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The Port of Duluth Kiwanis Club presented a $1,500 check to Sue Schumacher (right) from the Duluth Public Library to support the Kaleidoscope program. The Port of Duluth Kiwanis has supported this free summer youth program for 35 years. Programs are held on the main library’s outdoor plaza and features top entertainers from across the Midwest.

FACES for July 27, 2014

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Learning notes

  • 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.
  • Proctor High School announced 2013 graduates Matti Hirdler and Frank DeLuca were each awarded scholarships.
    • Hirdler, the daughter of Wayne and Lynn Hirdler, received the Art Greene Scholarship. She plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Superior to pursue a degree in accounting and economics. 
    • DeLuca, the son of Frank and Leila DeLuca, was awarded the American Legion Post 108 Scholarship. He plans to pursue a degree in molecular biology at the University of Minnesota Duluth in the fall.
  • Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore., announced Staci Collison of Duluth was awarded a doctorate of optometry with distinction. 
  • St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., announced Signe Braafladt of Duluth is spending the summer conducting research as part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Braafladt is pursuing a degree in chemistry and sociology/anthropology and is working with research chemists Donald Atha and Vytas Reipa to study the effects of DNA damage through a technique known as comet assay. She is the daughter of Mary McClernon and is a graduate of Marshall School. 
  • Danish M. Imtiaz of Duluth was awarded a National Merit Scholarship to attend the George Washington University in Washington. Imtiaz is a graduate of Duluth East High School and plans to pursue a degree in medicine. 
  • Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, announced Amanda Siegle and Brittney Smith, both of Duluth, received doctorates in pharmacy.
  • Central Lakes College in Brainerd and Staples, Minn., announced the following:
    • Colby Abazs of Finland received an associate degree in photographic imaging technology with high honors. Abazs also earned certificates in photographic image matting and framing and portrait photography, as well as a diploma of occupational proficiency in photographic imaging technology, all with high honors. 
    • Doreen Laveau of Wrenshall received a certificate of farm business management with high honors. 
    • Kimberly Laveau of Wrenshall received a certificate of applications in farm business management with honors. 
  • The Bendictine Health Center announced the following recipients of employee scholarships for the 2014-2015 school year:
    • Christopher Baga, Kirsten Schwarz and Janice Swanson were selected to receive the Auxiliary Scholarships.
    • Ericka McGovern was chosen to receive the Lucille Allard Memorial Scholarship.
    • Hannah Leland was selected to receive the McCabe Scholarship for the coming year.These Benedictine Health Center employees are furthering their education in the fields of nursing or therapy.
  • The University of Northwestern in St. Paul announced Sarah Myhre, Elizabeth Balke, Amy Valine, Andrea Hormillosa, Rebecca Sharkey, Andrew Ross and Patrick Sharkey were awarded graduate degrees. Myhre is a 2010 graduate of Barnum High School and is the daughter of Randy and Kulie Myhre. Balke is the a 2009 graduate of Floodwood High School and is the daughter of Rhonda O’Donnell. Valine is a 2011 home school graduate and is the daughter of David and Brenda Valine of Carlton. Andrea Hormilosa is a 2010 home school graduate and is the daughter of Marlot and Donna Hormillosa of Askov. Rebecca and Patrick Sharkey are both 2011 home school graduates and are the children of Steven and Theresa Sharkey of Esko. Ross is a 2011 graduate of Lakeview Christian Academy and is the son of Duncan and Michele Ross of Duluth.
    • The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth announced the following students won Benedictine scholarships: Rachel Krautbauer of Hinckley; Alicia Leigh Jensen of Solon Springs; Marjaana Dailey, Amanda Sundin, Krissa Boman, Scottie Deming and David Collier, all of Duluth; Paige Christianson of International Falls; Nicole Dzikonski of Superior; and Michael Papas of Cloquet.
      • Amanda Stuart was awarded the Benedictine Scholarship and the Summit Scholarship. She is the daughter of Dennis and Sandy Stuart of Superior and plans to pursue a degree in nursing. 
      • Arica Sheff is the recipient of the Benedictine Scholarship, the George Medich Memorial Scholarship and the Mike and Carol Donahue Scholarship. She is the daughter of John and Pattie Sheff of Cloquet and plans to pursue a degree in nursing.
      • Alexandria Hotchkiss was awarded the Benedictine Scholarship and the Alumni Scholarship. She is the daughter of Mike and Lisa Hotchkiss of Spooner and plans to pursue a degree in nursing.
      • Megan Ruane of Eveleth was named a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. She is the daughter of John and Nicole Ruane of Eveleth and a graduate of Hill School.


    • Superior Central, Superior East and Cathedral High Schools will hold their annual Tri-Hi Reunion for the class of 1960 at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at VIP Pizza, 1201 Tower Ave., Superior. For more information, contact, or

    Service notes

    • Air Force Airmen Taylor M. Moberg of Hibbing and Kiefer J. Higgins of Duluth were honor graduates of military basic training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Moberg is 2013 graduate of Hibbing High School and the daughter of Kurtis Moberg of Hibbing and Casey Gargano of Chisholm. Higgins is a 2012 graduate of Denfeld High School and the son of Ken and Gail Higgins.
    • Air National Guard Airmen Tyler Johnson and Alex Comstock, both of Duluth, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Johnson is a 2012 graduate of Duluth Central High School and the son of Deana Wolff of Hermantown and James Johnson of Virginia. Comstock is a 2013 graduate of Hermantown High School and the son of Keith Comstock of Hermantown and Kim Grogan of Duluth. 

    Good people

    • Kiwanis Club of Friendly Duluth announced Arron DeCook was named Firefighter of the Year and Matt Hendrickson was named Police Officer of the Year. 

    Community leaders

    • Duluth Local Initiatives Support Coalition announced Cammy Hansen of National Bank of Commerce, Deb Otto of Beacon Bank and Geoffrey Popham of US Bank were added to its Local Advisory Board. In addition, the 2014 board includes: Bill Bennett, LHB Inc.; Ron Franzen, St. Luke’s hospital; Joseph Gardepy, Wells Fargo Bank; James Garvey, Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center; Natalie Greve, Maurices; David Jensch, Northland’s NewsCenter; Frank Jewell, St. Louis County commissioner; Joe Johnson III, North Shore Bank of Commerce; Shane Johnson, Johnson Wilson Constructors; Angie Miller, Community Action Duluth; David Montgomery, city of Duluth; Tonja Orr, Minnesota Housing; John Scott, DSGW Architects; and Tonya Sconiers, Denfeld High School.
    • The Duluth Library Foundation announced three new members on its Board of Directors.
      •  Michael Altman is a 35-year partner with Wipfli LLP (formerly Eikill & Schilling, Ltd.) and has focused on nonprofit organizations, small business and income taxes. He was a longtime member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants. Altman has been a member and officer of several nonprofit organizations and private foundations, including the Miller-Dwan Foundation and the Greater Duluth United Way. He is a graduate of the Leadership Duluth program.
      • Milissa Brooks-Ojibway is the collections manager at the St. Louis County Historical Society, where she has worked for more than 13 years. She served on the Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums Board and serves on the Friends of the Duluth Public Library Board and is its volunteer coordinator. She also is a member of the Collections Committee of the Historic Glensheen Mansion.
      • Dr. David Sproat is an internist at Duluth Internal Medicine Associates. He is a native of St. Paul, and he and his wife, Brenda, raised three children in Duluth. He served as a trustee on the board of Marshall School from 1998-2006, and was chairman of the development committee from 2001-06. He was a board member of the Scott Anderson Leadership Foundation from 2005-13 and was president for the last year of that term. He has been a member of the Lake Superior Medical Society since 1979 and served as president in 2004. The three join trustees Dan D’Allaird, president, Duluth Psychological Clinic; Virginia T. Katz, vice president, retired University of Minnesota Duluth professor; Bill Arezzo, treasurer, National Bank of Commerce; Amy Kuronen, Law Office of Amy Kuronen; and John Kelly, Hanft Fride.
      • Carla Powers, Duluth Public Library manager, serves as a member ex officio and Patra Sevastiades is the foundation’s development consultant.
      • The foundation regretfully acknowledges the departure of Dean Casperson and Mark Melhus, each of whom served on the board for nine years.
    • KUMD 103.3 FM announced Ira “Mimmu” Salmela was named to the Association of Minnesota Public Educational Radio Stations Board of Directors. Salmela is the development director at KUMD and joins station manager Vicki Jacoba on the seven-member board. Salmela’s three-year board position will be effective until June 2017.
      Twelve members of WellPoint's Dental business management team in Gilbert recently graduated from a yearlong mini-MBA training program. They were: (kneeling, from left) Shawn Roos, Dan Larsen, and Dan Boyer; and (standing) Dawn Hipple, Jodi Cooper, Christie Elliott, Renae Krmpotich, Jennifer Koepke, Robin Chisholm, Kimberly Neuttila, Terri Nystrom, and Debra Krall. The program was made possible through a partnership between Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board and Advanced Minnesota. IRRRB supported the training with a $15,100 workforce development grant and Advanced Minnesota staff developed the customized training for WellPoint's Dental business.