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Faces for June 29, 2014 - Page 3

Indiana Molitor (right) presented Lisa Herstad, vice president of operations at Duluth Teachers Credit Union, with a stained glass window made by the Duluth Denfeld High School art class. Teacher Terry Norton said the class wanted to recognize the credit union for all they do for students and schools in the area. 1 / 2
Cadet James Francis Kruse, son of Robert and Susan Kruse of Duluth, graduated from West Point may 28. Kruse was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army engineers branch and was awarded a degree in environmental engineering.2 / 2


* Cenex announced Shirley Balgaard of Duluth and Debbie Fenlason of Superior were both selected to receive $50 gift cards as part of the “Tanks of Thanks” program that rewards people making a difference in their communities.

Balgaard was nominated for involvement at her church, Girl Scouts and a local branch of the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as being a mentor and providing transportation to people in her community.

Fenlason, a drama and music teacher at Wrenshall High School, was nominated for her work to support and assist her students.

Service notes

* Air Force Airmen Eric J. Curtis of Hibbing and Caleb C. Cook of Proctor graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Curtis is the son of Edward Curtis and a 2013 graduate of Hibbing High School. Cook is the son of Wayne and Bonnie Cook and is a graduate of Proctor High School.

* Marine Private Shane Dammer of Hermantown graduated from military boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot-San Diego in San Diego. He is a 2013 graduate of Hermantown High School and the son of Cindy and Wes Dammer.

* Matthew DeLoia, a graduate of Two Harbors High School, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel during a ceremony held Dec. 11. DeLoia, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the University of Minnesota, is assigned to the Joint Staff in Suffolk, Va. He is the son of Gary and Linda DeLoia of Duluth.

* U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan announced the following area students accepted appointments to the nation’s service academies:

Dalton Calicher of Grand Rapids, Timothy Porter of Duluth, Nicholas Decenzo of Eveleth and Katheryn Monen of Sturgeon Lake were appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

Eric Dewitte of Carlton and Tyler Haig of Goodland were appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

Alisha Martin of Duluth was appointed to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

* Air National Guard Airman Rikki R. Ruhanen of Cloquet graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. She is the daughter of Randy Ruhanen and is a 2010 graduate of Carlton High School.

 * Navy Seaman Apprentice Chelsea Turner, daughter of Judy Gray of Two Harbors, graduated from U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. Turner is a 2013 graduate of Elida (Ohio) High School.

Learning notes

* Duluth Aviation Institute announced Nikolai Breimon of Duluth’s Lincoln Park Middle School and Benjamin Harnell of Proctor’s Jedlicka Middle School received the Apollo-Gilruth Continuum Award as the top Path to Aviation Centennial Students at their respective schools. The Duluth Aviation Institute along with the Lincoln Park and Jedlicka Middle School science teachers presented 11 lessons in aviation science this spring and Breimon and Harnell excelled in classroom activities, extra credit projects, 11 quizzes and post-test.

 * The University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menonomie announced Addie Gecas of Grand Marais received the Cooperative Education Meritorious Achievement Award for 2012-13. Students are recognized by the Cooperative Education Advisory Committee for excellence and achievements in their cooperative positions, contributions to their employers and academic achievement. Gecas was employed by Kohl’s Corp. in Menomonee Falls and is pursuing a degree in apparel design and development.

* Mary Sawin, a student at Marshall School, attended the High School Leadership Institute at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, June 15-21. While at Wartburg, Sawin honed team-building and leadership skills on campus and during a trip to Chicago to work with children at Holy Family Lutheran School. She will start a school garden at Marshall to address hunger and help middle school students learn about sustainability initiatives.