Mankato Sertoma Club

Liz Thiesse was awarded the Mankato Sertoma Club “Service to Mankind” award April 25. The award was in recognition of her many years of leadership for the Holiday Sharing Tree program in Blue Earth and Nicollet counties, and her many other volunteer and service efforts in the Greater Mankato area.

The “Holiday Sharing Tree” distributes nearly 3,000 gifts to needy families each holiday season, and has distributed over 65,000 gifts since 1985.

Sisters of Saint Francis

St. Clair native Sister Ramona Kruse celebrates her 75th Diamond Jubilee this month.

The member of Sisters of Saint Francis in Rochester was born Jeanette Ione Kruse.

She professed her vows in 1944.

Sister Ramona received degrees from the College of Saint Teresa in Winona and a master’s degree in 1971 from the state college in Mankato, where she later earned a specialist’s certificate in curriculum and instruction and library science.

She taught at schools in Minnesota, Nebraska and Maryland.

Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council

Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council recently awarded Small Arts Project Grants and Arts-In-Education Grants in all nine counties in its area.

In Blue Earth County:

• $2,000 was awarded to Mankato Area Community Education to sponsor Homeward Bound Theatre Company to provide a “Step Into Broadway” musical theater workshop in Mankato for grades 5-8, Aug. 5-8.

• $2,000 was awarded to Free to the People Theater to present free performances of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” using a mixed cast of professional and community actors with diverse backgrounds. Performances will be June 20 at Sibley Park and June 21 at Good Counsel Gardens.

• $2,000 was awarded to the 410 Project to sponsor the fifth “Project Bike” tour, a statewide bicycle tour to connect with Minnesota artists.

In Brown County:

• $2,000 was awarded to Healthy Community/ Healthy Youth to sponsor theater opportunities for youth in July. In Faribault County:

• $2,000 was awarded to Blue Earth Area Community Education to sponsor Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre production of “Pinocchio” for grades 1-8, Aug. 5-10.

• $2,000 was awarded to Blue Earth Area Mentors to sponsor a field trip for youths to attend the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre’s production of “Mama Mia” in August. In LeSueur County:

• $2,000 will be awarded to the LeSueur County Fair to fund music performances at the county fair, Aug.15-18, 2019 in Le Center.

In Nicollet County:

• $2,000 was awarded to Minnesota Shorts Play Festival to present a two-day festival Sept. 5-6.

In Sibley County:

• $1,580 was awarded to the City of Winthrop to sponsor four music concerts for Music in the Park series this summer.

In Waseca County:

• $600 was awarded to St. Olaf Lake Association to present the music group Hootennanny Annies, as part of a Fourth of July celebration near New Richland.

In Watonwan County:

• $2,000 was awarded to Uniting Cultures Multicultural Fiesta Sept. 14.

Morningside College

Madison Pierson of Lake Crystal was among the students at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, who were presented bachelor’s degrees during its spring commencement May 11.

Pierson graduated , summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in history.

She is the recipient of a Provost’s Award in Humanities.

St. Norbert College

Matthew Carlson, of St. Peter graduated magna cum laude from St. Norbert College in DePere, Wisconsin, on May 13.

Carlson received a bachelor of science degree.

UMD-Kirby Student Center

The University of Minnesota Duluth Office of Student Life and Kirby Student Center honored 77 students at the annual Leadership Awards Ceremony. Eight undergraduate students received notable student awards, while 36 students received the UMD Leadership Certificate. This is the University’s only student-driven recognition program, which means these students were recognized by their peers for their outstanding achievements. Winners and nominees were honored at the Leadership Awards Reception on April 29.

Mara Rosenwinkel, of Madison Lake, a public health and hispanic studies major, received the Arrowhead Award.

Graceland University

Katherine Cory of Wells graduated magna cum laude from Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, April 28.

Cory received a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice and psychology.

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