By Starrla Cray
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN It’s been one year since a tragic snowmobile crash took the life of 2000 Lester Prairie High School graduate Paul Fenske, and through a generous new scholarship, Paul’s life will be publicly honored for years to come.
This spring, the McLeod County East Dollars for Scholars will award the first $2,000 Paul Fenske scholarship to a Lester Prairie High School graduating senior. The award will be given at graduation each year, along with 17 other Dollars for Scholars scholarships.
The Paul Fenske scholarship was made possible by Paul’s wife, Kristi; his parents, Floyd and Ann Fenske; and his employer, Millerbernd Manufacturing in Winsted.
During Paul’s time at Lester Prairie High School, he was a member of the 1996, 1997, and 1998 state football participant teams. His team was recently inducted into the Bulldog Hall of Fame.
After high school, Paul attended Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he received a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering. According to a letter from his family, “Paul prided himself on his work in both his career and home, and he strove to improve upon all he worked on.”
Members of the Fenske family noted that they appreciate the kindness and generosity they have been shown since Paul’s passing in February 2013.
Dollars for Scholars
Since the McLeod County East Dollars for Scholars was established in 1984, the fund has provided more than $150,000 in grants to Lester Prairie Students.
In 2007, the McLeod County East Dollars for Scholars entered a merger with the Lester Prairie Education Foundation. A new board was formed, and the group adopted new bylaws.
Since then, the Education Foundation adopted the Bulldog Bash as its main fundraiser.
This year, the bash will take place Saturday, April 5 at the Blue Note in Winsted. The social hour will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m., followed by a dinner and silent auction. The live auction will start at 8:30 p.m.