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Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Nathan Blais (left) of Duluth and Aviation Ordinanceman Airman Javier Salinas of Edinberg, Texas, load ordnance onto a fork lift in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis. The Stennis is returning from an eight-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communcation Specialist Seaman Apprentice Ignacio D. Perez)3 / 10
Lakeview Christian Academy in Duluth received $1,000 from the Duluth Rotary Club 25 that will be used to pay for installation of a new flag pole. Junior Rotarians applied for and received this honorarium. Pictured are (from left) George Olson, Esther Swanson, Lydia Hardesty, Anders Broman, Andrew Johnson and Charlie Grubb.4 / 10
Duluth East High School's Destination Imagination Team, "Acca-Improv," advanced to the Minnesota State Finals in the Improv category. Team members are: Jeffery Perala-Dewey, Will Zimmerman, Ben Olson, Eric Miller, Seth Loeffler-Kemp, Hav Gilbert and Joe Kernatich. The team manager is Rachel Loeffler-Kemp.5 / 10
During the fourth annual "Flavor of the North" restaurant tasting fundraising event, Grandma's Saloon & Grill's signature Wild Rice Burgers were voted best entrée among attendees. The event was April 18 at the Eveleth Curling Club and featured more than 15 vendors and restaurants from the region. More than $38,000 was raised for the United Way, with 400 people attending. Pictured (from left) are Shelley Valentini, executive director of the United Way; Kelly Klander, Grandma's general manager; Boyd Pete...6 / 10
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Mesabi Range College's Virginia campus to celebrate the Iron Range Engineering Program at the college. More than 100 business and industry partners, legislative supporters, community members and students showed up for the event. The IRE program is a project-based learning program in which students work closely with industry on design projects throughout their third and fourth years. The goal is to produce graduates with significant integrated technical and profession...7 / 10
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Good people

  • Duluth Local Initiatives Support Corp. announced the winners of the 2013 Building Healthy Communities awards during the annual awards luncheon held April 17.
  • Sherman Associates and developer George Sherman were recognized for "the adaptive reuse of the former Lincoln Park Elementary School."

    Phase one provides space for the Lincoln Park Boys & Girls Club at an affordable price. It also created office space, a shared kitchen and community gathering area for Community Action Duluth and Lincoln Park Children and Families Collaborative. The plan also includes 49 quality, affordable apartments for working families, including a small number of supportive housing units for homeless families.

    Ecolibrium3 was recognized for its programs, which have achieved extraordinary environmental results. In two years, 457 households completed advance energy efficiency measures, with an average household savings of $646 per year; 323 multi-family energy scores were generated with 11 completed projects representing 141 units of housing; 162 do-it-yourself audits were completed; and energy work was complete or in progress on 87 percent of units. Jodi Slick, CEO of Ecolibirium3, was honored as a Champion of Change at the White House this month and named as a finalist for the Minnesota Environmental Initiatives Awards.

    Scott Bradt, president of Northern Minnesota business banking at Wells Fargo Bank, was recognized for his leadership and special contributions as former Board chairman and the head of the Fund Development Committee. Bradt, an outgoing Duluth LISC Advisory Board member, provided guidance through a difficult economic climate and the transition to broader fundraising during his five years of service.

  • A 2013 University of Minnesota Duluth Minnesota Campus Community Partner Award was presented to Duluth YMCA Community Services branch on April 1 during the Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit and Award Ceremony at Hamline University in St. Paul. The award is presented annually to an organization that has enhanced the quality of life in the community and has engaged in the development of partnerships with the college or university.

    The Duluth YMCA's Community Services branch is a lead agency for Mentor Duluth, 21st Century After School Programs and True North AmeriCorps. The three programs provide services for thousands of at-risk youth in Northern Minnesota.

  • The Lake Superior Medical Society Alliance held a blood drive during the month of March for Doctor Day. Twenty-one units of blood were donated in honor of the following people: Ms. Janice Schade, Drs. Mark Goellner, Jay Knuths, Anne Rogotzke, Steven Long, Kim Thompson, John Ryden, Paul Sanford, Aimee Vanstraaten, Sharma, Margaret Hollihan, Doug Forgit, Robert Pierpont, Georgia, Brunette, Hutchinson and Whitworth.

    Community leaders

  • The Sustainable Farming Association announced Eric Ament of Duluth and Wes Tennis of Hayward joined its board of directors. Ament is the Lake Superior Chapter representative and Tennis is the South Central Chapter representative.
  • Rotary of Duluth Club 25 announced the following new members: Steven Burgess, CEO of National Bank of Commerce; and Suzanne Anderson, director of development, East Region, Essentia Health

    Foundation.

  • Christopher Welter was appointed to the State Historical Records Advisory Board. Welter is an archivist at Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm and manages the audiovisual, government records, manuscript, map and photograph collections. He holds a master's degree in library and an information science degree from Dominican University in River Forest, Ill.

    SHRAB advises the state archives and other statewide archival, records or information agencies, and also works to promote an understanding of the role and value of historical records.

    Rotary groups visit project sites in Bolivia

    International Committee members from Harbortown Rotary, Superior Club 40 and Fargo Moorhead Rotary and others visited and dedicated various schools, medical clinics and water reservoir projects at sites throughout Bolivia. Pictured above are members of Harbortown Rotary, Superior Club 40 and Fargo Moorhead Rotary: Kerry Everett, Genene Lynott, Jeff Lynott, Warren Bender, Keith Brokke, Desiree De Mers, Michael Cochran, Blake Crosby, Kathleen Neustel, Scott Neustel and Karl Everett, while at the Jusku Molle Reservoir dedication west of Cochabamba, Bolivia.

    Committee members were honored guests at the dedication of the San Jacinto Medical Clinic (above) in a rural mountainous area west of Sucre, Bolivia. They participated in a parade, were entertained by music, dancing, poetry, and provided with dinner. The San Jacinto Medical Clinic project was supported and funded by the following Rotary Clubs: Harbortown, Club 25, Superior Club 40, Skyline, Fargo-Moorhead Clubs, Rotary International and Cochabamba Rotary club, and constructed by Mano a Mano.

    Grandma's Wild Rice Burgers win taste test

    During the fourth annual "Flavor of the North" restaurant tasting fundraising event, Grandma's Saloon & Grill's signature Wild Rice Burgers were voted best entrée among attendees. The event was April 18 at the Eveleth Curling Club and featured more than 15 vendors and restaurants from the region. More than $38,000 was raised for the United Way, with 400 people attending.

    Pictured (from left) are Shelley Valentini, executive director of the United Way; Kelly Klander, Grandma's general manager; Boyd Peterson, Grandma's executive chef; and Bob Pluskwik, Grandma's sous chef.

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