Sanden remembered as generous, dedicated

Sanden remembered as generous, dedicated Click to Enlarge

Friends and family gathered at United Lutheran Church Monday to say good-bye to longtime Grand Forks broadcaster and KNOX announcer Duaine Sanden, who died June 16 at the age of 74.

Former colleague Jeff Erickson made the trip from Fargo to pay his respects.

"He was always a good friend to me," Erickson said. "As an experienced broadcaster, he was always there to teach a young person like me about the business and how to do things properly."

Erickson recalled how Sanden "was outgoing to everyone in the community. He seemed to know everybody."

Longtime Devils Lake sportscaster Mark Beighley said Sanden was a generous man who was dedicated to his work.

"A couple of years ago, his car broke down. He was on his way back from getting inducted into the North Dakota Fair Hall of Fame," Beighley said. "He spent the night at my house, but he had to get back for that Sunday morning gig on the radio. So up we were at 4:30 AM, and we got him here (in Grand Forks) by his 6:00 shift."

Beighley added, "if you needed anything, Duaine was always there. He made me smile."

In his eulogy, Grand Forks sportscaster Tim Hennessy said Sanden was a one-of-a-kind broadcaster who was always entertaining.

Sanden’s radio career spanned six decades. He was well-known for his annual broadcasts of high school holiday music programs, which aired for 55 consecutive Christmases.

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