Two Sartell students were recently accepted and started their 2013-14 academic year at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb.
They are the following: Alysha Illies and Katelynn Kelash. Both are graduates of Cathedral High School. Illies entered the College of Arts and Sciences; Kelash the School of Nursing.
Nicholas Zierden, son of Ann Zierden, Sartell, recently graduated from basic military training at San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. Air Force Airman Zierden completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate’s degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Zierden is a 2010 graduate of Sartell High School.
Sartell’s House of Pizza 16U girls fastpitch softball team won a double-header last Sunday in St. Cloud, shutting down the Franklin Outdoor Hawks, 16-0, with a no-hitter pitched by Faith Thompson. In game 2, Jana Roste hit an out-of-the-park homerun to assist in the 9-2 win over the Princeton Tigers, pitched by Kaila Dewanz. House of Pizza will play another double-header Sunday, Sept.15, before heading into the State Qualifiers Sunday, Sept. 22.
Array Services Group, a leader in revenue cycle, accounts receivable and call center solution management, and one of the largest employers in the St. Cloud area, recently held its annual company picnic at Municipal Park in Sauk Rapids. The picnic was well-attended again this year with 750 employees and family members coming out to enjoy the festivities. Attendees were able to enjoy a bounty of food, from fresh-cut fruit to grilled turkey legs, prepared by the company’s executive staff.
“It’s always fun to get together for our annual picnic,” said Jim Christensen, CEO of Array Services Group. “We’ve been doing them (picnics) for over 30 years and each year is more fun for me than the last. It’s one small way to show our appreciation to our great staff and their families.”
Children were able to play in an inflatable jump-house as well as Municipal Park’s large playground. To add to the excitement, each child was entered into a free drawing. Autumn Williams-Thelen and Dylan Foix won a Water Play Center. Bicycles were given to Kyle Morris, Wesley Benson, Kylie Larson and Carly O’Hara. Jacob Jehoich was the lucky winner of an IPod Shuffle.
Employees also participated in an annual volleyball tournament. The final game featured a team from ProSource Billing Inc. vs. members of the Financial Services department at J. C. Christensen and Associates Inc.
“It was a nail biter,” said Carl Christensen, a collection manager at JCC, but the ProSource team came away with the win and claimed the tournament’s traveling trophy. Gift cards were also awarded to the winning team members.
“We had an amazing employee turnout and couldn’t have asked for a better day,” said Nhyla Yorek, long time Array employee and picnic organizer. “It’s nice to see everyone having a good time.”
Municipal Park in Sauk Rapids is a wonderful venue for the Array Summer Picnic. With its two covered shelters, numerous picnic tables, grills, available restrooms and large playground area, it remains an excellent setting for this delightful family affair.