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Famous Bemidji State University Alumni

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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Bemidji State University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Bemidji State University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Bemidji State University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Bemidji State University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Bemidji State University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Bemidji State University.

The list you're viewing is made up of graduates like Gary Paulsen and Bob Dettmer.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Bemidji State University?” and “Which celebrities are Bemidji State University alumni?”
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Gary Paulsen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Bemidji State University Alumni
Novelist, Author

Age: 79

Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Gary James Paulsen (born May 17, 1939) is an American writer of young adult literature, best known for coming of age stories about the wilderness. He is the author of more than 200 books and has ...more
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Torrey Westrom is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Bemidji State University Alumni
Businessperson, Legislator, Attorney at law

Age: 45

Birthplace: Minnesota

Torrey Westrom (born March 27, 1973) is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota Senate. A member of the Republican Party of Minnesota, he represents District 12, which includes all or ...more
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Andrew Murray is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Bemidji State University Alumni
Andrew Murray Ice Hockey Player

Age: 37

Birthplace: Selkirk, Canada

Andrew Murray (born November 6, 1981 in Selkirk, Manitoba) is a Canadian-Croatian professional ice hockey player who is an unrestricted free agent who most recently played for KHL Medveščak ...more
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Tim Buckley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Bemidji State University Alumni
Record producer, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter

Age: Dec. at 28 (1947-1975)

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Timothy Charles Buckley III (February 14, 1947 – June 29, 1975) was an American vocalist, songwriter, guitarist and producer. His music and style changed considerably through the years. Buckley ...more

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Bob Dettmer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Bemidji State University Alumni
Legislator, Teacher

Age: 68

Birthplace: Faribault, Minnesota

Robert P. "Bob" Dettmer (born March 1, 1951) is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Republican Party of Minnesota, he ...more
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Matt Pope is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Bemidji State University Alumni
Matt Pope Ice Hockey Player

Age: 34

Birthplace: Langley City, Canada

Matt Pope (born August 5, 1984) is a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger currently with the Cardiff Devils of the UK's Elite Ice Hockey League. Pope previously played for Tohoku Free ...more
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Andrew Martens is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Bemidji State University Alumni
Andrew Martens

Age: 37

Birthplace: Calgary, Canada

Andrew Martens (born July 5, 1981) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman who most notably played for the Wichita Thunder of the then Central Hockey League.
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John Persell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Bemidji State University Alumni
John Persell Legislator

Age: 69

John Sterling Persell, Jr. (born 1950) is an American politician and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, he represents ...more
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Loren Solberg is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Bemidji State University Alumni
Loren Solberg Legislator, Teacher

Age: 77

Loren A. Solberg (born November 3, 1941) is a Minnesota politician and a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives who represented District 3B, which includes portions of Aitkin ...more
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Michele Leonhart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Bemidji State University Alumni
Michele Leonhart
Michele Marie Leonhart (born February 27, 1956) is an American career law enforcement officer and the former Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). After the resignation of ...more
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John Carlson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Bemidji State University Alumni
John Carlson Insurance broker, Legislator

Age: 65

Birthplace: Akeley, Minnesota, United States of America

John J. Carlson (born April 1953) is a Minnesota politician and a former member of the Minnesota Senate who represented District 4. A Republican, he is the owner of John Carlson Agency, an ...more
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Carly Melin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Bemidji State University Alumni
Legislator, Lawyer

Age: 33

Birthplace: Hibbing, Minnesota

Carly Melin (born August 13, 1985) is a Minnesota politician and former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), she ...more
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Matt Read is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Bemidji State University Alumni
Ice Hockey Player

Age: 32

Birthplace: Middlesex Centre, Canada

Matthew Zachary Jarrett Read (born June 14, 1986) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who is currently an unrestricted free agent. He most recently played for the Iowa Wild in the ...more
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Matt Climie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Bemidji State University Alumni
Matt Climie

Age: 36

Birthplace: Leduc, Canada

Matthew Scott Climie (born February 11, 1983) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender. He is currently playing with CBR Brave of the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL). Climie has ...more
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Patricia Walrath is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Bemidji State University Alumni
Patricia Walrath

Age: 77

Birthplace: Brainerd, Minnesota

Patricia A. Walrath (born August 11, 1941 in Brainerd, Minnesota) is an American politician who represented the 3rd Middlesex district in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1985 to ...more
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Zuzana Tomčíkov&a... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Bemidji State University Alumni
Ice Hockey Player

Age: 30

Birthplace: Zvolen, Slovakia

Zuzana Tomčíková (born 23 April 1988) is a member of the Slovakia women's national ice hockey team and also played for the Bemidji State Beavers. Tomčíková was part ...more

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Eric Barnum is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Bemidji State University Alumni
Eric Barnum

Age: 40

Dr. Eric William Barnum (born 1979 Crookston, Minnesota) is an American composer of choral, instrumental, and vocal works. He received his doctorate in Choral Conducting at the University of ...more
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Trent Baalke is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Bemidji State University Alumni
Trent Baalke
Trent John Baalke ( BAHL-kee) (born February 14, 1964) is a former NFL executive who was the general manager of the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL) from 2011 to 2016. ...more