Tator Days

Lexi Joyal, 17, was named Miss Eagle Lake during the 2018 Tator Days town celebration.

She will be a senior at Mankato East High School this fall. Her mother is Jessica Joyal. This year’s Miss Tator Tot is Ella Johnson, 7, daughter of Amy and Jamie Johnson, and Mr. Fry Guy is McRea Bromeland, 4, son of Joe and Jennifer Bromeland.


Hy-Vee Food Stores donated 400 boxes of cereal to ECHO Food Shelf on July 25.

The cereal is a product used in Hy-Vee’s ONE Step donation program to fight food insecurity.

Fair facility grants

County fairs from throughout the region are among the 64 local and county fairs in Minnesota, Illinois and Wisconsin which received grants from the Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America, a Wisconsin-based organization.

Fair Facility Upgrade Grant Program recipients include:

Blue Earth County Fair Association — $3,000 to replace the roof on beef barn; Brown County Agricultural Society — $3,000 to update and install lighting near livestock buildings; Faribault County Fair — $3,000 to paint cattle barn;

Le Sueur County Fair — $675 to replace the roof on its beef barn;

Sibley County Fair — $3,000 to update exhibit building;

Watonwan County Agricultural Society — $3,000 to purchase an arena rake for stock horse events.

Stevens Point

Haylee Stangler of Montgomery was among graduates who were conferred degrees

during spring commencement ceremonies May 19 for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Stangler graduated cum laude with a degree in bachelor of science degree in wildlife.

Drake University

Area residents were among the students who graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, at the end of the spring semester. Marisa Macho of Le Center received a degree in information systems, management; and Mary Traxler of Mankato received a music degree.

The following local students were named to the spring semester president’s list at Drake University: Madeline Mueller of

Mankato; and Ellie Hodapp of North Mankato.

This academic honor is achieved by earning a 4.0 grade-point average.

Drake University

The following local students were named to Drake University’s spring semester dean’s list: Butterfield — Brianna Ringen; Le Center — Marisa Macho; Le Sueur — Amelia Froelich; Mankato — Megan Ochs; St. Peter — Margaret Lehtinen, Winston Taylor; Springfield Brian Thoreson.

This academic honor is achieved by earning a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Graceland University

Katherine Cory of Wells recently was awarded a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Scholar Team Honor as a member of the women’s indoor track and field team at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa.

For a team to be considered for the NAIA Scholar Team award, it must have a minimum 3.0 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. The team grade-point average includes all eligible varsity student-athletes.

Oregon State

Scanlon P. Friend of Mankato was named to the scholastic honor roll for the spring term at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Friend earned the academic honor by achieving a grade-point average of

3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Adams State University

Nicholas Johnson of New Ulm graduated May 12 from Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado.

Johnson received a master of arts in music education.