Becker Maverick U14 boys soccer team takes first
The Becker Maverick U14 Boys soccer team took first place with a big win 9-1 over Inver Grove Heights Sting in the NESA Soccer tournament June 6-8 in Maplewood, Minn. Team members include (front row, left to right) : Carter Voigt and Nathan Hilbert, both of St Cloud; (kneeling) Edgar Waldusky of St Cloud, Connor Kalthoff and Cole Schroers, both of Sartell; and (back row) Logan Lommel, Waite Park, Cole Tetrault, St Cloud, Dylan Michaud, Luke Spanier and Eric Minnerath, all of Sartell, Nathan Windfeldt, Andrew Pearson, Jake Minkkinen and Kole Kutzera, all of St. Cloud. Coaches are Monty Lommel and Joe Tetrault. Not pictured: TJ Neis, Sartell; Scott Kippley, St. Cloud; and Alex Delcastillo, Sartell. The team also took first place in Shakopee over the weekend of May 17-18.
BankVista of Sartell was recently named a top performer by ICBA Independent Banker®, the award-winning magazine of the Independent Community Bankers of America® and the nation’s number-one source for community banking news in its June issue. BankVista’s recognition is based on its earnings and operational efficiencies throughout 2013.
“Whether it’s a small community bank serving a rural area or a large community bank serving a metro and suburban area, you’ll find they operate with the same focus by always putting their customers and communities first,” said Chris Lorence, ICBA executive vice president and chief marketing officer. “BankVista knows their local market and they thrive because of that expertise. We commend BankVista for its ongoing dedication, enthusiasm and devotion to the banking industry.”
As part of its annual recognition of high-performing ICBA member institutions, ICBA Independent Banker pulled year-end FDIC data to identify the community banks with the highest performance metrics – those with best return on average asset ratios and the best return on average equity ratios – in six asset-size categories. The rankings separately recognize top-performing Subchapter C corporation banks and Subchapter S corporation banks.
“BankVista is pleased to be recognized as an ICBA Top Performer,” said Stefan Freeman, president & CEO of BankVista. “As a proud member of Sartell and Central Minnesota, we credit our loyal customers and dedicated employees for our success. We look forward to serving the unique needs of our communities and helping them grow and prosper in the years to come.
To see the ICBA Top Performers listings, read the article “The Best of the Best” on ICBA Independent Banker’s website at www.independentbanker.org.
The Independent Community Bankers of America®, the nation’s voice for more than 6,500 community banks of all sizes and charter types, is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and its membership through effective advocacy, best-in-class education and high-quality products and services. For more information, visit www.icba.org.
St. Cloud Metro Bus was recently named “2014 Urban Transportation System of the Year” by the Community Transportation Association of America. The ceremony was part of its annual conference, this year held in St. Paul. This is the first time a Minnesota system has received this honor.
“Metro Bus is honored to receive this national recognition,” said Ryan I. Daniel, Metro Bus executive director. “This accomplishment would not have been possible without the dedication of our staff. From bus drivers to mechanics and fuelers, dispatchers, travel trainers and administration — everyone plays a role in providing this award-winning service.”
“Our 2014 Urban Transportation System of the Year has a record of community service and responsiveness that few can match,” said award presenter and CTAA Board Member Dan Dirks. “Few urban operators have shown a greater commitment to passengers with disabilities and local senior citizens.”
The Urban Community Transportation System of the Year is awarded to systems that provide service in an urban area of more than 50,000 population.
It recognizes a community transportation system for the following: innovative and creative services in the community; being responsive to its customers’ and community needs; actively coordinating and collaborating with other public and special services transportation; effectively helps the community accomplish their goals; creates partnerships with a wide-range of organizations, both public and private; providing accessible transportation service; and building transportation alternatives that are intended to meet a wide range of the communities’ needs
Every year, the CTAA recognizes the remarkable work done by community transportation by honoring transportation systems and managers for their commitment to their community, novel approaches, innovative concepts and creative solutions. More information about CTAA is available at www.ctaa.org.
St. Cloud Metro Bus operates seven days a week and provides more than 2.4 million fixed route and Dial-a-Ride passenger trips annually in Sartell, St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids and Waite Park. For more information about St. Cloud Metro Bus, visit ridemetrobus.com.
Holly Berger of St. Stephen, recently graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies and youth ministry from Oak Hills Christian College, Cass Lake, Minn.
Seven Sartell students were recently named to the headmaster’s honor roll at St. John’s Prepatory School, Collegeville.
The are the following: Ana Deal-Hansen, seventh-grader, daughter of Teri and Dick Deal-Hansen; Alexander Holt, freshmen, son of Pam Bacon and Glenn Holt; Sydney Lo, sophomore, daughter of Rachel Schuneman and Yang Lo; Luke Payne, junior, son of Sandy and Troy Payne; Gabriel Woodard, eighth-grader, son of Zhanna and Brandon Woodard; Lilly Xie, freshmen, daughter of Ying Zhou and Kevin Xie; and Lindsay Zerfas, senior, daughter of Vicki Ray of Sartell and Pat Zerfas of Elk River.
Students attaining the headmaster’s honor roll have earned a grade-point average of 3.50 or higher.
Lucas Reitz, son of Heidi and Alan Reitz of Sartell, recently graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Luther Dollege, Decorah, Iowa with the class of 2014.
Clare Rueter of Sartell was recently awarded the Diana and Robert Carter Scholarship for first-year business students from St. Cloud State University. Established in 2005 by Diana and Robert Carter, this scholarship supports first-year or transfer students majoring in business. Preference is given to female students who have at least a 3.0 grade-point average.
Five Sartell students were recently named to the spring semester dean’s list at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn.
They are the following: Matthew Husmann, Jenna Legatt, Megan Maricle-Roberts, Rachel Scharf and Janelle Thienes. Students must earn a minimum 3.7 grade-point average to achieve this honor.
Six Sartell students recently graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn.
They and their major are as follows: Kate Hellie, management; Jenna Legatt, physics, magna cum laude; Megan Maricle-Roberts, philosophy, sociology and anthropology, magna cum laude; Joshua Rostad, psychological science, cum laude; Arynn Teigland, mathematics; and Mallory Waytashek, psychological science, magna cum laude.
Alycia Stidmon of Sartell was recently named to the spring dean’s list for academic excellence from Carthage College, Kenosha, Wis. Students must achieve a minimum 3.5 grade-point average to be recognizes.
Two Sartell students recently graduated from Ridgewater College in Willmar, Minn.
They are Wylie Boehmlehner and Anna Gould.
Eight Sartell students were recently named to the spring semester dean’s list at the University of Duluth, Minn.
They are the following: Samantha Dullinger, senior, graphic design; Jordan Gaytan, sophomore, electrical engineering; Kyle Gross, freshman, biology; Phillip Hoelscher, freshman, theatre; Taylor Mareck, sophomore, undeclared; Mattie Nieters, senior, cell and molecular biology; Ryan Schefers, junior, mechanical engineering; and Abigail Whitney, junior, biology.
Students must earn a minimum 3.5 grade-point average to receive this honor.
Tara Bishop of Sartell is the recipient of the school of education dean’s scholarship for undergraduate students from St. Cloud State University. She is a senior at SCSU. The award is $2,000 for the 2014-15 academic year. To be eligible, students must demonstrate a minimum 3.5 grade-point average.
Five Sartell students recently graduated from the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minn.
They are the following: Megan Bachman, bachelor’s degree in biology; Mitchell Schramel, cum laude, bachelor’s degree in biochemistry; and Breanna Emblom, cum laude; Julie Loscheider and Elysia Peterson, who each earned bachelor’s degrees in nursing.
Cassandra Samson of Sartell, recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in graphic communications management from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wis.
Five Sartell students were recently named to the principal’s honor roll at St. John’s Prepatory School, Collegeville.
They are the following: Samantha Beckers, seventh-gradeR, daughter of Kristin and Shawn Beckers; Kyra Hulsebus, freshman, and Anya Hulsebus, seventh-grader, daughters of Wendy and Spencer Hulsebus; Ian Lo, seventh-grader, son of Rachel Schuneman and Yang Lo; and Cormac Smith, seventh-grader, son of Penelope and Daniel Smith.
Students attaining the the principal’s honor roll have a grade-point average of 3.0 to 3.4999.