June 15 St. Joseph people

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Three St. Joseph students were named to the spring semester dean’s list at North Dakota State University. To qualify, a student must earn a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher. The students are: Ethan Schatz, medical laboratory science; Connor Wander, electrical engineering; and Jeremy Warzecka, mechanical engineering.


Nicole Bloch of St. Joseph was named to the spring semester dean’s list at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. To qualify, the student’s grade-point average must be in the top 15 percent.


Two St. Joseph students were recently named to the president’s honor roll at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. To qualify, the student needs a grade-point average of 3.8 or higher.

They are Nicole Bloch and Emily Lygre, both of St. Joseph.


A family reunion on May 19 celebrated 150 years since the Schmitt/Thelen families arrived in Jacobs Prairie from Germany. On June 16, 1868, Anton and Anna (Thelen) Schmitt and their children John, Math, Anna and Catherine arrived in New York from Eschbach, Germany. Ralph Schmitt, a resident of St. Joesph, and his brother Jerry Schmitt wanted to know what happened to the family still in Germany. In 2016, they traveled back to the area to see if they could find anyone. A series of events led them to stopping in Siebenbach and going to a local town festival. By coincidence, they sat down next to Rudi Thelen and found out he was a descendant of the family that stayed in Germany. “It was like it was meant to be,” said Ralph Schmitt. Joining the May 19 celebration was the Thelen family that was found. Rudi Thelen, his son Tobias, nephew Daniel and friend Arnold Mueller all traveled to help celebrate. 

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(Left to right) Rudi Thelen, Arnold Mueller, Tobias Thelen, Ralph Schmitt, Avalyn Lassi, Daniel Thiel and Samuel Lassi. (Avalyn and Samuel are Ralph Schmitt’s grandchildren.)

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The Schmitt/Thelen Family


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Brenny Transportation was presented with a Platinum Safety Award by Great West Casualty as part of Great West’s annual National Safety Awards program. This program recognizes motor carriers in similar operations (truckload and less than truckload) with awards based on their year-end preventable-crash results. Carriers are eligible to receive a platinum, gold, silver or participatory award.


Four St. Joseph students have been named to the spring semester dean’s list at he University of Minnesota Duluth. Students on the dean’s list have achieved a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher. The students are: Emily Thiessen, senior, biochemistry and criminology;  Nate Whitley, senior, physics; Sierrah Skudlarek, junior, biochemistry; and Abbie Thomas, freshman, social work.

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