The International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) recently awarded Washington County resident Byron Anderson with its prestigious Heritage Award at its annual convention in Las Vegas. The award is given for outstanding, long-term service to fairs and related organizations.
John Blanda is shown at the baby grand piano in Hill-Murray High School’s choir room. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
John Blanda was enthusiastic to practice piano even at the young age of 6. By the age of 7, he had his first paying gig in downtown Minneapolis at Trocadero’s (submitted photo)
John Blanda performed at numerous fundraisers for his elementary and middle school, Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He would play piano for donations to the school. (submitted photo)
John Blanda, in a sense, has the world at his fingertips.
Blanda, a 17-year-old kid from Maplewood, is quiet, laid back and comes off a bit spacey, but still sharp.
And sharp quickly comes to the fore when he sits at the piano.
Nichols College sophomore Paul Prescott, of Oakdale, was recently named Northeast Men’s Ice Hockey Player of the Week by the Eastern College Athletic Conference. This is the first time he has been honored with the award. Nichols College is a private four-year college located in Dudley, Mass.
At its Jan. 7 meeting, the Washington County Board of Commissioners appointed Oakdale city council member Stan Karwoski to represent District 2 on the county’s Parks and Open Space Commission, and Lake Elmo resident Bob Fossum was appointed as an at-large member of the Groundwater Advisory Committee.
Sara Meslow, who lives with an internal defibrillator, recently received a Bakken Invitation award, which recognizes people living longer due to medical technology who use their “extra time” to give back in extraordinary ways. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Meslow, who started Camp Odayin for kids with heart disease, was recently recognized as one of 10 recipients worldwide of Medtronic’s Bakken award. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)
Sara Meslow and a camper pose for a photo at Camp Odayin (submitted photo)
Not long after a chunk of metal was embedded beneath her skin and wires became a part of her heart, Sara Meslow quit her job.
She found a more pressing mission: starting a camp for kids with heart disease.
Now, about 13 years later, the Lake Elmo resident is among 10 people worldwide who recently received a Bakken Invitation award, along with a $20,000 grant, from Medtronic, which named it for company co-founder Earl Bakken.