Ken Olson (1963), Ron (Rondo) Olsen (1966), and Bruce Stang (1977) were presented the inaugural Distinguished Alumni Awards.
...Olsen, who came from California for the ceremony, is an award-winning journalist who has worked in Los Angeles since 1982.For the past 17 years, he has worked for KTLA-TV, for whom he has covered the Rodney King incident and trial, riots, the O.J. Simpson freeway chase and murder trial, earthquakes and wildfires, and the recent recall of Gov.
career, which has taken him to seven states and nine television stations, Olsen
has frequently wondered, "How did I get here?I'm just a kid from Paynesville," he
realized that he
had gotten to everywhere he
has been because of Paynesville."All that I've done, all that I am, started here," he
said, "in Paynesville."
"Paynesville is a special place," Olsen
told the graduating seniors."The foundation you've gotten here will serve you well." Ron Olsen
spoke about his
journalism career to high school students in the school auditorium before the banquet.
Stang, the owner of Stang Precision
in Paynesville, which he
started when he
was 20 years old and developed into a successful plastics manufacturer, had personal words for the 39 seniors graduating with honors, since his
son, Chad, was among them.He
praised the generosity of the class and noted that by giving you naturally get happiness in return.