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Graduate lists

Samantha Winther of Carlos has graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee. Winther earned a degree in biomedical engineering, bioelectronics. She was one of about 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students who received their diplomas May 20 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.


The following area students graduated from North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota,this past spring:

Alexandria: Lane Dalton Anderson, management; Chandler Paul Davis, finance; Drew Robert Fearing, Ryan Lee Johnson, Phillip Thanh Pham and Chase Taylor Redmond, mechanical engineering; Alexis Mary Kokett and Tyler Alan Maanum, pharmaceutical sciences; Cuiping Liang, applied statistics; Whitney Jalynn Olson, agricultural communication; Jacob Jeffery Smith, industrial engineering and management; Carly Brianna Snell, physics; Mackenzie Ann Stark, electrical engineering; Blake Thomas Stockert, construction management; and Shanda Deleen Lauer, Ph.D in psychology.

Barrett: Dakotah Lee Kashmark, agricultural economics.

Carlos: Aaron Steidl, agribusiness.

Evansville: Matthew Loren Mounsdon, mechanical engineering.

Glenwood: Zoe Citrowske Lee, psychology.

Hoffman: Jared Bennett Nelson, computer engineering.

Miltona: Amber Marie Guenther, crop and weed sciences.

Nelson: Cassie Lynn Moen, pharmacy; and Hunter Jay Scherr, biological sciences.


The following area students are among the 800 graduates this spring of Minnesota State Community and Technical College, with campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena:

Alexandria: Aaron Bitzan, Taylor Esbjornsson, Matthew Wrobleski and Tyler Kari, electrical line worker technology; Lucas Dahlen-Brede and Tyler Klimek, electrical technology; Brianna Gesell, associate of applied science, radiologic technology; Elizabeth Hausmann, associate of applied science, medical administrative assistant; Elizabeth Hausmann, medical coding and insurance; and Taunya Johnson, massage therapy.

Evansville: Ashley Henneman, associate of science, nursing; and Kerstyn Schroeder, associate of arts, liberal arts and sciences.

Garfield: Austin Baumann, electrical technology.

Miltona: Amelia Hager, associate of science, business.

Nelson: Stephanie Meyers, associate of science, nursing.

Osakis: Andrew Nelson, electrical line worker technology.


The following area students graduated in May from the University of North Dakota, in Grand Forks, North Dakota:

Alexandria: Anthony Backora, Kiesha Bullock, Rachel Sjostrand and Colin Teichert.

Barrett: Daniel Schack.

Glenwood: Hailee Peterson, Jerrica Thiel, Landon Thiel and Rachel Wildman.

Kensington: Tanika Nguyen.


Brittany Johnson of Evansville, MN (56326) graduated with a BA in History from Carleton College at its 144th Commencement exercises, held on Saturday, June 9, 2018. Johnson is the child of Lynn and Chris Johnson of Evansville.


The College of St. Scholastica has announced its list of students who completed their graduate degrees during the Spring 2018 semester. The list includes the following local students:

Brent Gundberg of Alexandria graduated with a Master of Business Administration and Brittany Ludwig of Alexandria graduated with a Master of Science in Athletic Training.


Ridgewater College, Willmar, MN, is pleased to announce the names of its spring semester graduates. Ceremonies for both campuses took place In May, 2018. Students graduating with a diploma or degree will graduate with Honors if they have a GPA of 3.5 to 3.74, with High Honors if they have a GPA of 3.75 to 3.99, and Highest Honors if they have a GPA of 4.0.

Alexandria: Austin Kraft, AAS degree in Agri-Business

Glenwood: Ashley Anderson, AAS degree in Farm Operation and Management and Brandon French, DIP, Farm Operation and Management

Osakis: Elizabeth Sabrowsky, DIP, Massage Therapy - High Honers.


Shawn Nelson of Alexandria, graduated in May 2018 from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Technology.


St. Cloud State University graduated more than 1,120 students during spring semester 2018. Commencement ceremonies took place Friday, May 4, 2018. The graduates included the following area students: From Alexandria: Ashley Kellen, Bachelor of Science, Social Work, Cum Laude and Brenna Skinner, Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice Studies, Magna Cum Laude. From Garfield: Shaun Peglow, Bachelor of Arts, Film Studies, Summa Cum Laude. From Osakis: Kasondra Collins, Bachelor of Science, Social Work, Summa Cum Laude; Amber Harrison, Master of Social Work, Master of Social Work; Megan Highet, Master of Science, Marriage and Family Therapy and Hannah Szech, Bachelor of Science, Elementary/K-6 Education, Summa Cum Laude

SCSU offers more than 15,000 students more than 200 undergraduate and graduate programs in business, education, fine arts and humanities, science and engineering and social sciences. St. Cloud State is located 70 miles northwest of the Twin Cities along the banks of the Mississippi River and has one of the strongest international programs in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system; has one of three business colleges in Minnesota nationally accredited at the undergraduate and graduate level; and is one of the largest producers of new educators in the country.