MSU Alumni Association announces 2024 Golden Awards

MINOT, N.D. – The Minot State University Alumni Association has selected four individuals for the 2024 Golden Award and one individual for the 2024 Young Alumni Achievement Award.  

The honorees include Dan Langemo, Teresa (Kraft) Loftesnes ’07/’15, Dr. Jeffrey Sather ’94, and Julie (Keller) Stavn ’76. The Young Alumni Achievement Award winner is Jazmine (Wolff) Schultz ’11. 

“It is an honor to recognize these five fantastic individuals for their outstanding service to Minot State University and the greater Minot community,” said Courtenay Brekhus, MSU’s director of alumni engagement. “The MSU Alumni Association looks forward to celebrating their accomplishments at our Golden Awards banquet and dinner during Homecoming week in September.” 

Langemo, a Valley City native who lives in Minot, retired from First Western Bank & Trust in 2015. He is a past chair of the MSU Board of Regents and is currently the vice president of the MSU Development Foundation and the MSU Summer Theatre boards. Loftesnes, from Norwich, retired in 2021 after 42 years at Minot State in various roles, including her last 14 as marketing director.  She earned both her undergraduate and master’s degrees at MSU. Sather, who lives in Norwich, currently serves as the medical director of Trinity Health’s Emergency Trauma Center in Minot. He earned a psychology degree from MSU. Stavn, from Bismarck, is a former teacher and coach in the Bismarck Public Schools, earning multiple state championships and Coach of the Year awards during her 41 years in education. She earned a degree in physical education from Minot State. Schultz, originally from Burlington, is the co-owner of Prairie Sky Breads in downtown Minot. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Theatre from MSU.  

The Golden Awards are the highest award bestowed by the Minot State University Alumni Association. Selections are based on outstanding service to the University, alumni association, or their community and distinguished leadership in the recipient’s career or community. The Young Alumni Achievement Award recipient is between the ages of 21 and 39. 

The MSU Alumni Association will honor the 2024 class at its annual awards dinner on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. in the Minot State Student Center Conference Center.  

More information on the dinner, as well as each award winner, will be released later in the fall semester. For more information on the Golden Awards, visit the Alumni Association at 

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Published: 05/29/24   

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