April 3 – Sartell-St. Stephen people

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The White Box Marketing team: (from left) Carrie Karki, owner; Rachael Witt; Alison Fischer; Abbey Stemper; and Jayme Donovan.

WhiteBox Marketing recently accepted five 2020 American Advertising Awards for work completed during the 2019 calendar year. The annual American Advertising Awards are hosted by the American Advertising Federation of Central Minnesota and recognizes the talent of local marketers and advertisers who submit their work for professional judging. Carrie Karki of Sartell is president and founder of WhiteBox Marketing.


BankVista of Sartell was one of 40 Minnesota banks recognized by the Minnesota Bankers Association for their community involvement. The honored banks donated more than $3.1 million to their communities and worked with an average of 45 organizations each in the past year. These organizations included the American Red Cross, Meals on Wheels, United Way, Salvation Army, American Cancer Society, Girl Scouts, JuniorAchievement, Feed My Starving Children, local schools, churches and nonprofits. The 2,183 employees from these banks dedicated more than 92,500 hours at a variety of volunteer events or programs in 2019.


Three Sartell students Noah were named to the fall semester dean’s list at Bemidji State University. They are the following: Noah Gaffy, Jarret Janu and Gabrielle Linn. To be eligible, students must be enrolled for at least 12 credits and earn a 3.5 grade-point average during the semester.


Two Sartell students were named to the fall semester president’s list honors at Bemidji State University in Bemidji. They are Ryley Emslander and EvaLynn Jundt. To be eligible, students must be enrolled for at least 12 credits and earn a perfect 4.0 grade-point average during the semester.


Nicole Lindmeier of Sartell was awarded a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in December. 


David Zhang

David Zhang, a Sartell High School junior, is the first student to win the Drake Physics Prize for two years in a row. The Drake Physics Prize is a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. The prize includes a personal trophy, a Certificate of Merit and a traveling trophy displayed at the winner’s school.

The test is primarily given to students in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota and select areas in Illinois, Texas and Colorado. Zhang is a state-qualifying swimmer and member of the Knowledge Bowl and Math League teams.


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PeeWee A team: (front row, from left) Jack Michaud and Adam Holien; (middle row) Caleb Thompson, Jameson Schmitz, Shaun Paulson, Carson Andel, KJ Sauer, Drew Bollinger and Owen Oxton; and (back row) Jake Volker, Landon Hilger, Caden Vos, Tanner Burris and Brayden Klande. Coaches (not pictured) are Kent Sauer, Pat Michaud, Will McCabe and Chad Holien.

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Storm’n Sabres 15UB (front row, from left) goalies Abby Hendrickson and Lauren VanVickle; (second row) Hannah Markgraf, Evelyn Buiceag-Arama, Ellena Ashby and Alyssa Valdez; (third row) Hannah Pickett, McKenzie Kahre, Katie Corrigan, Alison Andruschak, Brayley VanDenBerg and Emily VanVickle; and (back row) Head Coach Jason VanDenBerg, Alexis Marshall, Addy Bultema, Ella Berger, Megan Hess, Elizabeth Krueger and Brooke Pogatchnik.

Two Sartell Youth Hockey teams qualified for the Minnesota Hockey’s State Tournaments on March 13-15. Sartell’s PeeWee A team and the Storm’n Sabres Girls’ 15UB team qualified.


Kayla Chisum of Sartell received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall.

Author: Mike Knaak

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