The following individuals were chosen by the Star News as the top local newsmakers of 2013.
Trucker saved man submerged in pond
Scott Rosenberg received a Life Saving Award from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in September.
Rosenberg works for Morrell and Morrell LP in Elk River. He saved a man’s life after coming upon an accident May 9 and using equipment on his semitrailer to flip a vehicle that was upside-down in a pond.
Washington County Sheriff Bill Hutton said, without Rosenberg’s assistance, the victim would have drowned.
Bruce West selected state fire marshal
Former Elk River Fire Chief Bruce West was named Minnesota’s state fire marshal in 2013.
Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner Mona Dohman made the announcement in October. West began his new job Dec. 4.
As part of his duties, West also leads the Minnesota Office of Pipeline Safety.
He was Elk River’s fire chief from 1994 to 2009.
Kaminsky, Bollman named as judges
Two people with ties to the Sherburne County Attorney’s Office in Elk River were appointed judges in 2013.
Both were named district court judges in Minnesota’s 10th Judicial District.
Gov. Mark Dayton announced the appointment of Walter Kaminsky in August and Suzanne Bollman in November.
Kaminsky is a former Sherburne County attorney. Bollman was an assistant Sherburne County attorney at the time of her appointment.
Kaminsky is chambered in Elk River and Bollman in Center City.
Anderson has played a key role in parks
For years, Dave Anderson has been a key player in the development and maintenance of Elk River’s park and recreation system.
In 2013, some major park projects came to fruition.
Anderson also has been a point person, quietly getting Handke Stadium whipped into shape, for the upcoming Hockey Day Minnesota.
In addition, at year’s end, the city was considering renaming the Orono Softball Complex the Dave Anderson Athletic Complex.
Langbehn’s heroics made it on ESPN
Jayme Langbehn, whose outstanding catches helped Elk River capture the state softball championship, was recognized in Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd” section in the July 1 issue.
Each week in Faces in the Crowd, six amateur athletes from around the nation are recognized by SI with a mug shot and a brief description of their exploits. This has been a staple of the nation’s No. 1 sports magazine for decades.
Viewers around the state and nation marveled at the freshman center fielder’s home run-robbing catches against Prior Lake in the state title game when her plays made it onto ESPN SportsCenter Top 10 highlight reels.
Teen used CPR to revive his mother
Tristan Ashfeld, the son of Greg and Jennifer Ashfeld, saved his mom’s life on the morning of Jan. 11.
The Monticello woman was preparing for work at the Olde Main Eatery in Elk River that she and her husband own and operate when she fainted because she was suffering from a heart attack.
Tristan, then 15, revived her using CPR that he had learned as a fifth-grader in an after-school baby-sitting class.
Students inspired by senior Jonah Skrove
Zimmerman High School senior Jonah Skrove made headlines when homecoming royalty candidates at his school surrendered their chances of winning the crown and named him homecoming king. They felt the bone cancer battler, who kept an amazingly upbeat attitude, was more deserving.
He continued to inspire others on a Make-A-Wish trip to Misswa Air Base in Japan where he met up with his brother and his fellow airmen.
Teacher Hustvedt had ‘historic’ year
Ron Hustvedt became the Elk River Area School District’s first semifinalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year in February.
The Salk Middle School social studies teacher also took his third group of students to Washington, D.C., for four days during their summer vacation.
From there, Hustvedt and former student Matti Martin, of Otsego, who is now a senior in the STEM Magnet program at Blaine High School, left for Normandy, France. They were one of 15 student-teacher teams from around the country to travel to Washington, D.C., and Normandy as part of the Albert H. Small Institute and National History Day.
During a 12-day excursion through history, they eulogized a soldier from Minnesota who died in the invasion of Normandy. Hustvedt and Martin came back just in time to tell about it at the Elk River Independence Day program at Lions Park.