Sep 30, 2010

International student lunch

Central Lakes College President Dr. Larry Lundblad and members of the CLC community hosted a pizza lunch of the International Club and its student members Thurs., Sept. 30 on the Brainerd campus. In attendance were CLC students representing nine countries, including Bulgaria, Uganda, Germany, Russia, South Africa, Brazil, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Indonesia plus several students not originally from the lakes area. Staff from CLC who have international travel experience welcomed the students and proposed assistance in various forms, such as a winter clothing drive for those who will have their first experience with the cold winter and its notoriety for driving vehicles on frozen lakes and fishing through holes in the ice. Watch for more details on the warm clothing effort. Ron Oden, president of the Brainerd campus student senate, said student leadership will be involved.

Student Success Day

About 1,600 Central Lakes College students enjoyed a day off Wed., Sept. 29, but they were still on campus in Brainerd and Staples. Student Success Day III offered them helpful workshops, a keynote speaker, free lunch, one-on-one visits with instructors, counselor confabs, drawings for prizes such as an I-Pod Nano, a talent contest, Win-It-In-A-Minute, and recreational competition in dodgeball and paintball during 2010 Homecoming Week. Attorney C.L. Lindsay brought his message of awareness and caution for users of Facebook and other public Internet postings with a presentation called "Your Internet Use Could Come Back to Haunt You!" Christine Mayer, a student at the Staples campus, won the grand prize, an I Pad.

CLC hosts transformation

Central Lakes College provides membership on the Crow Wing County Human Rights Commission who will be sponsoring the 'Lakes Area Anti-Racism Study-Dialogue Circle' from October to February. The Brainerd campus of CLC provides meeting space for Lakes Area ASDIC meetings in E338, from 5-8:30 p.m. on Thursdays: Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 11, and 18, Dec. 2, 9 and 16, Jan. 6, 13, 20 and 27 and Feb. 3. The goal is to make this area a better place for all people to live. Herbert Perkins and Margery Otto, developers and facilitators of the ASDIC Metamorphosis Program, met with about 20 Lakes Area community leaders on May 20, 2010 to begin a conversation on race. Attendees agreed that this would be a great program for our area. The ASDIC program offers a carefully designed process for anti-racist transformation of relationships and institutions. The core experience is the workshop for a group of 12 to 15 people who meet once a week for 12 weeks. Two trained ASDIC facilitators lead each Circle. The Circle experience follows a carefully structured curriculum of dialogue topics, exercises and readings. Over the course of a Circle, participants read a wide range of written works, consisting of over 450 pages, which builds knowledge of the history and continuing institutional and systemic forms of racism. This study enhances their ability to articulate key issues and to be effective change agents. For information and to register, contact Deborah Celley, at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Brainerd, 218-829-2528 or

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Volleyball team defeats Hibbing

The Central Lakes College Raiders volleyball team downed Hibbing Wed., Sept. 29, in four games at Hibbing. The Cardinals took advantage of the Raiders' relatively weak serves to pull out to an opening 25-19 victory. Then CLC started serving with more intensity and slowing the Hibbing offense. The Raiders came back to win the next three games, 25-18, 26-24, 25-23. The Northern Division teams had been tied for second place. "We played more like a team than Hibbing," said coach Jane Peterson. "There's a difference. "We rely on everybody. It's not clear who our best hitter is. So they have to defend everybody. "When we were on defense, it's clear who the ball is going to on the other side." Division: CLC 6-2. Overall: CLC 13-8. Next: Central Lakes CLC at Ely vs. Vermilion and Gogebic (Mich.) 5 and 7 p.m. Fri., Oct. 1; CLC vs. Mesabi Range at Virginia noon Sat., Oct. 2.

Three Raiders 'Player of Week'

Central Lakes College athletes have earned PLayer of the Week for their efforts in recent competition among National Junior College Athletic Association teams. CLC is proud to announce that volleyball standout Melissa Widman is Division Hitter of the Week. She led the Raiders in kills (39) and hitting percentage (.429) as CLC went 3-2 last week. In football, Quarterback Dominique Corder is the Division Offensive Player of the Week. He was 19 for 29 in passing with 234 yards as the Raiders defeated Rochester, 28-21. Matt Spoden (left) was named Division Defensive Player of the Week for his 14 tackles and forcing two fumbles against the Yellowjackets. CLC moved up to No. 15 in the NJCAA Division III poll this week.

Sep 29, 2010

Latest tool

The Central Lakes College Welding and Fabrication program wants the world to know it has an industry-style tool helpign prepare CLC stduents for employment where the high-tech CNC plasma cutting table is part of the production process. The programmable device designs parts and cuts them for whatever calibrations the operator wants. A USB plug-in is part of th4 function. With the education discount, CLC was able to procure the unit for about $40,000, said instructor Michael Reeser. The PCinterface for aligning and cutting offers a variety of functions that perform much more sophisticated maneuvers than the previous plasma welder used for several years in the program. "We are certain our students will have better skills to apply on Day One at a facility where this newer plasma cutter is a mainstay in production," reeser said. There are about a half dozen in use at Central Minnesota industries. The St. Cloud-based Central McGowan welding distributor arranged for the installation and training for CLC faculty to ensure the optimal learning for CLC students. A service center at Little Falls provides ready access to whatever questions arise for students using the outstanding new tool.

Rosenmeier officers

The Gordon Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government at Central Lakes College in Brainerd has named new officers for the 2010-11 term. They are Chris Kellett, Brainerd, president; Eric Klang, Nisswa, president-elect; Linda Peeples, Crosby, secretary; Robert Brekken, Brainerd, treasurer; and Steve Wenzel, Little Falls, executive director. Board Members include Evelyn Matthies, Dale Walz, Steve Agustinack, Kris Hasskamp, Jim Bronkema, Jean Gustafson, Rick Skogen, and Student Representative Ron Oden. The Gordon Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government strives to educate and encourage participation of citizens in effective government and the political process.

Golf team

Central Lakes College's John Sund and Morgan Morris on Tues., Sept. 28 secured medalist honors as the Raiders swept Hibbing in a dual-meet men's and women's golf warmup for next week's state and regional championship at the Legacy courses (Cragun's), East Gull Lake. Sund shot 76 followed by Cody Cederberg's second-place 82 and Paul Albrecht tied for fifth with an 86. Morris fired a 102. Medalist: John Sund (CLC) 76. CLC results: 1-Sund 76, 2-Cody Cederberg 82, 5t-Paul Albrecht 86, Nick Smith 88, Jared Cowden 91. Medalist: Morgan Morris (CLC) 102. Next: Raiders host State and Regional, Mon, Oct. 4 and Tues., Oct. 5, 10 a.m.

Sep 27, 2010

Football team knocks off Rochester

In a Minnesota College Athletic Conference showdown on Sat., Sept. 25 the nation's 18th ranked Central Lakes College Raiders (5-0) upset the 12th-ranked Rochester Yellowjackets 28-21 at Findorff Field on the CLC campus in Brainerd. The Raiders have now won three of the past four contests between the teams and are expected to rise in the NJCAA Division III poll this week. CLC's Dominique Corder at quarterback led the winners as they broke down the Yellowjacket defense to amass 445 yards and four touchdowns. Corder, a sophomore from Indianapolis, found the Yellowjackets' second-ranked defensive deficiencies with regularity in the first half, connecting on 16 of 21 passes for 208 yards and touchdowns strikes of 27 to Barrett Powell and 26 to Tyler Erickson. Corder, who finished with 245 passing yards, added 83 yards on the ground to lead all rushers. CLC next hosts perennial rival Minnesota State Community and Technical College of Fergus Falls in a 1:30 p.m. Raider Homecoming battle Sat., Oct. 2. (Mark Slupe photo)

Volleyball team goes 2-2

In an invitational event at Wahpeton, N.D. last weekend the Central Lakes College volleyball Raiders defeated Jamestown (ND) junior varsity, 2-1, and Bismarck (ND) State College, 2-0, while dropping contests to North Dakota State College of Science, 2-1, and Hibbing Community College, 2-1. CLC's Rachel Pfeffer (left) racked up 100 set assists and 31 digs to lead the way. Melissa Widman totaled 31 kills and 36 digs. Kirstie Grill amassed 28 kills and seven blocks, and Jenna Terhaar tallied 25 kills. Kaitlyn Roerick had seven blocks. Division: CLC 5-2. Overall: CLC 12-8. Next: CLC at Hibbing 6:30 p.m. Wed., Sept. 29.

Sep 24, 2010

Candidate visits

Tom Horner, Independence Party candidate for Governor of Minnesota, spoke to an audience of administrators, faculty, staff, and students in the Cube Friday, Sept. 24 on the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College. Among the topics addressed were the cost of tuition and textbooks, MnSCU leadership, liberal arts and career education, and veterans' higher eduation funding. His visit included stops at the CLC Heavy Equipment Operations and Maintenance campus and the Ag and Energy Center near Staples. Greeting him at CLC following a debate at Madden's were President Larry Lundblad, Vice President Suresh Tiwari, Vice President Kari Christiansen, Political Science instructor Steve Wenzel, and MnSCU Legislative Liaison Bernie Roberts, a CLC alumnus. Members of the Student Senate were among those asking questions of the candidate.

Football game to start at 2

The Saturday, Sept. 25 football game at Central Lakes College in Brainerd between the Raiders and Rochester will start at 2 p.m. rather than 1:30 at Findorff Field on the CLC campus. Flooded roads in the Rochester area are requiring the Rochester team bus to be re-routed, which is delaying the arrival in Brainerd.

Helping at hunting youth expo

Fifteen Central Lakes College Natural Resources students will help at the 2010 Governor's Deer Hunting Opener Youth Expo at Camp Ripley Friday, Nov. 5. The students will participate as volunteer supervisors during a morning of activities for 200 students and chaperones from Mary of Lourdes, Royalton, and Little Falls Middle School that include archery, hides of Minnesota, make 'n tracks, outdoor safety and meet the CO (conservation officer), and an obstacle course. Most activities will be held outdoors if the weather is reasonable, according to Michael Kurre, mentoring program coordinator with the Minnesota DNR. He thanked CLC for providing "outdoors oriented college students to share some of their expertise, talents and provide them with a chance to meet some of 'trophy' players in government, MDHA (Minnesota Deer Hunters Association) and the MN DNR."

Cultural Thursday

El Salvador and Guatemala will be the next topic of the Cultural Thursday series at Central Lakes College in a free public program by CLC students from those countries. The event will be from noon to 12:50 p.m. on Oct. 7 in the Brainerd campus Lecture Hall (E 354). It is sponsored by the Resource Center for Cultures and Languages of the Americas. The presenters will be Jose’ Sergio Cardoza Salguero, El Salvador, and Hugo Ruano Diaz, Dulce Perez Herrera, Miguel Porras Cruz, and Jonathan Sanchez, all from Guatemala.

Sep 23, 2010


Staples campus students recently participated in the Central Lakes College Adopt-A-Highway Clean-Up. The section for which the CLC community is responsible is on 210 southwest of Staples and covers a two-mile stretch. Pictured are members of the Staples Student Senate. From left to right are Toy Ross- McRae, Mandi Drevlow, Michaella Johnson, Matt Kertzman, Matt Salge, Rob Brown, Maggi Carlson, Erich Heppner, Tyler Acheson, and Alishia Zoch.

VB team to 5-2 in division

The Central Lakes College Raiders volleyball team on Wednesday, Sept. 22 swept Rainy River. Jenna Terhaar tallied 11 kills, with Kirstie Grill next in line with seven. Rachel Pfeffer accumulated 28 set assists and posted seven digs. Melissa Widman was a big contributor on defense with 17 digs, and Grill also totaled 5 blocks. "It was one of our more consistent, complete matches," said Coach Jane Peterson. "The communication was improved, which was one of the things we are looking for." The Raiders won 25-19, 25-16, and 25-15. CLC entered the match in third place in the Northern Division. With the win the Raiders improved their division record to 5-2. Next: Wahpeton, N.D., tournament Saturday, Sept. 25.

Sep 22, 2010

Secretay of State visits

Mark Ritchie, Minnesota Secretary of State, visited with students in a stop at the Central Lakes College campus in Brainerd Sept. 22. At the Veterans Resource Center and in a meeing of the Student Senate Ritchie gave a message about the importance of voting, with tips for those who want to cast their ballot away from home and ahead of the Nov. 2 general election through absentee voting. He distributed buttons that say "Vote in honor of a veteran." He said the blank space on each button is where individuals may print the name of a beloved veteran in whose honor they are casting their ballot. "We owe it to the veterans who have fought for our right to vote to recognize what they have done to ensure that right, that duty to vote," Ritchie said.

Sep 21, 2010

Give to the Kids

Have your donation dollars doubled when you give to the Central Lakes College Foundation at, during the Bremer Give-to-the-Kids Challenge, Sept. 28 through Oct. 5. The CLC Foundation in Brainerd and Staples was chosen as one of the youth-serving nonprofits in greater Minnesota to benefit from the Bremer Give-to-the-Kids Challenge. The first $6,000 the Foundation generates through online donations at during the challenge will be matched (dollar for dollar) by The Otto Bremer Foundation. “Your generous donation will help us fulfill our mission of providing scholarships to Central Lakes College students,” said Pam Thomsen, Director of Resource Development and CLC Foundation. “Bremer will match dollar for dollar up to $6,000 in donations. That’s potentially $12,000 in unrestricted funds to the Foundation. Please go to to double your dollars to students through the CLC Foundation. Thank you for your support as we strive to shape the future of our community.” If you have any questions, please contact Pam at x8129 or email

Golfers win

EAST GULL LAKE - The Central Lakes College Raiders men's golf team won the CLC Invite at the Legacy Courses at Cragun's Monday, Sept. 20. Cody Cederberg earned medalist honors with a 76, followed by Paul Albrecht at 78 and John Sund at 79. The Raiders shot a 314, followed by Rochester at 326. The CLC's women's team finished second to Rochester (295) with a score of 351. Dayna Pearson led the Raiders with a 102. Morgan Morris shot a 107.
FERGUS FALLS - Cederberg shot a 75 to finish second. The CLC men won at the Pebble Lake Golf Course on Sunday, Sept. 19. The Raider men finished with a total of 313 which led M State by 29 shots. Other CLC men's scores: 4-Jared Cowden 77, 5-Nick Smith 79. Morris led the CLC women with a 99. Pearson added a 102.

Sep 20, 2010

Football team to 4-0

The Central Lakes College Raiders are undefeated in their first four games this season, bringing home a 28-0 win at Itasca on Sat., Sept. 18. Dominique Corder (left) hit Tyler Erickson for a pair of touchdowns and finished 12-of-22 passing for 333 yards. Erickson finished with four catches for 138 yards and Barret Powell caught three balls for 103 yards. "Statistically we dominated again," said Head Coach Greg Medeck. "I would still like to see our team finish drives and convert opportunities more. We did rack up over 450 yards of offense and kept Itasca off the scoreboard and limited them to under 100 yards. Corder had some big numbers in the passing game, especially to Tyler Erickson, who had well over 100 yards receiving and 2 TDs...The Rochester game this Saturday will have a large effect on homefield advantage, should either team qualify for the playoffs. This is also a divisional opponent so these games count twice as much in the standings." Last week Rochester was ranked 12th in the NJCAA poll and CLC was ranked 20th. In Week 3, Rochester pummeled Itasca, 50-13.

VB team wins at FDL

Jenna Terhaar knocked down 11 kills to go with six digs in the Central Lakes College Raiders 3-0 North Division victory Saturday, Sept. 18 over Fond Du Lac in Minnesota College Athletic Conference volleyball at Cloquet. Rachel Pfeffer distributed 13 set assists and Jonica Swanson added 12. The Raiders as a team collected eight ace serves. "I was pleased with how everyone played," said CoachJane Peterson. "People got to play who haven't been playing consistently and everyone played well. That's always fun when people get their chance and come through." On Friday, Sept. 17 at Itasca, CLC lost, 3-1, winning the first game but losing the next there. All were close games. Itasca (10-2) is ranked No. 5 in the NJCAA Div. III poll. Against the Vikings Terhaar pounded 12 kills with three blocks and Kirstie Grill smacked another 11 kills with three blocks of her own. Division: CLC 4-2. Overall: CLC 9-6. Next: CLC at Rainy River, International Falls 6:30 p.m., Wednesday.

Sep 16, 2010


Central Lakes College Theatre will open its 41st season Oct. 6 with the prize-winning comedy “Harvey” in Dryden Theatre on the Brainerd campus of CLC. “Harvey” is the tale of Elwood P. Dowd, a good-natured, mild-mannered eccentric who is polite, cheerful and always friendly. He has just one problematic character trait -- his best friend is an invisible six-foot tall rabbit, named Harvey. Nicholas Brutscher of Brainerd plays Elwood P. Dowd. Barb McColgan plays Dowd’s sister, Veta Louise Simmons, and Leah Hochmyer plays her daughter, Myrtle Mae. They are trying to commit Elwood to Chumley’s Rest in order to get Harvey out of their lives. The staff of Chumley’s Rest are Kevin Yeager as Dr. Chumley, Shane Keran as Dr. Sanderson, Lizzy Busher as Nurse Kelly and Marc Oliphant as Wilson, a sanitarium orderly. The rest of the cast is played by Denise Sirucek, Sarah Cooper, Ed Eyestone, and Andrew LaSart. Harvey appears as himself. Performances are Oct. 6, 7, 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5.50 for General Admission and free to CLC students. For tickets, call the box office at 218-855-8202. Tickets may be purchased at

Volleyball team wins

The Central Lakes College Raiders onWednesday, Sept. 15 defeated the Northland Pioneers 3-1 to raise their North Division record to 3-1, and move to 8-5 overall on the season. CLC won the first game 25-23 and lost the second 25-23. The Raiders finished off the match with a 25-21 win in Game Three, and a 25-22 victory in Game Four. Rachel Pfeffer (left) had a strong setting game as she finished with 46 set assists for the match. Jenna Terhaar knocked down 15 kills, and was followed close behind by Kirstie Grill with 14 and Melissa Widman with 13. Megan Rakow scooped out 16 digs, and Jonica Swanson blasted four ace serves. Win-Loss Records: Division, CLC 2-1, Northland 0-3. Overall, CLC 7-5, Northland 1-7. Next: CLC vs. Itasca at Grand Rapids, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17 and vs. Fond Du Lac at Cloquet, noon Saturday, Sept. 18.

Emergency loans

Central Lakes College is responding to greater financial need from a record number of students. The College has expanded the Emergency Loan Fund program to assist students with incomplete financial aid files and/or loans that have not been processed. Students with the greatest need will receive priority. Brainerd campus students may inquire in person at the Financial Aid Window between 8 a.m. and noon Monday, Wednesday, or Friday and between 1 and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday or Thursday. Staples campus students should see Steve Jennisen in the Counseling Office during regular service hours. This is in addition to having extended the Final Drop for Non-Payment (of tuition and fees) deadline until Oct. 18 (from Sept. 20). The College is doing all it can to alleviate students’ concerns.

Sep 15, 2010

Community college summit

WASHINGTON — The White House says Vice President Joe Biden's wife, Jill, will convene the first-ever White House summit on community colleges on Oct. 5. President Barack Obama wants the U.S. to lead the world in awarding college degrees by 2020, and he's counting on community colleges to help meet that goal. The White House said Wednesday that the summit will provide a forum for community college administrators, business leaders, philanthropists, government officials and students to discuss how these schools can help the U.S. have the most educated work force in the world. Obama asked Jill Biden to organize the summit. She has taught at community colleges for the past 17 years and now teaches at one not far from the White House.

Sep 14, 2010

Foundation fundraiser

The Hunt Family from Virginia performed original, Celtic, bluegrass, inspirational and popular music at the Central Lakes College Foundation fundraiser Friday and Saturday, Sept. 10 and 11 at Grand View Lodge, Nisswa. Pictured is Arnold S. Johnson of the Foundation Board and a major sponsor for this event, as he enjoyed the show. Lisa Paulbeck of Aitkin and Heidi Wille of Motley spoke of how scholarships have helped them with their college education. A silent auction included numerous donations from friends of the Foundation, and successful bidders went home with some outstanding prizes. There was also a raffle drawing component to the event, with tickets sold by members of the CLC Student Senate and the CLC International Club. The students also helped at the product table, where recordings of the Hunt Family were available for purchase. Brian Kirkpatrick, vice president of the Foundation Board, served as emcee. The event's proceeds go, in part, to the Random Acts of Kindness Fund that provides emergency assistance to CLC students. Last year the Foundation made 126 awards worth $31,500 in Random Acts of Kindness.

Golfers win

Jared Cowden shot a two day 156 for medalist honors and to lead the Central Lakes College Raiders men's team to first place Monday, Sept. 13 in the Hibbing Invite at Giants Ridge near Biwabik. On Sunday, the players played on The Legend Course and on Monday they competed on The Quarry. The results were tabulated over both days combined and Central Lakes came out on top with a stroke total of 644. M State-Fergus Falls was second with a 716 and Hibbing placed third at 762. CLC's John Sund finished second with a 159. Paul Albrecht was third 162 and Nick Smith shot 178. On the women's side, CLC's Dayna Pearson placed third as the lone Raider with rounds of 106-104. CLC men results: 2-John Sund 77-82 - 159, 3-Paul Albrecht 76-86 - 162, Nick Smith 90-88 - 178. CLC women results: Dayna Person 210. Next: CLC in M State Invite at Pebble Lake Golf Course, Fergus Falls on Sunday, Sept. 19.

Sep 13, 2010

VB team wins 3 of 4

Sophomores Jenna Terhaar (left) and Kaitlyn Roerick had big days as the Central Lakes College Raiders won three of four matches in the Ridgewater tournament Saturday, Sept.11 at Willmar. The Raiders downed the Waldorf (Ia.) junior varsity and Bismarck (N.D.) before losing to the Jamestown (N.D.) JV in pool play. CLC then defeated North Dakota State College of Science. "The three wins were good, quality wins," Coach Jane Peterson said. "A lot of girls played. The last win against NDSCS was a great team effort. It was a great way to end the day." In the four matches, Terhaar totaled 30 kills and four blocks. Roerick collected 21 kills and five blocks. CLC def. Waldorf College JV 25-11, 25-14; CLC def. Bismarck College 25-18 25-14; Jamestown JV def. CLC 25-17, 25-14; CLC def. NDSCS 25-12, 21-25, 15-13. Overall record: CLC 7-5. Next: Wed., Sept. 15, Northland at CLC, 6:30 p.m.

Football team is 3-0

The Central Lakes College football team remains undefeated in three starts after a 37-26 win over the Mesabi Range Norsemen Sept. 11 at Findorff Field in Brainerd. The Raiders coughed up the football on four separate occasions, including twice inside their own 10-yard line, and gave up eight plays of 15 yards or more. Despite that, the Raiders came away with a win thanks to a few big plays of their own. After the Norsemen returned the opening kickoff 57 yards, Stoney Burns responded for the Raiders, picking off a wobbly pass in the end zone and scooting 103 yards for the game's first score. Michael Iverson broke through the secondary for a 72-yard run. Three plays later, Nick Grewe punched through the heart of the defense and into the end zone from a yard out, capping a five-play, 94-yard drive. QB Dominique Corder connected with Barret Powell on aerial scores of 20 and 21 yards, giving the Raiders a 28-6 halftime edge. After a Mesabi TD in the last quarter, the Raiders blocked a point after kick. Burns scooped up the live ball and zipped 88 yards, turning a one-possession game into a 29-20 Raider lead. Ryan Fay's 41-yard TD reception put the game out of reach. Defensively, Matt Spoden and Greg Wright led CLC with six solo and four assisted tackles apiece. Frank Mays added nine and Antoine Gardner eight. Next: CLC at Itasca (Grand Rapids), Sat., Sept. 18, 1:30 p.m.

Cultural Arts Series

The Central Lakes College Cultural Arts Series this fall will feature artists with national and international reputations. Theatre Director Patrick Spradlin has assembled for his fifth season a line-up of performers that will offer something for just about anyone interested in the performing arts. “Popular acts such as George Winston, the Rock and Roll Xmas Spectacular, and the Steele Family will return,” promises Spradlin, noting that the schedule is a work in progress until Sept. 13 when details will be announced. Fall venue ticket sales are expected to be under way by then. “The Chalberg renovation is underway,” Spradlin said of the project to upgrade the 38-year-old facility. “Demolition is well in-stride and by October, new seats and sound equipment will arrive.” Kicking off the season at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25 in Tornstrom Auditorium, Brainerd, will be internationally renowned Winston, who performed for a full house last October at CLC.

Sep 12, 2010

Coach honored

The Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association has chosen Pat Held of Motley as recipient of the 2010 Dick Siebert Award named for the legendary University of Minnesota baseball coach. It is given to a coach who has "served Minnesota high school baseball with distinction, professionalism, involvement, and longevity."Held has been coaching baseball since the early 1970s when he was in college. He is the head baseball coach at Central Lakes College. Held was Staples-Motley High School's head coach from 1989-96. From 1996-2005 he was a volunteer assistant coach for CLC. In 2004 he returned to S-M to coach varsity and junior varsity teams until 2009 when he was hired by CLC. The award will be presented Oct. 30 at the MSHSBC hall of fame banquet at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Minneapolis.

Sep 10, 2010

Golf medalists

Jared Cowden and Morgan Morris captured medalist honors for the Central Lakes College Raiders at the Rochester Invitational on Thursday, Sept. 9 at a course in Cannon Falls. Cowden carded a par 72 as the Raiders finished second on the men's side, five strokes behind Rochester Community College. Cody Cederberg and John Sund each shot 82, while Paul Albrecht finished with an 84 for CLC. Morris was the only CLC competitor on the women's side, finishing with an 84 for top honors.

Trustee Krinkie visits

Phil Krinkie from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities board of trustees toured the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College on Friday, Sept. 10 during a two-hour visit hosted by CLC President Dr. Larry Lundblad. One stop was the Humphrey Center for American Indian Studies housed in the Skone Family Conservatory of the Jon Hassler Library. Trustee Krinkie of Shoreview has owned the Snelling Company, a heating, cooling and electrical business in St. Paul, for 30 years. He served eight terms in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1991 through 2006. Krinkie earned his bachelor of arts degree from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He has served on a number of boards and civic organizations, and is currently president of the Taxpayers League of Minnesota. Gov. Tim Pawlenty appointed Krinkie to the Board of Trustees in 2010 for a six-year term ending June 30, 2016.

Festival Latino

The Central Lakes College Spanish Club, CLC Foundation, and Five Wings Arts Alliance brign you the eighth annual Festival Latino on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in the cafeteria and its commons area of the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College. Featured concert performers are Leo and Kathy Lara at 2 p.m., following Jose' "El Charro" Velazquez at 1 p.m. and dancing with the Gonzalez Family at 1:30 p.m. This is a scholarship fundraiser, with all funds going into the Central Lakes College Foundation Spanish Scholarship for immediate distribution. The event includes crafts, food by El Tequila, sweet treats and pinatas. Admission is $8 for adult, $6 for students, and free to ages 5-under. Mil gracias for sharing culture, food, fun and art while promoting study, travel, and a global community. Bring your amigos!

Sep 9, 2010

New physics instructor

Central Lakes College welcomes Yoshinao "Yoshi" Hirai as a full-time physics instructor with the start of the Fall Semester 2010. Yoshi comes to CLC after a year at Rochester Community and Technical College and two years prior as an assistant professor (fixed term) at St. Cloud State University. He earned his PhD in Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007, specializing in experimental condensed matter physics. He has Bachelor's degrees from UW-Madison in both Physics and Engineering Mechanics with Astonautics Option (1996). He is from Kamakura, Japan. In 2007 he was presented with the Joseph Dillinger Teaching Excellence Award and was an honor student doing research and teaching assistantships at UW-Madison.

Student Success Day

Central Lakes College will hold its annual Student Success Day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wed., Sept. 29 for all students attending the college in Brainerd and Staples. Events on both campuses include free lunch, a keynote speaker, and various workshop sessions to address topics of interest to college students. Instructors set aside time to meet individually with students in 15-minute appointments for those who sign up. The guest speaker is C.L. Lindsay, who will be discussing how your time on the Internet can come back to haunt you, (Facebook pictures, comments made, etc.) For details go to

Player of Week

Defensive lineman Avery Smith of Central Lakes College is the Minnesota College Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week in the Southern Division. Smith, of Sioux Falls, S.D., had five tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery in the Raiders' 7-0 win over Northland.

Cards defeat Raiders

The Hibbing Cardinals defeated the Central Lakes College Raiders in volleyball Wed., Sept. 8 on the Raider court. In the North Division matchup Coach Jane Peterson tried drastic changes as the hosts feel behind 11-1 in the first game. She pulled starting sophomore setter Rachel Pfeffer and mixed the lineup in search of a winning combination. But the Raiders dropped the first game 25-14 on their way to a 3-1 loss in the match. Melissa Widman knocked out seven kills along with Kirstie Grill (left) to lead the offensive attack. After replacing Pfeffer, Jonica Swanson finished with 24 set assists. Megan Rakow scooped out 14 digs, and Jenna Terhaar and Katie Hochsprung led the defensive attack at the net with seven combined block attempts. Late in Game Two (a 25-22 loss) and throughout Game Three the defense shored up. The Raiders were able to be in the right spot at the net to disrupt the powerful Cardinal hitting game, winning that third game, 25-20, but they dropped the fourth one, 25-15, to leave them at 5-3 heading to Willmar Saturday for the Ridgewater Invitational.

Sep 7, 2010

Theatre season

The Central Lakes College Theatre Department has announced the following 2010-11 theatre season: "Harvey," Oct. 6-9, 15-17, Dryden Theatre; "When Life Gives You Lemons Make Lemon Meringue Pie: A Humorous Look At Life’s Ups and Downs," Theatre for a Diverse Population production, Dec. 1-4, Dryden Theatre; "A Christmas Carol," Adventures 'N Theatre young people acting company production, Dec. 10 and 11, Dryden Theatre; "The Drowsy Chaperone," Feb. 24-26, March 3-6, Chalberg Theatre; "Tinytown - A Very, Very Poor Village," chilrden's theatre production, April 4-May 4 with numerous performances for area elementary schools and public, Dryden Theatre. Tickets are $5.50 for all public performances and free to CLC students.

Ag & Energy Center news

From AgriNews
If there was an award for traveling the longest distance to Staples' Agriculture and Energy Center field day, Loren Forrest of Luverne would be a strong contender. Forrest made the five- hour trip recently to learn more about miscanthus. The plant is one of several energy crops in trial plots at the Central Lakes College's Ag and Energy Center. The innovative farmer is growing the crop near Luverne but has plans to expand its production in South Dakota. The key to the Staples research is the soil. The center and surrounding area has sandy soils. So does the area in South Dakota where Forrest may grow more miscanthus. He was interested in how the crop thrives in sandy soils and what researchers have discovered about the crop's production. Forrest also gained an insight to a variety of crops including camelina, prairie cordgrass, switchgrass and more. "After years of work, we want you to ask the question: Is an energy crop something to consider for your farm?" said center director Bob Schafer. "We believe it is. It's a way to diversity your income."

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The CLC men's and women's golf teams don't have a single player from last year's teams. But the Raiders hope to be competitive in the 2010 season, which opened Sept. 1 as they hosted a match they won over Hibbing in men's play, 333-376 at the Legacy. The next outing is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 7 in the Ridgewater Invitational in Willmar. On the men's side, sophomore Paul Albrecht of Woodbury transferred from Century College, which dropped its golf program. Albrecht helped Century finish second in last year's Minnesota College Athletic Conference and Region 13 championships. In his CLC debut, Albrecht was runner-up by a str0ke to teammate, freshman Jared Cowden of West Fargo, N.D., who took medalist honors with an 80. Cpmpleting the men's roster are freshmen John Sund, West Fargo, N.D.; Cody Cederberg, Hawley; Nicholas Smith (Brainerd Dispatch photo), Perham; and Tim Thorson, Brainerd. Last year, the Raider men finished fifth at the state and regional, one of the lowest finishes in program history. The women's team currently has only freshman Dayna Pearson of Aitkin on the roster, according to The Brainerd Dispatch. Last year's team won the state and regional. Morgan Morris of CLC was the medalist against Hibbing Sept. 1 with a 105, reports the MCAC.

Volleyball team wins

Vs. Vermilion
Kirstie Grill knocked down 15 kills and Jenna Terhaar collected 13 as the Central Lakes College Raiders held on to collect a 3-2 North Division victory over Vermilion Saturday, Sept. 4. CLC's Rachel Pfeffer distributed 18 set assists with five digs and Jonica Swanson (left) recorded 16 set assists, 10 digs and two ace serves. Melissa Widman added 10 digs and seven ace serves and the Raiders combined for 13 blocks, with Grill's four leading the way. Division: CLC 2-0. Overall: CLC 4-3. Next: Central Lakes hosts Hibbing 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8.
Vs. Mesabi Range
The Raiders registered 21 ace serves, including 10 by Swanson, as they opened North Division play with a 3-1 win over Mesabi Friday, Sept. 3. Swanson also tallied 16 set assists and three digs. Pfeffer posted 28 set assists, 11 digs and two ace serves. Terhaar led the attack at the net with 13 kills and two blocks and Nikki Pearson added nine kills and Grill added eight kills, four blocks and three ace serves.

Football team wins

THIEF RIVER FALLS - Dominique Corder hit Tyler Erickson (left) on a 17-yard touchdown pass for the only points in the Central Lakes College Raiders 7-0 victory over the Northland Pioneers Saturday. Erickson caught five passes for 68 yards and Corder threw for 136 yards and rushed for 54 more as the Raiders improved to 2-0. The Raiders outgained Northland 280-83, as the CLC defense forced three turnovers. "Our offense struggled to turn drives into points even though we dominated in plays ran and total yards," said Head Coach Greg Medeck. Jordan Laroche and Kaleb Anderson both picked off passes and Avery Smith recovered a fumble and recorded 1.5 sacks. Antoine Gardner and Jordan Moll each had a sack. CLC played well defensively, limiting the Pioneers to 86 total yards. The Raiders held Northland to 62 yards rushing. "We are seeing improvement in some areas," Medeck noted, "but we have not put together the total effort we are looking for as a team, yet. Hopefully that will come this weekend as we are finally home against Mesabi, also 2-0."

Sep 2, 2010

International students

The Community College for International Development program is sponsoring one year of experience for international students at Central Lakes College. They are Bradley Van der Zandt, South Africa; Jose’ Sergio Cardoza Salguero, El Salvador; Dulce Perez Herrera, Guatemala; Muraty Harsono, Indonesia; Renata Barreto, Brazil; Jaka Mahendra, Indonesia; Hugo Ruano Diaz, Guatemala; Djamaluddin Paratmadi, Indonesia; and Miguel Porras Cruz, Guatemala. The students have been becoming acquainted with our cultures and the regional geography as well as the topography. Recent field trips have included stops at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum, the Mille Lacs Reservation Pow Wow, the Paul Bunyan statue at Akeley, and Itasca State Park with the source of the Mississippi River. Escorting the group on several occasions has been Erich Heppner, Director of Student Activities at CLC.