June 24th, 2015

Brelje makes St. Kate’s list

Holly Brelje, daughter of Jon and Cheryl Templin and Mike Jackson, was named to the St. Catherine University dean’s list for fall 2014. Brelje is a senior majoring in radiography. To qualify for the list, students must achieve a GPA of 3.667 or higher. 

Sikkila makes dean’s list

Paige Sikkila of Brownton was named to the Rochester Community and Technical College dean’s list for the spring semester of 2015. To qualify, students must earn a GPA between 3.0 and 4.0. 

Boy born to Ruzicka family

Ryan and Angella Ruzicka of Waconia announce the birth of their son, Bjorn Arthur Ruzicka, born April 28, 2015, at Ridgeview Medical Center. Bjorn weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 181⁄2 inches long. He joins sister Biella. Grandparents are Mitch and Kris Erickson of Watertown and Larry and Barb Ruzicka of Dassel. Great-grandparents are Art and Gwen Erickson of Moorhead and Ernest and Beverly Svanda of Silver Lake. 

St. Cloud State graduates

Mark Zaske of Brownton and Tanner Lilienthal of Glencoe participated in commencement ceremonies at St. Cloud State University on Saturday, May 9. Zaske received a bachelor of science in technology management, magna cum laude. Lilienthal received a bachelor of science in mathematics teaching, cum laude. 

Students on Holy Trinity list

Central Lakes College grads

Savanna Schwegel of Brownton and Adam Nowak of Silver Lake recently graduated from Central Lakes College in Brainerd. Schwegel earned an associate in arts degree and Nowak received a diploma of occupational proficiency for heavy equipment operation and maintenance. 

Gustavus dean’s list students

Jonah Butler, Oakley Clark and Beatrice Winter of Glencoe, and Morgan Sanken of Brownton, were named to the Gustavus Adolphus College dean’s list for the 2015 spring semester. Students on the list have earned a grade point average of 3.7 or higher. 

Iverson named to dean’s list

Samantha Iverson of Glencoe was named to the Minnesota State University, Moorhead, dean’s list for the 2015 spring semester. Iverson is studying speech, language and hearing science. To qualify, students must maintain a grade point average of 3.25 or above. 

Motorcycle deaths up 56% within a year

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Motorcycle Safety Center reported last week that motorcycle deaths in Minnesota are up 56 percent from the same period last year.
As of June 19, 25 motorcycle fatalities were reported by the DPS. Since then, a motorcycle death was reported in Sibley County, and a motorcycle driver and a passenger were killed on Interstate 90 near Jackson.
And those are just the fatalities. It seems that motorcycle accidents with injuries also are on the increase.

A roller coaster ride of a different kind

As animals we have natural instincts that tell us what to do, and not do, in order to stay alive. As humans, we love to ignore these instincts and do the craziest things possible. Which is why I found myself 13,000 feet in the air, strapped to a stranger and a piece of canvas and not only willing, but excited to jump.