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Visness and Stangler Receive MNLA Scholarships
January 27, 2008

Contact: Cassie Larson, MNLA, communications director (cassie@mnla.biz); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)


Two students in the horticultural studies program at University of Minnesota, Crookstonrecently received scholarships sponsored by the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) Foundation. Scholarship recipients are Kaarina Visness, Karlstad, Minn., and Kathryn Stangler, Deer River, Minn.
Scholarship sponsor Mike McNamara, left, Hoffman & McNamara Nursery and Landscape with Kaarina Visness, University of Minnesota – Crookston and Zach Carlton, Dakota County Technical College.
Scholarship sponsor Mike McNamara, left, Hoffman & McNamara Nursery and Landscape with Kaarina Visness, University of Minnesota,Crookston and Zach Carlton, Dakota County Technical College.


The MNLA scholarship program recognizes superior students enrolled in horticultural, nursery or landscape studies programs at several area colleges and universities.  The scholarships are designed by MNLA and its member companies to help grow future leaders in the nursery and landscape industry.

Two MNLA member firms co-sponsored the scholarships for the University of Minnesota, Crookston students.  Landsburg Landscape Nursery, based in Brainerd, sponsored the scholarship for Stangler.  Hoffman and McNamara, based in Hastings, sponsored the scholarship for Visness.

Scholarship sponsors Marie, left, and Roger Landsburg, right, Landsburg Landscape Nursery with Maria Rauch, Central Lakes College, and Kathryn Stangler, University of Minnesota, Crookston.
Scholarship sponsors Marie, left, and Roger Landsburg, right, Landsburg Landscape Nursery with Maria Rauch, Central Lakes College, and Kathryn Stangler, University of Minnesota, Crookston.
To be eligible for an MNLA scholarship, applicants must possess a “C” grade average or better, present letters of recommendation from instructors and employers, and submit an essay stating their career goals and objectives. 

The Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association is the state’s largest green industry trade association with over 1,500 member companies.  Members include nurseries, garden centers, landscape contractors, landscape designers, irrigation contractors, commercial flower growers, tree care specialists, professional gardening services, and turf and landscape management professionals.

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