Minnehaha Academy Blog

Cheryl Marker '95

Posted by Nick Tofteland on Oct 11, 2019

Cheryl Marker started figure skating when she was two years old. In 8th grade at Minnehaha Academy, she needed to train during the day, so she left school early, eventually transitioning to attending only half-days. She started national competitions when she was 13 years old, and when she was in high school, started competing internationally; traveling to Germany, France, Canada, and Slovakia. “MA made that all possible,” she says. 

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David Anderson '67

Posted by Nick Tofteland on Oct 11, 2019

David Anderson has been a member of Minnehaha Academy’s Board of Trustees since 2008 and its Chair since 2012—including on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017, the day of the explosion.  Normally, the Board of Trustees meets five times a year. The year after the explosion, it met 15-20 times, starting on Saturday, August 5th.  David states the Board was willing to meet whenever needed, because there were so many critically important issues to decide concerning the future of the School.  The Board includes people with different and wide-ranging expertise and every member brought their individual experience and wisdom to the discussion.  “Everyone on the Board pulled together in a remarkable way. I don’t recall any decision that was not unanimous even though there were many difficult things to think about and to act on,” David says.

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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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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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Alexander Ramos '15 on Learning to Challenge Himself

Posted by Amy Barnard on Sep 5, 2019

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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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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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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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Nate Stromberg '96

Posted by Nick Tofteland on Aug 2, 2019

“I never anticipated that I would be a faculty member at Minnehaha. I was excited to graduate and be independent. I never would have anticipated coming back.”   

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Jonathan Keller ('05) and Spencer Howell ('05) Find Their Calling in an Unlikely Space

Posted by Amy Barnard on Jul 25, 2019

It was Friday, February 18th, 2011. Minnesota was about to receive a record-breaking, weekend snowstorm and, unbeknownst to them, Minnehaha grads Jonathan Keller (’05) and Spencer Howell (’05) were on course for a collision with an idea that would shift the trajectory of their careers.

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