Minnehaha Academy Blog

Louis Boyd '12

Posted by Amy Barnard on Mar 5, 2019

“I wanted to be a Marine for as long as I can remember.  My first real memory is from 9/11–I would have been 6 or 7.  I remember coming down the stairs and my mom told me ‘get into the kitchen, you’ve got to see this.’  I saw the second tower get hit by the plane and didn’t understand what was going on; I definitely didn’t realize we were about to kick off a 20 year war.  I remember watching the US invading Iraq and every night coming home from school, another Marine or service member was killed. I wanted to be out there with those guys–alongside them. I wanted to be boots on the ground.”

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Topics: Alumni Stories

Mona Rae (Monie) '54 Larson

Posted by Amy Barnard on Mar 5, 2019

“I came home one day and found my mom in the kitchen praying with friends --and they were praying for me!”  Monie had begun to hang out with the wrong crowd, and her mom was concerned.  She wanted her to go to a  Christian High School, but her dad (who was not a believer) would have nothing to do with it.  

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Topics: Alumni Stories

Science Teacher Emily Firkus: Semifinalist for Teacher of the Year!

Posted by Rebekah Peterson on Feb 26, 2019

Middle School science teacher Emily Firkus has been named a semifinalist for the Minnesota Teacher of the Year award. Congratulations, Ms. Firkus!

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Topics: Middle School, STEM

Sled Dogs Visit Preschoolers! [Video & Photos]

Posted by Rebekah Peterson on Feb 12, 2019

Minnehaha Academy's 3-year-old preschool students had special visitors on Monday - sled dogs!

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Topics: Lower School

Team Leaders: Alumni Jonathan and Kristen (Nelson) Olson in Business Together

Posted by Amy Barnard on Feb 7, 2019

 

 

As Vice President and President/Owner, respectively, of Major Mechanical, husband-wife team Jonathan and Kristen (Nelson) Olson have found their groove

It’s not often that a husband and wife work together towards a common goal for their day job.

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Topics: Alumni Stories

Shining in Golf: Katie Detlefsen ('07)

Posted by Rebekah Peterson on Jan 31, 2019

Meet Katie Detlefsen ('07). At age three she picked up a golf club. By age six, she was competing in local junior tournaments in Minnesota. 

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Topics: Athletics, Alumni Stories

School Closed February 20th

Posted by Rebekah Peterson on Jan 28, 2019

 

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Alumni Mark Lind Lands at Adidas

Posted by Amy Barnard on Jan 24, 2019

 

 

From kitchen appliances to footwear developer Lind says that it’s not what you have (what is out of your control), but making the most of what you have (what you can do something about).

When Mark Lind ('13) started his journey at the University of Wisconsin-Madison he had no idea that his love for engineering, problem-solving, and sports could all combine into one career. Just five years after graduating from Minnehaha Academy, however, Lind is working in an exciting role at Adidas as a footwear developer.

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Topics: Alumni Stories

Good News About Who Our Students Are Becoming, Pt. 2

Posted by Amy Barnard on Jan 21, 2019

 

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Topics: Middle School, Academics, Cultivating Potential, Exceptional Academics

Alum Peter Williams' Journey To Leadership

Posted by Amy Barnard on Jan 17, 2019

In 2013 alum Peter Williams began an unexpected journey that lead to a national-level leadership role with the National Guard Special Victims' Counsel (SVC) Program in Arlington, VA. 

Sometimes the journey to using our gifts in service for others comes in a way that could hardly be planned. In 2013 the Minnesota National Guard asked Peter Williams ‘00, then a private practice lawyer, to spend three months helping them set up a victim advocacy program for victims of sexual assault.

“When our initial team started this program back in 2013, we could not have imagined the scope and reach of our work today,” Williams says.

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Topics: Alumni Stories

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