• The 10th annual Guns and Hoses charity game for Northern Lights Foundation raised more than $5,700 this year with the help of the Duluth Police, Duluth Fire and Duluth Huskies — and the generous supporting community. The Huskies helped the Foundation by donating $900 in concession sales in addition to being the venue partner for the event.
• Since 2010, Doug and Lois Hoffbauer have donated 13,391 pounds of fresh produce to Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. The Hoffbauer's were recently recognized by the food bank for their commitment to fight hunger.
• Krech Ojard and Associates and Coney Island Deluxe put on the fourth annual Coney Dog Eating contest and raised $20,000 for charitable organizations.
• Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank announced its Hunger Action Month award winners for their significant contributions.
Maurices was named Financial Donor of the Year for contributing more than $140,000, ensuring 440,000 meals over the past 12 years as part of their Empty Bowl, Taste at Fitger's, "Full Tanks to Full Tummies" Truck sponsorship and BackPack Program support.
Sam's Club was named Food Donor of the Year for donating more than 1.3 million pounds of food, the equivalent of 1 million meals, over the past 14 years as part of their local store donation program and national "Meals for Many" campaign.
Hurley Mobile Food Pantry received the Honorary Gene Boysen Volunteer of the Year award. Dedicated program volunteers from Iron County have contributed more than 1,000 hours of service and provided more than 388,000 meals to families, children and seniors in need since 2013.
Pam Krall was awarded the Michael E. Miner Board Leadership Award. Krall, a board member, has led the board's visionary work serving as chair of the Governance and Finance Committees, Board secretary, treasurer and vice chair since 2012.
Two Harbors Food Shelf received the Agency Partner of the Year award. The food shelf feeds more than 120 people monthly and provides more than 96,000 meals annually. Their forward-thinking style gleans best practices from other food shelves, brings awareness to the issue of hunger in their community and raises needed funds for their program expansion.
• The Duluth East High School announced the following people will be inducted into its Hall of Fame.
Mike "Mern" Miernicki: A former social studies teacher, birch log advisor, danceline advisor, assistant football coach, student forum advisor, senior class advisor, junior class advisor, assemblies advisor, head golf coach, Photography Club advisor and Q&S advisor. He was a 1992 Minnesota Terrific Teacher, served as activities director, was named the Region Activities Director of the Year in 2003, served as vice president of the Duluth Federation of Teachers, and also served as chairman on the Duluth School Board. Miernicki currently serves as chairperson of the Whiteside Scholarship Committee and secretary of the East Foundation.
Chris Monroe: Class of 1980, is an author, illustrator, visual artist and cartoonist. She is the author of nine children's picture books, as well as the illustrator of picture books by authors Kevin Kling, Jane Yolen and Janice Levy. Her comic strip, "Violet Days," has been in print for more than 20 years and is featured in the collection "Ultra Violet: Ten Years of Violet Days." In 1999, City Pages named her Best Local Cartoonist. In 2016, she won an Emmy award for her animation artwork for "Kevin Kling: Lost And Found," a documentary produced by Twin Cities PBS.
Irv St. John: A former physical education teacher and coach at East, where he was a six-time conference champion, took four teams to the state tournament and ended up with an overall record of 364-132 as head coach. He had a passion for mentoring his students and athletes and kept in touch with many after their playing days. He finished his career as East athletic director, where he started the soccer program. St. John was a competitor all his life and is in the Bemidji State Athletic Hall of Fame, Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the NSIC Hall of Fame. He passed away in 2015.
Herb Fritch: Class of 1968, founded Cigna-HealthSpring and grew it into one of the largest Medicare Advantage plans in the country. He co-owns the NHL's Nashville Predators and one of the Predator's three alternative governors. Never forgetting his Duluth roots, the life lessons he learned here and his love of hockey, he became one of the principal contributors to the Heritage Sports Center. He has said, "It is a privilege to make those opportunities and support available to present and future generations of Duluth's children."
Bob Mars: Class of 1972, had an outstanding athletic career at East, being one of a very few at the school to earn a bronze medal in track and field at the state meet. He was All-City and All-Conference in football, hockey and track, and was co-captain of the Brown University hockey team, where he led his team to the NCAA Frozen Four. Mars is President of the Mars Supply Co., a founding member of the Noper Foundation and a driving force behind establishing the Mrkonich Scholarship and the Oberg-Skogg-Verchota Teacher Awards that have provided more than $270,000 in scholarship grants to the East community.
• World Without Genocide, a human rights organization at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, awarded a Benjamin B. Ferencz Fellowships in Human Rights and Law to Erinn Valine of Superior. Fellowships provide financial support through World Without Genocide for work on core areas of human rights including research, policy development, and action at local, state, national and international levels.
Valine is a a second-year law student at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, and was selected to work on legislation to address gender discrimination and violence at local, state and national levels.
She is the daughter of Rob and Karen Mickelson of Superior, and graduated with honors from Lakeview Christian Academy in Duluth in 2008. She received her bachelor's degree in English from the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities in 2012 and currently is a law clerk for the Human Trafficking Division of the Washington County Attorney's Office. She previously served as a legal assistant for Caplan and Tamburino, a Minneapolis law firm, and as an intern for Victim and Witness Services of the St. Louis County Attorney's Office.
• Lyric Lekander of Moose Lake was inducted into Phi Eta Sigma honor society at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.
• Air Force National Guard Airman 1st Class Regan L. Short graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Short is the daughter of Tracy and Brandon Jenny of Hermantown and a 2015 graduate of Hermantown High School.
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• Madison Reynolds was crowned Miss Northern Lakes 2018 in September in Bemidji. The pageant is part of the Miss America Organization. Reynolds also received high score in Interview and was chosen for the Spirit Award by the other contestants. She received a $500 scholarship along with other prizes and is now in the Class of 2018 to compete for the title of Miss Minnesota in June.
Reynolds is the daughter of Jeff and Sherri Edberg and Gavin Reynolds, all of Hermantown. She is a senior at the College of St. Scholastica, where she is pursuing a degree in organizational behavior and communication.
• Maggie Gibbons of Cohasset was a member of the 2017 Homecoming Court at the University of Minnesota Crookston. Gibbons, a senior pursuing degrees in wildlife management and biology, was crowned homecoming queen during the festivities.
• Lindsay R.M. Jones, a graduate of Central High School, University of Minnesota-Duluth and University of Minnesota School of Law, was nominated as Peacemaker during Emory University's "21 Days of Peace" event in Atlanta. In addition to his judicial duties, Jones is principal of Neutral Advocacy, Lindsay R.M. Jones, LLC in Atlanta. He recently gave presentations in Liberia, Dubai and Nigeria promoting peace through mediation.