• Chef Paul Madsen of Arrowhead Professional Chef's Association presented Katie Hagglund of Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank with a $2,000 check. The money was raised from the sale of tickets to the 39th annual Al Dumancas Memorial Brunch.
• Northern Lights Music Festival received a donation from Cliffs Natural Resources to underwrite the costs of building the sets for the upcoming production of Tchaikovsky's opera "Eugene Onegin." Shown receiving the check are: (from left) master carpenters Arthur Cherro of Hoyt Lakes; Alvin Rintala of Aurora; and artistic director of Northern Lights Veda Zuponcic.
• The following area nonprofit organizations received donations of toothbrushes and toothpaste from Delta Dental of Minnesota: American Indian Community Housing Organization - Dabinoo'lgan, CHUM, Damiano Center, Lake Superior Community health Center, Northern Light Christian Church, Safe Haven Shelter and Research Center Hermantown, Proctor Early Childhood Program and Just Kids Dental. The donation was made as part of Delta Dental's Inspiring Smile Power Initiative to celebrate June as National Smile Month.
• Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute—Northland received a donation of archery targets and replacement target covers from FeraDyne Outdoors. The donation helps support adaptive archery in the Duluth/Superior region, which matches participants with disabilities with community volunteers to work on increasing archery skills. Pictured are Courage Kenny volunteers who make adaptive archery possible.
• St. Luke's Foundation welcome Lindsey Jacobson, Jason McCaffrey and Roni Salo as new board members.
Jacobson, a Superior native, is executive director of Superior Business Improvement District. She graduated from Superior Senior High School and then from the University of Wisconsin-Superior with a bachelor's degree in communication.
McCaffrey is principal/agent at McCaffrey Agency Group Inc., which has offices in Duluth, Carlton and Brainerd Lakes, Minn. He grew up in Independence, Wis., and attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Salo worked for Allete for 37 years, and currently is insurance manager, risk services for the company. She is a Duluth native and earned a master's degree in business administration and bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Minnesota Duluth.
They join current board members: John Cloutier; Steven Dastoor; Susan Goltz; Edwin Hall; Ted Harwood, past chair; Helena Jackson, chair; Lizette Lawien, secretary; Pakou Ly; Scott Lyons, vice chair; Del Prevost; Paul Sanford, medical director; JC Welles, treasurer; and Carmen Wendland.
• Duluth Lions Club President Brian Thompson presents incoming President Barb Oswell with the official gavel as part of her installed as Club President for 2017-18.
• Leadership Superior/Douglas County Program announced its 2017 class. Graduates were: Kelly Burger, Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse; Rob Downs III, LHB Inc.; Anna Fitzsimmons, ZMC Hotels Best Western Bridgeview; Dean Fries, National Bank of Commerce; Helena Frost, Douglas County; Kascie Gondik, Morgan Stanley; Harper Green, Superior Water, Light and Power; James Lawson, Enbridge; Erika Leif, Douglas County; Ruth Ludwig, Superior City Council; Keith Kern, Superior City Council and Jimmy's Saloon; Kaci Lundgren, Douglas County; Megan Meyer, University of Wisconsin-Superior; Katie Paine, Catholic Community Services-Volunteer Services; Camila Ramos, city of Superior; Robin Rosenbaum, JMR Financial Group; Rebecca Severson, Douglas County; Kayti Stolp, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-Superior; Rena Verdoljak, Allete Inc.; Taylor Walkky, UWS; Erin Whight, Essentia Health; Chad Trebilcock, Minnesota Power; Benjamin Wright. Challenge Center; Kelly Wiisanen, Superior Public Library; and Bob Zimmerman, Superior Fire Department.
The program helps emerging and existing leaders broaden their knowledge of their communities, build networks among other leaders and develop skills needed to help their communities by taking part in panel discussions, touring the region and working in small groups on special projects. The group explores issues such as education, health and human services, business and economic development, leadership styles, the environment and goal setting.
• Lacy Taylor of Duluth attended the annual Student Research and Creativity Conference at Buffalo (.N.Y.) State, where she presented original research to the campus community and the public. The opportunity was provided by the Undergraduate Research Office at Buffalo State.
• Katherine Harvey, the daughter of Ann Gumpper and Mark Harvey of Duluth, graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in neuroscience from the University of Rochester (N.Y.). Harvey is a graduate of Duluth East High School.
• Boston University announced Chijioke Okoro of Duluth graduated with a doctorate in public health in leadership, management and policy.
• Isak Swanson of Duluth graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in music, classics and management from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
• The following area students graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.
Claire Bransky of Duluth, the daughter of Aaron Bransky and Barbara Parks, graduated summa cum laude with a degreein political science. She is a Duluth East High School graduate.
Kali Gustafson of Duluth, the daughter of Donald Gustafson and Tammi Benson, graduated magna cum laude with degrees in physics and Spanish. She is a graduate of Duluth Denfeld High School.
Kari Smerud of Silver Bay, the daughter of Peter and Susan Smerud, graduated cum laude with a degree in biology. She is a graduate of William M. Kelley High School in Silver Bay.
• Juliann Perala of Virginia, the daughter of Michael and Lisa Perala, graduated magna cum laude with a degree in psychology. She is a graduate of Virginia High School.
• Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior hosted the 2017 High School Essay Contest and announced the winners and honorable mentions.
The contest was open to all high school students in Wisconsin and Minnesota and center staff read and evaluated all of the essays and selected the top three entrants and three honorable mentions. The top essay received a Grand Prize of $250, and $50 cash prizes were awarded to the first and second runners up. A consolation prize was awarded to three honorable mentions.
The Bong Veterans Historical Center asked students to write a short essay on whether the U.S. was effective in deterring the spread of Communism as a result of our presence in Southeast Asia.
Winners were: Lora Randa, First Place, Grade 10, Superior High School, Superior; Adrian Ferguson, First Runner-Up, Grade 11, Denfeld High School, Duluth; Keeli Gustafson, Second Runner-Up, Grade 10 Denfeld High School, Duluth; Nate Swanson, Honorable Mention, Grade 10, Denfeld High School, Duluth; and Jake Seboe, Honorable Mention, Grade 10, Lincoln High School, Esko.
• The following students were honored during the Honors Convocation at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn.
Mara MacDonell of Grand Marais was elected to the Sigma Xi honor society. Election to the Carleton Chapter of Sigma Xi, a national honor society, indicates that a student has demonstrated evidence of research potential in a field of pure or applied science.
Brett Sterk of Hermantown was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honorary scholastic fraternity. The Phi Beta Kappa national honorary scholastic fraternity was founded in 1776. The Carleton chapter was established in 1913 and elects its membership from students who rank in the highest 15 percent of their graduating class and meet other prescribed criteria.
• The following area students graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point: Christopher Banaszynski of Duluth, cum laude with a bachelor's degree in biology; and Jack Kline of Superior, cum laude with a bachelor's degree in forest management.
• Brett Sterk of Hermantown graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in biology from Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. Sterk is the son of Steve and Gail Sterk of Hermantown.
• Tyler Olson of Duluth graduated from the University of Iowa in Iowa City with a master's degree in statistics.
• U.S. Air Force Airman Chase Morneau graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Morneau, the son of Angela Porter of Duluth, is a 2015 graduate of Wrenshall High School.