Essentia Health-Virginia Clinic pharmacy technician honored

Paula Trunzo was honored recently by co-workers for living out the value of quality — one of Essentia’s core seven values.

Essentia Health-Virginia Clinic pharmacy technician honored

VIRGINIA — Essentia Health Pharmacy Technician Paula Trunzo has been honored by her co-workers for living out the value of quality – one of Essentia’s core seven values.

Trunzo’s colleagues praised her work performance. One of the nominations read: “She gives every patient 100 percent of her knowledge, compassion, empathy, customer service and skills regardless of who they are, where they are from or how they treat her.”

Another shared: “When I count up all the technicians I have worked with during my career, Paula is clearly and consistently at the top of that list for the quality job she does each and every day.”

Along with flowers and a certificate, Trunzo also received the option to donate $250 to a community charity of her choice. Trunzo chose the Backpack Buddies Program of the United Way.

North St. Louis County 4-H’ers participate in Minnesota 4-H State Horse Show

Eight 4-H youth from north St. Louis County County participated in the Minnesota 4-H State Horse show Sept. 14-17. This year, 612 youth from across the state participated in the annual event at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. 4-H’ers demonstrate their skills and knowledge in hippology (showing knowledge and understanding of equine science and husbandry), horse judging (study of an animal, measuring it against an accepted ideal), horse training and achievement, speech and demonstrations about interest in horses or the horse industry, showmanship and drill team skills.

Youth who participate in the Minnesota 4-H Horse Project learn about show, trail, and endurance riding; test their horse knowledge at quiz bowls or on judging teams, and study horse science. Youth may participate if they own or lease a horse. There is even options for youth who are interested in horses, but don’t have access to one in their community.

“Through the Minnesota 4-H State Horse Show, youth build communications skills, gain deeper learning and interest in horses, and build relationships with caring adults,” said Renee Kostick, Extension Educator who manages the 4-H horse project in Minnesota. “These experiences contribute to their success in school, community, and futures.”

The following youth were members of the north St. Louis County delegation: Karlee Grondahl-Hibbing, Matthew Laitala-Nashwauk, Ryan Nash-Hibbing, Charley Olson-Hibbing

Members of the north St. Louis County Drill Team: Eli Boe-Eveleth, Abby Nash-Hibbing, Ryan Nash-Hibbing, Angelia Tuominen-Virginia, Arthur Tuominen-Virginia

Karlee Grondahl placed first in key race; Matthew Laitala placed ninth in barrels and fifth in jumping figure 8; Ryan Nash placed seventh in hunt seat equitation and ninth in trail class; Charley Olson places fifth in poles, eighth in barrels and fifth in key race.

North St. Louis County 4-H’ers present their best in Minnesota 4-H State Dog Show

Three 4-H youth from north St. Louis County participated in the Minnesota 4-H State Dog show Sept. 22-23. In total, 360 youth and 427 dogs from across the state participated in this annual event at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

Over the two-day event, 4-H’ers demonstrate their skills and knowledge in agility, obedience, showmanship, and rally, competing against other youth in their age group and experience level.

Youth members of the Minnesota 4-H Dog Project learn to train and build a trusting relationship with their pet. Topics of study include canine behavior, breed characteristics, diseases, ethics, grooming, health, nutrition, responsible breeding, service dogs, therapy dogs, dog-related careers, and the wide array of dog sports. Last year, 2,907 youth from every part of the state participated in the 4-H Dog Project.

“Youth learn so much responsibility from training their dog and competing in the 4-H State Dog Show,” said Kim Lambert, one of the 749 caring adults who volunteer with the 4-H Dog Project statewide. “These kids work all year long, building strong partnerships with their dogs. If they don’t work carefully with their dogs, the dogs won’t work for them. The responsibility kids learn here they can use forever.”

The following youth were members of the north St. Louis County delegation: Andrea Herbranson-Mountain Iron, Heather Herbranson-Mountain Iron; Mackenzy Hujanen-Virginia.

Heather Herbranson placed white in agility intermediate, blue in agility-jumpers 2, blue in obedience-graduate beginner, blue in rally-novice and blue in showmanship open. Mackenzy Hujanen placed blue in obedience beginner and blue-first award of excellence in rally-foundation. Andrea Herbranson placed red in agility senior, blue in obedience-graduate novice, blue-first award of excellence in rally-advanced and blue-third award of excellence in showmanship open.

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