News Notes – June 19, 2014

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The Catholic Spirit announces interim editor

Jessica Trygstad

Jessica Trygstad

Jessica Trygstad, who joined the staff of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Office of Communications as the assistant editor of The Catholic Spirit last November, will move into the role of interim editor July 1.

She replaces Joe Towalski, who has been the editor of The Catholic Spirit for the past nine years. Towalski will begin his new role as director of communications for the Diocese of St. Cloud July 1.

Trygstad earned a bachelor’s degree at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. After college, she served as night editor at the Daily Globe in Worthington. She spent the last five years writing, editing and managing web content for The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, a national not-for-profit provider of senior care and services.

Annual Retirement fund for religious

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis contributed $411,949 to the 2013 National Retirement Fund for Religious Appeal. “On behalf of all religious, may God reward and bless you,” said Sister Midge Breiter, coordinator of the Office of Retirement Fund for Religious in the archdiocese. For more information about the appeal, visit

Totino-Grace names new president

Dr. Craig Junker has been selected as the next president of Totino-Grace High School in Fridley and will officially start his new role July 1.

Junker has more than 20 years of experience in Catholic and public education as a coach, teacher, principal, president and superintendent. He is currently the superintendent of Lake City Public Schools, a position he has held since 2009. He previously served as president of Cotter Schools in Winona.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University, a master’s in Instruction from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, principal and superintendent licensure from Winona State University, and a

doctorate in Educational Leadership from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Junker and his wife, Jennifer, a special education teacher, have been married for 15 years and have three children in grade school.

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