Rotary Students of the Month
Joseph Ohnstad, Alaina Oachs, and Olivia Oachs were honored as the Grantsburg Rotary Club's Students of the Month for January, February and March. Shown above, front row, Olivia Oachs, Joseph Ohnstad, Alaina Oachs; back row, Matt Berg, Mark Johnson, Jennie Twohy, GHS Principal Josh Watt, Rotary President Mark Anderson.
Joseph Ohnstad is the son of Dan and Marie Ohnstad. He chose Mark Johnson as his most influential teacher because "he has continued to help me learn and stay interested in my math classes as they continue to get tougher." His interests include running, basketball, helping others, and math/science. His school activities have included basketball, track, and cross country. Hi future plans are to go to college for industrial engineering.
Alaina Oachs is the daughter of Chad and Kerri Oachs. She chose Jennie Twohy as her most influential teacher as "she has taught me to always be my best, inside and outside of the classroom." Her interests are playing guitar, singing, running, and spending time with family and friends. Her school activities include President of the National Honor Society, volleyball, track and field, vocal jazz, swing choir, and National Anthem group. Her future plans are to attend Bethel University majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Chemistry.
Olivia Oachs is the daughter of Chad and Kerri Oachs. She chose Matt Berg as her most influential teacher as "he has taught me that I am able to be confident in myself and my work. He has allowed me to challenge myself and expand my knowledge." Her interests include spending time with family and friends, fishing, hunting, listening to music, and singing. Her school activities include volleyball, Link group, Student Council, vocal jazz and swing choirs, National Honor Society, and National Anthem singer. She plans on attending Bethel University to pursue a degree in Nursing.
Past Students of the Month
October-November - Thorne Hunter Carter, Rachel Glover
December - Jami Michel, Christopher Hermann
June 6 - Club Assembly
June 13 - Teacher of the Year Keith Lehne
June 20 - No meeting (Club outing on June 21 at Memory Lake Park)
June 27 - Rick Nanez - pigeon racing and breeding
July 4 - Holiday - No meeting
July 11 - Club Assembly, Change of Presidency
July 18 - Kyle Haugen, Rotary District Governor
July 25 - Nate Ehalt, Burnett County Administrator
August 1 - Sheriff Ron Wilhelm, Deputy Matt Olson,
with K-9 officer Tracker
August 8 - Grantsburg Village President Larry Ebersold
August 15 - Tom White, retired Northwest Airlines pilot
August 22 - Grantsburg Police Chief Jeff Schinzing
August 29 - Rose Sale Kickoff
September 5 - State Representative Adam Jarchow (tentative)
September 12 - Kris Henning, Grantsburg Historical Society
September 19 - Laura Guttierrez, Secretary of Dept. of Safety & Professional Services - Rx drug monitoring
September 26 - Club Assembly - committee meetings
October 3 - Student of the Month
October 10 - Nicki Peterson - her new food marketing business
October 17 - Roger Inouye - family heritage
October 24 - Barb & Denny Blodgett - Interfaith Care Givers
October 31 - Club Treasurer Larry Stotz - Club's Financial Picture
November 7 - John Hunt - Hunting Knife Collection
November 14 - Marlene Gargulak, Rotary Foundation Committee
November 21 - Burnett County Circuit Court Judge Melissa Mogen
November 28 - Lois Carlson - Mongolia trip
December 5 - Students of the Month
December 12 - Dr. Steve Bont - St. Croix Falls football fundraising
December 19 - Kim Wheeler, Forts Folle Avoine
December 26 - Bob Rombach, We Are Grantsburg
January 2 - Jay Riewesthal - DNR Wildland Firefighter
January 9 - Pingping Yu - Chinese Culture and Introduction to Shen Y
January 16 - Brian Kutz - Extreme Trail Runs
January 23 - Costa Rica Student Exchange Program
January 30 - Ken & Pat Kutz - Trip to France
February 6 - Students of the Month
Featured Rotarian: Steve McNally
Steve joined the Grantsburg Rotary Club in 2007 and served as Club President in the 2013-14 Rotary year. He is a Paul Harris Fellow.
Steve was born and raised in Grantsburg and moved with his family to Bozeman, Montana where he graduated from high school. He attended college at Montana State in Bozeman and graduated in 1989 with an accounting degree. He worked at Cargill for two years and the obtained a plumbers apprentice designation. He moved to the Stillwater, MN area and operated a plumbing firm before moving back to Grantsburg where he started Burnett Plumbing. He ran that business until 2016 when it was sold. He now works in business brokerage for the Calhoun Companies.
Steve and his wife Faith have two daughters. Drew attends college at Montana State and Jenna is a junior at Grantsburg High School. Steve is an avid hunter, making several trips to the mountains out west in search of elk.
Past Featured Rotarians
Bruce Erickson, Merlin Johnson, Gary Nelson, Jim Nelson, Dana Olson, Jerry Fiedler, Mark Dahlberg, Lawrence Anderson, Myron Carlson, Stan Peer, Mike Giles, Larry Stotz. Paul Pederson, Craig Selander, Greg Peer, Lois Carlson, Dr. Blaise Vitale, Dave Huff, Roger Inouye, Chris Erickson
Mark Anderson is new Club President
Outgoing Grantsburg Rotary President Ted Knutson (right) is shown passing the gavel to incoming Club President Mark Anderson. The ceremony took place at the July 11 club meeting. The Grantsburg club meets at Noon every Tuesday at the Crex Convention Center.
Francisco ends year in Grantsburg
Francisco Mindello arrived from Belo Horizonte, Brazil in August and was the Rotary Exchange Student in Grantsburg this past school year. He is shown presenting his local Rotary Club flag to former Grantsburg Rotary Club President Ted Knutson.
Meet your Rotary International President
Ian H. S. Riseley
Ian H.S. Riseley is a chartered accountant and principal of Ian Riseley and Co., a firm he established in 1976. Prior to starting his own firm, he worked in the audit and management consulting divisions of large accounting firms and corporations. His firm specializes in income tax and management advice for individuals and small businesses. He has a master’s degree in taxation law and graduate diplomas in accounting and income tax.
Read the president's biography.
Links of Interest
Rotary International Rotary District 5960
Rotary Foundation Rotary Store
Village of Grantsburg
Grantsburg School District
Crex Meadows Wildlife Area
St. Croix National Scenic Riverway
St. Croix Falls Siren-Webster
Rice Lake North Branch
Chisago Lakes Forest Lake
White Bear Lake