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Famous North Dakota State University Alumni

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List Rules People 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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Bob Backlund is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Wrestler
Robert Louis Backlund (born August 14, 1949)[3][4] is an American retired professional wrestler with an in-ring career spanning over 30 years, best known for his tenures in the World Wide ...more
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Brad Rheingans is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Wrestler
Brad Rheingans is an American former Greco-Roman and professional wrestler.
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Rick Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
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Roger Moe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Politician, Legislator, Consultant
Roger Moe 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 2002.
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Donald Pederson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Engineer
Donald Oscar Pederson is a 1963 Guggenheim Fellow in Natural Sciences.
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Mancur Olson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Political scientist, Economist
Mancur Lloyd Olson, Jr. was an American economist and social scientist who taught economics at the University of Maryland, College Park. His most influential contributions were in institutional ...more
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Jim Pomeroy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Jim Pomeroy is a North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party member of the North Dakota Senate, representing the 27th district since 2007.
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Humayun Ahmed is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Professor, Novelist, Author
Humayun Ahmed was a Bangladeshi author, dramatist, screenwriter, playwright and filmmaker. Dawn referred to him as the cultural legend of Bangladesh. Ahmed reached peak of his fame with the ...more
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Tyrone Braxton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
American football player
Tyrone Scott Braxton 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 the Broncos, and won ...more
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Joseph E. Duncan III is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Joseph Edward Duncan III is an American convicted serial killer and sex offender who is on death row in federal prison in conjunction with the 2005 kidnappings and murders of members of the ...more
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David W. Bernauer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
David W. Bernauer Businessperson
David Bernauer is the former chairman and CEO of the pharmacy chain Walgreens, the largest drugstore chain in the United States.
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Merle Boucher is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Farmer, Teacher
Merle Boucher 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 served as Minority ...more
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Earl Mindell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Nutritionist, Writer
Earl Lawrence Mindell is a Canadian-American writer and nutritionist who is a strong advocate of nutrition as preventive medicine and homeopathy. Mindell left his role at FreeLife following a ...more
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Eldon W. Joersz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Eldon W. Joersz
Major General Eldon Wayne Joersz 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, 1976 in SR-71A ...more
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Robert Hunt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Robert Hunt American football player
Nathan Robert "Rob" Hunt was an American football center and offensive lineman in the National Football League. Originally drafted by the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football ...more
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Stacy Robinson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Stacy Robinson American football player
Stacy Ladell Robinson 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 season, when the Giants were ...more
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Steve Nelson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
American football player
Steven Lee Nelson is a former professional American football linebacker who played for the New England Patriots from 1974 to 1987. Nelson was a three sport athlete at Anoka High School earning ...more
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Paul Cornick is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Paul Cornick American football player
Paul Cornick is an American football tackle.
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Lamar Gordon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Lamar Gordon American football player
Lamar DeShawn Gordon is a former American football running back. He played college football at North Dakota State University. He attended Cudahy High School in Cudahy, Wisconsin. He was a high ...more
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Cecil Sturgeon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
American football player
Cecil Owen Sturgeon was an American football offensive tackle in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles. He attended North Dakota State University. Sturgeon served with the ...more
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Craig Dahl is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Craig Dahl American football player
Craig Dahl is an American football safety for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League. He was signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He played college ...more
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Rick Berg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Politician
Richard Alan "Rick" Berg 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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Arthur A. Link is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Politician
Arthur Albert Link was an American politician for the North Dakota Democratic Party, and later the Democratic-NPL. He was elected as a one-term congressman in 1970 and as the 27th Governor of ...more
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Mark Andrews is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Mark Andrews is an American politician from the state of North Dakota. He is a member of the United States Republican Party. Andrews was born in Cass County, North Dakota, where he attended ...more
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Tim Faust is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Pastor, Legislator
Tim D. Faust is a Minnesota politician and former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, he represented District 11B, which ...more