Area briefs: Lakeview Foundation Gala set for April 13

On Sunday, April 13 the Lakeview Foundation will host the 8th Annual Gala beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Prom Center in Oakdale.

The 2014 Gala theme is Angels Among Us, and will feature a silent and live auction, raffle drawings, signature cocktail and a catered dinner. The guest speaker is Rev. Scott Morris, MD, who is the founder and CEO of the Church Health Center in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Morris has an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University, and M.D. from Emory University. He is a board certified family practice physician and an ordained United Methodist minister.

Proceeds of this year’s benefit will assist in providing home-based services to individuals and families on a difficult journey. Home-based services range from hospice and homeecare to palliative care and The Gathering program. Proceeds will also be allocated towards the Lakeview Parish Nursing Program that provides healthcare and ministry services to over 20,000 people within the St. Croix Valley.

To purchase gala tickets ($75 per person) or make a donation to the Lakeview home services, visit, call 651-430-8731 or email [email protected] Sponsorship tables are available at various levels, details can be found online.

Sponsors for this year’s gala include Andersen Corp., Cullen Crea Funeral Home, Curt and Dianne Geissler, HealthPartners, Hexfuel, Jodi Kramer and John Timmerman, Cummins Law Office, Paul Erickson and Liz Saul, John and Ruth Hogenson-Rutford, First State Bank & Trust, Stephanie Larson, Jeff and Nancy Robertson, St. Croix Orthopaedics, St. Paul Radiology, Steve and Cindy Vilks, Joseph’s Restaurant, Bayport Printing House, and Johnson Brothers Liquor Company.

To learn more about the gala visit

Stillwater Agricultural Education Department receives competitive grant

The Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council (MAELC) awarded a $7,500 competitive grant to the Stillwater Area High School Agricultural Education Department. This grant will help toward the purchase of equipment for a Food Science course, which will meet the state-wide full year of chemistry or physics requirement for graduation. The Stillwater school system has a strong agricultural education program that is led by teachers Glenn Boettcher and Staci Brown.

MAELC grants range in scale from funding food chemistry curriculum to supporting a farm business management faculty transition project. A total of eleven grants are being awarded to schools and organizations around Minnesota. Since its creation in 1997, MAELC has provided nearly $3.5 million in competitive grants, scholarships, sponsored projects and awards.

Two types of grant applications were funded. Quality Program Grants are targeted specifically towards high school agricultural education programs. Priority Issue Grants align with the MAELC strategic plan of recruitment, retention, and transition of agricultural education students and teachers, as well as integrating science, math, and economics standards into curriculum.

Established in 1997 by the Minnesota Legislature, MAELC is comprised of sixteen educators, legislators, government officials, and agribusiness and community organization representatives. The Council represents all of the major institutions and groups in Minnesota with an interest in agricultural education and serves as a focal point for initiatives to improve agricultural education in the state.

Stillwater Public Library offers ‘Senior Surf Day’

As part of its Computer Learning courses for adults, the Stillwater Public Library is offering a computer class geared for seniors titled Senior Surf Day on Tuesday, April 22, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Stillwater Public Library. The class will teach attendees with little or no experience computer basics and Internet searching. Space is limited, so registration is important.

For more information about this and other programs at the Stillwater Public Library, call 651-275-4338 ext. 111 or go to

Compiled by Avery Cropp – [email protected]