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White Shrine of Jerusalem, a Masonic organization, announced the following donation that was matched by Minnesota Masonic Charities.
Sally Solots (left) and Richard Smith (right) present a check to Char Kerelko, director of Kids Closet.
White Shrine of Jerusalem, a Masonic organization, announced the following donation that was matched by Minnesota Masonic Charities. Sally Solots (left) and Richard Smith (right) present a check to Char Kerelko, director of Kids Closet.

FACES for July 20, 2014

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  • Duluth Lions Club announced its Pancake Day event served 9,330 people and raised more than $40,000. The money will be donated to the community for vision, hearing, diabetes and youth efforts the club supports. A total of 195 volunteers worked more than 400 hours to put on the event and raise the money.
  • St. Luke’s Foundation announced Raymond James on behalf of Karen Baresh donated $1,000 as a sponsor of the charity event “Tee It Up for a Great Cause” at Northland Country Club. Money raised during the event benefits area women seeking support at local breast centers. 
  • University of Minnesota Duluth announced it received $45,870 from the University of Minnesota system for distribution to area nonprofits. As part of sanctions imposed on Penn State University, the school’s share of Big Ten bowl revenue from 2012-13 through 2015-16 are designated for charitable donations. With the goal of supporting local youth, University of Minnesota president Eric Kaler provided an equal share of $229,368 bowl revenue to the University’s five campuses.
  • UMD distributed its share of the money to the following: $10,000 to Life House; $10,000 to Damiano Center Kids Café; $10,000 to Mentor Duluth; $10,000 to First Witness Child Advocacy Center; and $5,870 to Myers-Wilkins Community School Collaborative.
Good news
  • Humane Society of Douglas County announced its Paws for Love fundraiser held April 27 had a capacity crowd of 168 attendees and raised $25,000.
  • Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity announced its spaghetti dinner and silent auction raised about $2,500 for the current project, a $20,000 remodel for WLSHH partner family Melissa Burrows and her three sons. Burrows and her family are living in a poorly insulated house with mold problems and a crumbling foundation. Burrows wished to purchase her own home but encountered difficulty with conventional lenders as a result of her single income status.
Community leaders
  • Duluth Lions Club announced Barb Tanski was installed as president in June. Other directors for 2014-15 include: Bill Pank, first vice president; Brian Thompson, second vice president; Kandice Gulbranson, third vice president; Jenny Miller, treasurer; and Renae Luck, secretary.
  • The Knights of Columbus Chisholm Council announced the following members were elected to offices for 2014-15: Travis W. Vake, Grand Knight; James W. Varda, Deputy Grand Knight and one-year trustee; David A. Terdan, chancellor; Patrick A. Quirk, recorder; Neil A. Alden, treasurer and three-year trustee; David J. Pessenda, advocate; Kenneth W. Lucas, warden; Frank Paradise, inside guard; and George P. Beiko, two-year trustee.
  • The American Red Cross Northern Minnesota Region named Diane Dunder of Superior the 2014 Distinguished Volunteer Leader of the Year. Dunder has volunteered for more than 10 years with the American Red Cross, and spends a significant amount of her week furthering the mission of the Red Cross through her work mobilizing volunteers.
  • The St. Louis and Carlton County chapter of Pheasants Forever in Duluth announced chapter president Phil Storsteen and chapter youth program coordinator Phil Franke both earned the National Rifle Association’s Level 1 Shotgun Coach certification. Certified coaches focus on safety, ethics, team building, sport training, history, equipment and sport fundamentals.
  • Junior League of Duluth announced the following awards were presented at its annual dinner:
  • Life House received the Community Award for its work with at-risk and homeless youth ages 16-20. The Community Award recognizes an organization making an impact in the community and reflects the mission and vision of JLD. Life House provides a safe harbor for enhancing the lives of youth at risk including transitional housing, food, training and direct access to jobs and school to increase earned income.
  • Anne Whitworth received the Elizabeth Congdon Lifetime Achievement Award for her dedication, service and commitment to JLD throughout her membership.
  • Julie Johnson was presented with the Sustainer of the Year Award for her dedication and service to JLD. Sustaining members helped build the organization and provide the active membership with a strong and successful foundation. Johnson serves as a past president and on several councils for JLD.
  • Lisa Plachta received the Vision award for her positive attitude and leadership skills with JLD. The award is given to JLD members showing a commitment to being a skilled community volunteer during her short time within the league.
Education notes
  • Julius Salinas, a teacher at Fond du Lac Ojibwe School in Cloquet, recently returned from participating in the prestigious Siemens Teachers as Researchers fellowship program. The annual summer program took place at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn., the U.S. Department of Energy’s largest, multipurpose, national research laboratory from June 8-20 and was designed to empower teachers to bring the excitement of real-world research into their classrooms and inspire students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math education.
Learning notes
  • The University of Massachusetts Lowell announced Christina Harkness of Duluth and Judd Leinum of International Falls graduated with master’s degrees in criminal justice. 
  • St. Mary’s Auxiliary awarded junior volunteer Mariah Berner of Duluth the $500 Joan M. Basgen Memorial Scholarship. Berner graduated first in her class at Duluth East High School and will attend the University of Minnesota in the fall. A cancer survivor, Berner has volunteered at St. Mary’s Cancer Center since 2009. 
  • Rochester Community and Technical College announced Rebekah Riihiluoma of Barnum and Laura Lehto of Cloquet both graduated with high honors. Riihiluoma was awarded an associate degree in liberal arts and sciences. Lehto received an associate degree in interaction design. 
  • Bemidji State University announced the following:
    • Delaney Blue of Carlton and Sara Nyberg of Gilbert graduated magna cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in business administration. 
    • Jillaine Higgins of Chisholm and Lindsey Spehar of Hibbing graduated magna cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in psychology.
    • Katherine Markovich of Cloquet and Clinton Aili of Duluth graduated cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in nursing.
    • Ann Farley of Ely graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science.
    • Christina Benson of Eveleth graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.
    • Yvette Suomala of Hermantown and Willa Walrath of Superior graduated magna cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in nursing. 
    • Krysta Miller of Hibbing graduated cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in accounting and mathematics. 
    • Ericka Salmela of Hibbing graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. 
    • Jacob Savare of Iron graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. 
    • Sheila Reed of Kettle River graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
  • Vermilion Community College in Ely announced the following:
    • Mark Zidich of Chisholm graduated with honors and an associate degree in wilderness and park management.
    • Jesse King of Duluth, Chad Bodeker of Winton and Natalie Cook, Mariah McDonald, Megan McDonald and Olivia Schreffler, all of Ely, graduated with highest honors and associate degrees in liberal arts and sciences.
    • Derek Meger of Duluth, Daniel Granmo of Esko and Kevin Anderson and Jean Boettcher, both of Ely, graduated with honors and associate degrees in liberal arts and sciences. 
    • Kevin Anderson of Ely graduated with honors and an associate degree in natural resource technology. 
    • Jennifer Blue of Ely graduated with highest honors and an associate degree in watershed science. 
    • Taylor Hochstein of Ely graduated with high honors with an associate degree in wildland/wildlife law enforcement.
    • Michael McEvoy of Ely graduated with honors and associate degrees in business and wilderness management and a certification in entrepreneurship.
    • Cassie Schliesman of Ely graduated with honors with a certification in taxidermy skills.
    • Jonathan Zimmerman of Ely graduated with high honors and an associate degree in natural resource technology.
    • Derek Peterlin of Eveleth graduated with high honors with a certification as a season park law enforcement ranger. 
    • Jason Hughes of Grand Marais graduated with honors with an associate degree in wildland/wildlife law enforcement and a certification as a season park law enforcement ranger. 
    • Ty Riihiluoma of Hibbing graduated with high honors and an associate degree in watershed science.
    • Jesse Johnson of Schroeder graduated with honors with a certification as a season park law enforcement ranger.
    • Micaiah Schubert of Two Harbors graduated with honors and an associate degree in criminal justice.
  • The University of Minnesota Duluth announced the following:
    • John Dahmen of Aurora and Aaron Illikainen of Cloquet graduated cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in accounting. 
    • Nicole Williams of Barnum graduated summa cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in business administration and accounting. 
    • Brittany Zime of Carlton graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in environmental and outdoor education. 
    • Emmalee Toldo of Carlton graduated cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in biochemistry and chemistry. 
    • Laura Douglas of Cloquet graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. 
    • Hailey Warzonek of Cook and Elyse Gunderson of Superior graduated magna cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in communication sciences and disorders. 
    • Daniel Blomquist of Duluth graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering. 
    • Judy Breuer of Duluth graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in health education. 
    • Katie Collard of Duluth graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. 
    • Zachary Gunderson of Duluth graduated cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and statistics and actuarial sciences. 
    • Whitney Jones of Duluth graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology. 
    • Qing Lin of Duluth graduated with bachelor’s degrees in finance and accounting. 
    • Kelly McKinnon of Duluth graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology. 
    • Blair Raisanen of Duluth graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. 
    • Holly Sinex of Duluth graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in teaching mathematics. 
    • Laura Sutliff graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in management. 
    • Heather Alto of Embarrass graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in integrated elementary and special education. 
    • Aaron Donais of Embarrass graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in teaching social studies. 
    • Hope Anderson of Esko graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. 
    • Jade Golen of Hermantown graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. 
    • Rochelle Lentz of Hermantown graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in cell and molecular biology.
    • Joshua Sandstrom of Hermantown graduated magna cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in geography and geographic information science. 
    • Cassandra Haxton of Hibbing graduated cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in Hispanic studies and anthropology. 
    • Amber Koslucher of Hibbing graduated cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and statistics and actuarial science. 
    • Christopher Blake of Superior graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. 
    • Timothy Smith of Superior graduated cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in accounting and poliltical science. 
    • Nolan Van Damme of Superior graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences. 
    • Nathan Weiland of Superior graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in finance. 
    • Amanda Peak of Two Harbors graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English. 
    • Amanda Babich of Virginia graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in teaching mathematics. 
    • Tyler Swanson of Wrenshall graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design.
  • The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point announced the following:
    • Kyle M. Johnson of Brule graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in forestry management.
    • Lynn R. Schneider of Cotton was awarded a master’s degree in speech and language pathology. 
    • Christopher B. Bisping of Virginia graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry.
  • The University of Wisconsin-Superior announced the following area students were awarded graduate degrees: Paula Brown, Nicole Kresky, Lindsay Moen, Hayley Rectenwald, Mary Roe, Diane Rueckert, Lindsay Saukko, Erin Stein and Jenna VanGorp, all of Duluth, and Billie Larson and Tricia Neubarth, both of Hermantown; Jamie Mallory of Proctor and Alexa Connolly of Superior received master’s degrees in education; and Matthew Suoja of Two Harbors received a master’s degree in media communication.
  • Northern Michigan University in Marquette announced the following scholarship winners: 
    • Cole Swiston of Washburn received the Bill and Vivian Buccalo Medical Science Scholarship. To be eligible for the scholarship students must be a junior or senior majoring in a pre-medical or pre-dental program. The student must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and be demonstrating active participation in the NMU pre-professional program designated through club activities, volunteer work and physician observation experiences. 
    • Haley Jacobson of Bessemer was awarded the Patricia A. and David E. Lahti Business Scholarship that is given to business majors who have a GPA of 2.75 or higher. Jacobson also received the Peter White Student Scholarship that is given to students pursuing a degree in the Walker L. Cisler College of Business and who demonstrate academic excellence. 
    • Hannah Grotberg of Ironwood received the Dr. Roger Ashton James Memorial Scholarship. To qualify, students must be in the pre-med program. 
  • Trevor Keyler was awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the Lake Superior Chapter of Muskies Inc. and the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program. He is pursuing a master’s degree in the integrated biosciences program at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Keyler is conducting fisheries research with Tom Hrabik, professor of biology at UMD, and demonstrated an interest in science literacy through presentations to undergraduates and at professional meetings. Keyler expects to earn his master’s degree later this year and continue working with Hrabik in pursuit of a doctorate from UMD. His research regarding the ability of siscowet lake trout to capture prey in low light will aid biologists’ understanding of how interactions between species can influence populations in an ecosystem.
  • The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse announced the following area students graduated with honors:
    •  Jaclyn Zosel of Solon Springs was awarded a bachelor’s degree in clinical laboratory sciences.
    •  Nathan Cummings of Superior received a bachelor’s degree in archaeological studies.
    •  Abigail Gotelaere of Superior graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education.
  • Duluth Business University announced Katie McRae of Duluth graduated with honors and a degree in human services. McRae was also the recipient of DBU’s Inspirational Student Award. 
  • The University of Wisconsin-River Falls announced Laurene Peterson of Barnes received a master’s degree in math secondary education and Gabrielle Griffith of Spooner graduated cum laude with a master’s degree in communicative disorders. 
  • Zachary Liupakka of Esko received a $1,500 Simon Youth Foundation Community Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded in partnership between Miller Hill Mall and Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational and career development opportunities for youth. Liupakka is a recent graduate of Esko High School and exemplified himself through academic excellence, leadership skills and participation in both school and community activities.  He plans to pursue a degree in graphic design and marketing at University of Minnesota Duluth.
  • Katherine Hansberry of Duluth, a psychology and music student at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, is spending the summer working as the music director at Wisconsin Badger Camp, an independent nonprofit organization located about 10 miles south of Prairie du Chien, Wis., and serves about 900 people with developmental disabilities each summer.
  • Maria Lewis of Birchdale placed third at the Public Speaking Student Showcase in April at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie for her performance of Theodore Roosevelt’s speech “The Man with the Muckrake." As a finalist, Lewis was invited to represent UW-Stout in the fall at a Twin Cities Forensics League tournament. She is pursuing a degree in hotel, restaurant and tourism management.

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