Linda Ulland Memorial Scholarship Awarded

The Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association (PBSBA) has a variety of objectives, but perhaps one of the most rewarding is the Association’s outreach to students from kindergarten to high school.

Much of PBSBA's Mission and Vision revolves around enhancing our communities through volunteerism and stewardship of the environment. Linda Ulland, long-time board member and local community supporter, had volunteered with many organizations and environmental programs until her passing in 2011. In her memory, the Linda Ulland Memorial Scholarship was established in 2012 by the PBSBA board as an opportunity to recognize, in a graduating student, the same exceptional qualities which made Ulland an inspiration to her community.

At the May 20, 2015 awards ceremony, PBSBA member Mike Schwieters awarded the $1000 Linda Ulland Memorial Scholarship to Pequot Lakes High School senior, Karl Satterlund of Pequot Lakes. Satterlund qualified for the scholarship with the following credentials. An avid outdoorsman with interests in science, woodworking and piano; he spent five summers working on an organic farm west of Pequot Lakes. Naming "recovering from ACL surgery as his greatest recent accomplishment", Satterlund gave credit for his success to those who stood by him through the "toughest challenges". Among Satterlund's resume: Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership-President's Volunteer Service Award (175 hours); Dean's List of Central Lakes College; four years on the PLHS A-Honor Roll; perfect school attendance; Student Council; Junior High Special Education-Friendship Club volunteer; 4-H (Club president); volunteering with Food Shelf, Adopt-a-Family, Ideal Beef Feed, Adopt-a-Highway, Day of Caring, Community Garden, Jenkins, reading with elementary students, DNR Bird Count-Baudette, MN, and WE Scare Hunger (co-founder & co-chair) - just to name a few.

Satterlund plans on beginning study in physics at Gustavus-Adolphus and after three years he'll transfer to the University of Minnesota for a master's in engineering. He hopes for a career as an engineer or physicist, perhaps in the green energy field. In answer to 'What environmental issues concerned you', he responded "the trouble with clearcut logging in northern Minnesota. By promoting selective logging practices and a managed approach to the industry, the longevity of the beautiful forest that make the Byway thrive can be insured perpetually".  "The impact of the Byway", says Satterlund, "is far beyond an economic benefit...it's the nostalgic memory a young child sees looking out the window on the car ride up to the cabin. The Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway leaves that child with the memory of a jaw-dropping landscape and a caring community that prides itself in keeping the area the pleasant oasis it stands for in northern Minnesota."

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015
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Echo Journal