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North Mankato’s Nicole Helget Receives Minnesota State Mankato Distinguished Alumni Award

Nicole Helget of North Mankato received the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from Minnesota State University, Mankato last week.

2012-05-16
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [4-23-12]

Nicole Helget of North Mankato received the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from Minnesota State University, Mankato last week.

Helget, who grew up in Sleepy Eye, Minn., is a novelist and fiction writer who also teaches at South Central College and Minnesota State Mankato. She is one of 10 2012 alumni award winners who were honored at an April 20 ceremony hosted by the Minnesota State Mankato Alumni Association.

Alumni Achievement Awards go to graduates who have achieved high rank or honor in their professions and have had a major impact on their communities.

Helget graduated in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in English and then received her master of fine arts degree in creative writing in 2007.

During this time, she also published her first book, a memoir entitled “The Summer of Ordinary Ways,” which received Discover Great New Writers recognition from Barnes and Noble in 2005. In 2009, she published her first novel, “The Turtle Catcher,” a finalist for the 2010 Minnesota Book Awards.

In 2004, Helget won the Speakeasy Prize for Prose and in 2005, she won the Tamarack Award from Minnesota Monthly Magazine for short fiction. In 2011, she received a $10,000 grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board in recognition of her contribution to the arts and culture of Minnesota.

Helget, and her husband, Nate, have co-written a young adult novel called “Horse Camp,” to be published in May 2012. Nicole Helget also has sold another novel, “Stillwater,” to be released in 2013. She is also the author of numerous pieces of short fiction and is currently working on two novels and a collection of essays.

Those who want more information about the April 20 awards event may go to http://www.mnsu.edu/alumni/awards/ or call (507) 389-3235.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,649 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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