Dean’s lists

Kimberly J. Whaley of Pine City was among the 3,874 North Dakota State University students to be placed on the spring 2018 dean’s list.

Elizabeth Elliott of Pine City and Nathan Sutton of Hinckley have been named to the dean’s list at Southwest Minnesota State University for their achievement during the 2018 spring semester of study.

Abigail Engelstad of Mooreton, Logan Hooker of Sandstone and Jennifer Rensvold of Hinckley have been named to the Minnesota State University Moorhead dean’s list in recognition of academic achievement, spring semester 2018.

St. Cloud Technical & Community College congratulates Brett Koehnle of Pine City for academic achievement, spring semester 2018.

Meghan Boster of Braham was named to the dean’s list at Gustavus Adolphus College for the semester ending in May 2018.

 Having earned a 4.0 grade point average, Sadie Rae Peterson of Brook Park received highest honors for spring 2018 semester at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

 Pine City student Lindsey Kline, Sociology and Anthropology majors, was among the 520 students to graduate with bachelor of arts degrees from Gustavus Adolphus College during the school’s annual commencement exercises on Sunday, June 2.

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls spring semester dean’s list has been released. Area students honored include Askov resident Olivia Moon, Brook Park resident Hailey Hippen and Pine City resident Hannah Zimmerman.

St. Cloud State University has announced the names of students whose academic achievement placed them on the 2018 spring semester dean’s list.  To be eligible for the honor, the following local students earned a grade point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale:

Brook Park residents Holly Guerin, Jeremy Kubat and  Coleman Lombard; Pine City residents Jacob Barstad,  Jaysa Saumer and Shelby Sim.

Having earned a 3.5 or better grade point average, Gracie LeBrun of Pine City earned Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Academic All-Conference honors for the winter and spring seasons as a member of the University of Northwestern women’s tennis team.


The University of Minnesota Crookston recently announced Page Ellen Trana of Rush City is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources.

The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, commencement ceremony was held on May 12.

Graduating as one of 12 Webster Scholars was Cassandra Leigh Otte with a degree in Psychology, minor in Biology, Cum Laude.

Cassandra is the daughter of Jennifer Walz and Lloyd Otte Jr., formerly of Pine City. Cassandra is the granddaughter of Alan and Jan Walz of Rush City and Jan Griffin of Hopkins. Jason Malone and Ellie Malone also attended to celebrate this special occasion.


Twenty graduates from December 2017 and May 2018 at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point have been honored with the James H. Albertson Medallion, the highest recognition of student achievement at the university. These students also won the Chancellor’s Leadership Award. Less than one percent of each academic year’s graduating class earns the Medallion.

Taylor Nelson of Pine City majored in health science and pre-occupational therapy. She was a member of the National Society for Leadership and Success, Phi Kappa Phi honor society, Colleges against Cancer and Red Cross Club. She served as a community adviser and Pointer Pal in the residence halls and volunteered with Labor of Love and Make a Difference Day. She graduated in December 2017 with summa cum laude honors and is the daughter of Tami and Mark Nelson.

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