People in the news 10/3/13

Photo group honors Peterson

NEW RICHMOND, Wis. — Photographer Nate Peterson, owners of NP Design & Photography Studio, was recently named a bronze medalist at the Professional Photographers of America’s 2013 photographic competition and will be honored at the PPA annual convention in January in Phoenix.
Peterson was named a bronze medalist by earning a merit — a mark of quality and honor — for each of the four images included in his entry in the competition. Contest images are judged based on standard of artistic excellence, not against each other, and Peterson was one of 55 bronze medalist from across the nation.
Peterson’s merit images include three local high school seniors (now graduated) and one local aspiring model.

Malmquist gets EMP certificate

Lake Elmo Fire Department Chief Greg Malmquist recently achieved certification as a Minnesota Emergency Management Professional and was recognized with. 56 other emergency management leaders across the state at the Sept. 15-18 Association of Minnesota Emergency Managers Fall Training Conference at Breezy Point.
To achieve certification, Malmquist completed nearly 230 hours of training including a combination of FEMA online courses and group training classes and workshops led by Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM), a division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. The Emergency Management Certification is the highest level of training available to emergency management and public safety officials.
“This training will allow me, in my role as Emergency Manager, to better prepare our community and staff for the “I never thought it would happen to us” event,” Malmquist said. “It’s all about providing top-notch safety and services to our taxpayers.”

Local STA cadet honored

MENDOTA HEIGHTS — St. Thomas Academy cadet Brock Carlson of Lake Elmo was one of seven STA cadets named commended students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship program.
More than 1.5 million high school juniors in the nation entered the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which serve as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, which represents less than 1 percent of U.S. high school students, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The commended students pool, which represents the top 5 percent of U.S. high school seniors, is also made up of the highest scoring entrants in each state.
Other STA students honored were Joseph Finigan of Eagan, Christopher Huberty of St. Paul, Peter Mark of Minneapolis (Tangletown), Joseph Prom of St. Paul, Samuel Rudisill of Woodbury and Adam Weintraut of Mendota Heights

Poet to read from new book

WHITE BEAR LAKE — Century College announces a celebratory reading with Cullen Bailey Burns from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in The Nest at the school.
Poet and Century English teacher Bailey Burns’ will read from her newest collection, “Slip,” out from New Issues. Copies will be available for purchase and a book signing follows. This daytime event is free and open to the public.
The official book launch for “Slip” is 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at Studio Z. For more information about this evening of Poetry and Jazz, go to
Cullen Bailey Burns lives in Minneapolis and Sturgeon Lake, Minn. Her first book, “Paper Boat,” was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award in poetry. Her poems have appeared in many journals, including The Denver Quarterly, Rattle, The Laurel Review and Court Green. She is the recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Fellowship, the Neil Postman Award for Metaphor from Rattle, and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She teaches English at Century College and keeps bees on her northern Minnesota farm.

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