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Famous North Dakota State University Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 12.1k views65 items

List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to North Dakota State University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from North Dakota State University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from North Dakota State University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished North Dakota State University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended North Dakota 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 North Dakota State University.

Items here include everything from Bob Backlund to Tyrone Braxton.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to North Dakota State University?” and “Which celebrities are North Dakota State University alumni?”
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    Robert Louis Backlund (born August 14, 1949) is an American retired professional wrestler with an in-ring career spanning over 30 years, best known for his tenures in the World Wide Wrestling...  more

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    BirthplaceAppleton, Grand Chute, Wisconsin, United States of America

    Brad Rheingans (born December 13, 1953) is an American retired Greco-Roman wrestler and professional wrestler. Rheingans was a member of the United States' Greco-Roman wrestling teams for the 1976...  more
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    Politician, Legislator


    BirthplaceCrookston, Minnesota, United States of America

    Roger Moe (born June 2, 1944) is an American politician and a former member and majority leader of the Minnesota Senate. He was also the state Democratic Party's endorsed candidate for governor in...  more
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    AgeDec. at 79 (1925-2004)

    BirthplaceHallock, Minnesota

    Donald Oscar Pederson (September 30, 1925 – December 25, 2004) was an American professor of electrical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and one of the designers of SPICE, a...  more
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    Political scientist, Economist

    AgeDec. at 66 (1932-1998)

    BirthplaceGrand Forks, North Dakota

    Mancur Lloyd Olson Jr. ( or ; January 22, 1932 – February 19, 1998) was an American economist and social scientist who taught economics at the University of Maryland, College Park. His most...  more
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    Jim Pomeroy is a North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party member of the North Dakota Senate, representing the 27th district since 2007....  more
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    Professor, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 63 (1948-2012)

    BirthplaceMymensingh, Bangladesh

    Humayun Ahmed ([ɦumaijun aɦmed]; 13 November 1948 – 19 July 2012) was a Bangladeshi writer, dramatist, screenwriter, filmmaker, songwriter, scholar, and lecturer. His breakthrough was his debut novel...  more
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    American football player


    BirthplaceMadison, Wisconsin

    Tyrone Scott Braxton (born December 17, 1964) is a former American football safety who played for the Denver Broncos for most of his career from 1987 to 1999. Braxton played in four Super Bowls with...  more
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    Joseph Edward Duncan III (born February 25, 1963) is an American convicted serial killer and child molester who is on death row in federal prison in conjunction with the 2005 kidnappings and murders...  more
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    Walgreen Company or simply Walgreens is an American company that operates as the second-largest pharmacy store chain in the United States behind CVS Health. It specializes in filling prescriptions,...  more
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    Farmer, Teacher


    BirthplaceRolette, North Dakota, United States of America

    Merle Boucher (born July 19, 1946) is a North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party politician who served in the North Dakota House of Representatives, representing the 9th district from 1991 to 2011. He...  more
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    Nutritionist, Writer


    BirthplaceSaint Boniface, Winnipeg, Canada

    Earl Lawrence Mindell is a Canadian-American writer and nutritionist who is a strong advocate of nutrition as preventive medicine and homeopathy. ...  more
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    Major General Eldon Wayne Joersz (born February 5, 1944) is an American pilot, who jointly holds the World Air Speed Record. Joersz and Ltc George T. Morgan Jr. set the air speed record on July 28,...  more
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    American football player


    BirthplaceCavalier, North Dakota

    Nathan Robert "Rob" Hunt (born March 3, 1981) was an American football center and offensive lineman in the National Football League. Originally drafted by the Indianapolis Colts of the National...  more
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    American football player

    AgeDec. at 50 (1962-2012)

    BirthplaceSaint Paul, Minnesota

    Stacy Ladell Robinson (February 19, 1962 – May 8, 2012) was a professional American football wide receiver in the NFL for the New York Giants.Robinson's most notable game was in week 13 of the 1986...  more
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    American football player


    BirthplaceFarmington, Minnesota

    Steven Lee Nelson (born April 26, 1951) is a former professional American football linebacker who played for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL) from 1974 to 1987. Nelson...  more
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    American football player


    BirthplaceOrono, Minnesota

    Paul Cornick is an American football tackle....  more
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    American football player


    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin

    Lamar DeShawn Gordon (born January 7, 1980) is a former American football running back. He played college football at North Dakota State University. He attended Cudahy High School in Cudahy,...  more
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    American football player


    BirthplaceCarnduff, Saskatchewan, Canada

    Cecil Owen Sturgeon (June 27, 1919 – February 1972) was an American football offensive tackle in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles. He attended North Dakota State University. ...  more
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    American football player


    BirthplaceMankato, Minnesota

    Craig Dahl (born June 17, 1985) is a former American football safety who played nine seasons in the National Football League. He was signed by the Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He played...  more
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    BirthplaceHettinger, North Dakota, United States of America

    Richard Alan Berg (born August 16, 1959) is an American politician who served as the U.S. Representative for North Dakota's at-large congressional district from 2011 to 2013. Berg served on the House...  more
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    AgeDec. at 96 (1914-2010)

    BirthplaceAlexander, North Dakota, United States of America

    Arthur Albert "Art" Link (May 24, 1914 – June 1, 2010) was an American politician of the North Dakota Democratic Party, and later the Democratic-NPL. He served as a U.S. Representative from 1971 to...  more
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    Mark Andrews (born May 19, 1926) is an American politician from the state of North Dakota. He is a member of the Republican Party who served as a U.S. Senator....  more
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    Pastor, Legislator


    BirthplaceMinneapolis, Minnesota

    Tim D. Faust (born October 1, 1959) is a Minnesota politician and former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), he...  more