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Deb and Bob Miller of Sartell announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer, to Cooper Gehrman, son of Bonnie and Paul Gehrman of Amery, Wis.
Miller is a 2005 graduate of Sartell High School, a 2009 graduate of the College of St. Benedict with a degree in psychology and a 2013 graduate of St. Catherine University-Twin Cities with a doctorate degree in physical therapy.
Gehrman is a 2001 graduate of Amery High School, a 2006 graduate of the University of Minnesota-Duluth with a degree in biology, a 2008 graduate of California State University-Dominguez Hills with a prosthetics certificate and a 2011 graduate of the University of Hartford in Connecticut with an orthotics certificate.
A Sept. 28 wedding is planned.
16U girls fastpitch softball team, sponsored by House of Pizza, split a double-header at the state qualifying tournament Sept. 22 in St. Cloud, beating the Franklin Outdoor Hawks, 8-1, in the first game and dropping game two, 9-7, to Sauk Rapids. In game one, Markia Smith went 2-3 with two triples and two RBIs and picked up her third triple of the day in game two. Faith Thompson took the win in game one with Kaila Dewanz taking the loss for game two. House of Pizza will compete in the 16U State Softball Tournament Sept. 29 at Whitney Ball fields in St. Cloud
Danielle Fritz, daughter of Monica and Lyle Fritz, Sartell, recently participates in the White Coat Ceremony at North Dakota State University, Fargo. She was a student in NDSU’s Doctor of Pharmacy program.
Fritz was among the NDSU pharmacy students who took the oath of a pharmacist during the ceremony. Each student received a white coat symbolizing his or her duty to patients and colleagues as they enter the pharmacy profession. The White Coat Ceremony is an opportunity to officially welcome students into the profession of pharmacy and instill an attitude of professionalism, honesty and integrity.
Heidi Jeub recently received $1,795 from the Central Minnesota Arts Board to conduct a “Metal Installation Collaboration” residency to begin in October for students in grades 9-12 at Sartell-St. Stephen School District. A metal installation will be created with the help of students from the photography, multi-media and metals classes. This project will serve as an introduction to bringing multi-media into the arts and construction. By creating together, using a variety of skill sets, students will learn to communicate and collaborate across disciplines. The residency activities will meet Minnesota Academic Standards in Art and IT National Standards in Technology and Design.
Jeub, a visual artist, is a COMPAS Teaching Artist, a Central Minnesota Arts Board teaching artist and actively serves as the executive director for Visual Arts Minnesota. For more information about the Central Minnesota Arts Board Teaching Artist Roster go to www.centralmnartsboard.org or call the office at 320-968-4290 or toll free at 1-866-345-7140.
Fight for a Cure reaches $100,000 goal
during Casting for a Cure event
More than 100 anglers dropped their lines in various bodies of water in Minnesota on Aug. 23 and 24 to search for the biggest fish – and a hope for a cure. Aug. 24 marked the fifth annual Casting for a Cure event with the Celebration of Hope at Blue Line Bar and Grill in Sartell. The Fish-A-Thon, which was held on the evening of Aug. 23 and all day Aug. 24 was followed by a Celebration of Hope, which included a memorial and honor wall, silent auction with more than 100 items, outdoor activities, inflatables, hourly door prize drawings, and an awards ceremony with live music at the Blue Line Bar and Grill. To read the entire article, visit www.thenewsleaders.com.
Fight for a Cure reaches $100,000 goal during Casting for a Cure event
More than 100 anglers dropped their lines in various bodies of water in Minnesota on Aug. 23 and 24 to search for the biggest fish – and a hope for a cure. Aug. 24 marked the fifth annual Casting for a Cure event with the Celebration of Hope at Blue Line Bar and Grill in Sartell. The Fish-A-Thon, which was held on the evening of Aug. 23 and all day Aug. 24 was followed by a Celebration of Hope, which included a memorial and honor wall, silent auction with more than 100 items, outdoor activities, inflatables, hourly door prize drawings, and an awards ceremony with live music at the Blue Line Bar and Grill. Hundreds of community members from Greater Minnesota attended the event through the day and evening, showing their support of a very hopeful effort by the Planning and Volunteer committee. Casting for a Cure is a fundraising event presented by Greater Minnesota Fight for a Cure. Greater Minnesota Fight for a Cure is dedicated to raising funds that benefit the immediate communities of Central Minnesota, which not only include the Coborn Cancer Center, but individual family grants, as well as hospice care to name a few.
This year, the group’s focus was on “Catching the big one in 2013,” a cumulative five-year fundraising goal of $100,000. “We are so overjoyed seeing the culmination of five years of hard work and support from our community, family, friends and local businesses pay off to reach our goal,” said Sarah Cords, one of the event coordinators. “We have been able to contribute to so many incredibly important cancer resources and prevention efforts because of this support and accomplishment. Not only are we able to donate to a variety of resources, but we are rallying in support around those affected by cancer in an effort to ease their own cancer journey, as well as put efforts into early detection and education efforts.”
“The response on Saturday was overwhelming,” said Tracy Schulte, co-director of Casting for a Cure. “We all know someone who has been impacted by cancer in one way or another. It’s devastating to hear a cancer diagnosis, and an emotional and challenging battle to experience. We are humbled by the time and effort of our generous volunteers and the tremendous support of our local community, who have supported those affected by cancer for the fifth year in a row.”
The money raised benefits Central Minnesota cancer resources such as the Coborn Cancer Center, colon cancer screening kits, Enhancement Programs, Family Grants, Gorecki Guest House, hospice care, Quiet Oaks Hospice, Survivorship/Caring Conversations, Case Coordinators and Prayer Blankets.
In addition to the many festivities and a show of community support at the Celebration of Hope on Aug. 24, attendees were able to enjoy and become inspired by another experience. Trent Karasch, an event planning committee member who lost his mother Sandy Karasch to cancer five years ago, agreed to have his 18 inches of hair cut off at the event if attendees were able to raise $1,000 in additional donations. With the donations pouring in, Bob Hughes of KNSI upped the ante even further, with an offer to shave off Trent’s sideburns for $50 each in donations. Two hours and $1,100 in donations later, Trent entered the stage area with friend and stylist Kristin Stiche, surrounded by cheering family, friends and event attendees. He gave a touching speech, dedicating the donations in honor of his mother to the enhancement program at Coborn Cancer Center, which provides wigs and helps cancer patients through the challenges of losing their hair. His hair was then donated to Locks for Love.
With a successful five years behind them, the planning committee looks to the future for new goals and inspiring ways to continue the fight for a cure and provide a positive impact on individuals and families affected by cancer.
About Casting for a Cure
Casting for a Cure is a fund raising event to support the Greater Minnesota Fight for a Cure, whose vision is to support cancer patients and families impacted by cancer in Greater Minnesota, while involving the community and raising funds for cancer awareness, prevention & resources. Donate any amount at any time to contribute to local cancer awareness, prevention and resources. Learn more about Greater MN Fight for a Cure at www.castingforacure.org or www.facebook.com/castingforacure.
St. Cloud State University is among the nation’s top 20 percent of schools that deliver the best experience for military students, according to the 2014 Military Friendly Schools list from Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs. Victory Media describes its military-friendly list as schools that offer military students the best services, programs, discounts, scholarships, clubs, networking and staff.
“Being included in the military-friendly list is recognition that St. Cloud State is in support of all veterans, including the Reserves, National Guard, Coast Guard and dependents of veterans,” said Monique Coleman, director of the Veterans Resource Center at SCSU. Coleman started as the center’s first director in July.
St. Cloud State, which serves about 700 student veterans each school year, has earned the military-friendly designation each year since 2009.
Besides the already outstanding services SCSU provides for veteran students such as offering in-state tuition and waiving application fees for all veterans, the Veterans Resource Center is making plans for peer-to-peer mentoring, veteran alumni services and more.
“There are initiatives coming that will significantly excel our impact,” Coleman said.
The 2014 list of nearly 1,880 schools represents the top tier of U.S. colleges, universities and trade schools, as certified by Ernst and Young, one of the world’s largest accounting and professional services firms. Now in its fifth year, the Military Friendly Schools list targets brick-and-mortar schools and virtual schools approved for Veterans Administration tuition funding.
The Military Friendly Schools list will be highlighted in Victory Media’s “Guide to Military Friendly Schools,” which will be distributed to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October.