Faces for Sept. 25, 2016
• On behalf of CW Technology II Services of Duluth, Joey Francisco (left) donated more than $260 to Samantha Singer of Duluth's Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss. The money was collected through CW Technology's Jeans Day program, which encouraged employees to donate money in exchange for a day of casual dress. The donations will be used to support the Lighthouse's mission of fostering independent and vibrant lives for those with vision loss.
• Superior-Douglas County Chamber Foundation's Youth Leadership program partnered with United Way and Stuff the Bus to buy and fill 150 backpacks with school supplies for Superior Middle School students in need in August. Superior YMCA donated pencils to the cause. More than $2,000 was donated by current and graduated youth leadership students to buy the school supplies.
• Iron Range Racing Association donated $1,000 to Essentia Health Foundation for the Ronald McDonald Family Room at St. Mary's Children's Hospital in Duluth. The money will be used to buy comfort items and necessities for families with children in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The money was raised by the Hibbing Raceway.
• Lake Superior College Foundation raised more than $31,000 for student scholarships during its 15th annual golf outing fundraiser earlier this month at the Ridgeview Country Club in Duluth. The event hosted 25 teams and about 100 players.
• Essentia Health awarded Encounter Youth Center of Duluth a $5,000 donation to help renovate the center's indoor skate park.
• NorthRidge Community Credit Union of the Iron Range collected $300 worth of school supplies during its annual Cram the Desk School Supply Drive during the month of August. The school supplies will be donated to children in need at Mesabi East Elementary School in Aurora.
• Nashwauk Area Knights of Columbus and the Nashwauk Masonic Lodge raised $2,000 for the Nashwauk Area Food Shelf during its annual Food Shelf Frenzy raffle in August. On top of the raised funds, the Knights of Columbus donated an extra $500 to the food shelf.
• The Virginia Community Foundation, City of Virginia and Olcott Park Foundation Fund Committee broke ground on the Regional Olcott Park Fountain Restoration project and reached its first goal of raising $100,000 for the project.
• Duluth East High School Hall of Fame will induct several new members during a hall of fame dinner Oct. 8 at East High School Atrium. The new inductees include William Tormondsen, Kara (Wheeler) Goucher, David Ross, Sally Sjogren Tarnowski and Scott Anderson.
Tormondsen was the school's band director starting in 1971 until his retirement in 2005. During his time as director, he received many awards including the Greg Irons Memorial Award as a Teacher of Excellence in 2003.
Goucher graduated from Duluth East in 1996, where she excelled in cross country and track. She was state champion in cross country all four years in high school and went on to compete in the Olympics in 2008 and 2012.
Ross graduated in 1974 from Duluth East and was an accomplished football player while there. He went on to play as a starter for co-conference champion Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and is now the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center Board of Directors Chairperson. Throughout his career in management, he's won several awards including the Martin Luther King Drum Major for Peace Award.
Tarnowski, chief judge for northeastern Minnesota courts, graduated from Duluth East in 1978. During her career, she's earned many awards for her leadership, including the Criminal Justice Program of the Year Award by the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota.
Anderson was band president, football captain and student forum president at Duluth East before he graduated in 1983. After high school, he graduated from Stanford (Calif.) University, was an F-16 fighter pilot and major with Air National Guard's 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth, and was director of Flight Operations with Cirrus Aircraft. Anderson tragically died while flight testing the first production model of the Cirrus SR20.
• St. Luke's welcomed new board members Barbara Hayden Haugen, Patrick Heffernan, Amanda Imes and Bryce Nixon.
Haugen is director of planning and development for St. Louis County and is also executive director of St. Louis County Housing and Redevelopment Authority.
Owner and partner of Wheeler Associates, Heffernan has served on a variety of community boards including Duluth Chamber of Commerce, Duluth Art Institute and Arrowhead Estate Planning Council.
Outside of her job with Maurices' Real Estate Analysis, Imes owns and operates paddleboarding outfitter SUPerior Paddle with her husband. She is also a professional mentor through FUSE Duluth.
Nixon is currently director of advancement at Marshall School in Duluth. In the past, she was an attorney in Duluth and the Twin Cities and was associate director of Planned Gifts at Macalester College in St. Paul. In her spare time, she volunteers at Hartley Nature Center and Destination Imagination.
Members of the National Park Service in Isle Royale were presented with the Captain David P. Dobbins Award this month by the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The park service was honored for their lifesaving efforts to rescue two girls during a July storm. The girls sustained injuries after a tree fell on them at Hatchet Lake Campground in Isle Royale, and the park service worked to transport them to higher-level medical care.
• Amsoil Northland Law Enforcement K-9 Foundation announced Brad Wick, Robbin Champaigne and Deena Peterson were elected to its Board of Directors. The nonprofit foundation serves to raise funds in support of law enforcement agency K-9 programs.
Wick, who will serve as board president, is a lieutenant with the Duluth Police Department. He has handled K-9s for 22 years of his career.
Board vice president Champaigne is human resources director at Hallmark Business Connections. She has been been active with the foundation for several years, most notably assisting with coordinating K-9 demonstrations during the annual Operation K-9 fundraiser.
Peterson, the corporate controller at Amsoil, will serve as board secretary treasurer.
• Karen Truscott of Duluth received the Spirit Award from Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota during an August awards luncheon in St. Cloud. Truscott, a financial services employee with Lutheran Social Services, was honored for demonstrating outstanding commitment and dedication to LSS' mission to make life more meaningful for Minnesotans.
• Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota named Lakeview Christian Academy a Seizure Smart School. Lakeview was recognized for bringing students, faculty and families together to learn about epilepsy in schools and teach seizure first aid.
• Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Superior was designated a Military Friendly School by Victory Media in April. WITC was recognized for its military support on campus, military spouse policies and graduation and employment outcomes of military students.
• University of Minnesota Duluth's Department of Social Work announced Rebecca Hoversten-Mellem, a clinical social worker at Amberwing with Essentia Health in Duluth, received the Outstanding Master of Social Work Field Supervisor and Civic Engagement Award. Hoversten-Mellem was recognized for demonstrating outstanding personal and professional civic engagement in her work with masters of social work students. She will accept the award during the Department of Social Work annual fall field supervisor training luncheon on Sept. 26 at Woodland Hills in Duluth.
• Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Superior earned its certification as a Fuji Automatic Numerical Control CNC School and can now offer a machine tool technician diploma.
• Several area students new to University of Minnesota Crookston volunteered for Meet Crookston through Service, a program that gets students volunteering in the community before classes start. Emily Knaeble of Littlefork volunteered at the Crookston Fire Department. Embarrass' Jaden Lislegard helped at the Humane Society of Polk County. Brennen Sylvester of Moose Lake and Adam Shykes of Duluth spent their time at Rydell National Wildlife Refuge. Grand Rapids' Allison Oberg helped at Washington Elementary School.
• Callie Lier of Douglas County served as a Wisconsin delegate during the National 4-H Conference in April in Washington, D.C. Lier was one of eight Wisconsin delegates who joined 300 youth and adults from around the country to share ideas and form recommendations in guiding future national 4-H developmental programs within their communities.
• University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee announced the following area students graduated last spring. Jennifer Lund of Duluth and Amanda Houle of Two Harbors earned master's degrees in library and information science. Hibbing's Steven Anthony Zubich received a master's degree in music.
• Zach Schnell of Superior spent his summer planting gardens around University of Minnesota Crookston with the school's grounds crew. Schnell is pursuing a degree in management at UMC.
• University of Wisconsin-Superior student Reba Buczynski worked with University of Wisconsin-Sea Grant and its watercraft inspectors this summer, reminding anglers and boaters to drain their gear before bringing it home in an effort to prevent the spreading of exotic species.
• Marquette University in Milwaukee announced Mary Arola of Virginia graduated with a master's in educational policy and leadership.
• The Floy Gilman Scheidler Foundation awarded renewal scholarships valued at $2,000 each to last year's scholarship recipients. Those awarded include Korina Borash, Zachary Liupakka and Christaia Houser of Esko High School; Jake Krezowski and Hunter Ravola of Cromwell-Wright High School; Emily Matlack of Carlton High School; Luke Heine of Cloquet High School; Haley Radel of Moose Lake High School; and Emma Casey and Lauren Hultgren of Barnum High School.
Recipients of the scholarship are chosen from among high school graduates in Carlton County pursuing secondary school majors related to communications or business.
• University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire announced several area students received scholarships for the 2016-17 school year. Brock McNaughton of Barnes, Trenton Menor of Esko and Matea Acero of Grand Marais each earned the $1,000 Freshman Honors Award. Trenton won an additional $1,000 Chancellor's Scholarships and Acero was given the $2,000 Diversity Achievement Award.
• Christopher and Anthony Lucca, Duluth East High School graduates, were given Army Reserve Officer's Training Corps scholarships to attend St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn. The scholarships pay for tuition, fees, allowances for buying textbooks and monthly stipends for up to 10 months of each school year the scholarships are in effect. The Luccas received the scholarships upon enrolling in the ARMY ROTC battalion at St. John's. Upon graduation, they will be commissioned as second lieutenants and have an eight-year obligation of military service. Their parents are Michael and Jill Lucca of Duluth.
• Karsten Lennartson of Lake Villa, Ill., joined the National Society of Collegiate Scholars by invitation. Lennartson was chosen based upon his grade point average and class standing at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. He is the son of Keith Lennartson, a Proctor native, and Dawn Kirkegaard of Lake Villa, Ill. His grandparents are John and Kathleen Nading of Cloquet, and Shirley Lennartson of Proctor.
• The following area students received $1,000 scholarships from American Association of University Women Duluth Branch: (from left) Allison Athmann, Haley Bassett, Kasandra Cedergren and (not pictured) Danielle Wheeler.
Athmann and Cedergren are both pursuing masters' degrees in communication sciences and speech disorders at University of Minnesota Duluth.
Bassett and Wheeler study at the College of St. Scholastica, where Bassett is pursuing a degree in occupational therapy and Wheeler, a master's degree in education.
• Age Well Arrowhead was awarded a Live Well at Home grant from Minnesota Department of Human Services to support the development of a grocery delivery program for seniors. Age Well Arrowhead is a nonprofit organization in Duluth that connects older adults to services that support healthy aging and independence.
Groceries-to-Go, a volunteer supported program, will roll out in January 2017. The service is available to individuals age 65 and older who live independently in Duluth, Hermantown and Proctor. Age Well will work with Miners Inc. to support the service at Super One Foods in multiple locations.
• Applications are being accepted for the title of Mrs. St. Louis County during the Mrs. Minnesota pageant April 29 at the Wellstone Center in St. Paul. The chosen woman will be an ambassador for St. Louis County and will receive the official title and sash as well as a $7,000 prize package and the chance to represent Minnesota at the 2014 Mrs. International Pageant in July.
Pageant competitions include personal interviews, aerobic wear and evening gown. There are no talent or swimsuit competitions. For married women living in St. Louis County who are interested in applying, write for a bio-form to: Mrs. Minnesota International Pageant, P.O. Box 240537, Apple Valley, MN 55124-0537; or apply online at mrsminnesota.com. Call (952) 432-6758 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.