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Northwestern College News Release: Local Student on Dean’s List 

Grant Rohrer, a student at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, has earned a spot on the Academic Dean’s List for the spring 2020 semester. 

The Dean’s List is comprised of students who have achieved a semester grade point average of 3.50 or above while carrying a minimum of 12 graded hours. This semester, 437 students qualified for the Dean’s List. Students who earned a GPA of 3.75 or higher are considered Collegiate Scholars, designated with an asterisk. Of the 291 Collegiate Scholars, 90 of them maintained a perfect 4.0 average and are recognized with a pound sign.

Rohrer is a 2020 nursing graduate from Northwestern College. He is the son of Robert and Kristin Rohrer of Slayton.

Northwestern College is a Christian college of more than 1,400 students in Orange City, Iowa. Rated a top-10 Midwestern college by U.S. News & World Report magazine, Northwestern provides an education committed to standout academics and a Christ-centered worldview.


St. Cloud State University graduated more than 1,135 students during spring semester 2020.

SCSU offers more than 13,000 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.

 Andrew Van Ruler, Master of Science, Rehabilitation & Addiction Counseling, Slayton, MN

Southeast Tech’s President’s List for the Spring 2020 semester 

To attain recognition, students must be degree-seeking and have a term GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Cole Daniel Ahlers, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Slayton, Minn.

Ryan Richard Miller, Information Technology Security Garvin, Minn.

ABOUT SOUTHEAST TECH: Southeast Technical College is a career-focused learning environment for determined students who expect a life-changing education that gets results. Our faculty and staff are passionate about student success, and 70 programs, diplomas, certificates and apprenticeships provide pathways to professional accomplishment utilizing skills-relevant facilities and Sioux Falls, S.D., as an extended classroom. Southeast Tech is a smart investment for students to launch their in-demand, technical careers in two years or less. Learn more about Southeast Tech at

2020 Spring Graduates of Southwest Minnesota State University

Marshall, Minn. - 2020 Spring graduates of Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minn.

The students earned their degrees in both undergraduate and graduate degree programs.  An undergraduate student who completes 12 or more A-F graded credits and achieves a grade-point-average of 3.5 or higher will be considered for the Dean’s List and is denoted by a * behind their name.

Southwest Minnesota State University is a liberal arts university of 3,500 students and is a member of the Minnesota State system.

Fulda, MN - Sariah Jean Cheadle* (Bachelor of Arts : English)(Bachelor of Arts : Theatre Arts)

Lake Wilson, MN - Amber Lynn Kruse (Bachelor of Arts : Psychology)

University of Minnesota Twin Cities Dean’s List

The following students have been named to the 2020 spring semester Dean’s List at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, the university announced today.

Slayton, MN John Foster, Senior, Medical School

To qualify for the Dean’s List, a student must complete 12 or more letter-graded credits while attaining a 3.66 grade point average.

SMSU Announces 2020 Spring Semester Dean’s Lists

Marshall, Minn. — Southwest Minnesota State University (Marshall, Minn.) students have been honored for achievement during the 2020 Spring semester of study.

There are two Honors categories for the Dean’s List. An undergraduate student who completes 12 or more A-F graded credits and achieves a grade-point-average of 3.5 or higher earns Honors. If a 4.0 grade-point-average is achieved, the student earns High Honors.

Megan Busman, Chandler, MN

Kelli Johnson, Fulda, MN

Kasey Hermeling, Iona, MN

Amber Kruse, Lake Wilson, MN

Erica Gervais, Slayton, MN

Augustana University Announces Spring 2020 Dean’s List

Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, announced the students named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester of the 2019-20 academic year.

The Dean’s List recognizes full-time students who have a minimum of 12 credit hours with grade-point averages at 3.5 or above (on a 4.0 scale).

Kasey Bose of Hadley

Jose Cruz Medina of Lake Wilson

Mallory Loosbrock of Slayton

For more information about Augustana University, visit


The Academic High Honor and Honor lists (Dean’s lists) for the past spring semester at Minnesota State University, Mankato have been announced by interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Matt Cecil.

Among 4,290 students, a total of 1,485 students qualified for the High Honor List by achieving a 4.0 straight “A” average, while 2,805 students earned a 3.5 to 3.99 average to qualify for the Honor List.

To qualify for academic honors, undergraduate students must be enrolled for at least 12 credit hours for the semester. 

During the 2020 spring semester, because of the pandemic, there is an exception for undergraduate students who elect to use “pass/no credit” grades. Under this exception, those who received “P” grades will still be eligible for Dean’s list honors if they meet all of the following criteria:

* Enrolled in at least 12 credits (i.e. full-time enrollment)

* Completed at least 6 of those 12 credits using the traditional letter grading method

* Earned grades of P for the remainder of their credit load for the term

* Earned a term GPA of 3.5 or higher. 

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,297 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

Riley Schmitz, Honor List, Currie, MN

Christopher Nelsen, Honor List, Fulda, MN

Brenna Bonnstetter, Honor List, Slayton, MN

Mackenzie Hoffman, Honor List, Slayton, MN

Brandon Winter, Honor List, Slayton, MN

Good News

By: John Stenen

A mechanic was repairing the mechanism on a giant telescope. On his break he sat reading his Bible. “What good do you expect from that?” asked the chief astronomer, “The Bible is out of date. You don’t even know who wrote it.” “Well,” replied the mechanic, “You use the multiplication table in determining your calculations quite a bit don’t you?” “Yes, of course” he replied. “Do you know who wrote it?” “No, I do not.” “Then how can you trust it if you don’t know who wrote it?” “We trust it because it works,” replied the astronomer. “Well, I trust the Bible for the same reason, it works.”

I wish more people would devote their lives to Jesus Christ and read and obey His written word – the Bible. It would bring about a much more peaceful world. For example, it seems that everyone is being called a racist today; what’s the cure for that? Jesus said, “A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35). In fact, the Holy Spirit deposits the love of God into us when we surrender our lives to Christ. (Rom. 5:5). Jesus is still the answer to all of man’s needs. God bless.

Get the Dirt 

Kathy Schwartz, Murray County Master Gardener

Do not fertilize trees or shrubs after July. This may cause lush growth that may winter kill.

Harvest flowers in the morning for fresh use. Take a bucket of water with you to the garden. Place cut flowers in the water while collecting the remaining flowers. Remove lower leaves and re-cut the stems when you arrange them in the vase. Keep the vase full of water.

Continue to remove unwanted suckers on staked tomato plants. Check the plants 5-7 days and remove the side shoots (suckers) that form between the stem and the leaf.

Information provided by the University of Minnesota Extension Service.