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We are proud to announce this year's honoree is 1972 Jefferson graduate and founding memeber of the Alexandria Cardinal Athletic Foundation, Rich Nodland.

Congratulations Rich!

  • Was born in Alexandria and has lived here his entire life
  • Married to Colleen
  • Three children: Jennifer, Richard Jr., and Ryan. 
  • All three children graduated from Jefferson Sr. High School and received athletic scholarships to attend college. 
  • Three grandchildren: Will, Wade, and Wyatt.
  • Participated in football, basketball, and track at Jefferson, and was a captain and all-conference in all three sports. 

  • Attended college at Moorhead State University where he played football and participated in track.

  • President/Owner of Nodland Construction Company which is a 3rd generation family business and has been in operation for 95 years.
  • Nodland Construction has been a 75 year member of the Associated General Contractors of Minnesota.

  • Avid sportsman, hunter, and fisherman.

  • Life sponsor of Ducks Unlimited.

  • A member of St. Mary’s Church

  • Worked with Cap Paciotti to create the Cardinal Athletic Foundation.

  • Helped make improvements to the football field and installation of new lights for the field.

  • Instrumental in building the weight room at Jefferson.

  • Helped coach youth basketball and football.
  • Supporter of Cardinal Athletics, Dollars for Scholars, Senior Party, United Way, and the YMCA.