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Lokken lives YMCA’s three principals

Published 10:54am Tuesday, September 24, 2013

April Lokken once entertained thoughts of becoming a school teacher, and she deeply respects and appreciates the efforts of those who choose that occupation.

Right now, however, she embraces three intangibles the Fergus Falls Area Family YMCA stresses – youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

April is married to Dr. Eric Lokken, a family practitioner she met over 10 years ago while both were in college at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.  They now live in Fergus Falls with their 14-month-old son.

While being married to a doctor can pose challenges in its own, April fills her day by helping coach the local high school cross country teams, and she volunteers with the local Young Life program.

She enjoys putting her own time in by running with her athletes. “You can really build relationships with the kids that way,” April explains. “It’s a great way to interact with them.”

In case anybody is wondering about April’s qualifications, she’s got quite a resume. She was an All-American at UND in the 1500 meters and a state cross country champion while at Holdingford High School in Minnesota.

She’s been helping out here in Fergus for the past seven years. And her efforts with Young Life have further cemented her relationships with the kids.

April comes to the YMCA twice a week and leaves her young son, Toby, in the hands of Child Watch.

One of her favorite summer projects is a relatively new elementary track program for youngsters from ages 4-13.  About 60 were on hand this past summer in an effort to get them excited and “pumped up” at a young age.

It was April’s first involvement with the camp, and she helped stage a couple of community track meets in connection with the camp.

“I’m a real proponent of physical fitness,” April adds. “We enjoy the YMCA, we enjoy working out and it’s good for Toby to come with us.  We really like Fergus Falls and it has been a good fit for us.’’

April literally grew up in a running, athletically-oriented family. Her dad, Brian Maine, was a coach and a former state high school hurdle champion. She would often accompany him to practice and says running is “in her blood.”

She has a younger brother, Adam.

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