baseball and football standout Jake Krause ’10 has connected with a couple of former baseball teammates to play town ball for the Minneapolis Cobras.
Krause joins Kyle Johnson ’09, baseball All-American and MIAC Player of the Year in 2009, and Matt Youngquist ’08, a four-year letter winner in baseball who played more than 120 games for the Cobbers. The Cobras play about 50 games a season…
Aug 24, 2017
The Rev. Linda Anderson-Little’s first book was released last fall.
“Motherhood Calling: Experiencing God in Everyday Family Life” shares insights about faith in daily life, children's spiritual wisdom and the presence of the sacred in all things.
The 1985 alumna was also part of “the cast” at the St. Louis…
Aug 03, 2017
Because his name will always be synonymous with Maverick Hockey, the training facility at the Verizon Center in Mankato, Minn., bears the name of Don Brose ’62.
The Don Brose Training Center was named in recognition of the Minnesota State University Mankato legendary coach’s significant contributions to the game of hockey.
Brose served as the head men’s hockey coach for the Minnesota State Mavericks…
Jul 24, 2017
Jim Lein ’78 may sit behind a desk at his day job, but you’ll catch him on the side of a mountain after hours.
Lein, Evergreen, Colo., is senior director of marketing for Oracle Corporation and became a volunteer on-the-hill ski patroller and member of the National Ski Patrol for Loveland Ski Area, located on the top of the Continental Divide.