The Free Press, Mankato, MN


May 12, 2013

Names and Notables


Best in Show -- Carter Johnson of Mankato East, “Angel,” colored pencil; Logan Haga of Mankato West, “Mac and Cheese,” pencil; Eric Ouren of Mankato Loyola, “Northern Pike,” ceramic and mixed media; and Brandi Johnson of Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton, “Mommy Why,” acrylic collage.

Honorable Mention -- Geoffrey Tollefson of Mankato East, “Bat,” ink; Nicole Denzer of Tri-City United, “Barbie,” pencil; Kendall Vance of Waseca, “Life’s Best Medicine,” charcoal; Brian Baker of Loyola, “Escaping Captivity,” ceramic; Stephanie Brunson of Cleveland, “Cereal?!” pencil portrait; Jasmine Hancock of West, “Heart of Imagination,” colored pencil and marker; Rodrigo Madrigal of West, “Untitled,” Sharpie Drawing; Andrew Murray of Loyola, “Our Soma Holiday,” pen and ink; Victoria Cook of JWP, “Bombus,” mixed media; Jordan Kuster of East, “Audro,” photo; Danielle Vetter of Loyola, “Torn Apart,” photo; Emily Eibs of Le Sueur-Henderson, “Eye,” watercolor and acrylic; Brendin Stagg of West, “Aquabhobia,” photo; Samantha Bruns, “King of Country,” watercolor; Rachel Smisek of TCU, “Yellow,” acrylic; Jolie Richter of Le Sueur-Henderson, ceramic head; Andrew Sweere of Loyola, wheel-thrown pot; and Bailey Wolf of Waseca, “It’s Monday,” charcoal, watercolor.

Mankato Ford

As a result of a fundraising event last weekend, Mankato Ford is donating $4,000 to St. Peter High School's choir, band and theater programs.

More than 180 people attended a Saturday event at the high school during which $20 was donated by Ford for everyone who took a test drive. Since the program’s inception in 2007, the Drive 4 UR School program has generated more than $16 million in donations for high school nationwide.

Red Lobster

Feeding Our Communities Partners will receive a $1,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Foundation, the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants Inc.

The grants program, now in its second year, allowed the Mankato Red Lobster restaurant to help support the local community program BackPack Food Program.BackPack Food discreetly provides low-income students with packs of nutritious, child-friendly meals to take home for weekends and school breaks. As community support increases, Feeding Our Community Partners can implement the BackPack Food Program at additional Mankato area elementary schools.

This grant to the BackPack Food Program will be matched, dollar for dollar, by the Otto Bremer Foundation.

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