Jody Hansen, daughter of Linda and Craig, and Carter Brinkman, son of Sandy and Dean, were named the Sleepy Eye Lion’s Club December Students of the Month. Jody is a senior at St. Mary’s while Carter will graduate in the spring from Sleepy Eye High School.
Sleepy Eye Emergency Food Shelf
On December 13, 2017, Central Region Cooperative Board Members Steve Lax and Jon Meyer presented a donation of $1,372 to the Sleepy Eye Area Food Shelf Board Members. The donation was composed of $686 from Central Region Cooperative in addition to a match donation of $686 from the Land ‘O Lakes Foundation. The Sleepy Eye Area Food Shelf was established on May 13, 1985 and feeds approximately 35 families per week.
Sleepy Eye Weekend Backpack Food Program
On December 13, 2017, Central Region Cooperative Board Members Steve Lax and Jon Meyer presented a donation of $1,000 to the Sleepy Eye Weekend Backpack Food Program. The donation was composed of $500 from Central Region Cooperative in addition to a match donation of $500 from the Land ‘O Lakes Foundation. The Weekend Backpack Food Program is administered by the Social Ministries Board of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye. The Backpack Food Program is offered to all families with students at Sleepy Eye Public Schools in Kindergarten through grade 6. A bag of food with 2 meals, fruit, vegetables and a snack is sent home with participating families every weekend throughout the school year as well as a Holiday box to cover the meals when students are not in school. Participation in the program varies throughout the school year; however, currently 28 families are participating in the program.
Lyndsey Goblirsch, daughter of Kathy and Robert, and Courtney Dittbenner, daughter of Joleen and Craig, were named Sleepy Eye Lion’s Club November Students of Month.
Lyndsey is a senior at St. Mary’s High School while Courtney will graduate in the spring from Sleepy Eye High School.
St. Mary’s School received a matching grant in the amount of $1,281.00 for the Pie in the Park event on July 4th and a tuition grant in the amount of $601.25 from the Catholic Order of Foresters. Pictured are St. Mary’s Elementary School principal Mary Gangelhoff and COF representative Sara Heinrichs along with the youth members of COF including Mal Helget, Sarah Reinarts, Emily Helget, Luke Miller, Jody Hansen, Dominic Helget, Cassie Heinrichs, Jake Heinrichs, and Sara Zinniel.
$5,200 IN ARTS SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED TO 21 BROWN COUNTY YOUTH
“The Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council is pleased to announce that Youth Scholarships of $27,000 from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, which is funded by the Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment, have been awarded to 70 students in grades 7-12 and 30 students in grades 3-6 throughout the region. Youth Scholarship recipients live in twenty-two different communities representing eight counties,” noted Brenda Byron, PLRAC Executive Director. “We are excited about the wonderful arts activities these students will be involved in.” The Youth Scholarships of $300 for grades 7-12 and $200 for grades 3-6 will provide these students the opportunity to study their chosen art with a practicing professional artist by taking lessons over a period of months.
There was $5,200 in Arts Scholarships awarded to twenty-one Brown County youth. Ten students in Brown County were awarded $300 scholarships and include: Emily Guggisberg, Noah Huseby, Emma Rodewald, and Magdalyn Spike who are from New Ulm. Gunval Coulson, Isabella Hoffmann, Lauren Hoffmann, and Molly Landkammer reside in Sleepy Eye; Joseph Goedtke is from Comfrey; and Stefan Mark is from Springfield.
Eleven students in Brown County were awarded $200 scholarships and include: Elizabeth Borgen, Joshua Carlovsky, Nathaniel Carlovsky, Owen Dunkel, Evelyn Friese, Brianna Lienig, Leah Menzel, Ashley Schaefer, Bethany Spike, Karlee Stocker, and Isabelle Webb who are all from New Ulm.
Students will be involved in a variety of activities including: music lessons at New Ulm Suzuki School of Music and a variety of music lessons from independent instructors. There is one deadline per year for the Youth Scholarships. For grades 7-12 the next deadline date is October 1, 2018. For grades 3-6 the next deadline date is November 1, 2018.
Prairie Lakes provides grants for arts activities including dance, music, theater, literature, and visual art classes and exhibitions. Applications from Non-profit Arts Organizations, Community Groups and Schools will be accepted twice a year and the next Arts & Cultural Heritage deadline is February 1, 2018. Small Arts Project Grants for smaller art activities and Art-In-Education school residences are both available for up to $2,000 and the next deadlines are December 1, 2017 and January 1, 2018.
The Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council is committed to supporting and expanding the arts in the nine-county area; knowing that the Arts improve the quality of life in our region. A monthly newsletter and calendar of arts events in the 9-county area is posted on our website; grant guidelines and a link to our online applications are available at www.plrac.org. Questions contact: Brenda Byron, Executive Director, at the Prairie Lakes office in Waseca, 1-800-298-1254 or email@example.com. We serve a nine-county area including Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, LeSueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, and Watonwan Counties.
Bridging Brown County held their 14th Annual Appreciation Dinner October 26th at the Sleepy Eye Event Center. Included in the evening was a silent and live auction, guest speaker Sleepy Eye Mayor Wayne Pelzel and Bridging Brown County Director Clarice Platz was honored with the 2017 Bridge Builder Award.
One American company has the mantra:
Faith first, family second, career third.
This year’s Bridge Builder recipient lives that mantra.
- Faith first – Clarice is an example of living her faith. She is very active in her church and truly believes in the biblical rule of “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. She is a lifelong member of St. Raphael’s Church where she has served in a number of roles. She is a past volunteer director for faith formation
- and has served as catechist, sharing her faith, for many years. She continues to serve as an Eucharistic minister and is very active in the Council of Catholic Women. Clarice’s devotion to her faith has been recognized by the Bishop as she is a past recipient of the prestigious Bishop’s Medal of Service from the Diocese of New Ulm.
Family second -Clarice is a devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister and grandmother. She enjoys nothing better than time spent with family, particularly her 8 grandchildren. Clarice recently received the MNCASA (Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault) AWARE Award for her work with her seven sisters to bring educational resources to our area. The AWARE award is given to both individuals and groups and recognizes the way in which recipients courageously responded to sexual abuse and assault and how they transformed their personal adversity into prevention. Also, having served on the Brown County Underage Substance Abuse Coalition, it’s obvious that Clarice has a passion for educating others, particularly children, on abuse prevention.
Career third – Clarice is not only a Director for Bridging Brown County, she also runs her own business – Seams to Fit and Tuxes, too. Clarice has been an active Chamber of Commerce member for Springfield and Sleepy Eye and is always promoting the value of doing business locally.
Clarice is a bridge builder – always working hard to find ways to make things work. We are happy to have her as in important part of our organization and community and very pleased to present her with this award that she is so deserving of.
Clarice Platz – the 2017 Building Brown County Bridging Award recipient.
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