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CLC student success

CLC student success

Student Conservationist of the Year

CLC student Tom Strack (Randall) won the 2013 Student Conservationist of the Year award from the Minnesota Chapter of The Wildlife Society. The award was presented at the Wildlife Society’s annual conference.


Luke Sombke (Mapleton) is a CLC VESTA student who is a candidate for the Elmer Swenson Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded at the upcoming Minnesota Grape Growers Association’s Cold Climate Conference. Sombke works for Danzinger Vineyards which was awarded “Winery of the Year” in Wisconsin.

Welding win at competition

Central Lakes College Welding Department traveled to New Richmond, Wis. to compete in the American Welding Society’s (AWS) “Behind the Mask” district welding competition at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. Instructor David Otto received 1st place award in the professional GTAW (Tig) welding division. Student Mitch Treichler (Brainerd) received 1st place in OFC (torch cutting) division.

Students receive Machine Trades scholarships

Steve Poynter, from McKechnie Tooling and Engineering in Staples, awarded two machine trade scholarships to CLC students Samuel Williams (Brainerd) and Chris Breitenfeldt (St. Cloud). McKechnie is committed to encouraging and promoting manufacturing in the Staples area. This annual scholarship includes funds for tuition, a paid part-time position while in training and a full-time position upon graduation for two Machine Tool Technology students.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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