The Free Press, Mankato, MN


June 23, 2013

Names and Notables

Nursing Excellence winner

Minnesota State University, Mankato faculty member Nancyruth Leibold, an assistant professor in the university's School of Nursing, was recently named the 2013 Heartland/Midwest Nursing Excellence regional winner in the Education and Mentorship category.

As the Midwest regional winner, Leibold will progress to the national level as a candidate for the national 2013 Nursing Excellence Award in the Education and Mentorship category.

Professional engineer

Josh Pope, of the I&S Group, Inc., has successfully passed the Principals and Practice of Engineering Examination, therby offically designating him a Professional Engineer in the state of Minnesota.

Josh is a graduate of St. John's University and joined I&S in 2011.

Ney Nature Center honors

The Ney Environmental Education Foundation Board of Directors recently honored four individuals who exemplify the mission of the Ney Nature Center.

Arlys Graff of Le Sueur received the Volunteer-of-the-Year award.

Chuck Retka of Le Sueur received the Outstanding Friend award.

Joe Doherty of Le Sueur and James Weber of Le Center both won a President's award.

Minnesota Shorts Play Festival

Five local playwrights have won a spot in the Minnesota Shorts Play Festival, which will be September 5 & 6 at Mankato West High School.

This year the festival had a record 498 script submissions, and 14 different judges picked nine scripts from Minnesota playwrights and 9 from national playwrights.

The local winners include: Mankato -- Ester Hoffman for "The Bible According to Hertha;" North Mankato -- Mary Jost for "Invincible!," Ruth Furan for "Wiener Dog Worries" and Greg Abbott for "Scars;" Eagle Lake -- T.D. Barna for "On the Home Front."

Lafayette Charter School honor roll

The following students were named to the Lafayette Charter School A Honor Roll: Grade 3 -- Preston Wegner; Grade 4 -- Claire Wilfahrt; Grade 5 -- Kendra Lyimo, Emily Pena, Anna Stovall and Alexander Wyffels; Grade 6 -- Alexis Hacker.

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