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Class of 2014




Edward Drenttel

Martin Menk

Eunice Amos

Fran Braunger

Steve Neils

Jim Mickelson for Rosemary Mickelson


ED DRENTTEL -- Ed Drenttel graduated from St. Peter High School in 1977 where he was involved in such activities as National Honor Society, student government, varsity football and baseball, and the school newspaper as editor-in-chief, among others. He was a standout member of two SPHS state football teams which won a state title in 1976 and finished as runner-up in 1975. He earned his undergraduate degree from Gustavus Adolphus College, where he also was an All-MIAC defensive back and co-captain of the Gusties football team. He then went on attend William Mitchell College of Law from where he graduated as class valedictorian and J.D. Magna Cum Laude. Ed, who resides in Inver Grove Heights, Minn., is an attorney with the law firm of Winthrop & Weinstine in Minneapolis where he is the Chair of Banking Practice. During his professional career he has also served as immediate past board chair and board member for University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview as well as a board member for Gustavus Adolphus College Alumni Association and board president of the Eagan Community Foundation. He remains very loyal to his hometown of St. Peter and remains a supporter of the community. (back to top)

MARTIN MENK -- Martin Menk graduated from St. Peter High School in 1941 before serving on war patrols on two different submarines during World War II. He eventually earned his degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1947 and, along with John Bolton, helped found the well-established Bolton & Menk engineering firm from which he retired in 1992. They first started out in a small office in St. Peter in 1949 before moving on to a larger facility in Mankato in 1965 and now has offices in eight other cities in Minnesota and Iowa. Bolton and Menk has grown into one of the 500 largest in the country for civil engineering, employing around 300 people. Menk, who still resides in St. Peter, has always been a long-time supporter of this community. (back to top)

EUNICE AMOS -- Eunice Amos, who still resides in St. Peter, was a long-time vocational home economics teacher and Futures Leaders of America (FLA) advisor at SPHS from 1975 to 1995. To this day she remains a loyal supporter of SPHS, its students, staff and activities. She earned her teaching degree in home economics education from the University of Minnesota along with minors in science, English and social studies. She also earned a master of science degree in home economics education from Mankato State University with an emphasis in the study of child development. She contributed to the work of other departments during her time at St. Peter High School, including making and creating costumes for drama department, supporting work of the SPHS Student Council, allowing use of home economics facilities and assisting with lessons in foreign language and special education, and repairing athletic uniforms for SPHS teams. During her time at SPHS she used the resources of the community of St. Peter to enhance her classroom teaching. (back to top)

FRAN BRAUNGER -- Fran Braunger was a long-time elementary physical education teacher and coach with St. Peter Public Schools from 1963 to 1992. Along with his teaching duties, he coached track and field for 33 years, including being named Section Coach of the Year in 1975 and 1990, and organized SPHS’s first cross country program which he coached for 16 years. Prior to moving to St. Peter, the Morgan, Minn., native taught in Nicollet for three years (1959 to 1963) after receiving his teaching degree from Mankato State University. Fran was the first elementary physical education teacher in St. Peter, which was truly a ground-breaking experience. He was a very well respected coach both within the halls of St. Peter High School and around the area and was someone who was well known for presenting himself as a top professional and role model. Community involvement was also very important to Fran as he devoted countless hours to organizations such as the Nicollet County Relay for Life, American Cancer Society (Swim-O-Thon and Daffodil Sale) and the St. Peter Area Food Shelf. (back to top)

STEVEN NEILS -- Steve Neils graduated from St. Peter High School in 1969 after earning All-South Central Conference honors in football and basketball. From there, he attended Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Massachusetts, for one year before getting a scholarship to play college football at linebacker at the University of Minnesota where he earned All-Big 10 honors and the team’s Bronko Nagurski (MVP) Award in 1973. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in business in 1974 and went on to play football professionally with the NFL’s St. Louis Cardinals from 1974 to 1980 after being drafted in fifth round in 1974. Steve, a retired financial investment consultant who resides in Woodbury, Minn., has been very involved with his church, serving as president as well as volunteering his time Involved with Woodbury youth sports programs including helping out with the varsity football team for one year. He has remained loyal to his family and to his St. Peter roots and has also been very involved with the “M Club” at the University of Minnesota. (back to top)


ROSEMARY MICKELSON -- Rosemary Mickelson, who passed away on June 5, 2014, was a long-time English teacher at St. Peter High School (1964 to 1990). A native of Albion, Neb., Rosemary earned her undergraduate teaching degree from Nebraska State College of Wayne and also did graduate school work at Chadron State (Neb.), the University of Northern Colorado-Greeley, the University of Minnesota and Mankato State University. Prior to coming to St. Peter, Rosemary taught for three years at Bancroft, Neb. as well as substitute taught at Chadron, Neb. She also assisted for two years with Gustavus Adolphus College Department of Education helping supervise student teachers. Even after retirement, she remained very active volunteering at both of St. Peter’s care centers, reading essays for Scholarship America, and serving on the board of the St. Peter Education Foundation. She was extremely grateful for the many awards and public commendations she received over the years, including being recognized as Nicollet County’s Outstanding Senior Citizen and Outstanding Region 9 Senior Volunteer. (back to top)