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■ CLC Honors 75 alumni

As Central Lakes College celebrates its 75th anniversary, officials are recognizing and honoring 75 outstanding alumni throughout the college’s history.


This honorary award was established to recognize alumni who are noteworthy for their significant professional achievements and/or exemplary leadership in community activities. The honorees depicted below are an inspiration to the next generation of graduates and to the communities at large.

Chuck Albrecht, CCE - 1977; Dr. Richard Ashmun - 1947; Virginia Bayerl - 1974; Dr. William Bender, DDS - 1959; Lorrie Bescheinen - 1978; Duane Blanck - 1965; Roy C. Booth - 1986; Dennis Wolfgang Borgwarth - 1981; Dr. Kristina Britton, MD - 1996; Dr. Jennifer Carlson - 1989; Maggi Carlson - 2010; Bertrum Caswell - 1947; Colleen Chambers - 1981; Jerry Chandler - 1960; Al Cibuzar - 1969; Paul Cibuzar - 1969; Rod Converse - 1971; Joseph Cronin - 1973; Dr. James DeChaine - 1963; Dr. Kristi Desaro, DC - 1994; Guy Doud - 1973; Harley Ellis - 1980; Darlys Every - 1961; David Fischer - 1962; Tony Fisher - 1983; John Fitzpatrick - 1960; Shane Fjerstad - 1995; Frank Frattalone - 1969; Dr. Elizabeth Gilthvedt, OD - 1978; Dr. Gary Grittner - 1965; Tom Haglin - 1985; Aaron Hautala - 1996; Jamie Hess - 2004; Anna Hiscock - 2001; Dr. Mark Elison Hoversten, FASLA, AICP - 1973; Dr. Joseph Howard, MD - 1986; Carol Howe-Veenstra - 1973; Kevin Jenkins - 1975; Patricia Kehr - 1992; Dr. Jeff Koep - 1972; Dr. Vernon Larsen, DDS - 1958; Dr. Wayne Little - 1952; Nancy Logering - 1979; Pat Lunemann - 1979; Craig Nathan - 1981; Joe Nayquonabe, Jr. - 2001; Bruce Nelsen - 1967; Wilda Nelson - 1993; Barb Neprud - 1973; Dr. Jeff Oliphant - 1980; Dr. Suzette Olson, DDS - 1994; Bernie Omann - 1985; Jennifer Perez - 2008; Dr. Jennifer Person, DC - 1996; Dr. Joseph Porwoll - 1974; Dr. Glenn Proudfoot - 1991; Mike Salber - 1999; Greg Sellnow - 1978; Carol Shaw-Beaulieu - 2009; Craig Smith - 1986; Ken Soring - 1982; Katherine Stevens - 2008; Jamie Strohmeier - 1997; Becky Sullivan - 1982; Paul Thiede - 1965; Ken Thomas - 1984; Micheal Thompson - 1979; Peg Van Buren - 1988; William Van Essen - 1940; Jim Wentworth - 1971; Jamie Williams - 2002; Lewis James Wilczek - 2004; Carrie Wirt - 1992; Patricia Wolleat - 1962; Amanda Wooden - 2002.

■ Faith in Action volunteers recieve awards

Volunteers with Faith in Action for Cass County gathered on May 14 for the annual spring training to review program policies, receive awards for service and learn new skills in working with people in need in Cass County.

In 2013, volunteers provided over 4,000 hours and drove 51,000 miles in service to people in need in Cass County. Volunteers responded to an average of 142 requests per month. People served by Faith in Action volunteers ranged in age from newborn to 103 and 76 percent of the people served were age 60-plus.

Six Faith in Action Volunteers were recognized with awards for their service above and beyond the call of duty. Hazel Osen of Walker was awarded the “Mother Hen” award for providing 125 hours of respite care in 2013, giving caregivers countless hours of time away to relax or get other errands done. Linda Olson of Backus was awarded the “Road Runner” award for driving 3,926 miles in 2013, getting people to medical appointments, errands, groceries and food shelf. Harriet Nerad of Walker was awarded the “Homing Pigeon” award for 126 hours dedicated to delivery of meals on wheels to distant parts of Cass County including Oak Point and Bena. Steve Cashman of Walker was awarded the “Woody Woodpecker” Award for providing chore and handyman services to many in 2013. Sherri Pluimer of Breezy Point and Anita Jordan of Backus were awarded the “Rockin’ Robins” award for being friends to a woman with many medical issues who had moved and struggled with too much stuff to fit into her apartment.

■ Organic gardening serves high school and convent

LITTLE FALLS — In 2013 the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls and Little Falls Community High School’s staff and students paired together with a plan for growing organic vegetables to serve both the Little Falls Community High School’s Vegetable Garden-to-Cafeteria program and the Franciscan Sisters at St. Francis Convent. Sister Ruth Lentner, a horticulturist, manages the Franciscan Sisters’ organic garden and works directly with high school students and their student supervisor. Sister Ruth indicated that the project essentially tripled the previous garden area.

To assist with this year’s project, Tri-City Paving of Little Falls recently donated the transportation of four truckloads of compost to the garden area at St. Francis Convent Campus. The compost will be added to the soil of the nearly 2-acre site, nourishing plants and seeds that will be planted this spring.

Vocational agriculture teacher Doug Ploof added, “The garden project has been a wonderful opportunity to teach sustainable agriculture to our students in horticulture and plant science.”

■ Traders, exhibitors wanted

The Wealthwood Rod and Gun Club, Aitkin County, will host its first Wealthwood Rendezvous (formally called the Aitkin Rendezvous-Festival of Nations) Sept. 12-14.

This is a call for traders and exhibitors. This year will also be the first year that live fire demonstrations will be featured, with support by the members of the Crow Wing County Muzzleloaders.

The club’s site for the event is limited to 15 overnight campsites. Space for traders, exhibitors, campers and parking is not limited.

Please email David Miller, WRGC board member, for more information: or call 218-839-5997. Or go online to register at

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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