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Isabella Rubietta of Prior Lake reads from her children’s book, titled “Beatrice the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Goes to Work,” during an educational event about the endangered bee species Oct. 13, 2018, at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Isabella earned the national Girl Scouts Gold Award for her project to help the bee. 

Several local Girl Scouts earned recognition from the Prior Lake/Savage Girl Scouts for their accomplishments in the past year, the group announced this week. 

Among them was Isabella Rubietta, who recently earned the national Girl Scouts' Gold Award, its highest award, for her project to bring attention to and help the endangered rusty patched bumblebee, according to a news release.

Isabella's project included a children's book and public information day last fall at the Minnesota National Wildlife Refuge. Experts told the crowd bumblebees and other pollinators fill crucial roles in their ecosystems. 

Troop 20146's Ivy Brookes, Campbell Foust, Kendra Kes, Ava Rolfshus, Kaylie Schmidt, and Katie Vaughn earned the organization's Bronze Award.

Brownie Troop 27414, led by Cassie Reimer, was named the top cookie-selling troop after selling more than 4,700 boxes. The top individual seller was first-grader Ella Kennedy with 1,777 boxes sold. 

Several adults received the Aquatennial Honorary Commodore Award for their longstanding membership and service: Vicki Cirillo for 25 years' membership, Jennifer Flaten for the same and Michele Lein for 30 years' membership and 20 years of volunteer service.

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