Minnesota State University-Moorhead (MSUM) held its Employee Recognition Luncheon on May 10, in the CMU Ballroom in Moorhead, Minn. 

Among those recognized was Dr. T. J. Hansen, formerly of Letcher, as the university’s recipient of the Excellence in Teaching and Research Award. She was chosen for this award from the university’s 346 full- and part-time faculty members.

Hansen was honored for teaching and mentoring undergraduate students in the economics seminar research course. Her students’ research has been published in peer-reviewed, undergraduate journals on multiple occasions.

In fall 2017, the Minnesota Economic Association and Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis recognized her student’s research as the third place term paper among all colleges and universities in Minnesota and Wisconsin. 

As a Professor of Economics, she also teaches undergraduate courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics and public finance and graduate courses in healthcare economics and quantitative methods.

Hansen is the daughter of Janice Northrup and daughter-in-law of Thela Hansen, both of Mitchell.

…See a picture in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal.

Ken Ruml, left and Rob VanLaecken, right, are both Letcher High School graduates and were both inducted into the National Coaches Association Hall of Fame on June 26 at a ceremony in Sioux Falls.

On June 26, two Letcher natives, Ken Ruml and Rob VanLaecken, were inducted into the National High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame. They were inducted at a ceremony held at the Ramkota in Sioux Falls, and they were the only two inductees from South Dakota, this year. 


…Read on in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal.

Mitchell — There were 449 students eligible to participate in the 2018 Mitchell Technical Institute graduation ceremony held Friday, May 4, at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. The following degrees were conferred upon May 2018 graduates: (4.0 indicates Highest Honors—a perfect 4.0 grade point average):

Darrell Kaiser, Professional Truck Driving, of Artesian; Thomas Hetland (4.0), Telecommunications, of Artesian; Heather VanOverschelde, Medical Assistant, of Letcher.