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Blikre family gives back to NDSCS with generous donation

Posted on 8/15/2012

The North Dakota State College of Science Foundation has received a $173,000 gift from the estate of the late LaVonne Blikre that will help fund an athletic stadium renovation project on the NDSCS campus. Mrs. Blikre and her husband, the late Dr. Clair T. Blikre, former NDSCS president, were longtime Wahpeton residents and NDSCS supporters.

Mrs. Blikre's generous gift will help fund improvements to the Earl "Skip" Bute Alumni Stadium including: renovated public restrooms and concession area, a new retail outlet for the campus bookstore and new locker rooms. The Earl "Skip" Bute Alumni Stadium, built in 1971, is home to both NDSCS and Wahpeton High School athletic events.

"Our family is privileged to continue my parents' legacy at NDSCS with this donation to the stadium renovation project," said Cindy Blikre-Roche, daughter of the couple. "This gift will be shared by NDSCS, Wahpeton High School and area communities as people visit the stadium to participate and cheer on athletic teams."

Clair T. Blikre served as NDSCS president from 1966-1987. There were many capital projects completed during his presidency, including the building of the Activities Center. Mrs. Blikre was honored as 2005 NDSCS Homecoming Parade Grand Marshall.

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