College News

Brooke Maruska, Big Lake is the recipient of a Faculty Scholarship and will participate in the Credo Honors Program at Concordia.
Maruska, a 2014 graduate of Big Lake HS, is the daughter of Darin and Melissa, Big Lake.
High school activities in which Brooke has participate include: Honor Student Top 10 Percent, NHS, Girls Track & Field Captain, Girls Basketball, Football Manager, Treble Choir, Presidential Outstanding Acad-emic Excellence and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Morgan Wilburn, Big Lake was recognized by North Dakota State University for having made the Dean's List in the College of Science and Mathematics for the Spring Semester 2014.
The following students have been named to the dean's list for academic excellence during the Spring 2014 semester. To earn dean's list distinctions in SDSU's colleges, students must have completed a minimum of 12 credits and must have earned at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
Logan Scott Snare, Big Lake.
Michigan Technological University
Michigan Technological Univ honored the achievements of nearly 1,000 graduates May 3 at Spring Commencement, including the following students from the local area:
Helena Keller, Elk River, Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering.
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Undergraduate and graduate students participated in commencement ceremonies at University of Wisconsin-Stout in May.
Kristy Waller of Big Lake, received an M.S. in applied psychology.
Amanda Okerson of Big Lake, received a B.S. in hotel restaurant and tourism.
Benjamin Barber of Big Lake, received a B.S. in supply chain management.
Lindsey Gillan of Elk River, received a B.S. in hotel restaurant and tourism.
Brenna Herzog of Elk River, received a B.S. in hotel restaurant and tourism.
Lauren Jenkins of Elk River, received a B.S. in human development and family studies.
The College of Saint Scholastica
Local students graduated from The College of St. Scholastica May 10 in a commencement ceremony at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.
Halie J. Hommes of Big Lake graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences.
Kyle D. Orrock of Elk River graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Finance.
Destiny M. Lovelette of Elk River graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Joshua A. Subialka of Elk River graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy in Physical Therapy.
Buena Vista University
Courtney Muenchow, Monticello, was named to the Dean's List for the Spring 2014 semester at Buena Vista University. Students named to the Dean's List must have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 for the semester, based on a 4.0 grade point system, and must have taken at least 12 hours of coursework.
Bucknell University
Alyshia Scholl , Elk River, daughter of Charles and Miki Scholl and a 2010 graduate of Blake School-Northrup Campus, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Cell Biology/ Biochemistry.


DANCERS FROM JENNIFER’S DANCE CENTER will be performing at Disney World in Florida in October. Pictured (front row, left to right), are Grace Esselman, Lillian St. Jean, Sophia Gerou, Kailey Buchta, Rowan Payne and Hannah Oakes. Middle row are Amelia Cameron, Brianna Anthony, Jacqie Bengtson, Gianna Mitchell, Alex Dillion, Abby Yanke and Rose Curtis. Back row are Tori Ramert, Alexis Erickson, Sophia St. Ives, Tiana Link, Rachel Royseth, Kristian Kunkel, Brooklynn Bengtson, Nicole Bengtson and Kendall Luoma. Not pictured are Haylee Oakes and Melanie Miskowic. (Submitted photo).

FIVE GIRLS FROM MARY OF THE VISITATION CHURCH’S YOUTH GROUP helped Gail Stanley (not pictured) of Big Lake pack her belongings for a move she was taking to Princeton last weekend. The girls are (from left to right): Bridget Buchholz, Jasmine Johnson, Michaela Manifold, Brittney Kostek and Josie Berger. (Photo by Bill Morgan)

CENTRACARE HEALTH MONTICELLO HOSPITAL provides top-quality health care for the community. St. Cloud Hospital, run by CentraCare Health, was recently named the third best medical facility in the state, second only to the Mayo Clinic and Abbot Northwestern. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

CHUCK MAURER, 54, of Becker was killed in a car crash Tuesday and his 10 year old daughter, Casey, was airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center after his mini-van was t-boned by a pickup truck driven by four teenagers from Little Falls. (Submitted photo courtesy of the Maurer family.)

Ronald D. Wobbrock
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