Minnehaha Academy Blog

Andy Ness '97

Posted by Nick Tofteland on Mar 19, 2019

 

You may have heard the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” At Minnehaha Academy, it takes a village of teachers to raise a child.

In the eighth grade, Andy Ness knew he was going to be an artist when he grew up but he had a hard time ‘seeing’ how that was possible. That year, Carrie Johnson (his 5th grade teacher) scheduled a day where he got to “skip” school and spend the day with her father, an actor at the Children’s Theatre. Andy shadowed him for the day, meeting actors, set and costume designers, and others who worked in the arts. “This was a pivotal experience for me. Mrs. Johnson saw potential in me, and showed me that there are jobs in the arts and a place for me out in the world.”

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Mark Stromberg '74

Posted by Nick Tofteland on Mar 19, 2019

 

Even when Mark was young, he felt a call into Christian ministry. His time at Minnehaha confirmed that call, particularly as he reflects back on his time at the school: He was given opportunities to lead. There were teachers who encouraged him to use his gifts.

“I was encouraged and cheered on to grow in my faith,” Mark states. “Teachers wove their own faith into their teaching in a natural way. It didn’t feel forced or manipulative to me. Rather, the general tone and feeling was that you could talk about your commitment to Christ. You could ask questions and be taken seriously.”

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Where They Go: Alum Karen (Aust) Tinsely Plays a Part in Saving Lives

Posted by Amy Barnard on Nov 1, 2018

  • Beat Cancer.
  • Became a courier and advocate for the Bone Marrow Donor Program.
  • Inspired others to volunteer.

Retirement? Sort of.

Some people look toward their retirement-age years as a time to kick back and relax. For Karen Tinsley ('63), however, this has been a season of taking part in a community that saves lives.

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Where They Go: Alum Emily Zoltai Impacts and Impacted by Quito, Ecuador

Posted by Amy Barnard on Oct 25, 2018

  • Inspired to pursue Human Physiology after her year in Mr. Monson's anatomy class.
  • Volunteered with the Range of Motion Clinic (ROMP) in Ecuador and began exploring the field of orthotics and prosthetics.
  • Completing her master's degree in the field while also continuing her connection with ROMP.

A Change in Direction

The ripple effect of Mr. Monson’s 11th grade science class was felt in Quito, Ecuador, this summer as alum Emily Zoltai ('08) and five other grad students completed the “hands on experience” portion of their clinical internship at Quito’s ROMP (Range of Motion Project) Clinic. For Zoltai this was more than just an internship opportunity.

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