Education

The names of three students from Elk River will be forever etched on record in the U.S. House of Representatives. Sarah Merkling, Jenna Olawsky and Elizabeth Rumreich joined nearly 3,000 students from all over the world to participate in the annual National History Day Contest in Washington, D.C. Rep. Michelle Bacmann read their accomplishment into [...]

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by Paul Rignell Contributing Writer The Elk River Area School Board agreed June 23 to present $104 million in bond and levy questions before all district voters next Election Day. Officials will enter the 2014-15 school year with intent to address space needs at Rogers High School and elsewhere in the southern end of the [...]

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The number of moms returning to college to complete their degrees is higher than ever. With flexible, high-caliber programs now available online, more moms are choosing to earn their degrees online in order to balance family time and work commitments with school. Arizona State University Online, one of the country’s leading online programs, offers the [...]

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by Bruce Strand Sports Editor Alyssa Spofford has excelled in music and theater while leading her class academically as well. Spectrum’s valedictorian plans to keep singing, but her focus now will be pursuit of a medical career. “What I’d like to be is a pediatric cardiologist,” said Spofford. Biology and chemistry were the Zimmerman resident’s [...]

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by Bruce Strand Sports Editor David Molinari, who clearly knows his way around a golf course, has been hitting fairways and his sinking putts in the classroom, too, throughout his school days. The best golfer in District 728 this spring is Zimmerman’s valedictorian with a 4.1 GPA, leading a class of 149 students. He’s never [...]

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by Rachel Finkbeiner Staff Intern Jenny Day maintained a perfect record of all A’s at Rogers High School while finding time for her love of art and to make an impact on her school and community. The 2014 valedictorian was co-president of Rogers’ chapter of National Art Honor’s Society. Beyond creating a greater appreciation of [...]

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by Bruce Strand Sports Editor Grant Tesdahl set his sights on being valedictorian at age 12 but never let his pursuit of this prize curtail his full enjoyment of high school. Tesdahl, who led Elk River’s senior class of 408 students with a 4.151 GPA, also served as senior class president, (“Tes for Pres” was [...]

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by Debbie Griffin Contributing Writer The green-gowned graduates of Ivan Sand Community High School generated a dynamic energy that filled the air as they prepared to receive their diplomas 7 p.m. June 3 in the Zabee Theater at Elk River High School. Ivan Sand Principal Tom Hoffman said 18 of the 23 graduating seniors “walked [...]

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Alicia Samlaska Parents: Angie Samlaska Future plans: I will be attending Winona State University to major in nursing and become a pediatric nurse. Highlight your involvement in high school classes and extra-curricular activities: I was in National Honor Society and took six college classes in high school in which four of them were AP classes [...]

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