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Blackduck teen wins travel scholarship

BLACKDUCK - Blackduck High School student Morgan Jung was selected to travel to Cambodia this summer through the American Youth Leadership Program, managed by Colorado-based nonprofit Global Explorers.

Jung was chosen from 160 candidates after a rigorous nationwide application and review process. The program brings together 30 students from diverse economic and ethnic backgrounds, representing eight different states.

The AYLP program will combine hands-on leadership activities with leadership development in Cambodia, and its core themes include the environment, climate change, conservation and sustainable development. Jung and other participants will also receive digital media and journalism skill training from Afar Media and the Travel Channel.

The program, which will run for three weeks, is fully-funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' Youth Programs Division.


BSU students garner teaching internships

BEMIDJI - More than 40 Bemidji State University students will enter local classrooms this fall as participants in student teaching and internship assignments.

BSU's program is designed to place students in a public school classroom under the supervision of an experienced mentor-teacher. For many of these students, the assignment is the final step in completing their undergraduate teaching degrees at Bemidji State.

Students with fall teaching assignments include: Beth Anderson, Nathan Blumhagen, Amy Guntzel, Alison Hougen, Kathryn Mrazek, Megan Wallner and Seth Wiegele of Bemidji; Christopher Paskvan of Akeley; and Rachel Reagan of Blackduck.

Agriculture reunion planned for Saturday

CROOKSTON - The University of Minnesota, Crookston's Northwest School of Agriculture (NWSA) Alumni Association will hold its annual reunion for alumni Saturday on the school campus.

The theme for the reunion weekend is "A Summer Place," and the day will include several activities for alumni.

For more information, visit the school website at


Honor society picks Bemidji students

GRAND FORKS - Emily M. Lawrence and Elizabeth Lindsey were recently initiated into the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society at the University of North Dakota.

Lawrence is an anthropology and biology double-major, and Lindsey is a communication sciences and disorders major. Both are originally from Bemidji.


Steilen wins Campus Compact award

BEMIDJI - Bemidji State University senior Katherine Steilen recently received a Presidents' Community Partner Award from the Minnesota Campus Compact.

The Presidents' Awards recognize campus-community partnerships. Steilen, a senior majoring in elementary education, was one of 27 recipients of a Community Partner Award this year, which included eight individuals and 19 groups or organizations.

Community Partner Awards are for individuals or community-based organizations that have enhanced the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways and have developed a sustained, reciprocal partnership with the college or university to enrich educational and community outcomes.

Steilen was commended for "consistently connecting Bemidji State University students to the Boys and Girls Club... in addition to her academics and Boys and Girls Club work."