Brent P. Bechtold, 45

Feb. 28, 1972-Aug. 16, 2017

Brent P. Bechtold, 45, of Holdingford, formerly of St. Joseph, died Aug. 16 at his home. His funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in St. Joseph. The Rev. Jerome Tupa OSB will officiate. Entombment will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call between 4-7 p.m. on Sunday and after 9 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Heritage Hall in St. Joseph.

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Christina A. Weber, 98

Dec. 25, 1918 – Aug. 16, 2017

Christina Anna Weber, 98, of Luxemburg, died Aug. 16 at the Assumption Nursing Home in Cold Spring. Her funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22 at the church of St. Wendelin in Luxemburg. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. There will be a visitation from 4-8 p.m. Monday and again after 9 a.m. Tuesday in Mary Hall at the church in Luxemburg. St. Wendelin. Parish prayers will be at 4 p.m. Monday. St. Wendelin Christian Mothers will pray at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the church, prior to the funeral. Arrangements are being made by the Miller-Carlin Funeral Homes.

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Aug. 18

MTA presents Simon with Maintenance Professional of Year Award

Scott Simon, maintenance manager at Brenny Transportation in St. Joseph, was presented the Maintenance Professional of the Year Award at the annual conference of the Minnesota Trucking Association on Aug. 2. “Scott is a self-taught maintenance technician who, (throughout) the years, has developed a passion for safety that has had a major and positive impact on Brenny’s Compliance, Safety and Accountability scores,” said MTA President John Hausladen. “This, plus his hard work and humility, make him very deserving of this award.” Brenny Transportation was founded in 1996 by Joyce and Todd Brenny, who wanted to create a company that treated people with integrity and respect, a company which honored champion character and empowered creativity. The MTA Maintenance Professional of the Year Award recognizes an individual who manages the maintenance activities of their company, and has contributed, through personal efforts, to the advancement of highway safety and/or to reducing their company’s environmental impact.

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Aug. 18

MTA presents Simon with Maintenance Professional of Year Award

Scott Simon, maintenance manager at Brenny Transportation in St. Joseph, was presented the Maintenance Professional of the Year Award at the annual conference of the Minnesota Trucking Association on Aug. 2. “Scott is a self-taught maintenance technician who, (throughout) the years, has developed a passion for safety that has had a major and positive impact on Brenny’s Compliance, Safety and Accountability scores,” said MTA President John Hausladen. “This, plus his hard work and humility, make him very deserving of this award.” Brenny Transportation was founded in 1996 by Joyce and Todd Brenny, who wanted to create a company that treated people with integrity and respect, a company which honored champion character and empowered creativity. The MTA Maintenance Professional of the Year Award recognizes an individual who manages the maintenance activities of their company, and has contributed, through personal efforts, to the advancement of highway safety and/or to reducing their company’s environmental impact.

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Aug. 11

CORRECTION

A correction is needed for an Aug. 4 Newsleader story about Sarah Kleppe, the new communications specialist for the Sartell-St. Stephen School District. In the story, a reference is made to Amy Trombley, who was Kleppe’s predecessor. Trombley is now working as a communications person for an organization called Partner for Student Success, which works with the school district but which is a separate organization from the district.

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Aug. 11

W. Gohman Construction employee finishes first at state, takes second at national carpentry competition

Alex Engelmeyer, who works for W. Gohman Construction of St. Joseph and who resides in Freeport, recently placed second in the national carpentry competition at the annual Skills USA Championships in Louisville, Ken. Before nationals, Engelmeyer finished first in carpentry at the 2017 Minnesota Skills competition. This qualified him to compete against other premiere carpenters across the nation. This year’s competition featured 68 secondary and post-secondary carpentry competitors. Each participant was tested on individualized projects that required load-bearing wall framing utilizing wood and steel stud-framing members as well as roof framing that incorporated post, beam and rafter construction and exterior siding and trim. Contestants were judged on job-interview skills, written test scores, safety, adherence to plans, craftsmanship and the proper use of tools and materials to perform the required tasks. W. Gohman Construction is a commercial contractor who has built many landmarks in central Minnesota, including the St. Cloud Public Library, Park Industries and the St. Cloud Aquatics Community Center and YMCA.

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Kathleen E. Emslander, 74, Sartell

Kathleen E. “Kathy” Emslander, 74, of Sartell was held Aug. 1, 2017 at the Daniel Funeral Home Chapel, 1010 Second St. N., St. Cloud. Emslander passed away peacefully on Friday, July 28 at Lakeview Ranch in Dassel. Burial will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls.

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Aug. 4

Seventeen Sartell students were recently named to the spring dean’s list at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

They and their majors are as follows: Hosam Alkhatib, a senior, biological sciences; Mohammad Ayyub, a junior, biological sciences; Drew Baker, a junior, liberal arts; Joseph Becker, a sophomore, liberal arts; Matthew Bowe, a junior, management; Samantha Carlson, a junior, liberal arts; Taylor Daniels, a senior, liberal arts; Bria Halstrom, a senior, food, agriculture and natural resources science; Brendon Jones, a sophomore, liberal arts; Jason Koopman, a junior, liberal art; Matthew Markman, a junior, biological sciences; Kayla Olson, a junior, science and engineering; Zachary Ryan, a junior, biological sciences; Avalon Schlecht, a junior, education and human development; Kirsten Shaw, a senior, continuing education; Madelyn Tillemans, a junior, liberal arts; and Nicole Yang, a junior, liberal arts.

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