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Bob Lind, Published August 02 2010

Lind: Part of WDAY’s daily parade

Ken Kennedy was a popular and nice guy both on the air for WDAY Radio and off.

Monica Stutsman knows this firsthand. She was Ken’s secretary in the late 1950s.

Monica and her husband, Bill, are retired and living on Lake Lida near Vergas, Minn., where, she says, they “watch the beautiful sunsets and share space with everything from hummingbirds to bald eagles.” But she takes time to reminisce about her days at WDAY working with Ken, whom she describes as “a kind and thoughtful man, easy to be around.”

Ken did a Norwegian takeoff on the air and when making public appearances. Once in a while, “when we least expected it,” Monica says, “he would break into that exaggerated Norwegian brogue and break us all up.”

Another popular guy at WDAY was Roy Pedersen, a “bundle of energy,” she says.

Roy was promotions manager for WDAY Radio and TV for 45 years. One of his jobs was heading the annual WDAY Band Festival, which brought many area high school bands to Fargo for a big parade.

“It took everyone at the station to get that show on the road,” Monica says. It was a massive undertaking. But she says Roy persistently said, “The parade begins at 10 a.m., regardless.”

“And somehow, it always did,” she says.

Monica left WDAY when she and Bill, an elementary school principal, and their three sons moved to Wahpeton, N.D. Then they moved to Cannon Falls, Minn., and later to Pelican Rapids, Minn.

While in Pelican Rapids, Monica commuted to Fergus Falls, Minn., to work for Otter Tail Power, which encouraged its employees to further their education. So Monica took night classes at Fergus Falls Community College and then obtained a B.A. degree in English with an emphasis on writing from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2005. “After 18 years,” she adds.

And now, she’s out there by the lake watching the sunsets and thinking back to when her boss used to crack everyone up doing his Norwegian routine.

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