Bailey O’Hotto was recently nominated as one of the top seven outstanding women softball high school players for the state of Minnesota. She is the daughter of Todd and Wendy O’Hotto of Baxter and the granddaughter of Jim and Marge O’Hotto of Sartell. She played for the Brainerd Warriors all four years and now plays for Bo Diddley’s of St. Cloud before going on to the College of St. Benedict on a scholarship this fall. Bailey’s dad Todd graduated from Sartell where he played baseball for the Sabres.
The Sartell 15AAA Gopher State Baseball team volunteered at the Miracle League at Whitney Park in St. Cloud on Saturday, June 21. Team members include (from left to right): Al Schneider, Ben Gault, Isaac Schneider, Jadon Ludewig, Brandan Walz, Brandon Anderson, Ethan Stark, Brandon Kramer and Scott Stark. Not pictured are Christopher Belling, Justin Hammerl, Will McCabe, Spencer Meier and Riley Weihs.
Sartell 12U AAA Youth Baseball team took first place in the Sauk Rapids Tournament on June 1, competing against eight teams from North Dakota and Minnesota. Team members include the following: (front row, left to right) Thomas Ellis, Wes Nesland, Matt Sieben and Dylan Pringle; (middle row) Carter Hemmesch, Dom Hagy, Max Fesenmaier, Will Schiffler, Shane Corbett and Brady Schmidt; and (back row) Assistant Coach Jeff Hagy, Gage Vierzba, Assistant Coach Bill Schmidt, Assistant Coach Jay Vierzba and Head Coach Tom Schiffler. The boys worked hard for this win which qualified them to participate in the state “Tournament of Champions” in July.
The Sartell-St. Stephen Education Foundation awarded more than $30,000 in grants to support leading-edge programming (preK-12) in the Sartell-St. Stephen School District 2014-15 school year. The programs receiving grants include: Sartell High School Sabre Splash, Art in Motion, AP Summer Institute, Electronic Data Equipment, and Student Council Leadership Training; Sartell Middle School Academic Extensions, High Interest ebooks, STEM Initiative, Learning Lab and Lab Quest 2; SMS/Oak Ridge Elementary/Pine Meadow Elementary Schoology Conference, ORE/PME Leveled Library, Elementary Academic Extensions, Kindergarten Flip-It Books and Math SmARTS; Early Childhood Family Education Early Weekly Readers, Family Library Story Hour and School Readiness Preschool Books.
This spring marks SSEF’s 10th year – and more than $200,000 – of giving grants and scholarships to the students of District 748. This is another record-breaking year for SSEF as they continue to increase the amount of funds awarded to programs in the district. The Sartell-St. Stephen Education Foundation is a non-profit 501c(3) organization whose mission is to provide support for leading-edge ideas and programming for the students in District 748. For more information about the Foundation visit www.ssef.net.
Array makes donation to Pinecone Central Park
Jim Christensen, former CEO of Array Services Group, has long known the prominent role his businesses play in central Minnesota’s workforce. But now, his generosity will benefit generations to come by way of a $50,000 donation to the newly opened Pinecone Central Park in Sartell.
For years, residents of Sartell have spoken of the need for a local park that could host sporting events and tournaments, specifically baseball and soccer. Parents had to travel most weekends so their children could participate in these summer activities. Born of this need was a committee to raise money and turn an area of Sartell into a beautiful park that has already seen plenty of action this summer.
Hundreds of local businesses, individuals, and even the Minnesota Twins Community Fund, donated money and materials to complete Phase I of the new park. This phase includes four baseball diamonds, six multi-use playing fields (for soccer, lacrosse, and other sports) plus a concession stand. “Pinecone Park is now and will be a wonderful home for generations to come for Sartell Baseball,” reads a commemorative home plate presented to Gordy Meyer, who led the fundraising campaign.
In addition to sporting events and tournaments, Pinecone Central Park will also be the home to other summer events like Movies in the Park and Music in the Park. The impact on local businesses will be positive as an estimated 30,000 non-residents will visit the park each year, bringing extra business to local restaurants, hotels, grocery stores and more.
In honor of Array’s donation, the company’s name can be seen above the gazebo between the baseball diamonds, as well as on the donor board near the concession stand. During the opening ceremony, donors were recognized by receiving a personalized baseball bat or ball and participating in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Mayor Joe Perske summed up the day, “This afternoon may be one of the happiest days the city of Sartell has ever had.”
Array Services Group and its three innovative business units – CareCall, ProSource and J.C. Christensen & Associates – offer professional services in call management disciplines, accounts receivable and revenue cycle management, empowering clients for immediate and future success.
For more information visit www.arraysg.com.
Kimberly Foster recently joined Laraway Financial Advisors Inc. as financial advisor and senior administrator. In 1993, Foster graduated from St. Cloud Technical and Community College with a word-processing degree and continued onto St. Cloud State University where she took business administrative courses. She earned securities licensures which helped lead to a career as director of operations with a local financial planning firm. Continuing to expand her background and expertise, Foster is working toward Chartered Financial Consultant-ChFC® designation. In her free time, she volunteers as a recovery coach for Recovery Plus.
Originally from St. Stephen, she joined the Army where she was stationed in Giebelstadt, Germany. There she met her husband Nicholas and left the Army when their first daughter was born. The family moved to Fort Carson in Colorado where their second daughter was born. When Nicholas was discharged, the family moved to Minnesota which they attribute to excellent school systems.
“When the opportunity with Laraway Financial Advisors came along, it seemed like a perfect fit,” Foster said. “The position broadens my compliance responsibilities yet I can still work with clients.”
Forty-five Sartell students were recently named to the spring dean’s list at St. Cloud State University.
They are the following: Einas Alkhatib, biomedical sciences; Alisha Anderson, psychology; Jill Bergstrom, nursing; Matthew Bethke, undecided; Tara Bishop, communication arts and literature; Garrett Brennan, computer science; Brandon Burggraff, information systems; Jill Chaika, nursing; Jessica Chan, communication studies; Nadesha Dohm, undecided; Brooke Evans, community psychology; Chase Gertken, undecided; Courtney Goulet, biomedical sciences; Curtis Grosz, undecided; David Grow, management; Travis Hess, psychology; Andrew Hessler, computer engineering; Anne Jensen, communication arts and literature; Noah Kelm, biomedical sciences; William Kopf, community psychology; Jonathan Lahr, marketing; Nathan Lahr, community psychology; Victoria Lewis, Spanish; Tomas Lorincz, electrical engineering; Seraphina Loukas, undecided; Andrew Math, undecided; Emily McIntire, biomedical sciences; Natalie McIntire, biomedical sciences; Samantha Mills, anthropology; Michelle Moran, biomedical sciences; Ryan Nguyen, nursing; Brady Olmscheid, criminal justice studies; Kaitlin Reichel, undecided; Alyssa Reinholz, community psychology; Holli Sauerer, elementary education; Sean Schlosser, business economics; Amanda Smith, pre-business; Ann Stang, music; Justin Stodolka, recreation and sports management; Cassidy Swanson, English; Sally Traut, elementary/K-6 education; Rebecca Triplett, community psychology; Jaclyn Yasgar, finance; Katie Yurczyk, early childhood education; and Krista Zipp, elementary/K-6 education.
Students must earn a grade-point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
Kari Tschida, St. Stephen, was recently named to the spring dean’s list at St. Cloud State University. She’s majoring in psychology. Students must earn a grade-point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
Lucas Reitz, son of Heidi and Alan Reitz of Sartell, was recently named to the spring semester dean’s list at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa. A student must earn a grade-point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale
Adam Genereux, Sartell, recently graduated with a master’s degree in business administration from the University of St. Mary, Leavenworth, Kan.
Mitchell Koopmeiners, Sartell, was recently named to the spring dean’s list from Bemidji (Minn.) State University.
Two St. Stephen students were recently named to the spring dean’s list from Bemidji (Minn.) State University. They are Troy Monson and Brianna Pilarski.
Two Sartell students were recently named to the spring dean’s list at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wis.
They and their major are as follows: Matthew Peckskamp and Julie Wick. Both are earning master’s degrees in physician assistant studies.
Madison Thompson of Sartell was recently named to the spring president’s list at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. Students must have a perfect 4.0 grade-point average to receive this honor.
Emily Marincic of Sartell was recently named to the spring dean’s list at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. Students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.5 or above to earn this honor.
James Frank, Sartell, was recently named to the spring dean’s list at Iowa State University, Ames. He is majoring in chemical engineering. Students must earn a grade-point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.00 scale.
Two Sartell students were recently named to the spring dean’s list at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D. They are Emily Maurer and Tyler Raehsler.
Students must earn a 3.5 minimum grade-point average to be honored.
Chase Jessen, Sartell, was recently named to the spring dean’s list a Dunwoody College of Technology, Minneapolis. Jessen received this honor by upholding a 3.5 or higher grade-point average.
Eight Sartell students recently earned degrees at North Dakota State University, Fargo. They, their degrees and majors are as follows: Nathan Anderson, bachelor’s degree in media and web design; Abby Fenlason, bachelor’s degree in dietetics; Justin Lieberg, bachelor’s degree in accounting; Bernard Omann, bachelor’s degree in construction management, Joshua Rajdl, bachelor’s degree in environmental design; Samantha Shand, bachelor’s degree in zoology; and *Bryan Symanietz, bachelor’s degree in management information systems; and Bailee Kaul, master’s degree in human development and family science. Fenlason, Lieberg and Symanietz all graduated with honors.
St. Cloud Orthopedics was recently awarded a three-year term of accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology. MRI is a noninvasive medical test that utilizes magnetic fields to produce anatomical images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.
“This accreditation demonstrates our ongoing commitment to our patients,” said Bill Worzala, practice administrator at St. Cloud Orthopedics. “It provides our patients the assurance they receive the highest level of image quality with the highest level of safety standards.”
The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It’s awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality-control procedures, and quality-assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.
“Being recognized as an MRI-Accredited Facility from the top imaging accreditation organization in the country is a great honor for our practice,” Worzala said. “With our advanced MRI capabilities, we’re always looking for ways to safely identify and treat orthopedic injuries for better outcomes.”
The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear-medicine physicians and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health-care services.
St. Cloud Orthopedics has served central Minnesota with nationally recognized orthopedic care since 1955. With a knowledgeable staff of board-certified orthopedic surgeons, therapists, physician assistants and nurse practitioners, St. Cloud Orthopedics offers general orthopedic care, sports medicine and physical therapy in their 60,000 square-foot facility in Sartell. For more information, visit StCloudOrthopedics.com.
Twenty-two Sartell students recently graduated from St. Cloud Technical and Community College.
They and their degrees are as follows: Brittney Arnold, associate’s degree in dental hygiene, academic honors; Jared Ballmann, diploma in automotives service technician; Rebekka Carriere, associate’s degree in dental hygiene, academic honors; Cole Douvier, diploma in machine tool technology, academic honors; Alicia Freihammer, diploma and associate’s degree in practical nursing; Michael Hardie, diploma in commercial heating, air conditioning and refrigeration; Maggy Hiza, associate’s degree in liberal arts and sciences; Scott Hollenkamp, diploma in machine tool technology, academic honors; Christine Hupe, associate’s degree in nursing, academic honors; Zachary Lauer, diploma in automotive service technician; Christopher Lawson, associate’s degree in network administration and certificate in Cisco networking (associate), academic honors;
Brant Luzier, associate’s degree in liberal arts and sciences; Heidi Morris, associate’s degree in nursing; Stephanie Partch, associate’s degree in liberal arts and sciences; Cody Pearson, associate’s degree in electrical construction technology, academic honors; Brittany Rech, associate’s degree in advertising web design; Jody Schave, diploma in machine tool technology, academic honors; Mike Schramel, associate’s degree in cardiovascular technology; Scott Sova, diploma in machine tool technology, academic honors; Andrew Stellmach, associate’s degree in network administration; Joseph Sykora, diploma in welding/fabrication; and Mary Williamson, associate’s degree in dental assistant.
Three St. Stephen students recently graduated from St. Cloud Technical and Community College. They and their degrees are as follows: Tamara Hagerty, associate’s degree in nursing; Gregory Knettel, associate’s degree in cardiovascular technology; and Scott Vouk, diploma in welding/fabrication.
Twenty-five Sartell students recently graduated from St. Cloud State University.
They and their degrees are as follows: Einas Alkhatib, bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences, summa cum laude; Mandy Anderson, master’s degree in social work; Emily Bendoraitis, master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders; Jacob Emslander, bachelor’s degree in management; Brooke Evans, bachelor’s degrees in community psychology and criminal justice studies, magna cum laude; Amanda Glanz, bachelor’s degree in management; David Grow, bachelor’s degree in management, magna cum laude; Shawn Hoffman-Bram, doctorate in educational administration and leadership; Timothy Hrubetz, bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice studies and political science, magna cum laude; William Kopf, bachelor’s degrees in chemical dependency and community psychology, summa cum laude; Daniel McClure, master’s degree in public safety executive leadership; Javier Nevares, master’s degree in public safety executive leadership;
Brady Olmscheid, bachelor’s degree in criminal justice studies, cum laude; Briana Peterson, master’s degree in marriage and family therapy; Conrad Prososki, bachelor’s degree in psychology; Peter Rogers, master’s degree in business administration; James Scully, bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship, magna cum laude; Justin Stodolka, bachelor’s degree in recreation and sports management; Molly Walz, bachelor’s degree in psychology, cum laude; Katherine Webster, master’s degree in marriage and family therapy; Olivia Windahl, bachelor’s degree in English, cum laude; Angela Witte, master’s degree in social responsibility; Cody Wolhart, bachelor’s degree in management; Renee Young, master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling; and Krista Zipp, bachelor’s degree in elementary/K-6 education, magna cum laude.
Three St. Stephen students recently graduated from St. Cloud State University.
They and their majors are as follows: Hank Deuermeyer, bachelor’s degrees in biotechnology and chemistry, ACS approved; Chelsey Stanlake, bachelor’s degree in social work; and Kari Tschida, bachelor’s degree in psychology, cum laude.