Glen Soliah graduated in 1967 from FFHS, where he was a top competitor in cross country, basketball and track, winning a bronze medal in the state meet as a senior. He earned a track scholarship to North Dakota State University but, when his athletic career was cut short by an injury, he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting at Minnesota State University Mankato. His business career took him to Aid Association for Lutherans, International Timesharing Corp. and Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Vistakon, where he was named vice president of finance and chief financial officer. He joined The Hamilton Group as vice president of finance, and in 1996 he joined CSX Transportation and rose to the position of president of its TRANSFLO subsidiary in 2004, retiring in 2010.
For a Young Life leader, Dic Pickett says, the contact work starts with a ministry of presence, going into the teenage world developing relationships and trust, letting them know you care and will listen. For Pickett, it has been a blessing over the years to be a part of the life’s journey of many teens, sharing with them that they are never alone and Abba loves them no matter what, always knowing who they are and Whose they are.
Growing up in Fergus Falls, Ramona Jacobs was surrounded by music and taught an appreciation for the arts and learning by her parents, Alfred and Cristabel. She began taking dance classes when she was 9 and, following graduation from FFHS in 1977, her passion for dance took her to Indiana University and then to Texas Christian University, where she earned a bachelor’s of fine arts degree in 1982 with a double major in ballet and modern dance. Her love of dance matched by her love of teaching, she became director of the Fergus Falls School of Dance in 1985. Over 30-plus years, she has instilled an appreciation of music and created a space where thousands of children have learned, grown and experienced life through dance.
Carrol Juven is a 1955 graduate of Fergus Falls High School whose 150 trips to Norway have earned him the nickname of “Mr. Norway.” As the owner and operator of Juven Tours & Travel of Fargo for more than 50 years, he has traveled to 98 other countries and guided more than 47,000 people on tours. Juven has been inducted into the American-Scandinavia Hall of Fame, and in 2014 he was awarded the honorary 33rd Degree in Free Masonry and serves as North Dakota Grand Lodge Representative to Norway. H.M. King Herald V of Norway presented Juven with the coveted St. Olav Medal in 2015, and in 2016 he received Fargo’s “North of Normal Award” for his contributions to tourism.
Larry Dorn, financial advisor and CEO of Dorn & Co., Inc. is a sixth-generation resident of Fergus Falls and a 1960 graduate of FFHS. Work in his father’s hardware store sparked his interest in business, and in his 20s he purchased the securities firm that became Dorn & Co. Dorn was recognized as one of the nation’s 10 Outstanding Brokers by Registered Rep Magazine and inducted into Research Magazine’s Broker Hall of Fame. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from his college alma mater, St. Cloud State University. Dorn has served in leadership roles at First Lutheran Church, the Fergus Falls Chamber of Commerce and Lake Region Healthcare Foundation where he played a role in raising $10 million for the Cancer Care and Research Center.