50th Anniversary

Rodney and Myrna Strenge, of Buffalo, celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on July 17, 2015.

Congratulations from your family Rhonda Charlson, Randy Strenge, and Rachel Malecha, and families.

Above, the couple is pictured on their wedding day, below as they appear today. (P23, D26)





John and Jane Kothrade, of Hanover, are excited to announce the upcoming marriage of their son, Brian Kothrade to Megan Theis, daughter of Larry and Mary Theis, of Eden Valley.

Megan, a 2005 graduate of Eden Valley-Watkins, 2008 undergraduate degree from the College of Saint Benedict, and a 2010 graduate degree from St. Cloud State University. Megan is currently employed as a school counselor in St. Cloud.

Brian, is a 2007 graduate of Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose and a 2011 graduate of St. Cloud State University.  Brian is currently employed as a teacher in Cold Spring. 

Megan and Brian will be married in August, 2015, and will reside in St. Joseph. (P23, D26)



Jef and Lori Sandahl, formerly of Buffalo, announce the engagement of their daughter, Brooke Elaine Sandahl to Adam Mark Wood, son of Steve and Karen Wood, of Rice.

The future bride is employed as a second grade Spanish Immersion teacher in Clearwater and the future groom works for Stearns County in law enforcement.

A July 31, 2015, wedding is being planned. (P23, D26)



Marvin Valenta

90th Birthday

Marvin Valenta, of Buffalo, celebrated his 90th Birthday on July 21, 2015. (P23, D26)


Elsie Johnson: Time of Remembrance

There will be a time to remember former Buffalo English teacher Elsie Johnson  this Saturday, July 25, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Buffalo Presbyterian Church.

Join Elsie’s sons Craig (BHS ‘65), Brian (BHS ‘72), and their families to share stories about Elsie.

She passed away on June 19, 2015.



BHS Class of 1985

Please join us to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Buffalo High School’s legendary Class of ‘85!  Saturday, August 8, 2015, at Huikko’s Entertainment Center, 1207 Highway 25 North, Buffalo, from  3 p.m. - ?  Casual dress.  Food and beverages available for purchase.  Dance at your own risk. 

Questions call Kelly Flynn Boyle at 763-682-6586. (P23)



Carleton College

The following student graduated following the spring 2015 semester.

Albertville - Jacob Hassing, BA, Chemistry, son of Sarah Norton, of Albertville, and Mark Hassing, of Wayzata


Upper Iowa Univ., Fayette, IA

The following student graduated following the spring 2015 semester.

Delano - Susan Larison, BS, Management.


Univ. of Wisconsin-River Falls

The following students graduated following the spring 2015 semester.

Albertville - Lucas Martin, BS, Agricultural Engineering Technology.

Hanover - Benjamin Ricketts, BS, Marketing Communications.

Monticello - Allie Olson, BS, Marketing Communications.

St. Michael - Matthew Egan, BS, Business Administration; Rebecca Kramer, BS, Health & Human Performance.


Bethel University

The following students graduated following the spring 2015 semester.

Albertville - Robin Ryan, BS, Nursing, daughter of Dawn Ryan.

Buffalo - Olivia Haggerty, BA, Business, daughter of David and Melissa Haggerty; Sadie Holland, BA, Business & Political Science, daughter of Pat and Majel Holland; Emma Theis, BA, Journalism, daughter of Dave and Enid Theis.

Clearwater - Emily Nielsen, BA, Elementary Education K-6, daughter of Brian and Susan Johnson.

Loretto - Alaina Johnson, BS, Nursing, daughter of Bruce and Cindy Johnson.

Monticello - Joel Anderson, BA, Philosophy, son of Fred and Cindy Anderson; Michael McNaughton, BA, Math Ed, Grades 5-12, son of Jim and Carol McNaughton.

Rockford - Blake Smith, BA, Communication Studies, son of Brian and Lois Smith.

St. Michael - Samantha Olson, BA, Business, daughter of Erik and Tracey Otto.


Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth

Lauren Lahr, of Buffalo, graduated  Cum Laude with a BS degree in Cell and Molecular Biology following the spring 2015 semester.

Ted Heikkila, of Delano, graduated  Summa Cum Laude with a BS Chemical Engineering Degree in  Chemical Engineering with departmental honors following the spring 2015 semester.

Ashley Anderson, of Rockford, graduated  Magna Cum Laude with a BBA Degree in Marketing with departmental honors following the spring 2015 semester.

The following students graduated following the spring 2015 semester.

Albertville - Alexis Houle, BAS Degree, Unified Early Childhood Studies; Tanner Krutzig, BAS Degree, Bachelor of Applied Science Degree, Physical Education, Public Health Education and Promotion.

Buffalo - Arthur Kane IV, BA Degree, Criminology.

Cokato - Brilynn Janckila, Bachelor of Arts Degree, Writing Studies

Delano - Cody Bigot, BS Degree, Biology; Courtney Cummings, BBA Degree, Marketing and Graphic Design; Tyler Greenhagen, BBA Degree, Marketing; Devin Sowers, BBA Degree, Finance.

Monticello - Bryan Bieniek, BS Mechanical Engineering Degree, Mechanical Engineering; Taylor Karjala, BA Degree, Theatre.

St. Michael - Kyle Bridell, BS Industrial Engineering Degree, BS Mechanical Engineering Degree, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering; Shelby Curry, BA Degree, Biology; Jessica Decker, BA Degree, Communication; Matthew Illies, BBA Degree, Management; Dain Krutzig, BBA Degree, Finance; Skye Vang, BBA Degree, Management Information Systems; Madeline Wold, BBA Degree, Management.



Academic Honors

Alexandria Technical & Community College


The following students were named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2015 semester.

Albertville - Michael Ryan.

Buffalo - Austin Ellefson; Katelynn Prestidge; Joshua Tomann.

Cokato - Hannah Thinesen.

Maple Lake - Amber Schwindel.

Rockford - Madison Read.


St. Michael - Steven Jones. Bethel University


The following students were named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2015 semester.

Albertville - Robin Ryan; Ellen Swedzinski.

Annandale - Meghan Pross.

Buffalo - Emma Clark; Julia Muckenhirn.

Clearwater - Aaron Meissner.

Cokato - Alyssa Torola.

Corcoran - Brooke Ellingson; Allison Kohler.

Delano - Victoria Hagen.

Howard Lake - McCall Kleve.

Loretto - Alaina Johnson.

Monticello - Joel Anderson; Elise Krohn; Jacquelyn Minke; Samantha Petterson.

Rockford - Nicole Friedlein.

St. Michael - Audrey Erdahl; Samantha Olson.



Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY


The following student was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2015 semester.

Hanover - William Arthur.


Univ. of Jamestown, Jamestown, ND

Makenzie Bebo, of St. Michael, was awarded the Academic Excellence as as a Top Scholar-Athlete award by the North Star Athletic Association. The North Star Athletic Association Top-Scholar award recognizes students who have shown academic excellence on and off the field. Students must maintain a 3.25 grade point average on a 4.0 scale to qualify.


Carroll College, Waukesha, WI


The following student was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2015 semester.

Clearwater - Alyssa Meyer.



Central College, Pella, IA

Madeline Wagner, of Albertville, received a Presidential Scholarship from Central College due to a high commitment to academic achievement. Wagner will be a first-year student this fall.


Furman University, Greenville, SC

Anna Rossini, of South Haven, has been named a Furman University Scholar.

Students selected for the program were nominated by their high school guidance counselors and were chosen for their strong academic potential, leadership and commitment to extracurricular activities and community service.


National Merit Scholarship

Ryan M. Bowers, of Buffalo, received a National Merit Scholarship to the University of Minnesota. His probable career field is Aerospace Engineering.