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Prairie Lakes Co-op awards scholarships

Four high-school senior scholarships totaling $2,000 were announced to local students as part of Prairie Lakes Co-op Community Pride funds at its annual meeting.

"These scholarships are awarded based on scholastic achievement, leadership activities and work ethic," said Brian Jergenson, Prairie Lakes Co-op board chairperson and scholarship committee member.

Here are the winners of $500 scholarships:

Melissa Miller is a student at Osakis High School. She is the daughter of Tom and Carol Miller of West Union. She plans to study agricultural education beginning at Ridgewater College in Willmar.

Kyle Imdieke is a student at Sauk Centre High School. He is the son of David and Diane Imdieke of Sauk Centre. He plans to study engineering at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota.

Christine Zimmermann is a student at Sauk Centre High School. She is the daughter of Ken and Julie Zimmermann of Sauk Centre. She plans to study pre-veterinary medicine with a minor in agricultural business at the University of Minnesota Morris campus.

Brittany Opdahl is a recipient of a $500 scholarship and is a student at Minnewaska High School. She is the daughter of Donald and Shari Opdahl of Starbuck. She plans to study biology and science education at South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota.

Applicants had to indicate their plans to enroll in a two- or four-year post secondary curriculum next fall, supply general information about themselves, and write a short essay about their vision of agriculture.

Prairie Lakes Co-op awarded these four scholarships totaling $2,000 on behalf of its local member owners. Prairie Lakes Co-op (, a CHS Service Center, provides products and services in the agronomy, energy, and grain markets to meet the needs of its patrons.

Prairie Lakes Co-op has locations in the communities of Cyrus, Hoffman, Elrosa, Lowry, Long Prairie, Park Rapids, Glenwood and Starbuck, creating relationships with customers in agronomy inputs, propane, fuel and grain marketing.