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Nicholas M. Blumenshine, accomplished making the dean’s list for the Spring Semester.
Blumenshine also graduated with his CNC Precision Manufacturing Technician Diploma.
Blumenshine is a 2010 Big Lake graduate, parents are Lori Thue and Stepdad Darwin Thue.
BSU’s Merit Scholarship Program guarantees at least $1,000 in scholarships to students who meet minimum qualifications - an ACT score of 21 or above and a high school class ranking in the top 50 percent or a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Students must meet both criteria to qualify for the program.
Big Lake
Renee Kasper, freshman, undeclared, Campus Honor Scholarship $6,000, Academic Achievement Scholarship $3,000; Brittany Green, freshman, criminal justice, Student Success Scholarship $1,000; 
Kayla Kollar-Burkholder, freshman, psychology, Student Success Scholarship $1,000;
Michael Dockendorf, freshman, criminal justice, Student Success Scholarship $1,000.
More than 150 incoming and returning Bemidji State University students are recieving $182,624 in scholarship funding to support their educations for the 2014-15 academic year.
Most scholarships are based on outstanding achievement and not on financial need.
Big Lake
John Schleder, senior, accounting; MN Society of Certified Public Accountants Scholarship - $1,000
Hope Wall, sophomore, art and design; Rick and Marcella Sherman Scholarship - $3,000
Elk River 
Emily Kirscht, freshman, business administration; Leonard Dickinson Scholarship - $500
Monticello |55362| Elizabeth Gindele, senior, nursing; Harold T. Peters Scholarship - $500
Jed Swenson, junior, science education; Christine E. Janda Scholarship - $1,000.
the university of
north dakota
The University of North Dakota’s general spring commencement ceremony was May 17, at the Alerus Center.
The number of eligible candidates for the spring general commencement event, this year, was 1,915 students.
The following is a list of all UND students who were eligible to graduate this spring. 
Elk River -- Morgan Lynch (BBA), Gemma Saxon (BGS), Justin Varty (BSME, Cum Laude); 
Monticello -- Kaitlyn Ferguson (BAcc, Summa Cum Laude), Renae Hilde (BA & BS, Magna Cum Laude).
Des Moines University granted 539 degrees at its 2014 Commencement Ceremony, the 114th in the university's history, May 24 at Hy-Vee Hall in the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. The dean from each of the three DMU colleges presented their classes and DMU President Angela L. Walker Franklin, Ph.D., conferred degrees.
Laurne Boleen from Monticello, earned a M.S. (PA) degree. Boleen is the child of Doug Boleen and Chris Wollan.
the university of
north dakota
North Dakota State University Spring Semester 2014 dean’s list:
Big Lake
Christine A. Aubol, Nursing
Bailey J. Bechtold, Pharma-ceutical Sciences
Kayla J. Blake, Animal Science
Austin R. Buchholz,  Mechanical Engineering
Jessica S. Erickson, Human Development and Family Sci.
Kirstin M. Gramith, Pharmacy
Dalton E. Hassler,Microbiology
Kevin M. Pavlik Pharmacy
Morgan L. Wilburn Zoology
Elk River 
Danielle J. Anderson Nursing
Abigail L. Aspengren Nursing
Michael K. Bayles Computer Science
Layni K. Bednarz Nursing
Derek M. Cronquist Criminal Justice
Lynk C. Downing, Mathematics Education
Dena L. Gleason. Respiratory Care
Brandon L. Jacobson Mechanical Engineering
Eric J. Miller, Civil Engineering
Emily J. Morgan, Zoology
Alison L. Palm, Human Development and Family Sci.
Alexandra L. Petrich Accounting
Callie M. Schroer, Spanish
Jayson C. Thompson. Pharmacy
Nicole N. Thorndal, Microbiology
Rachel E. Wingard, Hospitality and Tourism Management 
Hannah M. Berns, Nursing
Rachelle L. Rambur, Mechanical Engineering
Bryan A. Rask, Mathematics
Elizabeth L. Temple Family and Consumer Sciences Edu.
Todd J. Tingelstad English
Paige Nagorski and Samantha Kuhlow, Big Lake has been accepted and has registered for fall semester classes at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, one of the most respected career-oriented, technology-based universities in the nation.  
Nagorski and Kulhow both graduated from Big Lake High School in 2014. Nagorski plans to major in Sports and Recreation Management, while Kulhow plans to major in Biology and minor in Chemisty. Nagorski is the daughter of John Nagorski and Robin Schlosser. Kulhow is the daughter of Greg and Kathy Kulhow. 
Emily Berglund, Becker has been accepted and has registered for fall semester classes at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, one of the most respected career-oriented, technology-based universities in the nation.  
Berglund graduated from Big Lake High School in 2014. She plans to double major in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. Berglund is the daughter of Daren and Kelly Berglund. 
University of Evansville
Travis Johnson, Monticello,  has achieved a place on the University of Evansville Dean's List for academic achievements during the Spring Semester 2014. Johnson is majoring in Archaeology.
To make the Dean's List, a student at UE must earn at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
Minnesota State University Moorhead 
The following students have been named to the Minnesota State University Moorhead dean's list in recognition of academic achievement spring semester 2014. Students must maintain a 3.25 or higher grade point average and carry 12 graded credits to qualify for the honor. 
Sean Ferrian, Elk River,  Elk River High School, Major(s): Advertising;
Kaela Gallup, Elk River,  Other - State Unknown, Major(s): Early Childhood Education;
Erik Gatzke, Elk River,  Elk River High School, Major(s): Psychology;
Nicholas Luetmer, Big Lake, Big Lake High School, Major(s): Animation;
Karly McCormic, Big Lake, Monticello High School, Major(s): University Studies;
Emerald Moe-Zinn, Elk River, Big Lake High School, Major(s): Film Production;
Amanda Olson, Big Lake, Big Lake High School, Major(s): Art Education;
Peter Olson, Big Lake,  Big Lake High School, Major(s): Elementary Inclusive Education, Social Work;
Jarret St Jean, Big Lake,  Elk River High School, Major(s): Communication Studies;
Sarah Thedens, Elk River, Elk River High School, Major(s): Speech/Language/Hearing Science, Exercise Science;
Kara Ziemer Elk River, Elk River High School, Major(s): Exercise Science;
Colin Zurnieden Elk River, Elk River High School, Major(s): Public Relations.
The nation’s leading provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians, is proud to announce the graduation of Andrew M. Mentzel from its automotive, diesel and industrial programs.  Originally from Big Lake, Mentzel came to the Lisle, IL campus to pursue a program specifically designed to provide the training necessary for professional, entry-level technicians.
  “Our students take their training very seriously,” says Julie Mueller, campus president of UTI-Lisle. “Often there are many sacrifices that have to be made in order to pursue their technical program. There is work, life, and school balance that must be maintained in order to successfully complete their studies at UTI. Our graduates are technical experts that are chosen by industry and ready to work.” 


MEMBERS OF THE BIG LAKE HIGH SCHOOL CHAMBER CHOIR performed for the school board at the beginning of their last meeting. The Chamber Choir members are selected for their skills from among their peers. They were directed by Mary Ebanks. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

DARLENE LANZ grew up just east of town and has lived in or around Big Lake all her life. She recalls what Christmas was like in Big Lake back then. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

SHERBURNE COUNTY ATTORNEY Kathleen Heaney, taking over as MCAA President. (Submitted photo.)

Cheryl Turck and Corey Mabis of the Sherburne County Probation Dept. (Photo by Ken Francis.)

SANTA AND HIS HELPERS prepared to give out toys to 111 families at the Food Shelf Monday. The toys were all donated by one local merchant. (Photo by Ken Francis.)