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Representatives from the United States Air Force present UMD students and faculty with their first place award for the 2017 Air Force Research Lab Challenge. 1 / 9
Lake Superior College business and computer students won several awards at Business Professionals of America national leadership conference. Pictured are: (from left) instructor Anup Parajuli, Matt Bethke, Boston Foster, Zack Zosel, Garrett Bock, advisor/instructor Barb Struck, Amanda Sundin, Doug Sundin, Kristi Gunderson and Garrett Menze.2 / 9
Jody Broadwell, director of Lincoln Park Children and Family Collaborative, accepts a $5,000 check from Rotarian Geiger Yount. 3 / 9
Laura Bixler and Katie Beck, Babies Need Boxes board members, receive a $1,085 check from Rotarian Michelle Buria. 4 / 9
Alice Jacobson, YWCA director of external programming, Melissa Hellrud-Storie, director of the Childcare Center, accept a $2,500 check from Rotarian Geiger Yount. 5 / 9
“Modern Northwest Coast Designs” by Arnold Kingbird. 6 / 9
David Moeller, Duluth Library Foundation7 / 9
Todd Johnson, CEO of Boys & Girls Club of the Northland, accepts a $4,250 check from Rotarian Michelle Buria.8 / 9
Matt Rosendahl, Duluth Library Foundation9 / 9


• Rotary Club No. 25 of Duluth announced the following donations:

Duluth YWCA received $2,500 to assist with Girl Power! and Early Childhood Education Center. The programs provide high-quality, affordable care, programming and education to around 400 of Duluth's most at-risk youth annually.

Lincoln Park Children and Family Collaborative received $5,000 to improve the quality of life in neighborhood residents by reducing hunger and improving health through three projects: gardening with children and families ($1,500), mentoring youth ($1,500), and Meet on the Street ($2,000).

Babies Need Boxes (Northland) received $1,084 to equip families with safe sleep education, a safe sleep environment for their baby, newborn care essentials to promote self-sufficiency and interactive items to foster positive parent/child interactions.

Boys & Girls Club of the Northland received $4,250 to bridge the achievement gap and increase learning opportunities for low-income children and families through their Summer Learning Program.


• Nichols College in Dudley, Mass., announced Hogan Davidson of Duluth received an Edwin L. Hubbard Faculty Scholarship. Davidson is a first-year student.

• The University of Minnesota Duluth announced the following students were recognized for a first-place win in the 2017 Air Force Research Lab Challenge: Garrett Drechsler, Cloquet, senior, mechanical engineering; Josh Klemond, Duluth, senior, electrical engineering; Alex Zierden, Duluth, senior, mechanical engineering; Josh Yernatich, Mountain Iron, recent graduate, electrical engineering; and William Sell, Two Harbors, recent graduate, mechanical engineering.

The nationwide competition involved designing and building a load carrying device. The UMD team built a robotic pack mule that can carry up to 350 pounds. The team incorporated the ability for the pack mule to be driven remotely and added a hands-off autonomous function allowing the vehicle to drive itself.

The project was started in tje fall 2016 as a multidisciplinary senior design capstone project and was finished in the spring.

• Brittany Laehn, a biology student at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, received a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for studying abroad during the summer 2017 term. Laehn is visiting Costa Rica for the term.

• Katherine Harvey of Duluth, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Rochester (N.Y.). Harvey, the daughter of Ann Gumpper and Mark Harvey, graduated from Duluth East High School. She is pursuing a degree in neuroscience.

• Arnold Kingbird, a Junior at Cass Lake-Bena High School in Cass Lake, was named the winner of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition for Minnesota's 8th Congressional District.

Kingbird titled his work "Modern Northwest Coast Designs," and gave this description: ""I used a southwest coast design, along with using modern colors. I drew northwest coast shapes on the feet, tail and near the tail. I colored the feet with Native American medicine wheel colors along with drawing canoes up the sides of the reptile. It's a traditional made artwork used with modern colors with Native American artwork in it."

Each Congressional District's winning artwork is displayed for one year in the halls of the U.S. Capitol, and the student artist received a trip to Washington, D.C., for themselves and a parent or guardian for the unveiling on June 29.

• Duluth Elks No. 133 recognized two Hermantown High School seniors for contributions made to their school and their community. The students were Derek O'Brien and Carla Christenson.

O'Brien is described as respectful and polite. His work ethic stands out in both the classroom and on the golf course as a member of the school team. He is a quiet leader who is an excellent mentor to younger members of the school band, as well as a talented musician who participates in community performances. When not involved in performances, music or golf, O'Brien can be found working at the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth.

Christenson is described as "personable, responsible and mature for her age." She gets along with her peers but doesn't feel the pressure to conform to a group norm or standard. Her perspective during class discussions is valued, and she is a positive influence with both her classmates and in the community. During her senior year, Christenson challenged herself with a schedule that included three college-in-the-schools classes, band and independent art. She was active outside of the classroom and participated in and took on leadership roles in speech, Knowledge Bowl, GSA, drama performances and track.

The students each received a plaque and a gift from the Duluth Elks.

• Eight top students from Lake Superior College attended the Business Professionals of America 2017 National Leadership Conference May 9-14 in Orlando, Fla. They joined more than 7,000 conference delegates from across the nation and competed in national level business skills competitions, workshops, general sessions and national officer candidate campaigns and elections.

LSC students received the following awards: Banking and Finance, Garrett Menze, finalist; Fundamental Word Processing Skills, Menze, finalist; Advanced Word Processing, Kristi Gunderson, Second, qualified for National Competition; Database Applications, Matt Bethke, Third, qualified for National Competition, and Zach Zosel, finalist; Medical Office Procedures, Boston Foster, Second, qualified for National Competition, and Gunderson, finalist; ICD-10-CM Diagnostic Coding, Foster, First, qualified for National Competition; Administrative Support Team, finalist, Team consisted of Gunderson, Foster and Amanda Sundin; Administrative Support Concepts, Menze, finalist; SQL Database Concepts, Doug Sundin, First, qualified for National Competition; Fundamentals of Web Design, Bethke, finalist; Business Meeting Management, Menze, finalist; Management/Marketing/Human Resources, Menze, Second; and Parliamentary Procedure Concepts, Menze and Gunderson, both finalists.

• Sarah Stubbs of Britt was awarded a full tuition scholarship to attend the University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth Campus.

• The following area students received Marshall H. and Nellie Alworth Memorial Scholarships. Each recipient receives $20,000 to be distributed over four years ($5,000 per year).

Aitkin High School: Nicole Courtemanche and Sarah Pederson.

Carlton High School: Erika Fox and Timothy Jessen.

Chisholm High School: Rachel Christensen and Stephanie Finch.

Cloquet High School: Erin Genereau, Jean-Luc Genereau, Jacob Schmidt, Cade Singpiel and Emma Waugh.

Cook County High School: Noah Roth.

Crosby-Ironton High School: Austin Davis and Shayla Loiland.

Deer River High School: Jacob Schimek.

Duluth Denfeld High School: Riley Jenko and Quinn Reamer.

Duluth East High School: Abby Daniel, Graham Godfrey and Grant Montgomery.

Esko High School: Nathan Sunde.

Eveleth-Gilbert High School: Danielle Jarvela.

Grand Rapids High School: Jennie Kampa, Braden Pohl and Stewart Savela.

Hermantown High School: Jordyn Thomas.

Hibbing High School: Jack Kearney and Ding Zheng.

Home school: Jonathan Lanari.

Kelliher High School: Sydney Preston.

Littlefork-Big Falls High School: Elizabeth Brummett.

Marshall School: Allie Johnson.

Mesabi East High School: Emma Greenlee and Samuel Hunt.

Mountain Iron-Buhl High School: Jaylon Holmes.

Northeast Range High School: Lori Huseby.

Northwoods High School: Kate Beaudry.

Proctor High School: Thomas Haller III, Samantha Hudson, Allison Johnson, Jordan Schwarz and Emily Wojtowicz.

South Ridge High School: Cole Davidson.

Two Harbors High School: Mahtahn Jenkins.

Virginia High School: Nickolas Pineo.

William Kelley High School: Dustin Baker and Gunnar Frahm.

• TJ Gamradt, a 2017 graduate of Hermantown High School, received an Ohio State Eminence Scholarship. which is offered to only 25 first-year students. The award amount includes the full cost of attendance at Ohio State for four years, plus a $3,000 enrichment grant accessible after the first year of successful study.

• The following area students were inducted into Alpha Chapter of Wisconsin Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Wisconsin-Madison: Anna Ambrosi of Duluth and Jennifer Ostrowski of Superior.

• The following area students graduated from Iowa State University in Ames: Morgan Bartlett, Cloquet, master's degree in education; Angela Katoski, of Duluth, cum laude with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering, and also with a master's degree in business administration; Jennifer Gallagher, Superior, doctorate in education; and Aaron Marcella, Virginia, doctorate in biochemistry.

• St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn., announced Benjamin Hodapp of Duluth graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree. He is the son of Laura and William Hodapp of Duluth.

• Madeline Olson of Duluth graduated magna cum laude from the College of St. Benedict with a bachelor's degree in biology. She is the daughter of Beth and Brandon Olson of Duluth.

• Madeline Olson of Duluth graduated magna cum laude from the College of St. Benedict with a bachelor's degree in biology. She is the daughter of Beth and Brandon Olson of Duluth.


• Memorial Blood Centers recognize top supporters and advocates of blood donation during 2016 during their annual Northland Appreciation Luncheon in May. Nearly 100 percent of the blood used by hospital patients in the Northland is donated by Northland blood donors with MBC.

The top 10 blood drive sponsors in 2016 were: University of Minnesota Duluth (Housing and Residential Life and Kirby Student Center); White Community Hospital Foundation; St. Louis County; Enbridge; Essentia Health; Pine City Community; UnitedHealthcare; College of St. Scholastica; Sanford Bemidji Medical Center; and Hayward Area Memorial Hospital.

Northland blood drive sponsor organizations recognized as part of MBC's "100 Club" — or organizations that collected more than 100 units in 2016 — included: USG; Minnesota Power; Minnesota Air National Guard 148th Fighter Wing; St. Joseph's Catholic Church; Grand Casino; Anderson Fabrics and Blackduck Community; Rainy Lake Medical Center; Grand Rapids ElderCircle; AAR; Sandstone Area Businesses (supported by Chris' Food Center); St. Luke's; BMO Harris Bank; LHB; Moose Lake Correctional Facility; Community Memorial Hospital; Environmental Protection Agency; VFW Ladies Auxiliary — International Falls; Lake Superior College; ArcelorMittal Minorca Mine; Askov Community (supported by 23 Hardware and Lumber); Sappi; and Itasca Community College.

MBC also recognized community partners whose work contributes to MBC's ability to support hospital patients in the Northland.

Famous Dave's received the Community Partner Award for the donation of food to KBJR-6 blood drives. These drives are typically hosted during summer and winter months when there is a greater need for blood donors.

Life Link III received the Lifesaving Partner Award for their dedication to saving lives, and for their commitment to carrying two units of O negative blood—the universal donor type—donated by MBC blood donors on all of their air ambulances.

Jan Moore received the Coordinator of the Year award for recruiting an average of 55 units of blood at each blood drive she coordinates.

Ruthanne Schelinder received the Volunteer of the Year Award for her many hours of life-saving time generously gifted to MBC. Schelinder both coordinates blood drives at her church, and transports donated blood from the donor center in Virginia to MBC's Duluth center. She has made the trip 364 times, and has driven more than 45,000 miles.


• The Duluth Library Foundation announced the addition of two new directors to its Board.

David Moeller is a senior attorney at Minnesota Power in Duluth, and was previously a staff attorney at Farmers' Legal Action Group. He is a board member of the Minnesota Supreme Court's Legal Services Advisory Committee and St. Louis River Quest. Moeller graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School and Macalester College.

Matt Rosendahl, library director at Kathryn A. Martin Library at the University of Minnesota Duluth, has worked as a library director for 13 years. He has served in state and national library associations, and in statewide projects such as EBooks Minnesota and the Council of Academic Library Directors' Cooperative Collection Management group. He co-founded the Lake Superior Libraries Symposium and serves in several community organizations.

They join current Board members: Dr. David Sproat, president; Amy Kuronen, vice president; Bill Arezzo, treasurer; Michael Altman; Tab Baumgartner; Dena Boheim; Milissa Brooks-Ojibway; Dan D'Allaird; Virginia T. Katz; John Kelly; Theresa O'Gara; and Carla Powers, member ex officio.


• U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman 1st Class Jaymes Crilley graduated with honors from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Crilley is the son of John Crilley of Bel Air, Md., and Vicky Lafon of Elkton, Md., and step-son of Steve Luke of Duluth. He from C. Milton Wright High School in Bel Air in 2009.