Nieghbors in the news

Larson joins Perpich board

Susan Mau Larson of Oak Park Heights was appointed recently by Gov. Mark Dayton as one of three new Perpich Center for the Arts Education board members.

Larson has been director of public affairs at LifeSource since 2001. From 1997 to 2001, she served as public relations director for the Parker Hughes Institute of Roseville.

Larson’s son attended Perpich Arts High School in visual arts and graduated in June. Larson has a masters in public affairs and an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota.

Magazine honors William Bongard


MINNEAPOLIS — Stillwater resident William O. Bongard, an attorney with Sieben, Grose, Von Holtum & Carey, was named to the 2013 Super Lawyers list published by “Super Lawyers” magazine, the law firm announced Monday.

Just five percent of all lawyers in Minnesota are named to this list each year by Super Lawyers. Bongard has served 32 years at the firm, representing injured people in a variety of cases. For his knowledge and expertise, he has earned national certification as a Civil Trial Specialist.

Graduating with honors from St. Olaf College in 1977, Bongard earned his Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law with honors in 1981. He is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association and the Hennepin County Bar Association.

Super Lawyers evaluates attorneys on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis.

Van Ort among students honored

Van Ort
Van Ort

ST. PAUL — Katelyn Van Ort of Woodbury, a student at Convent of Visitation High School, was honored recently at the 2013 Salute to Youth event hosted by the fraternal insurance company Degree of Honor and sponsored by Degree of Honor No. 11.

Van Ort was one of 32 youths from throughout the state honored for achievements in volunteer projects, academics, athletics, spiritual development and family. Salute to Youth has recognized high school seniors for their achievements for more than 50 years.

Van Ort’s achievements include cum Laude Level award winner in the National Latin exam, poetry award winner and honor roll student. She also participates in many outreach programs and is the newspaper executive editor, student council representative, multiple sport athlete and participates in peer mentors.

Fouts appointed to county panel

Mike Fouts of Cottage Grove was appointed to the Washington County Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Citizen Advisory Committee Tuesday by the Board of Commissioners.

Fouts will serve a first term on the committee as commission District 4 representative. His term expires June 30, 2015. He was recommended for appointment by Commissioner Autumn Lehrke.

The committee provides public input and increases accountability for homelessness prevention and works with local governments, non-profit groups, faith-based organizations and citizens on efforts to eliminate homelessness.

Compiled by Erik Sandin – [email protected]