May 17 Sartell-St. Stephen people

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Four generations of the Heim family celebrated a family reunion on April 28 at the Sartell Community Center. The event was attended by 45 people. Flossie Heim is in the center of the front row with her friend Andy Bechtold. Her husband Clarence Heim passed away.


Tiana Wood of Sartell was named to the fall semester dean’s list at the University of Minnesota Morris. To be eligible, students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.666 or higher while taking 12 or more credits.


Six Sartell students were awarded degrees at Minnesota State University Mankato spring graduation on May 11. The students are Hannah Lakmann, bachelor’s degree, family consumer science; Kristen Manning, bachelor’s degree, registered nurse baccalaureate completion, cum laude; Breanna Peterson, bachelor’s degree, management; Nicole Schefers, bachelor’s degrees, gender and women’s studies, magna cum laude and psychology, magna cum laude; Tasha Smith, bachelor’s degree, biology; and Katelyn Tragiai, bachelor’s degree, family consumer science.


Patrick Hollermann has joined InteleCONNECT Inc. as project manager. He has worked in technology support and implementation positions since 1992.

As project manager Hollermann will work to ensure the implementation of new technology and that the overall telecom experience exceeds customers’ expectations.

Patrick Hollerman


Home Instead Senior Care has named Barb Hoffman its 2019 North American CareGiver of the Year.

The award is the highest accolade for the organization’s more than 65,000 CareGivers throughout North America.

Hoffman, of Waite Park, has been a Home Instead CareGiver for eight years.

Waite Park Home Instead Senior Care serves Sartell, St. Stephen and St. Joseph.

Hoffman was recognized for the extraordinary energy, talent, spirit and hard work she brings to serving others.


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High School Big Sister Jes Lemke with her Little Sister Adrianna.

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Big Sister Hope Hippler with her Little Sister Ali.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota recognized two Sartell volunteers who go above and beyond in their role as a mentor.

The Big Sister of the Year is Hope Hippler, a mentor for six years.

The High School Big Sister of the Year is Jes Lemke, a mentor for two years. Local mentor candidates represent Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota in the statewide competition. The state selects one outstanding mentor in each category to represent Minnesota in a national competition.

In addition to receiving the local title, Lemke was also selected as 2019 Minnesota State High School Big Sister of the Year.


Amanda Groethe

Stearns Electric Association’s communication advertising marketing team, Amanda Groethe, director of communications and marketing, and Whitney Ditlevson, communications and marketing specialist, recently received national recognition.

They were honored  at the Spotlight on Excellence Awards sponsored by the Council of Rural Electric Communicators and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

The two  received a Gold Award in the Best Total Communication Program category for their work in building awareness for electric vehicles on their Road Trip: Recharged.

The team also received a Gold Award in the Best Use of Digital Storytelling category for their safety campaign “This Is My Why.”


Joshua Engelkes of Sartell plans to attend the University of Minnesota Morris. Engelkes is the recipient of the Achievement Scholarship, renewable up to four years. Recipients are selected based on their academic accomplishments at the time of application. 

Author: Mike Knaak

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