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Davis brothers compete

at state swim meet
   SAUK RAPIDS — Sauk Rapids-Rice students Simon Davis, 12, (left) and Micah Davis, 10, competed at the USA State Swim Meet at the University of Minnesota July 27-30. Both brothers are part of the St. Cloud YMCA Gator Swim Team.
   Micah Davis earned state champion in the 100m fly for the 10 and under age group with a time of 1:15:54. He also placed within the top five in six other events.
   Simon Davis took 18th in the 100m fly and placed in the top 25 in two other events.
   Micah Davis represented the state of Minnesota in Rochester Aug. 3-6 at the central zone meet where nine states competed against each other. He earned zone champ in the 100m fly with a time of 1:15:09. He scored within the top five in two other events and placed third with a team during the 200 m medley race. 

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photo submitted- Benton County Sheriff Troy Heck shakes hands with Pastor Al Jergenson. Jergenson received the 2017 Respect for Law Award Aug. 2 in St. Cloud. 

The Sauk Rapids youth baseball team “Robinson” 

(front, from left) Cole Messerich, Brekin Wenger, Griffin Rothstein and Christian Gerdes; (middle, from left) Carter Ramsey, Owen Massmann, Kole Robinson, Zachary Euteneur, Jack Barz and Grant Pallansch; (back, from left) coaches Denise Massmann, Todd Robinson and Chris Messerich — placed third in the 9U tournament July 22-23 at Bob Cross Fields.

Jergenson received Optimist Club award             ST. CLOUD — Pastor Al Jergenson, of Sauk Rapids, was presented the 2017 Respect for Law Award Aug. 2 by the St. Cloud Morning and Central Minnesota Noon Optimist Clubs.
   Jergenson is a retired pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, of Foley, and has fulfilled a role as the Benton County Sheriff’s Chaplain for over 15 years.  He was nominated for the award by Benton County Sheriff Troy Heck.
   According to Heck’s nomination, Jergenson has offered support, encouragement, good will and time to the sheriff’s office. He works to form connections with local law enforcement and provides training to staff on how best to deal with people in crisis.
   “When he is available, Pastor Al has accompanies deputies on death notifications and other calls involving people in crisis,” said Heck in his nomination letter. “Pastor Al’s presence at these emotionally charged scenes is of great comfort to both the person receiving this life changing news and the deputies charged with delivering it.”
   Although recently retired, Jergenson will continue his role of chaplaincy for the sheriff’s department.