Jake Raymond, 24, of Oakdale picked up boxing after attending a boxing showcase at the city’s annual Summerfest celebration this year. He has been training since July, and competed in his first fight in mid-October. (submitted photo)
Raymond admits his first fight, held at the Uppercut Boxing Club in Minneapolis Oct. 12, was “not great,” but plans on continuing his training. He says he never intended to be a competitive boxer, but wanted to use the sport as a way to stay in shape. (submitted photos)
Jake Raymond, 24, has many titles. Father of two, husband, student, Oakdale resident, military veteran, runner. And now, he can add another to the list: amateur boxer.
Raymond, a former member of the North High School wrestling team, says individual sports have always drawn his interest.
Steven Grant of Oakdale is currently on tour with Disney on Ice presents Passport to Adventure, which will be coming through the Twin Cities Dec. 12-15. Steven trained with the Woodbury Figure Skating Club and has been skating since he was three years old. He attended the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists.
Laura Larson, Coordinator of Operations for Stillwater Area Public Schools District 834, was awarded the 2013 Outstanding Contributor Award at the annual Minnesota Educational Facilities Management Professionals Association conference held on Oct. 3. This award is in recognition of Ms. Larson’s outstanding dedication and commitment to educational facilities management.
Lowell Johnson, director of Washington County’s Department of Public Health and Environment was named one of the winners of the Minnesota Department of Health 2013 Community Health Awards, which honor individuals and groups for outstanding contributions to the state’s public health system.
Lake Elmo residents Charles Brady, Greg Cormier and Nick Arco and Oakdale resident Joe Comeau of St. Paul Pipefitters Local 455 and Oakdale resident Lue Yang of Minneapolis Pipefitters Local 539 serviced furnaces for the needy as part of the 28th Annual Heat’s On program Sept. 28.