Check out some of our BRIGHT SPOTS at the Y!


Mathias Dollinger
Mark Winkelman

Katie King
  Stephanie Astrup


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Mathias Dollinger was a 2015 recipient of a Partner of Youth Annual Campaign scholarship to Camp Cormorant. While at camp, Mathias was challenged to step outside his comfort zone, take initiative and build communication skills. Mathias’s mother, Betty, said that her son came home from Camp Cormorant a different person, and expressed her gratitude to the donors who make the Partner of Youth Annual Campaign possible. Read more>>


Mark Winkleman


Mark Winkelman has been a member at the Y and involved with the Y for almost 30 years. He was first introduced to the Y through a business colleague who played racquetball. The two of them played racquetball using Mark’s friend’s guest passes. Once he used all of his guest passes, it was time for Mark to get a membership himself. They continued playing racquetball and Mark was asked by the Board President at the time, Greg Sorenson, to join the Marketing Committee. Read More >>


Katie King

Katie, a contagiously bubbly 21-year-old, started her first day of work on October 5th in 2013. As she slid into the water in her brand new ‘swim instructor’ uniform and arms full of kick-boards and sign-in forms, she was trying not to let anyone see how nervous she was. Katie was a Veterinary Technician major at NDSU who signed up to be an Adaptive Swimming Lesson Instructor at the YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties in order to pay off her school loans and get experience working with people. Read More >>



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Stephanie Astrup has been a member of the YMCA for nearly 21 years. She began working out there at a young age and values the friendships that she made during her first years of involvement. “The Y has impacted my life in many ways.” It is her valued experiences that have motivated her to become a dedicated volunteer, community member and Board Member for the YMCA of Cass Clay Counties. Read More >>