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Published November 29, 2013, 12:00 AM

Larry Ristvedt

Larry Ristvedt, well-known and loved local radio personality, has died after a long battle with ALS.

Larry was born September 21, 1942 in Fargo, ND, the son of Emerald and Lester Ristvedt. He graduated from Minnesota State University of Moorhead in 1968, following five years of service in the Air Force.

Larry Ristvedt

Larry Ristvedt, well-known and loved local radio personality, has died after a long battle with ALS.

Larry was born September 21, 1942 in Fargo, ND, the son of Emerald and Lester Ristvedt. He graduated from Minnesota State University of Moorhead in 1968, following five years of service in the Air Force.

Larry began his career as a commodities broker before joining Fargo’s KFGO radio, where he delivered farm news and market analysis for 34 years before retiring in 2010. He was recognized in 1997 with the University of Georgia’s prestigious Peabody Award for his radio commentary entitled “Flood of the Century.”

Larry’s limitless curiosity led him to accomplish many things during his life, traveling widely around the world, meeting people and making friends wherever he went. His well-known business acumen led to the creation of Uncle Larry’s Beef Shtix and Uncle Larry’s Lemonade which became popular at the F-M Redhawks games. He co-authored the “North Dakota Blackjack Book” prompting special attention in Las Vegas… and created his famous pocket market analyst flip coin, Bulls and Bears, which Larry humorously described as a “decision-maker in your pants.” Larry is also credited with renaming the Red River Valley Agri-Business Equipment and Service Exhibition to “Big Iron.”

Larry was united in marriage to Susan Pramhus in 1978, who survives along with their children, Richard, Fargo; Tricia, Queens, NY, and brother, Dean Ristvedt of Moorhead. He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to a charity of donors’ choice.

Memorial Service: 1:00 pm Monday, December 2, 2013, at Hope Lutheran Church-North Campus. Visitation is 5-7 pm Sunday, December 1, 2013, with a prayer service at 7:00 pm at Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home, Fargo.

Please feel free to sign the online guestbook at www.hansonrunsvold.com

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