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Faces for Aug. 24, 2014

American Heritage Girls Troop MN3130 recently completed a service project of making 33 fleece blankets for Lutheran Social Services Crisis Center. Thirty girls spent three hours over two weeks working on the blankets for LSS. Troop MN3130 was organized in July. 1 / 9
Bob Barto (left) of Raymond James and Associates donated $900 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northland through the charity event Tee Up Fore Kids Golf Classic.2 / 9
Bourdage3 / 9
Sampson4 / 9
Goldish5 / 9
Bradt6 / 9
Osthus7 / 9
Fladmark8 / 9
Nelson9 / 9


* South Shore Education Foundation and South Shore school district in Port Wing announced Willard and Jeri Ogren of Iron River pledged $100,000 to sustain SCEF’s One-to-One computer initiative going in the school district. The One-to-One initiative aims to ensure that 100 percent of students in grades 5-12 have personal laptop computers to use in their studies.

Good people

* Alex Bourdage of Proctor was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout on July 29. Bourdage earned 31 merit badges and the 50-Miler Award, went to National Youth Leadership Training, earned awards for sub-zero camping and was elected to the Order of the Arrow in 2008. He is a 2014 graduate of Proctor High School and is the son of Maurice and Sarah Bourdage.

For his Eagle Scout project, Bourdage led a crew of 12 volunteers in restoring the front lawn, clearing debris from the grounds, refurbishing a storage shed and planting a garden at St. Eligius Nursing Home in Duluth.

Good news

* Rowe Funeral Home and Crematory of Grand Rapids renewed its affiliation with Lofty Oaks Association, which arranges to have a tree planted for each service Rowe Funeral Home performs. This service provides a living memorial in honor of the deceased and helps renew the forest life in Minnesota. Memorial trees are planted in the spring and fall.

Community leaders

* The Rotary Club of Duluth named Holly C. Sampson as president for its 2014-15 term. Sampson has been president of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation since 1990 and a Rotarian since 1993. The Community Foundation is one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the region, managing more than 350 funds with more than $62 million in assets and offering grants, scholarships and thought leadership to improve the quality of life in Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin.

In addition to Sampson, Club officers for 2014-15 are: Branden Robinson, vice president; Bill Gravelle, treasurer; Jeff Iisakkaa, secretary; and Dave McLean, immediate past president. New members to the Board of Directors are: Sheryl Homan, Beth Storaasli and Crystal Taylor. The club also announced Melani Goldish, vice president of client relations at WestmorelandFlint in Duluth, and Jeff Bradt, president and CEO of Woodland Hills in Duluth, became members. 

* The Rev. Mark Osthus of Duluth was recently inducted as governor of Lions International District 5M10 at the International Lions Club Convention in Toronto, Ontario. As district governor, Osthus will lead 47 clubs serving communities in Northeastern Minnesota, western Ontario and eastern Manitoba.

A member of Lions Club International since 1990, Osthus has served as the Duluth Lions Club president, zone chairman, board member, held many committee chairman positions and is active in the club’s many volunteer projects and activities.

* Over the summer, a group of Ely-area residents interested in revitalizing the Ely Community Center formed the Ely Community Center Foundation. Ely’s Heritage Preservation Commission recently presented the “Ely Community Center Re­use Study” to the City Council and is now assisting the foundation to incorporate that study into the future direction of the Ely Community Center.

The foundation’s focus is to develop a contract with the city of Ely. If approved, the group will work to keep existing tenants in place and to develop a detailed business and capital improvement plan. In addition, Ely committed to use its best efforts to transition the building effectively to private ownership.

The Rev. Jo Campe was named ECCF board chair, and other board members include Ely residents Pat Koski, Peter Schuler, Cecilia Rolando, Dr. Karen Pajari, Celia Domich and Paul Kess.

Learning notes

* Courtney Fladmark of Duluth was awarded a $1,800 continuing education grant by Philanthropic Education Organization Chapter AL. Fladmark is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth. PEOs provide scholarships, grants and loans for women’s education. There are five PEO chapters in Duluth.

* Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., announced the following:

Kaitlin Bagley of Duluth and Drew Holmen of Grand Marais graduated magna cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in biology. Bagley is the daughter of Lon Bagley and Kelsy Kuehn and Holmen is the son of James Homen and Rita Plourde.

Trey Brademan of Esko graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. He is the son of Eric and Cynthia Brademan.

Dylan Holck of Superior graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in history. He is the son of Robert Westawker and Kelly Holck.

* Bemidji State University announced Kathryn Troutwine of Eveleth was awarded a master’s degree in education.

*Lydia Pfluger, a student at University of Wisconsin-Stout, spent the summer interning with the National Council on Family Relations in its Minneapolis office. Pfluger of Grantsburg has worked two days a week at the national organization since the second week of June and will continue until the end of August.

The NCFR, founded in 1938, is the oldest nonprofit, nonpartisan, multidisciplinary professional association focused solely on family science research, practice and education.

* Dr. Jesse Stuart Nelson of Superior graduated from Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa, with his doctorate in osteopathic medicine. Nelson is doing a one-year rotating medical internship at Arnot Health System in Emira, N.Y. He is a 2006 graduate of Superior High School and is the son of Dr. Stuart Nelson and Diane Bierke-Nelson.

* University of  Nebraska-Lincoln announced Stacy Ottemann of International Falls was awarded a master’s degree in music.

Service notes

* Air National Guard Airman Heather Q. Moeller of Cloquet graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. She is a 2012 graduate of Proctor High School and is the daughter of Lee A. Moeller of Pierz, Minn., and Kimberly J. Callahan of Myrtle Beach, S.C.


* Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce seeks entries of painted murals for its annual Mural Fest and Car Show. Now through Sept. 5, choose an idea for a mural and paint it on paper. Paper is provided by the Ashland Area Chamber at no cost; artists supply the paint and talent. Artists should approach downtown businesss about hanging mural paintings in store windows. Have fun painting a mural and win a cash prize. First place will earn $100 in Chamber Dollars and second place receives $50 in Chamber Dollars.

Paper may be picked up at the chamber office at 1716 W. Lake Shore Drive. Call the Ashland Chamber at (715) 682-2500 for more information and to register painted murals.

* The Minnesota Sheriff’s Association is offering scholarships to law enforcement students, and St. Louis County Sheriff Ross Litman encourages students in this area to apply. Up to 15 scholarships worth $600 each will be awarded across the state to those seeking careers in law enforcement.

To qualify, students must be enrolled in one of the following: a mandated Peace Officer Standards and Training skills program, the second year of a two-year law enforcement program, or the third or fourth year of a criminal justice program at a four-year college.

Anyone interested in applying can download an application at stlouis Applications can be turned in to the sheriff’s offices in Duluth, Virginia or Hibbing. The deadline to apply is Oct. 15. The scholarships will be awarded in December.

* Applications are being accepted for the title of Mrs. St. Louis County to represent the county during the Mrs. Minnesota pageant on March 14 in St. Cloud. The woman chosen as “Mrs. St. Louis County” will be an ambassador for St. Louis County and will receive the official title and sash. She also will receive a prize package worth $7,000 and the chance to represent Minnesota at the 2015 Mrs. International Pageant in July.

Competitions in the pageant are: personal interview, aerobic wear and evening gown. There are no talent or swimsuit competitions. For married women living in St. Louis County who are interested in applying, write for a bio-form to: Mrs. Minnesota International Pageant, P.O. Box 240537, Apple Valley, MN 55124-0537; or apply online at Call (952) 432-6758 or e-mail for more information.