The VHEDC Awards Banquet at Jimmy’s Event Center featured Liwanag Ojala, CEO of CaringBridge, as the keynote speaker. The dinner celebrates the Northeast Metro’s economic vitality and commitment to the community, says executive director Ling Becker.
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The middle school years can be awkward for any child, so it’s good that there are schools like Magnuson Christian School (MCS) to help children through it.
As a serial entrepreneur, Kurt Heikkila knows that the path to innovation is often as challenging as it is rewarding. “Most of the things I do are messy, but you become comfortable with them being messy,” he says.
Terry O’Loughlin, a passionate photographer for the last few decades, received second place in the Lens on the Lake contest for his photo illustrating water-ski course markers on a serene White Bear Lake. One day last summer, he awoke before 7 a.m. to capture the tranquility of the moment.
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Century College gained a new president in July. Angelia Millender began her journey in education in Chicago public schools, but her start in higher education began at Robert Morris University in Chicago.
With advanced coursework, jobs, sports, extracurricular activities, friends, family and more, high-achieving students are busier than ever. Lucky for us, we were able to get these star students to slow down for a moment to share a bit of insight.
Mahtomedi resident Kristie Sward has been growing tomatoes for as long as she can remember. For her, it’s a joy. Since retiring in 2013, the former nurse practitioner has made tomato growing a full-time effort. “I’ve had a garden since I was 8,” she says.
Since it was opened in 2015, Level Up Academy has stayed true to its mission of empowering students and teachers to create a classroom environment that fosters curiosity, innovation and problem solving.
Amy Bachmeier got an opportunity that not many others get. “I’ve been watching The Price Is Right for a long time. So for me, it was kind of like a bucket list item to go,” Bachmeier says.