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More Faces for April 27, 2014

A Hermantown Middle School fourth-grade class displays a banner earned for the school for participation in the Jump Rope for Heart program. Physical education teacher Robin Johnson's fourth- and fifth-grade classes raised $6,052 for the American Heart Association through the program.1 / 4
Superior Rotary Club, Duluth Harbortown Rotary Club and Duluth Rotary Club No. 25 jointly donated $22,288 to Mano a Mano to fund a medical clinic in Bolivia. 2 / 4
Harbortown Rotary Club of Duluth donated $5,325 to local community partners serving youth in the community. Organizations included Courage Kenney Rehabilitation, Men as Peacemakers, Lutheran Social Service, Duluth Rowing club and the Hermantown, Duluth East and Denfeld High Schools' all-night grad parties.3 / 4
Rotary Club of Duluth members Phil Strom (left) and Dave McLean (right) announced a $2,000 donation to Bob's Bike Drive, a local nonprofit led by Bob Rogers that annually donated 100 bikes to underprivileged youth int he Twin Ports community. 4 / 4


* The United Steelworkers Local 6860’s Women of Steel organized a gate collection March 19-20 at the Thunderbird Mine in Eveleth and at the Fairlane Plant in Forbes that raised $1,870. The USW Local 6860 added $1,800 to the collection for a $3,670 donation to the Gilbert Quad City Food Shelf. USW Local 6860 also donated $1,500 to the Hibbing Salvation Army.

Good people

* Ruth Cotton of Two Harbors was honored as the Minnesota winner of the Home Instead Senior Care network’s Salute to Senior Service Award. Cotton, 76, was recognized for her dedicated community service, including her work with Community Partners, Socially Active Seniors and Habitat for Humanity. As one of the 50 statewide winners, Cotton earned $500 for the charity of her choice donated by Home Instead Inc. Cotton also will be listed on the Salute to Senior Service Wall of Fame on SalutetoSeniorSer where her nomination story was posted.

*Community leaders

* The Depot Foundation announced Laura Budd, Pat Cutshall and Rob Hofmann were named new board members.

Budd volunteers at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and serves on the Marshall School Board of Trustees, the Woodland Hills Board of Directors and the Kitchi Gammi Club Foundation Board.

Cutshall is director of investments for Allete and is a certified public accountant and a certified financial analyst. He serves as the treasurer for the Paul Staudemaier Boys & Girls Club of Duluth Foundation.

Hofman is the senior director of development with the University of Minnesota Duluth School of Fine Arts, where he has been for the past seven years. He is a certified fundraising executive, holds a master’s degree from Rhode Island College and graduated from St. John’s University. Hofman also is a member of the Rotary Club of Duluth and the Knights of Columbus.

The Depot Foundation’s elected officers for 2014 are: Richard M. Fischer, chairman; Jean B. Olson, vice chairman; Melinda Machones, treasurer; and Thomas Whittaker, secretary.

* Woodland Hills announced its new board officers for 2014: Phil Strom, a businessman, is chairperson; Ann Glumac of Glumac Executive Enterprises is vice chairperson; and Mark Schober of Allete Inc. is treasurer.

In addition, Bill Himango, a retired neurological surgeon, and Gerald Martin, a retired district court judge, joined the board of directors.

Additional members of the board of directors include: Karen Anderson, Western Lake Superior Sanitary District; Xavier Bell, Community Action Duluth; Laura Budd, retired businesswoman; Dean Casperson, Service Printers of Duluth Inc.; George Goldfarb, Maurices; Sandy Hoff, F.I. Salter Co.; Peg Johnson, retired police lieutenant; Leanne Joynes, ZMC Hotels; Dave Kohlhaas, Ascential Wealth; Doug Lewis, North Shore Bank of Commerce; Peter Pichetti, retired banking executive; Melissa Swor, National Title Inc.; and Natalie Zeleznikar, Keystone Bluffs and Diamond Willow.

* The Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota announced Jim Chamberlin of Deerwood was elected chairman and Eric Ament of Duluth was elected vice-chairman by the Board of Directors.

Chamberlin and his wife own the 107-acre Island Lake Farm south of Deerwood where they raise food for their children and grandchildren. He served as a forestry technician for more than a decade with the Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District and is a food and water security coordinator for Happy Dancing Turtle in Pine River. Chamberlin has been a member of SFA since 1998.

Ament started Anahata Herbals in Duluth four years ago to bring a sustainably harvested, organic herb supply to Minnesota. He also operates a 6-acre farm in Duluth. Ament joined SFA more than a year ago to help develop sustainable farming networks.

* The Minnesota Community Action Partnership recognized programs from Community Action Duluth, the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency and the KOOTASCA Community Action Council as Best Practices or Promising Practices.

CAD’s Financial Opportunity Center was named a Best Practice. The center provides program participants with employment and financial services and coaching, green jobs, free tax preparation and community engagement. CAD’s Lincoln Park Farmers Market was named a Promising Practice. Begun in 2013, the Lincoln Park Farmers Market was started in response to the classification of the neighborhood as a food desert by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, meaning it has a poverty rate of more than 20 percent and there is no supermarket within a mile, making it difficult for low-income residents to purchase food for their families.

The AEOA’s Caries Away! Program was named a Best Practice. The program is an oral health initiative operated by AEOA’s Arrowhead Early Head State since 2006 that provides oral hygiene products and dental services to low-income, high-risk infants, toddlers and pregnant women across rural Northeastern Minnesota.

KOOTASCA Community Action Council and the AEOA’s Executive Director Services Agreement was named a Promising Practice. The program is a partnership between the organizations that allows them to share some services while maintaining each agency’s identity, program strengths and governing boards.

* Marie Pank of Duluth visited with Sen. Roger Reinert to discuss the Safe and Supportive Schools Act. Pank was selected to be part of a nine-month advocacy training program, Partners in Policymaking, which teaches advocacy skills to people with disabilities or parents of young children with developmental disabilities. Pank is legally blind due to the genetic disease of albinism and has twin daughters with disabilities, one is deaf and the other is a student with autism. Pank has been selected to be a delegate to the Girl Scout National Convention and plans to bring up the importance of accessibility in camping experiences for Scouts who have disabilities.

The Superior Rotary Club, Duluth Harbortown Rotary Club and Duluth Rotary Club No. 25 jointly donated $22,288 to Mano a Mano to fund a medical clinic in Kolla Parma, Bolivia. The gift also includes a matching grant from Rotary District 5880. This is the seventh medical clinic area Rotarians funded in remote villages in hth Andes Mountains. According to Mano a Mano executive director Dan Narr, there has been a decrease in childbirth mortality rates and infant mortality rates as a result of the clinics. Pictured are: (from left) Bob McClellan, Superior Rotary Club; Mike Cochran, Harbortown Rotary Club; Warren Bender, Superior Rotary Club; Dan Narr, executive director, Mano a Mano; and Brian Leuthner, president, Superior Rotary Club.