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Faces for May 4, 2014

Community leaders

* The Duluth Area Chapter of Thrivent Financial announced its board officers for 2014: Jessica Brisbin, administrative assistant at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, president; Tom Wedward, retired Minnesota state employee, vice president; Alan Roline, department chairman for accounting at the University of Minnesota Duluth, financial director; Bryan Anderson, private practice attorney, records director; Dave Johnson, vice president of planning for Maurices, community service team director; Alice Skadberg, retired nurse practitioner, events director; and Laura Hanson, activities director at Garden House Estates, communications director.

* The Arrowhead District of the Voyaguers Area Council Boy Scouts of America presented the following awards during the Arrowhead annual district dinner held March 15:

Jim and Julie Belden, Troop and Crew 106 chartered to St. Raphael’s Church in Pike Lake, both received the District Award of Merit for their volunteer service to Scouting and the community.

Todd Johnson, Scoutmaster of Holy Cross Lutheran Church Troop 28 in Duluth, received the Boy Scout Leader of the Year Award, also known as the Big Hat Award.

Laura Farhner, Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop 12 chartered to the Gary-New Duluth Community Club, was named the Cub Scout Leader of the Year, also known as the Big Paddle Award.

Chris McMahon of Duluth received the Big Key Award for his service to the district Committee.

Education notes

* Piedmont Elementary School teacher Elizabeth Kersting-Peterson presented a workshop called “And they all lived scientifically ever after” in April at the National Science Teachers Association’s 61st National Conference on Science Education in Boston. Kersting-Peterson demonstrated how to use fairy tales, common household materials, science and engineering to engage elementary students in creative adventures.


* The Lake Superior Marine Museum Association announced Darlene Parent of Stillwater, Minn., was the winner of the Spring Break-Up drawing. The winner was drawn when the first Great Lakes Fleet/Key Lakes ship passed under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. Parent and a guest will receive a five-day cruise aboard the Great Lakes/Key Lakes Inc. 1,000-foot ore carrier Edwin H. Gott, which will sail from either Two Harbors or Duluth and cruise through the Soo Locks and the St. Marys River.


Minnesota Power donated a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox to the Boys & Girls Club of the Northland, a nonprofit serving disadvantaged youth by providing a safe haven for young people to learn and grow. Todd Johnson (left), Boy & Girls Club chief professional officer, accepts the keys from Brad Perrett, Minnesota Power compliance and training manager and Boys & Girls Club board vice president.

Human Development Center's executive director Jim Getchell (left) accepts a $15,000 donation from Matt Cochran, Wells Fargo business relations manager, and Scott Bradt, Wells Fargo business banking president for Duluth. The money will be used to update therapy rooms and improve waiting areas at HDC's facilities. HDC is a private, non-profit community mental health center serving Carlton, Cook, Lake and southern St. Louis counties in Minnesota and Douglas County in Wisconsin. 

Superior Sunrise Centennial rotary Club announces donations: Tony Guerra (left), club president, presents a check for $500 to Rebecca Haavik of the Mentor Superior program. Haavik spoke recently at a club meeting about the role Mentor Superior plays in the community.

Club members (from left) Jerry Anderson, Matt Dietsche, Johanna Kirk and Tony Guerra present a check for $1,300 to Rhoda Nagorski, director of Senior Connections to support its senior meals program.