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Bauerly to deliver NTC commencement address

BEMIDJI—Retired Minnesota state legislator and construction executive Jerry Bauerly will deliver the 2018 Commencement address for Northwest Technical College, the school announced on Thursday.

Bauerly will address graduates at the college's annual commencement exercise, set for May 4 in Bemidji's Sanford Center. NTC commencement begins at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

Jerry BauerlyBauerly is a retired entrepreneur and executive who currently serves as board chair of Sentry Bank, which has four locations in St. Cloud, St. Stephen and St. Joseph, Minn. He also is a member of the Board of Directors of Granite Equity Partners, a St. Cloud-based private investment and holding company.

Before retiring, Bauerly was north-central region president for Knife River Corp., one of the nation's largest construction materials and contracting companies. He also co-founded Bauerly Brothers, a Sauk Rapids, Minn.-based supplier of asphalt, concrete and other construction materials, with Dave Bauerly, in 1968, and was president of the company when it merged with Knife River in 2001.

Bauerly entered politics in 1987, serving Minnesota District 18B and, later, 17B, in the House of Representatives for four terms until 1994. During his tenure, he served as assistant majority leader, speaker pro tempore and vice-chair of education finance. He also was a member of the Minnesota Governor's Commission on Education from 1982-84.

Bauerly also has been an active community leader. He chaired the Foley, Minn., School Board and was a member of the Board of Regents for St. John's University. He also has served on a number of boards including First State Bank of St. Joseph, Falcon National Bank, BREMER Bank, North America, Central Minnesota Ethanol Co-Op, Granite Equity Limited Partnership and the Salvation Army.

NTC open house on April 25

BEMIDJI—Northwest Technical College will host an open house on Wednesday, April 25, to showcase the college's two-year, online business and accounting programs.

The free open house, which will feature refreshments, snacks and giveaways, begins at 4 p.m. in NTC's Community Commons and is scheduled to last for two hours, will include presentations from NTC staff, opportunities to meet with faculty and more.

Prospective students can meet with NTC One-Stop staff to learn about the application process, financial aid and registration, a release said.

Students who already have been admitted to NTC for fall 2018 are also invited to attend and register for classes. Also, NTC admission staff will be available to answer questions about any program at the college, not limited to business and accounting.

Tours will be available for anyone interested in exploring the NTC campus, and parking on campus is free during the open house.