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Torgerson awarded nursing grant

Stacey Torgerson (left) has been awarded a grant to continue her education to become a Registered Nurse. Natalie Wrangham (right), presented her with the grant.

Stacey Torgerson, a 1999 graduate of Perham High School, was recently awarded a $1,000 grant from the Program for Continuing Education program in Philanthropic Education Organization.

Natalie Wrangham, representing the Perham chapter of PEO, awarded Torgerson with the grant.

The PCE was established to provide need-based grants to women in the United States and Canada whose education has been interrupted and are returning to school.

Stacey had attended North Dakota State University in Fargo and earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Human Performance and Fitness.

Currently, Torgerson is studying nursing at M State in Wadena. She's entering her second and final year of her studies.

"This is one of the greatest things I've come across. It's very unique to have this kind of option out there. In the long run, this is beneficial to the community," she said.

Early Beginnings

Stacey began her path as a student at Perham High School. "Perham set my desire for training our bodies and staying in good health," she said.

Her mother, Patricia Bahls, is also a Registered Nurse. Stacey attributes her success to her mother's help and support.

"She's been very encouraging and knows how difficult it is to be a nurse and achieve this goal. Not only being a nurse, but the schooling behind it."

She praised Perham for being such a great town. "My husband and I always knew we'd be returning and we've been very happy since we have come back."

"It's great to be in a nice, progressive little town that cares about you. You know who you're taking care of, as opposed to a metropolis."

Once she is finished with her schooling at M State, Stacey is looking forward to pursuing community outreach by promoting good health.

"I love my schooling," she said. "In the long run, the Program for Continuing Education helps the community."