Star News » Education http://erstarnews.com The Star News covers community news, sports, current events and provides advertising and information for Elk River, Otsego, Rogers and Zimmerman, Minnesota and their surrounding areas. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:57:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Skilled mathematician + dedication = state titles for Elk senior http://erstarnews.com/2015/03/27/skilled-mathematician-dedication-state-titles-for-elk-senior/ http://erstarnews.com/2015/03/27/skilled-mathematician-dedication-state-titles-for-elk-senior/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:45:30 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=787573 by Jim Boyle

Editor

Jordan Haack set his sights on a top-three finish in the state math bowl, but shot right past that en route to two state championship titles March 9 at South St. Paul High School.

Submitted photo State champion mathematician Jordan Haack.

Submitted photo
State champion mathematician Jordan Haack.

He won both the individual championship and the title of overall champ when the scores of both the state tournament contests and the rest of the year were combined.

“I didn’t expect to win,” Haack told the Star News. “These things are prone to huge ties. Somehow, I got ahead of that.”

Haack’s next closest finishers ended up in a three-way tie for second place in both tournament totals and grand totals for the year.

The Elk River math team finished 12th at state and 15th overall for the year.

Haack, an Elk River High School senior and National Merit Scholar semifinalist, has shifted to his last year of varsity tennis on a team that finished fourth in state last year. By the end of April he and several other classmates will face off Moody’s Mega Math Challenge, an annual applied math contest that gives participants the opportunity to use mathematical modeling to come up with solutions to relevant everyday issues. Haack’s team is one of six finalists that will compete Monday, April 27, in the final phase of judging at Moody’s Corporation headquarters in Manhattan, where they will present their findings to a panel of professional applied mathematician judges to determine the final rank order. (More on that will follow in a future edition of the Star News.)

The all-conference tennis player held the No. 4 singles slot and finished 31-6 on the year. This year he is a captain on the team.

Left to right: Haley Yoder, Mary Stoutenburg, Hunter Gulbranson, Jordan Haack, Joe Evans, Brianna Gerold, Emily Sederstrom, Alex Christensen and Curt Michener.

Left to right: Haley Yoder, Mary Stoutenburg, Hunter Gulbranson, Jordan Haack, Joe Evans, Brianna Gerold, Emily Sederstrom, Alex Christensen and Curt Michener.

He has missed a few early season practices for math bowls, something his tennis coach might find aggravating but did not phase Haack.

“Tennis is good, but it’s not my future,” he said.

Haack, the son of physical therapists Dan and Laura Haack, is waiting to find out how he fares on college applications to Ivy League schools.

“I’m not so convinced that’s going to happen now, but I will find out in the next two weeks or so (where he’s been accepted),” he said.

Haack, 17, envisions pursuing math in college, which will give him an array of career fields to choose from, ranging from college professor to an actuary.

The contender for valedictorian at Elk River High School realized his potential as a mathematician in the ninth grade under the tutelage of Elk River High School math team adviser Curt Michener.

“I have a lot to thank him for,” Haack said of Michener.
“He got me started. He taught me all the tricks.”

The math league exists to identify students with unusual mathematical ability, to give them recognition and encouragement, to bring them together with similar students for mutual challenge and to expose them to the study of topics not commonly taught in the high school curriculum.

It often takes some coaxing to get kids on math teams, but Elk River has developed a strong program, and members, like Haack, seem to get hooked and stay.

By his sophomore year, the star of the Elks team was ready to step up his efforts and took to using study halls and Sunday evenings before math contests to complete practice tests.

Don’t be confused by Haack’s choice of study hall for a class period. He earned the room in his schedule by taking a full complement of University of Minnesota Talented Youth Mathematics Program courses, which are part of an accelerated program for students who are highly talented in mathematics. He earned honors level college credit and advanced through it to Calculus III. He finished the university program this past year and knuckled down even more this season on math league as a top-three finish came into his consciousness.

“I really wanted it,” he said. “So I put my head down and went for it.”

Michener said becoming a state champion requires hard work and dedication to outperform incredibly gifted students, he said.

“I never met anybody who wanted to work that hard for something,” Michener said. “Just working with him caused me to be a better person myself.”

Haack won the first round, an invitational contest featuring the top high school mathematicians in the state, by an amazing two-point margin.

The only setback of the state meet would come on a speed round, featuring the top 10 finishers from the opening round. This was done on a stage in front of an audience. Each contestant was given eight problems and a short amount of time to answer each of them. Haack got the first seven right, tied for first, and on the last question, he missed.

He rallied, however, to get perfect scores on the final two tests that were partly for the team portion of the tournament.

Haack and his teammates, who were making the school’s fifth consecutive appearance at state, finished near the top third overall out of 39 teams that were invited to compete.

“That was lower than the ninth-place finish (of 170 teams) during the regular season, but still a very solid effort,” Michener said.

Members of the team included Haack, Bri Gerold, Hunter Gulbranson, Emily Sederstrom, Alex Christensen, Joe Evans, Haley Yoder and Mary Stoutenberg.

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Mattingley selected Rotary Student of Month http://erstarnews.com/2015/03/25/mattingley-selected-rotary-student-of-month/ http://erstarnews.com/2015/03/25/mattingley-selected-rotary-student-of-month/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 03:45:06 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=787525 • Elk River club recognizes girl for  academic achievement

Student: Emily Mattingley

Parents: Michael and Melissa

List the activities you have participated in and tell of your proudest accomplishments. 

I participate in Elk River High School’s drama program and the choir program. For the drama program, my proudest moment was performing with my fellow cast mates for both the home performance and subsections performance for this year’s competition one-acts.

Emily Mattingley

Emily Mattingley

What is your favorite class and why? What is your favorite subject?

Currently, my favorite class is choir. I love singing and we sing almost non-stop for a whole period. For favorite academic subject, I enjoy all of them, but English is my favorite.

What are your future plans? 

I’m still trying to figure out what exactly I’m going to do, but I definitely see myself attending a four-year college.

 What are your hobbies and/or personal interests? 

Besides the drama program and choir, I also write a lot — short stories, poems and such. I also play guitar and read a lot.

Tell of a most memorable experience that relates to school, personal interests or a hobby.

Very recently, the choir program took a trip to Chicago and got the opportunity to do a workshop at a university.

How do you demonstrate leadership? 

I just try to help others when I can, like with math homework or finding classes. I also try to be encouraging and positive most of the time to my classmates.

How do you approach academics to achieve success? 

I just pay attention in class, do my homework and study. Sometimes I’ll ask questions if I don’t understand a concept, but that’s really it.

What special projects have you done, in or out of school? 

Outside of drama, I don’t do many special projects outside of school. Inside of school I’m in a clay class, so I’ve been making porcelain and stoneware ceramics, if that counts.

Why do you think you won this award? 

I think I got this award because of my grade point average and my involvement with drama and choir.

What does it mean to you?  

It’s very humbling; I’m honored to be receiving this award.

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Lengthier spring break back from hiatus http://erstarnews.com/2015/03/21/lengthier-spring-break-back-from-hiatus/ http://erstarnews.com/2015/03/21/lengthier-spring-break-back-from-hiatus/#comments Sat, 21 Mar 2015 22:15:24 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=787386 • District 728 calendar will include six-day break at Easter

by Jim Boyle

Editor

In the eyes of some parents and schoolchildren, spring break took a vacation in recent years from Elk River Area School District school calendars.

The 2015-16 school calendar, however, will include a six-day stretch, including the Easter holiday on March 27, 2016, for a more sizeable break in the action of education.

“We certainly get a lot of emails and phone calls,” said Shane Steinbrecher, a member of the Elk River Area School Board who sat on this year’s calendar committee.

The Elk River Area School Board approved the 2015-16 calendar at a specially scheduled meeting of the board on Monday, March 16, once the district canceled its March 23 business meeting as most of members of the board will be attending a 75th Annual National School Boards Association Conference March 21-23 in Nashville.

“The committee used some creativity in this year’s calendar,” School Board Member Sue Farber said.

Steinbrecher said with Labor Day being so late this year (Sept. 7), the committee scheduled three staff development or workshop days before the start of the school year.

The first day of school will be on Sept. 8.

Elementary and secondary schedules will be more aligned next school year. Steinbrecher said trying to mesh schedules with trimesters, semesters and quarters and to have the same days off at once is not easy, but the committee did as much as they felt the could. He said the calendar committee managed to trim the number of the days that elementary and secondary school don’t coincide from eight to four.

Spring break was another area of focus for the committee.

This year’s break runs from Friday, April 3, through Monday, April 6, which at four days in length is shorter than many surrounding districts.

Spring break next year students in the Elk River Area School District will start on Wednesday, March 23, 2015, and run through Monday, March 28. School will resume on Tuesday, March 29 after a six-day break.

“Personally, I’m extremely pleased to see these changes,” Farber said.  “I hope making a spring break longer was an answer to the many families who have been asking for one for years.”

The last day of school for the next school calendar year will be June 7, 2016, with emergency make-up days planned for June 8 and 9.

Elementary students will be scheduled for 170 days. Secondary students will be scheduled to attend school for 172 days. Teachers will be scheduled for 190. They will have five workshop days, five staff development days, one comp day and conference days.

 

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Salk’s Hustvedt named 2015 Middle School Teacher of the Year http://erstarnews.com/2015/03/08/salks-hustvedt-named-2015-middle-school-teacher-of-the-year/ http://erstarnews.com/2015/03/08/salks-hustvedt-named-2015-middle-school-teacher-of-the-year/#comments Sun, 08 Mar 2015 17:03:39 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=786876 The Minnesota Council for the Social Studies has announced that Salk’s Ron Hustvedt is their 2015 middle school teacher of the year!

Ron Hustvedt attended the gala with his mother, Ginger Hustvedt, a retired teacher from Minneapolis.

Ron Hustvedt attended the gala with his mother, Ginger Hustvedt, a retired teacher from Minneapolis.

Each year, Minnesota Council for the Social Studies honors three teachers of the year at its annual gala event. These three teachers, representing elementary, middle and high school, are nominated by colleagues, supervisors, parents and students. They exemplify the best of social studies teaching in Minnesota.

Nominated teachers submit supplementary materials, including a resume, two letters of recommendation, a personal statement regarding teaching philosophy, and a lesson plan.

Hustvedt attended the gala with his mother, Ginger Hustvedt, a retired teacher from Minneapolis.

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St. Andrew, Mary Queen of Peace Catholic schools raising money http://erstarnews.com/2015/03/05/st-andrew-mary-queen-of-peace-raising-money/ http://erstarnews.com/2015/03/05/st-andrew-mary-queen-of-peace-raising-money/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:41:00 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=786711 Students at nearly 90 Catholic schools in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, including St. Andrew Catholic School in Elk River and Mary Queen of Peace in Rogers, are selling raffle tickets as part of the Catholic Schools Raffle. Ticket buyers have the opportunity to win $45,000 in prizes, including a 2015 Ford Escape or $25,000 cash, vacation packages and more.

Catholic Schools Raffle

Catholic Schools Raffle

The 86 schools participating will keep 100 percent of every $5 ticket sold, thanks to raffle sponsor Catholic United Financial. The St. Paul-based company covers the entire cost of the prizes and promotional materials.

More than 16,500 students are selling tickets through March 8, prior to the official drawing at 11 a.m. March 19 at Catholic United Financial’s home office. Hopeful ticket holders can watch the drawing ceremony live online at www.catholicunited.org/raffle.

Last year, participating schools raised a combined total of more than $1 million in just six weeks, an amount Catholic United Financial would like to repeat in 2015.

In this raffle’s five-year existence, it has helped Catholic schools in the Upper Midwest raise more than $3 million. The money raised has allowed the schools to provide tuition assistance, improve technology and pay for special learning opportunities, such as field trips and special guest speakers.

Along with the ticket sale revenue from the raffle, participating schools have a shot at winning a $3,000 grant from Catholic United Financial if it is one of the top three performing schools (based on the number of tickets sold per student). The company also awards the top-selling student at each school a $100 Visa gift card and a pizza party to each top classroom.

Raffle updates can be followed on Twitter (@raffle4schools) and on Facebook at facebook.com/catholicschoolsraffle.

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Bezek recommends Otsego fields be done; School Board will take closer look Monday http://erstarnews.com/2015/02/27/bezek-recommends-otsego-fields-be-done-school-board-will-take-closer-look-monday/ http://erstarnews.com/2015/02/27/bezek-recommends-otsego-fields-be-done-school-board-will-take-closer-look-monday/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:34:46 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=786428 by Jim Boyle

Editor

Superintendent Mark Bezek came to Monday’s Elk River Area School Board meeting with an update on proposed athletic fields in Otsego and a recommendation to proceed with a project.

Members of the Elk River Area School Board, however, said not so fast.

Bezek wasn’t asking for a vote that night, but School Board Chairwoman Jane Bunting made it clear the School Board would take a closer look at the district’s overall plans for capital budget and also explore if there would be any options to phase the project in without having to commit nearly $500,000 all at once.

School Board Member Sue Farber agreed it would be good to take a look, but she also noted the project has been left hanging the entire time she has been on board since first getting elected.

“It gets brought up and put on the back burner every time,” she said.

Bezek laid out a case that this project — which started out at $50,000 for irrigation and mushroomed in size and scope upon closer review — makes sense to tackle now.

But he also defended his staff for doing due diligence on it throughout the years. The project was first talked about before he became superintendent and several business managers for the school district have had their hands on it.

“We have a very good relationship with many of our municipalities,” Bezek said. “Some are not as easy to work with. I don’t want our people to take a hit when they have not been the easiest to work with. It takes two sides to make things work.”

Greg Hein, the most recent executive director of business services to speak to the project, told members of the School Board $50,000 had been written into a capital budget plan but has never made it onto a capital improvement plan.

He said it had been talked about at the building level, but once the price of the project shot up it didn’t stay there and subsequently has languished.

A civil engineer has come up with a plan for reorienting one of the fields to make it easier to maintain the fields. There will be grading needed to do that and one field will have to be made from scratch. There are also plans for a paved trail and green space for soccer and lacrosse games.

Hein recommended that the district go back to the Otsego city officials and hammer out the details of a joint partnership that would highlight what the district is investing in, who would maintain it and who would schedule it for use.

Hein said the district’s grounds crews are staffed razor thin, and he would like to see Otsego maintain the fields as has been suggested.

“That could be their contribution,” Hein said. “Otsego offered to do the scheduling, but that would not be wise.”

Another expense will be an increased water bill from the proposed sprinkling system for the fields and the areas leading up to the school that are already watered in the summer and look typical of other schools throughout the school district.

The field space is another story.

“In the depths of summer this area we’re talking about looks more like death valley than a lush, green watered prairie,” Bezek said. “My recommendation is to go forward. I think its a good investment.”

Bezek said the district has several ways it could fund the project, and it will help the  school’s physical education program and will serve the community.

One of the sources is a $2.1 million in the capital fund balance that will continue to be fed. Bezek said in the years that have gone by, the school district has added a track in Zimmerman and put bleachers in Rogers.

“We haven’t invested in a project like this in Otsego,” he said.

The School Board will take the matter up at a 6 p.m. work session at the School District Office, 815 Highway 10, Elk River.

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Otsego teacher one of 30 semifinalists for Minnesota Teacher of the Year http://erstarnews.com/2015/02/24/otsego-teacher-one-of-30-semifinalists-for-minnesota-teacher-of-the-year/ http://erstarnews.com/2015/02/24/otsego-teacher-one-of-30-semifinalists-for-minnesota-teacher-of-the-year/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 03:52:59 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=786240 The field of possible candidates for this year’s Minnesota Teacher of the Year honor has been narrowed to 30, and the list includes Kathryn Oberg,  a first grade teacher at Otsego Elementary School.

A selection panel of 24 community leaders chose the semifinalists from an initial field of 123 candidates from across the state. The panel will meet again in late March to select about 10 finalists from among the group of semifinalists.

The current Minnesota Teacher of the Year, Tom Rademacher, will announce his successor at a banquet May 3 at the Radisson Blu Mall of America in Bloomington.

Education Minnesota, the 70,000-member statewide educators union, organizes and underwrites the Teacher of the Year program. Candidates include pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers from public or private schools.

The Minnesota Teacher of the Year Program also receives support from the following organizations: The SMARTer Kids Foundation, the Radisson Blu Mall of America, the Harvard Club of Minnesota Foundation, United Educators Credit Union, McDonald’s Restaurants of Minnesota, TruStone Financial and Education Minnesota ESI.

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Hennen-Burr awarded for her leadership in Elk River Area School District http://erstarnews.com/2015/02/23/hennen-burr-awarded-for-her-leadership-in-elk-river-area-school-district/ http://erstarnews.com/2015/02/23/hennen-burr-awarded-for-her-leadership-in-elk-river-area-school-district/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:42:02 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=786182 Dr. Jana Hennen-Burr, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services for Elk River Area School District, has been named an Outstanding Central Office Leader by the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA).

Dr. Hennen-Burr will be honored for exhibiting a willingness to risk, possessing strong communications skills, being a progressive change agent and having high expectations for self and others at a statewide recognition ceremony to be held at the MASA/MASE Spring Conference, March 12-13, 2015, at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park.

Dr. Hennen-Burr has demonstrated exemplary professional and organizational leadership. Under her leadership, district test scores have shown steady improvement, narrowing the achievement gap. Dr. Hennen-Burr’s dedication and perseverance has lead to the implementation of all-day kindergarten, online learning options, College in the Schools and AVID, Professional Learning Communities (PLC), and two STEM magnet schools. As an advocate of personal development and professional growth, Dr. Hennen-Burr supports her educational leaders through conversations and dialogues during principal meetings, clustered strategic planning, and quality training for successful implementation and sustainability of initiatives.

In a letter of nomination for Dr. Hennen-Burr, Elk River Area School District Superintendent Mark Bezek wrote, “Jana is well-respected and well-known within the Elk River Schools community. She is optimistic, has an innate sense of purpose, a natural ability to lead, and a heartfelt commitment to education.”

Dr. Hennen-Burr has served the Elk River Area School District for nearly twenty years. Dr. Hennen-Burr’s holds a doctorate in education from Hamline University, a master’s degree in special education, a superintendent license, and a bachelor’s degree in special education from St. Cloud State University.

Each year, MASA recognizes members for their contribution to public education. MASA is a professional organization of Minnesota’s school leaders whose members include over 900 public education and non-public superintendents, directors of special education, curriculum and technology leaders, other central office administrators, service providers, business partners and retirees.

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News release: DNR youth hunter safety training offered http://erstarnews.com/2015/02/23/news-release-dnr-youth-hunter-safety-training-offered/ http://erstarnews.com/2015/02/23/news-release-dnr-youth-hunter-safety-training-offered/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:24:46 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=786178 The Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office will host a youth hunter safety program from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 3 at the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office Range and Training Center, 13880 Business Center Drive, Elk River, Door J.

This is the “Field Day” for students who have completed the online hunter course at http://www.huntercourse.com. Students must be at least 11 years old before the date of the Field Day.

Field Day being offered

Field Day being offered

A parent or guardian must attend first 30 minutes of the Field Day. Students must bring Field Day Voucher, copy of birth certificate, sack lunch, a blaze orange article of clothing (i.e. hat, cap, or vest) to the Field Day. Students must make and bring a survival kit (info on survival kit is found on the on-line course) that can be carried in a fanny pack or a small back pack to the Field Day. Participants are also asked to dress for the weather.

Firearms for testing will be provided. Do not bring any firearms to the training.

To register please email the student’s name, date of birth, address, parent/guardian name & emergency contact number to: paul.novotny@co.sherburne.mn.us

Pre-registration is required (no walk-ins). For questions, please contact Paul Novotny at 763-765-3511.

Class size is limited and will fill up quickly.

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Career fair set to light fire of exploration http://erstarnews.com/2015/02/21/career-fair-set-to-light-fire-of-exploration/ http://erstarnews.com/2015/02/21/career-fair-set-to-light-fire-of-exploration/#comments Sat, 21 Feb 2015 12:00:30 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=786056 by Jim Boyle

Editor

The questions about what a child wants to do when they grow up start at a young age, but at what point each person starts looking into their career options varies greatly.

Submitted photo  Jennifer Grant, founder of Inspiring Radiance and author of ‘Dying to be Good Enough,’ was recently interviewed by KARE 11 reporter Bryan Piatt on KARE 11 Sunrise.

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Jennifer Grant, founder of Inspiring Radiance and author of ‘Dying to be Good Enough,’ was recently interviewed by KARE 11 reporter Bryan Piatt on KARE 11 Sunrise.

Some figure out their path early. Others put it off, but manage to find their calling. And many end up circling back as adults to consider what will be a better fit for them — be it financially and/or to find something more rewarding.

District 728 Community Education hopes to light a fire under youth in ninth, 10th and 11th grades with its first Career Exploration Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Handke Center, 1170 Main St. in Elk River.

The thought behind the event is to get youth thinking, inquiring and taking action about their future careers sooner rather than later, and to start the process by learning from others who have arrived at their chosen career destination.

The free event will feature representatives from dozens of professions along with break-out sessions and chances to talk to people in various fields about potential job shadowing opportunities.

Jered Sweet, a software engineer for a Shakopee firm, will be there to share what his job is like and what prompted him to go after a career like software engineering. He will also share what it takes to tackle such an objective.

“I feel that the best time to start learning about this career path is in high school,” he said. “I was first exposed to software-related work after taking AP Computer Science as a senior, and I wouldn’t be where I am today if I did not decide to enroll in that class.”

The employee of Rosemount Inc., a branch of Emerson that also has Tescom in Elk River, has specific advice on how to hone in on a software engineering career how to go about testing one’s interest in such a field.

Jay Grammond and Kristi Waite, who work for District 728 Community Education, are the brains behind the event. It wasn’t an idea they concocted in their offices at the Handke Center or one they stole from another community education program. It surfaced casually as they talked about experiences with their own children that convinced them of the need for such an event.

Grammond’s oldest child is a high school student. Waite’s oldest child is a college sophomore. Both say college fairs are good, but point out they are a vehicle for school representatives to convince high school kids to come to their college, university or tech school.

“We we want kids to be able to explore their career options,” Waite said.

Grammond said the exploration fair will be more informational in nature than a recruitment tool. The pair has lined up representatives from about 40 career fields, and more continue to step forward.

The career representatives range from teachers to engineers as well as entrepreneurs, business managers and a copywriter to government employees working in law enforcement, health and human services and social work. There’s even a soon-to-be husband and wife duo who have signed up.

Submitted photo Lindsey Peterson, formerly of Elk River, is the assistant programming director for WCCO Radio. He will talk about the field of broadcasting at a career exploration fair on Feb. 28 at Elk River High School.

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Lindsey Peterson, formerly of Elk River, is the assistant programming director for WCCO Radio. He will talk about the field of broadcasting at a career exploration fair on Feb. 28 at Elk River High School.

Lindsey Peterson, an Elk River native who graduated from Big Lake High School, works behind the scenes at WCCO Radio and his fiance, Jennifer Grant, is an author and life coach who traded in a corporate job for something more fulfilling.

“It’s always fun to talk to people about what we do,” Peterson said of his work at WCCO Radio. “There are so many things about broadcasting that people don’t realize.  It’s not all about the person you hear on the radio or see on TV and the career choices inside our industry can be very rewarding.”

Grant has recently been featured on KARE 11 talking about everything from work-life balance, self-care, talking to a pesky boss or considering walking away from a career to do something more fulfilling. Her message points out that how people approach and prioritize their life doesn’t mean challenges go away, but their capacity to handle them improves.

The Minneapolis native became a life coach and started her own business called Inspiring Radiance  to help people  recognize that they are amazing and that their experience of life is a choice. The work has since led to writing her first book (“Dying to be Good Enough”), work as a speaker and becoming a yoga teacher.

She speaks to a wide array of audiences and can also address the topic of developing one’s own business.

Submitted photos Jennifer Grant on a trip to Bali that gave her insight into human nature and the meaning of life.

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Jennifer Grant on a trip to Bali that gave her insight into human nature and the meaning of life.

Her advice to people considering such a career path is to “stay the course.”

She says when a person decides to start their own business, they need to realize how much work will be involved.

“I firmly believe though that having something passionate to pursue and work towards makes an enormous difference in your happiness overall,” she siaid. “Don’t be discouraged by what isn’t happening. Instead, be encouraged by what is happening.”

Waite said organizers have asked career field representatives to share what a typical day is like, what wage ranges are for that particular career, what the job market is like and what it is projected to be, and the training or education required to obtaining that career.

Wendy Paulson, a former WCCO program director, and Lindsey Peterson after winning an Emmy.  It was a piece Peterson did on the top moments in the state’s history as heard on WCCO for the sesquicentennial.

Wendy Paulson, a former WCCO program director, and Lindsey Peterson after winning an Emmy. It was a piece Peterson did on the top moments in the state’s history as heard on WCCO for the sesquicentennial.

There is no cost to the featured representatives. They will get a free lunch, and they will help the future workforce find a career path that suits them and maybe avoid having to circle back later in life.

There’s still time for people to sign up and represent their chosen career field, but the deadline to be listed in the event brochure is Feb. 25.

While the focus of the event is on high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors, students and their families in grades six and up are invited.

Invitations have been sent out to area school districts, including Elk River Area, Anoka-Hennepin, Osseo-Maple Grove, Princeton, Big Lake, St. Francis and St. Michael-Albertville, Waite said.

 

The 100 Best Jobs of 2014

n U.S. News and World Report offers high rankings for technology, health care, teaching careers

1. Software developer

2. Computer systems analyst

3. Dentist

4. Nurse practitioner

5. Pharmacists

6. Registered Nurse

7. Physical therapist

8. Physician

9. Web developer

10. Dental hygienist

11. Information security analyst

12. Database administrator

13. Physician assistant

14. Occupational therapist

15. Market research analyst

16. Phlebotomist

17. Physical therapist assistant

18. Civil engineer

19. Mechanical engineer

20. Veterinarian

21. Occupational therapy assistant

22. Technical laboratory assistant

23. Operations research analyst

24. IT manager

25. Dietitian and nutritionist

26. Diagnostic medical stenographer

27. Massage therapist

28. Veterinary technologist/technician

29. Esthetician

30. Computer programmer

31. School psychologist

32. Respiratory therapist

33. Epidemiologist

34. Maintenance and repair worker

35. Speech language pathologist

36. Substance abuse counselor

37. Construction manager

38. Licensed practical nurse and

licensed vocational nurse

39. Accountant

40. High school teacher

41. Financial adviser

42. Business operations manager

43. Bookkeeping, accountant and

audit clerk

44. Marketing manager

45. Medical assistant

46. Financial manager

47. Medical equipment repairer

48. Clinical social worker

49. Nail technician

50. Middle school teacher

51. Lawyer

52. Computer systems administrator

53. Meeting, convention, event

planner

54. Compliance officer

55. Medical secretary

56. Radiologic technologist

57. Bill collector

58. Child and family social worker

59. Cost estimator

60. Optician

61. Exterminator

62. Insurance agent

63. Financial analyst

64. Elementary school teacher

65. Hairdresser

66. Dental assistant

67. Management analyst

68. Home health aide

69. Patrol officer

70. Recreation and fitness worker

71. Human resources specialist

72. Personal Care Aide

73. Sales manager

74. Taxi driver/chauffer

75. Logistician

76. Marriage and family therapist

77. Surgical technologist

78. Computer support specialist

79. Administrative assistant

80. Sales representative

81. Nursing aide

82. Interpreter and translator

83. Pharmacy technician

84. Preschool teacher

85. Public relations specialist

86. School counselor

87. Paralegal

88. Paramedic

89. Real estate agent

90. Glazier

91. Art director

92. Architect

93. Customer service representative

94. Plumber

95. Office clerk

96. Auto mechanic

97. Mental health counselor

98. Landscaper and groundskeeper

99. Structural iron and steel worker

100. Painter

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