The Langdon Area School District (LASD) Educators’ Hall of Fame committee has announced the inductees for the class of 2017. This year will see five past LASD educators being honored with individual plaques that will be placed on the Hall of Fame wall at Langdon Area High School.
By Melissa Anderson
Denny Dinius graduated from Hebron High School and received his Bachelors Degree from Dickinson State College in 1973. Dinius taught at Marshall County High in Newfolden, Minn. in 1973-1974. Dinius taught mathematics and physical education during his 34 years of active instruction. Mr. D, as he was often referred to, was a coach of football and track for a total of 42 years. He served as Langdon Area School athletic director, being named North Dakota High School Coaches Association Athletic Director of the Year in 1984. He is in the North Dakota Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Hall of Fame and the North Dakota High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Kathleen Halzle graduated from Valley City State College and taught for 35 years at the Langdon Elementary and Middle Schools. She was one of the first to complete the requirements for a Middle School Endorsement. Halzle taught science and math for fifth graders her first six years and English and reading to seventh and eighth graders over the next 29 years. Halzle was an advisor to the Middle School Student Council and served on many committees. Halzle was also on the committee that implemented the Bridges Project (Middle School). Since Halzle’s retirement in 2006, she has continued to substitute teach.
John E. Johnson graduated from Gardar and received a degree in Education Instrumental and Vocal Music from the University of North Dakota. He taught music in Grand Forks, Langdon, and Nekoma. Johnson taught 10 years of instrumental and vocal music in Langdon originally and eventually instructed only instrumental. He was one of the keys to bringing music out of the basement as an activity and becoming an elective class in the school curriculum. Johnson also started a Jazz Band and the first Langdon school pit band for musicals. He, along with his wife, Kathy, have been involved in their local church. Johnson spent over 33 years as the choir director of United Lutheran Church.
Linda Olson graduated from Valley City State College and taught for 32 years at Langdon Elementary School. Most of Olson’s time was spent in the second grade, but she also taught in the third, fourth, and sixth grades. Olson taught summer school reading for 14 years and served on two North Central Accreditation teams. Olson served as the Title I Parent Involvement Coordinator for three years and has continued to work as a substitute teacher for the past 11 years. She is an active member of United Lutheran Church as well being active in P.E.O. on both the local and state level.
Lola C. Throndset was born and raised in Milto. She went on to attend Mayville Teachers College and graduated with a two year standard in 1944. She returned to Mayville State in 1976 and received her Bachelor of Science Degree. Early in her career, Throndset taught in Gardar, Milton, and several other rural Cavalier County schools. In 1959, Throndset began her career in Langdon as a second grade teacher at Langdon Elementary and continued until her retirement in 1983. After her retirement, Throndset could still be found helping in the media center or at any athletic or art event. She was a life-long, active member of the Presbyterian Church. Throndset passed away in May of 2009, and currently, there is a Lola Throndset Memorial Scholarship presented each year to a graduating senior from LAHS.