Jamestown nursing student from Detroit Lakes elected to NSAND

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Detroit Lakes' Hayley Johnson (front row, at left) was one of seven University of Jamestown nursing students elected to the board of the Nursing Student Association of North Dakota during the association's January conference in Grand Forks. Also elected were (clockwise from upper left) Alexandra Glynn, Amber Domres, Laura Walker, Megan Bidwell, Kelsey Marschke and Ruth Kpahn. (Submitted photo)

Hayley Johnson, a University of Jamestown (UJ) nursing student from Detroit Lakes, was elected to serve on the board of the Nursing Student Association of North Dakota at the NSAND conference in Grand Forks, N.D., during the weekend of Jan. 23-26.

Johnson, a sophomore at UJ, was elected as the board's first vice president. “The experiences and opportunities that the University of Jamestown has given me is beyond what I thought I’d ever be blessed with,” she said “The friends, advisors and professors — I’m surrounded by the most positive and inspiring individuals.”

She was one of seven UJ nursing students elected to the board.

“The UJ Nursing Student Association is one of nine chapters in the state, but UJ members were voted into seven of the 19 board positions, which is very impressive,” said Sheri Gunderson MS, RN, CNE, who serves as the chapter's faculty advisor. “All levels of students in the nursing program, from freshman to alumni, were ready to step up, give a speech about why they qualify, and commit to serving on the state level.”

Area students earn academic honors at Bemidji State University

Several area residents were among those Bemidji State University students named to the BSU president's and dean's lists for academic achievement during fall semester 2019.


Among those local students named to the president's list were:

  • Elijah Disse, Detroit Lakes
  • Megan Danielson, Frazee
  • Mitchell Hall, Lake Park
  • Tara Johanning, Osage
  • William Pihlaja, Osage

To be eligible for the president's list, BSU students must be enrolled for at least 12 credits and earn a perfect 4.0 GPA during the semester. A total of 355 students earned fall 2019 president's list honors from the university, and an additional 692 students earned dean's list honors, including the following local residents:

  • Madison Gjersvig, Detroit Lakes
  • Sonja Kolnes, Detroit Lakes
  • Aaron Schnathorst, Detroit Lakes
  • Ellen Teiken, Detroit Lakes
  • Chelsea Samuelson, Frazee

To be eligible for the dean's list, BSU students must be enrolled for at least 12 credits and earn at least a 3.5 GPA for the semester.

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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