The following area residents are among the 745 students who graduated from Minnesota State Community and Technical College at the end of spring semester 2020.

  • From Audubon: Jessica Beckerleg, nursing; Seth Felker, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC); Amy Lundstrom, power sports technology; Hannah Sellin, American Sign Language studies; Joel Ullyott, diesel equipment technology.
  • From Detroit Lakes: Montgomery Hendrickson,power sports technology; Tucker Bergquist, graphic design technology; Cody Bormann, graphic design technology; Alaina Brown, practical nursing; Natasha Cosgrove, massage therapy; Carlea Edwards, massage therapy; Alexiss Erickson, liberal arts and sciences; Madison Fegely, business management, marketing and sales; Nathan Francis, professional sales skills; Garret Frank, advanced HVAC; Matthew Green, liberal arts and sciences; Amanda Jenzen, business management, marketing and sales; Edward Johnson, automotive service technology; Josie Johnson, practical nursing; Gabriel Kitzmann, liberal arts and sciences; Devin Lawrence, electrical technology; Aries Lazaro, liberal arts and sciences; Carisa Leonard, architectural drafting and design, civil engineering technology; Kena Mackner, payroll specialist; Grace Nemec, liberal arts and sciences; Alex Neuhauser, liberal arts and sciences; Dillon Oien, power sports technology; Hannah Okeson, dental hygiene; Bridgette Olek, early childhood and paraprofessional education; Bridgette Olek, liberal arts and sciences; Dahlen Olson, engineering; Marisa Pace, liberal arts and sciences; Jamie Pohl, early childhood and paraprofessional education; Krystal Redd, practical nursing; James Roach, architectural drafting and design; Reece Skarie, architectural drafting and design; Megan Sorlien, administrative office assistant-finance; Megan Sorlien, administrative support; Karen Woytassek, accounting transfer pathway.
  • From Frazee: Carlee Briard, liberal arts and sciences; Rachael Buhr, payroll specialist; Megan Danielson, liberal arts and sciences; Mattison Grant, liberal arts and sciences; Courtney Hahn, business entrepreneurship; Caleb Irish, electrical technology; Sara Johnson, practical nursing; Shawna King, liberal arts and sciences; Rebecca Kotchian, power sports technology; Sean Labbe, advanced HVAC; Grady Larsen, liberal arts and sciences; Isaac LaSart, liberal arts and sciences; Nathan LaSart, engineering; Sarah LaSart, liberal arts and sciences; Brenna Mahoney, liberal arts and sciences; Thanaporn Tychsen, liberal arts and sciences, nursing; Andrew Ulschmid, electrical technology.
  • From Lake Park: Hunter Christianson, business management, marketing and sales; Erin Fontaine, liberal arts and sciences; Megan Mueller, liberal arts and sciences; Sierra Omvig, human resources; Carter Raaen, diesel equipment technology; Kathryn Ullmer, liberal arts and sciences; Jacob Woody, music.
  • From Ogema: Greg Maurstad, power sports technology.
  • From Osage: Isaac Niemi, civil engineering technology; AnnaRose Steger, accounting and payroll specialist.
  • From Ponsford: Christopher Ayers, power sports technology.
  • From Rochert: Caleb Drescher-Sanchez, automotive service technology; Tristen Rader, architectural drafting and design; Riley Utke, business management, marketing and sales.
  • From Vergas: Jacob Dahring, liberal arts and sciences; Brenna Graham, massage therapy; Lindsay Hagerty, liberal arts and sciences; Mikayla Jensen, liberal arts and sciences; Logan Wallace, business management, marketing and sales; Zoie Zitzow, professional sales skills.
  • From Waubun: Stephanie Amundsen, architectural drafting and design; Tanya McArthur-Gary, accounting; Jacob Miller, liberal arts and sciences; Nicholas Podlak, electrical technology.

M State serves more than 8,000 students at its campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena. By partnering with communities, the college also provides workforce development services and other responsive training programs.

Several area students named to dean's list at UM-Duluth

The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) recently named several area students to its dean's list for academic achievement during spring semester 2020.

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Those who received academic honors were (listed alphabetically by hometown):

  • From Audubon: Cherish E. Johnson.
  • From Detroit Lakes: Sarah A. Bolar,; Emma Q. Gregor; Kendra S. Kvebak; Justine M. Lawrence; Amber J. Lyman.
  • From Frazee: Samantha Dahl.
  • From Osage: Isaac S. Kosel.
  • From Rochert: Dalton B. VonRuden.
  • From Vergas: Dannah L. Nephew.

Students on the UMD dean's list have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the semester.

Two Detroit Lakes students make president's list at Valley City

Breanna Marie Price and Tanner J. Schnathorst, both of Detroit Lakes, were among those students named to the president's roll of honor at Valley City (N.D.) State University for spring semester 2020.

Each semester, the president’s honor roll recognizes students who completed 12 semester hours or more of VCSU classes for which grade points were earned, with a 4.0 ("straight A") grade point average.

Local students named to dean's list at Mankato

Several local residents were among the 4,290 students to earn academic honors from Minnesota State University Mankato for spring semester 2020.

Emily Schiltz, Detroit Lakes, was one of 1,485 students named to the Academic High Honor List, for achieving a 4.0 ("straight A") grade point average.

Cassidy Nelson and Mesa Schultz, both of Frazee, were among the 2,805 students who qualified for the Honor List, by earning a GPA between 3.5-3.99 for the semester.

To qualify for academic honors, undergraduate students must be enrolled for at least 12 credit hours for the semester. During the 2020 spring semester, because of the pandemic, there is an exception for undergraduate students who elect to use "pass/no credit" grades. Under this exception, those who received "P" grades will still be eligible for Dean's list honors if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Enrolled in at least 12 credits (i.e. full-time enrollment)
  • Completed at least 6 of those 12 credits using the traditional letter grading method
  • Earned grades of P for the remainder of their credit load for the term
  • Earned a term GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Detroit Lakes' Larson to graduate from St. Benedict

Sarah Larson, daughter of Jon and Julie Larson, Detroit Lakes, is a candidate to graduate from the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn.

Larson is a candidate to receive a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy, also earning honors in cum laude, which signifies a cumulative grade point average of 3.65-3.74.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a commencement ceremony was not held this year. At this point, CSB is looking at a spring 2021 date for the ceremony, subject to the approval of government agencies and health officials.

The 2020 CSB graduating class includes 429 women.

Three Detroit Lakes students earn scholarships to attend MSUM

The following local students have received scholarships to attend Minnesota State University Moorhead.

  • Micaela Feldt, a graduate of Liberty High School, has received the Delsie Holmquist Memorial Scholarship, an academic achievement award of $2,000. She is the daughter of Leslie and Don Flanders and her grandparents are Jim and Peggy Feldt. Delsie Holmquist Memorial Scholarship recipients must be full time students, pursuing their first undergraduate degree, and current residents of Holmquist Hall.

  • Abigayle Skinner, a graduate of Detroit Lakes High School, has received the L. Fran Stella Scholarship, an academic award of $1,000. Her parents are Dan and Tami Skinner. Recipients of the L. Fran Stella Scholarship are upperclassmen business administration or finance majors with a 3.25-4.0 grade point average.

  • Wyatt Carlson, a graduate of Detroit Lakes High School, has received the Marcil Center for Journalism Scholarship, an academic achievement award of $1,000. His parents are Zachariah Carlson and Dixie Smith. The Marcil Center for Journalism Scholarship is awarded to students with a major in the School of Communication and Journalism, Paseka School of Business, or Department of Computer Science and Information Systems and are interested in a career in the media industry.

Detroit Lakes' Smith named to dean's list at Nebraska

Katherine Marie Smith of Detroit Lakes has been named to the deans' kist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for spring semester 2020.

Smith, a senior graphic design major, was named to the dean's list for the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, which requires a grade point average of 3.7 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).