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David Blehm, MD ’81, 59, of Fargo, died Monday, November 7 at his home. 

David Milton Blehm was born November 20, 1951, at Mason City, Iowa, to Milton and Irene (Reimann) Blehm. He grew up in Denver and Fort Collins, Colo. The family moved to Bismarck, N.D., in 1965. He graduated from Bismarck High School in 1969. David attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, graduating in 1973. He ran asphalt plants in Montana and Wyoming until 1977 when he started medical school at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, graduating in 1981.
David served a one-year internship in the Internal Medicine Residency Program in Fargo. He completed his pediatric residency at Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, in December of 1984.

He met Julie Bjerke in medical school, and they were married in Hatton, N.D., on June 15, 1979. His son Ben was born June 13, 1980, and daughter Amy on April 3, 1986.  

David practiced pediatrics at Medical Arts Clinic in Minot until 1999, when the family moved to Fargo. He joined Sanford Health in the Pediatrics Department and practiced there until his death. In May of 2011, he became a medical director at Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Dakota.

He is survived by his wife Julie, Fargo; son, Ben Blehm, Champaign, Ill.; daughter, Amy Blehm, Fargo; parents Milton and Irene Blehm, Loveland, Colo.; brother, Steve (Linda) Blehm, Staunton, Va.; sister, Cheryl (Bernie) Blehm-Poskus, Westminster, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Judy G. Sagen (Miller) Dzul, PA ’93, 59, of Cancun, Mexico, died September 19 after suffering from a severe heart attack.

Judy G. Sagen, daughter of Garland and Margaret Sagen, was born September 9, 1952, in Devils Lake, N.D. Judy was baptized in Churchs Ferry, N.D. The family later moved to Hillsboro, N.D., where Judy was confirmed. She was also Miss Poppy of Hillsboro and was active in the youth programs of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.

After the family moved to Grand Forks, Judy graduated from Red River High School. She later attended nurses training in Fargo, graduating in 1972. Judy put her training to use at Basin Electric Power Cooperative and volunteered with the Mercer County Ambulance in Beulah, N.D. In the 1980’s, Judy and family moved to Hillsboro, where she worked as a nurse at American Crystal Sugar and also volunteered with the Trail County Ambulance.

Judy then went back to school at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and graduated as a physician’s assistant in 1993.  After beginning her practice, she served for a time as a coroner in Minnesota.

Upon her retirement, she moved to Mexico, where she lived with her husband, Sandy Dzul, until her death.

Judy is survived by her husband Sandy Dzul of Cancun, Mexico; parents Garland and Margaret Sagen, Devils Lake; children, Noah Miller and his wife Diane, Fargo, Tahirih Field, Fargo; grandchildren, Sydney, Ashton, and Mason; brothers, Kenneth Sagen and his wife Laura, Bedford, Tex., Rodney Sagen, and his wife Trudy, Beulah, N.D.; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, grandnieces and nephews.

Judy was preceded in death by her grandparents Clarence and Inga Sagen and Irvin and Francis Owens; and several aunts and uncles.
Kenneth Stebbins Helenbolt, 87, of Prescott, Ariz., passed away Friday, Oct. 14, of complications from a stroke.

Ken, an only child, was born July 18, 1924, to Carl and Mildred (Stebbins) Helenbolt in Medina, N.Y. He spent his youth in Medina, graduating from high school there in 1942. Ken enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a sergeant and surgical tech from 1943 to 1946 at O'Reilly General Hospital, Springfield, Mo.

Intrigued by the honor system at the University of Virginia, Ken enrolled there in 1946, graduating with a BA in 1948 and an MD in 1952. From 1952 to 1953, Ken served as a surgical intern at the University of Minnesota Hospital, followed by a residency in urology in Minneapolis from 1953 to 1956. While at the University of Minnesota, he met his late wife, Mary Elizabeth Lavin, whom he married on July 22, 1953. Dr. Helenbolt opened his first urology practice in Norfolk, Va., in 1956.

However, in 1959, he decided to live closer to his in-laws. He and Mary packed up the family and moved to Grand Forks, N.D., where he embarked on his 19-year career as a urologist. He practiced alone for 10 years and for the final nine years partnered with Dr. Conrad Doce. In 1978, Ken was named medical director for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Dakota, a position he held until 1989. In addition to his medical career, Ken served as professor of surgery at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences and a consultant at the VA hospitals in Fargo and the Grand Forks Air Force Base. Upon retiring in 1989, Ken spent summers at a home on Ottertail Lake, Minn., and winters at various southern U.S. locations. Desiring a more permanent home, Ken moved to Prescott, Ariz., in 1997, where he resided until his death. Ken thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his neighbors at Antelope Hills in Prescott.

After the death of his wife Mary, in 1984, Ken married Connie Hiney in 1985. Ken and Connie were married until her death in 2007.

One of his proudest accomplishments was helping to establish a four-year medical school at the University of North Dakota.

Kenneth was always proud of his four children: his daughters Cynthia Karg (Randal) and Jean Parm (James); and his sons Kenneth (Kimiko) and Michael (Nancy). He also took pride in his grandchildren, Philip, Daniel, and Katie Karg, Carl Parm, Kenneth (Tricia) and Kawai Helenbolt, and Cody (Chelsea), Evan, Joel, Sean (deceased), and Kyle Helenbolt.

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