Minnehaha Academy Blog

Tim Carlson '91

Posted by Nick Tofteland on Sep 6, 2019

On August 2, 2017, Tim was walking through the skyway in downtown Minneapolis when he got a text from his son Drew, a student at Minnehaha who was playing soccer that morning on Guido Kauls Field at the Upper School. The text said, “the school just blew up.”  Tim couldn’t believe what he was reading.  “At the time, it was incomprehensible.”

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Topics: Alumni Stories

Janet (Valine) Larson '46

Posted by Nick Tofteland on Sep 6, 2019

Janet began dating her husband, Elwood (Woody) at Minnehaha when she was in 11th grade, and he was in 10th, back in the 40’s. As she says, “that was it,” they were always together.They got married in ’51 and were married for 62 years, until Woody went home to be with the Lord in 2013. Woody always liked to joke that he had “married an older woman.” Janet says, “we grew up together and will be together again someday.”

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Topics: Alumni Stories

Alexander Ramos '15 on Learning to Challenge Himself

Posted by Amy Barnard on Sep 5, 2019

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Topics: Alumni Stories, Exceptional Academics

Minnehaha's First Day of School: In the News

Posted by Rebekah Peterson on Aug 23, 2019

The first day of school at Minnehaha is always a wonderfully exciting day. This year was especially thrilling, as we welcomed our Upper School students to the rebuilt Upper School campus for the first day of classes.

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Topics: Upper School, 3100 Campus

Zoey (Cohen) Leege '97

Posted by Nick Tofteland on Aug 19, 2019

After working with people with disabilities for 18 years, Zoey’s life completely changed last January when she was diagnosed with a disability herself.  Right after the new year, she got the chills like a cold or the flu.  First it started in her arms and she thought nothing of it (it waswinter in Minnesota!), then it went away.  Soon after, her pinky fingers started getting numb and tingly.  She thought, “that is odd--maybe it’s a pinched nerve related to my back pain?”  She spoke to her father who is a retired doctor.  When hewas concerned--then shewas concerned!  He recommended going to the ER and getting an MRI done immediately.  After a series of symptoms and subsequent appointments, she was told by a neurologist they were “surprised she was even walking,” and diagnosed her with a rare, neurological disorder called Neuro Sarcoidoisis.  It was this condition which led to damage in her spinal cord and nerve damage, known as Transverse Myelitis.  Zoey is expected to recover slowly over the next 2-5 years and is hopeful that her condition will not turn out to be progressive.

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Topics: Alumni Stories

Elaine Ekstedt '69

Posted by Nick Tofteland on Aug 19, 2019

Elaine Ekstedt began as a student at MA in ‘66, graduated in ‘69, and has been a faculty member at the School since she began teaching English in the fall of ‘73!  Her job at Minnehaha is theonly job she has ever formally applied for in her life.  She graduated from Augsburg College with a secondary education degree in English and had hoped to be a teacher but was hired as a faculty secretary.  A week before school started, Arlene Anderson called Elaine into her office and asked her if she was disappointed that she didn’t get a teaching position. Elaine said, “No! I know it’s going to be a lot of work.”   Arlene went on to share that Geri DeVries had decided to take a sabbatical. “How would you like to take her position with a full time English contract?”  In about two hours Elaine’s whole life changed.  She had one week to get ready.  “God just came along and pushed me head first. I didn’t have time to be worried about it.” 

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Topics: Alumni Stories

Chet Goes Viral: Dunks On Steph Curry

Posted by Rebekah Peterson on Aug 8, 2019

It's always fun to see Minnehaha Academy students recognized for their achievements!

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Topics: Upper School, Athletics

Sophomore Runs Theatre Camp

Posted by Amy Barnard on Aug 7, 2019

Fifteen-year-old Zac Anderson pulled off quite a feat this summer when he decided to produce and direct a theatre camp for twenty-six 4th-9th graders. 

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Topics: Upper School, Fine Arts

Rebuilding 3100 Campus: An Environmentally-Conscious Design

Posted by Rebekah Peterson on Aug 2, 2019

Minnehaha Academy Upper School is nearing its completion, and the environmental footprint is an important element of the construction and design of the new school.

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Topics: Upper School, 3100 Campus

Kirk Militzer '80

Posted by Nick Tofteland on Aug 2, 2019

“My education at Minnehaha in the late 70’s offered a Christian worldview that has made a huge difference in my life.” A Christian worldview refers to the framework of ideas and beliefs, or a lens, through which a follower of Jesus interprets the world and interacts with it.  

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Topics: Alumni Stories

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