Local students earn academic honors at area colleges

Several students from the lakes area were among those earning scholarships and other academic honors at colleges and universities around the region. Here's a look at their achievements.

Nine University of Jamestown nursing students have been inducted into the Xi Kappa-at-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society. They are seen in the university’s nursing simulation lab where students practice with simulated patients to prepare for their careers. Pictured, from left, front row, are Maggy Russek, Sarah Azure, Julia Jenny, Christine Vetsch and Abigail Neumiller; and back row, Allison Davis, Anna Holen, Amber Domres and Hayley Johnson.

Nine Jamestown nursing students join honor society

The Xi Kappa-at-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society has inducted nine University of Jamestown nursing students.

Joining the honor society are Sarah Azure, Anna Holen, Hayley Johnson, and Margaret Russek, Jamestown, N.D.; Allison Davis, Mulino, Ore.; Amber Domres, Bismarck, N.D.; Julia Jenny, Moorhead; Abigail Neumiller, Carrington, N.D.; and Christine Vetsch, Esmond, N.D. Johnson has local ties, to both Menahga and Detroit Lakes.

The society recognizes nursing students and community nurse leaders who have demonstrated achievements in nursing, leadership qualities, and high professional standards.

Sister Anne scholarship winners announced at Essentia

Essentia Health St. Mary’s has announced their 2021 winners of the Sister Anne Scholarship.

Scholarships of $500 each were awarded to four individuals pursuing health care careers:


  • Brenna Behrens, Park Rapids, attending the College of St. Benedict, pursing nursing and pre-physician assistant education
  • Carter Mosher, Detroit Lakes, attending the University of Mary, pursuing a Doctor of Nursing practice degree
  • Julia Vetter, Vergas, attending the University of Mary, pursuing a nursing degree
  • Kristina Eiter, Lake Park, attending Minnesota State Community & Technical College, pursuing a radiology technician degree

The annual scholarship was established in memory of Sister Anne Goulet to encourage the undergraduate academic pursuits for a clinical career in health care.

Lakes area students on dean's list at SDSU

Several lakes area students were named to the dean's list for academic excellence after the spring 2021 semester at South Dakota State University in Brookings.

To earn dean's list distinctions in SDSU's colleges, students must have completed a minimum of 12 credits and must have earned at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Students with an asterisk after their names received a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Among those local students earning dean's list honors were: Sara E. Freeman, Detroit Lakes; Mary Eleanor Nelmark, Frazee; and Haylee Renee Hovanec, Lake Park.

Overall, nearly 3,200 students from 35 states and 30 foreign nations were named to the list. More than 1,350 students received a 4.0.

Sheriff's association accepting scholarship applications

Sheriff Todd Glander of Becker County has announced that the Minnesota Sheriffs' Association's 2021 law enforcement scholarship program is now accepting applications.

The MSA Board of Directors has established a scholarship fund for the awarding of up to 15 scholarships, of $2,000 each, for this year. These scholarships are due to the coordinated efforts of the 87 county sheriffs of the State of Minnesota.

The members of MSA gives special recognition to the financial needs of students attending the peace officer skills course, or one of the two- or four-year law enforcement degree colleges.


"The Board of Directors feel peace officers in our democratic society have complex duties to perform," said Sheriff Glander.

MSA recognizes the importance of pre-entry training for people considering law enforcement as their career choice. MSA recognizes some students need outside help in meeting the costs of such training, even though they excel academically.

The Scholarship Committee, in making its selection of awards, intends on achieving representation from all geographical areas of the state. Scholarship awards will be announced by Dec. 28 of the same year. Application forms and a statement of procedures are available at the Becker County Sheriff's Office.

Scholarships are only available to students currently enrolled in one of the following three categories:

  1. Mandated POST Skills Program.
  2. In their second year of a two-year law enforcement program.
  3. In their third or fourth year of a four-year college criminal justice program.

To qualify, students must have completed at least one year of the two-year program or two years of a four-year program. Students meeting these criteria are invited to obtain a scholarship application form from their local sheriff's office or online at .

A reporter at Detroit Lakes Newspapers since relocating to the community in October 2000, Vicki was promoted to Community News Lead for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and Perham Focus on Jan. 1, 2022. She has covered pretty much every "beat" that a reporter can be assigned, from county board and city council to entertainment, crime and even sports. Born and raised in Madelia, Minnesota, she is a graduate of Hamline University, from which she earned a bachelor's degree in English literature (writing concentration). You can reach her at
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