“My grandpa has had an enormous impact on me he has taught me so much. We would go hunting regularly together. I shot my first deer with him when I was 12 years old, and we also really enjoyed fishing together. He taught me everything I know about hockey. He was my biggest fan on the ice and was always cheering me on when I was playing. My grandpa died when I was 16 years old, and that had to be the hardest moment of my life. I chose to come to Mankato because I wanted to be far away from home. I am from Grand Rapids in northern Minnesota. I wanted to start a new life with no one I really knew, finding a different life with new people in Mankato, this has been one of the happiest moments in my life. I love my family and friends, but it is nice to have a fresh start. I am going to school and hoping to work for the city surveying construction sites one day. My dream job would be to be a professional hockey player, but I really enjoy doing construction and can see myself moving up in the career and really enjoying it. Later in life I wish to have a respectable job that I can support a family with, and I would love to have kids someday.
Photo & Caption: Jacob Wilhelmy, Brooke Engen, Josef Thibodeau