Jan. 13

Jacob Lieberg of Sartell was recently named to the fall dean’s list at South Dakota State University in Brookings. Students must maintain a minimum 3.5 grade-point average to qualify for this honor. Lieberg is majoring in pharmacy and allied health professions.

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Jan. 13

Gabrielle Langerud of St. Joseph was recently named to the fall dean’s list at South Dakota State University in Brookings. Students must maintain a 4.0 grade-point average to qualify for this honor. Langerud is majoring in education and human sciences.

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Dec. 23

contributed photo St. Joseph Lions receiving awards are the following (from left to right): Ken Stommes, Fran Court, Matt Killam, Kyle Jensen, Duane Sorensen, Ralph Meyer, Donna Hoskins and Joanne and Joe Bechtold.

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St. Joseph Lions receiving awards are the following (from left to right): Ken Stommes, Fran Court, Matt Killam, Kyle Jensen, Duane Sorensen, Donna Hoskins, Ralph Meyer, and Joanne and Joe Bechtold.

The St. Joseph Lions’ Club held its annual awards ceremony Dec. 6 at the St. Joseph Fire Hall. The Melvin Jones Fellowship Award was presented to both Matt Killam, who has been with the Lions’ Club since 2013, and Ralph Meyer, who joined in 1985 and has had perfect attendance ever since. Joseph Bechtold and Fran Court were awarded the Lions Hearing Research Fellowship Award, which recognized humanitarian service, outstanding leadership and personal commitment. Donna Hoskins and Ken Stommes received the Lions Leaderdog Award for their service and work on various committees. Duane Sorensen was present with the Lions Dream Catcher Award for his untiring efforts at club fundraisers. Joanne Bechtold and Kyle Jensen received the Lions Top Dog Award, which honors perfect attendance. They have been members since 2007 and 2013, respectively. Lastly, Sue Kuefler was the recipient of the Helen Keller award for her work as information and technology chairman.

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Dec. 23

Dec. 23

The Central Minnesota Arts Board awarded the Sauk Rapids-Rice Hillside Adult Education the amount of $3,500 to allow artist Laura Ruprecht to have her own on-site studio at Hillside from January-May. Ruprecht will work weekly with adults earning art or elective credit toward a high school diploma while creating a body of work for an exhibition in May.

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Dec. 16

contributed photo Sartell Squirt C White kicked off its tournament season this past weekend with a win at the Irish Ice Classic in Rosemount. The players opened strong against tough competitors, Rosemount, with a 3-2 win. Tartan Blue challenged Sartell in game two with an exciting match up that ended in a 3-3 tie. The semifinal round paired Sartell White and Forest Lake Gold. The Sartell skaters worked hard to defeat Forest Lake 5-3. Finally, the Sartell White would face Woodbury Gold in the championship round where they skated to a 6-0 victory and a shut-out for goal tender Geno Genise. Team members include the following (front row, left to right) Judson Thalacker, Drew Bollinger, Geno Genise, Anders Moen and Gabe Truscinski; (middle row) Keaton Landowski, Kellen Granroth, Jay Weitgenant, Cayden Vos, Adam Holien, Owen Oxton, Carson Andel and Will Gaida; and (back row) Coaches Jeff Oxton, Dave Truscinski, Jeff Bollinger and Chad Holien. "The Sartell Squirt C White players and their dedicated coaches had a phenomenal weekend. Each of these boys gave 100 percent and played 100 percent as a team," give quoted name from whoever sent email. "They demonstrated great sportsmanship, and their passion for the game and respect for each other as team members really shined through. These boys skated hard and most importantly they had so much fun. Great job Sartell Sabres Squirt C White."

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Sartell Squirt C White kicked off its tournament season this past weekend with a win at the Irish Ice Classic in Rosemount. The players opened strong against tough competitors, Rosemount, with a 3-2 win. Tartan Blue challenged Sartell in game two with an exciting match up that ended in a 3-3 tie. The semifinal round paired Sartell White and Forest Lake Gold. The Sartell skaters worked hard to defeat Forest Lake 5-3. Finally, the Sartell White would face Woodbury Gold in the championship round where they skated to a 6-0 victory and a shut-out for goal tender Geno Genise. Team members include the following (front row, left to right) Judson Thalacker, Drew Bollinger, Geno Genise, Anders Moen and Gabe Truscinski; (middle row) Keaton Landowski, Kellen Granroth, Jay Weitgenant, Cayden Vos, Adam Holien, Owen Oxton, Carson Andel and Will Gaida; and (back row) Coaches Jeff Oxton, Dave Truscinski, Jeff Bollinger and Chad Holien.
“The Sartell Squirt C White players and their dedicated coaches had a phenomenal weekend. Each of these boys gave 100 percent and played 100 percent as a team,” give quoted name from whoever sent email. “They demonstrated great sportsmanship, and their passion for the game and respect for each other as team members really shined through. These boys skated hard and most importantly they had so much fun. Great job Sartell Sabres Squirt C White.”

Two Sartell students recently graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato, this past fall.

They are the following: Amanda Fasen (nursing) and Thomas Stang (Spanish).

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Isabelle Nygaard, Sartell, was one of 14 runners-up of the United Way LIVE UNITED essay contest. Nygaard will receive the runner-up award of a $75 Visa gift card for her essay on how she lives united: “Being part of a community means helping out one another, being kind, and having a friendly relationship with the people in your community. I have helped in my community by serving foods for Place of Hope, packaging food for Kid’s Against Hunger, collecting donations and making blankets for Anna Marie’s Alliance. I volunteered at Boys and Girls Clubs in St. Cloud and helped sort food for Kidstops in Central Minnesota. I am also an active Junior Girl Scout, where we do many community service projects, and we currently are working on our Bronze Award.” Nygaard is a student at Sartell Middle School.

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Dec. 16

Carl Shobe, St. Joseph, was one of the 14 runners-up of the United Way LIVE UNITED essay contest. Shobe will receive the runner-up award of a $75 Visa gift card for his essay on how he lives united: “I live united by traveling to different countries and playing with kids at the park. We don’t speak the same language, but we have fun together. I live united by helping to split wood for my grandpa’s cousin Marge who had a stroke. I live united by donating clothes and food to charity and buying Christmas gifts for kids that need them. I live united by making friends with kids that are different from me. They have different religions and different races, and some are challenged with special needs. That’s how I live United, I think you should, too.” Shobe is a student at Kennedy Elementary School.

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Dec. 16

Two Sauk Rapids students recently graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato, this past fall.

They are the following: Kelsey McMahon (mass communications) and Michael Wiechmann (K-12 licensure).

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Emily Gustafson, Sauk Rapids, was the grand-prize winner of the United Way LIVE UNITED essay contest. Gustafson will receive the grand prize award of a $200 Visa gift card for her essay on how she lives united: “Living united is when everyone works together. They don’t judge others by race, money, or looks. They include others, and they don’t care what other people think of them. They don’t listen to rumors about people, they only see what they are like by their personal experiences. They believe and speak the truth. They will do the right thing no matter what the consequence is. Treat everyone as a whole because everyone has differences. If everyone lived united, it would make a big difference in our community, country and WORLD!!!” Gustafson is a student at Mississippi Heights Elementary School.

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