Jana (Carlson) Hedlund graduated from Crookston High School in 1998.

Jana (Carlson) Hedlund, a 1998 Crookston High School graduate, was a semifinalist for the 2019 Minnesota Teacher of the Year Awards. The special education/autism teacher at North St. Paul High School is the daughter of Kathie (Carlson) Barnes of Crookston and John Carlson of Grand Forks, N.D.

Hedlund attended a banquet for all of the teacher of the year candidates, where she was presented with an award for being named a state semifinalist.

Nine finalists were subsequently identified, and Jessica Davis, a math teacher in South St. Paul, was eventually named 2019 Minnesota Teacher of the Year.