Faces for Feb. 28, 2016
• To celebration Wells Fargo's Hockey Day Minnesota 2016, Minnesota Wild Foundation presented donations to Minnesota Hockey and the Duluth Amateur Hockey Association in the amounts of $52,500 and $10,000, respectively.
DAHA was host of this year's 10th annual Hockey Day event. Its mission is to provide all Duluth-area youth an opportunity to participate and excel through the sport of hockey while building and developing sportsmanship, self-esteem, confidence and respect for others. To commemorate a decade of Hockey Day celebrations and to support the wonderful tradition of outdoor hockey in Duluth, the Wild Foundation has made this special, one-time contribution.
• Circle of Hope announced the following donations: Minnesota Breast Cancer Coalition, $4,000 to help northern Minnesota breast cancer patients with bills; $100, Merchant Credit Card Solutions; and $250, Shopko, financial and in-kind cumulative donor.
• Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank announced the following donations:
In 2015, Halvor Lines Inc. provided free backhauling for 54 loads of food from St. Paul to Second Harvest's Duluth facility. In total they saved the food bank $24,300 in expense, traveling 7,830 miles and transporting 1.5 million pounds of food or enough food for 1.2 million meals for those in need throughout Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin.
Cub Foods donated 162,346 pounds of food&/or the equivalent of 129,877 meals—to Second Harvest's local "Fresh and Perishable Food Rescue Program" in 2015. Pictured is Mark Waters from Second Harvest.
Rotary Club No. 40 of Superior offered a $9,800 match on gifts received by Second Harvest during the holidays. Pictured are Len Campbell of Rotary Club No. 40 of Superior and Sarah Bourcy of Second Harvest.
• Daughters of the American Revolution Greysolong Daughters of the Liberty Chapter in Duluth announced the installation of new officers in February: Stephanie Hawkins, Duluth, regent; Jeri Stromquist, Duluth, vice regent; Royleen Newman, Duluth, recording secretary; Jeanne Behling, Duluth, corresponding secretary; Kim Elmer, Duluth, treasurer; Carlyn Sundquist, Duluth, assistant treasurer; Irma Faulkner, Sandstone, chaplain; Patricia Trout, Virginia, registrar; Vickie Chupurdia, Two Harbors, assistant registrar; Lyndsay Yannuzzi, Coleraine, historian/librarian; and Carolyn Sundquist, Duluth, parliamentarian.
Chapter members tracked more than 2,000 volunteer hours for 2015. Call (218) 349-9898 for information on joining the group.
• Makenzie Hill and Robert Severin, both seniors at Superior High School, were named Student Rotarians for February by the Superior Rotary Club. Both students participate in school organizations and are engaged in community volunteer projects.
Hill, the daughter of Catherine LaPorte and Theodore Hill, both of Superior, plans to attend Bemidji State University to pursue a degree in social work.
Severin, the son of Beth and Randy Severin of Superior, plans to pursue a degree in engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.
• Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition awards highlight schools that have demonstrated success in educating students from low-income families. To be eligible, schools must receive federal Title I funding to provide services to large numbers or high percentages of economically disadvantaged children and meet other achievement criteria. The following area schools were recognized with the following designations:
High-Achieving and Beating-the Odds: Marengo Valley School, Ashland School District; and
Beating-the-Odds Schools: Ashland Middle School, Ashland School District; Butternut Elementary School, Butternut School District; Park Falls Elementary School, Chequamagon School District, Park Falls; Rose B. Chegwin Elementary School and Parkside Elementary School, Fond du Lac School District; South Shore Elementary School, Port Wing School District; and Northern Lights Elementary School, Superior School District.
• The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse announced the following: Samantha Johnson of Duluth graduated with a master's degree in occupational therapy, and Mallory Engen of Superior graduated with a master's degree in clinical exercise physiology.
• Paul Jahn of Duluth graduated with distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madision with a bachelor's degree in zoology.
• Montana State University in Bozeman announced the following Duluth students graduated in December: Luke Kosmach graduated with honors and Erik Rupert graduated with highest honors.
• (HELD 2/14 & 21) Northland Foundation awarded the following grants to nonprofits, school districts and community organizations for local projects: Communication Center State Services for the Blind, Duluth: $12,500 to provide services to older adults experiencing vision loss; Twin City Christian Homes (Avinity), Richfield, Minn.: $30,000 to establish a new program using technology to help older adults at the LEE Center in Hibbing to maintain their independence; Duluth Public Schools: $1,000; Greenway Schools: $500; Deer River Schools: $500; Lake Superior School District, Two Harbors: $500; Duluth Public Schools Academy: $500; Mesabi East Schools: $500; Grand Rapids School District: $500; United Way of Northeastern Minnesota, Chisholm: $4,950 to support professional development of early childhood educators and care providers; Woodland Hills, Duluth: $30,000 to provide school time programs to youths in Duluth's Central Hillside neighborhood; Duluth Area Family YMCA: $20,000 to establish a new staff position to increase opportunities for youth to engage in outdoor recreation activities; Cloquet School District: $1,000 to purchase books to help strengthen students' reading skills; YWCA of Duluth: $20,000 to support out-of-school-time programming to middle school-aged girls; Two Harbors Community Radio: $5,000 to support intergenerational youth radio programming; University of Minnesota Duluth: $5,000 to support programming teaching astronomy and storytelling to Native American students; South Koochiching-Rainy River School District: $892 to support participation in the Pathway to Careers event; Proctor Public Schools: $2,545 to provide a retreat for fourth grade students to help foster kindness, empathy and respect; Myers-Wilkins Elementary School, Duluth: $3,000 to purchase books for the school library; Us First, Manchester: $5,000 to support a 2016 regional robotics competition in Northeast Minnesota; Duluth Public Schools: $1,000 to support environmental education programming at Piedmont Elementary School; Lester Park Elementary, Duluth: $2,000 to enhance creative expression and personal development through arts experiences for students with disabilities; St. Louis County Schools: $5,000 to provide professional development for educators to implement a program to improve student engagement and motivation; Northern Lights Special Education Cooperative, Cloquet: $1,000 to support an event to provide information on careers, higher education and services for high school students with disabilities; Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity, Duluth: $15,000 to expand the capacity of Habitat for Humanity to provide affordable housing; Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans, St. Paul: $10,000 to provide emergency assistance to veterans and their families in crisis in northeastern Minnesota; One Roof Community Housing, Duluth: $50,000 to support a new lending director position; Grace House of Itasca County, Grand Rapids: $5,000 to provide shelter and services for people experiencing homelessness in the Grand Rapids area; Damiano of Duluth: $30,000 to increase staff capacity of Damiano Center; Community Action Duluth: $60,000 to support community engagement and empowerment programming for low-income families; Rural and American Indigenous Leadership, Virginia: $20,000 to support women's leadership in rural and American Indigenous communities; Valley Youth Centers, Duluth: $2,000 to support a community event to celebrate the Hmong New Year; Mesabi Range College, Virginia: $4,950 to support an artists in the residency program to help foster self expression and a greater appreciation of diversity in the quad city area schools on the Iron Range; NAACP, Duluth: $5,000 to support a week-long festival honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. and celebrating African American culture; Range Engineering Council, Hibbing: $2,000 to support events to raise awareness on unconscious bias in schools and the workplace; CAD, Duluth: $5,000 to provide free income tax preparation services for people with low incomes; Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, St. Paul: $5,000 to support services to increase access to quality nonprofit management capacity-building resources in northeastern Minnesota; Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency, Virginia: $3,200 to support planning efforts around the creation of a social enterprise; Area Partnership for Economic Expansion, Duluth: $15,000 to support economic development efforts in Duluth and the surrounding area; Denfeld High School: $1,000 to support the robotics experience encouraging science, technology, engineering and careers for youth; McGregor Kids Plus/Something Cool, Inc.: $1,000 to create a program that promotes random acts of kindness in the community; Cooper Elementary School, Superior: $450 to promote a genius hour that allows students to experiment and learn more about how the brain works; Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency, Virginia: $370 to support a community garden that will teach children about rainwater collection, conservation, plants and vegetables while providing access to fresh produce; McGregor Schools: $500 to support a youth-run program in which students can design projects and programs that help others while increasing students' involvement in school; Superior High School: $1,000 in support of high school science students developing and implementing an activity at the Superior school forest for area fifth graders; Cherry School: $1,000 to expand the presence of science, technology, engineering and math in the classroom by engaging students with bikes and bike safety; Cooper Elementary, Superior: $600 to provide an enhanced learning environment that nurtures social, physical, cognitive and emotional development for children; Valley Youth Centers, Duluth: $600 to provide alternative activities for youth in a safe, supervised after-school setting; Woodland Hills Academy, Duluth: $600 to promote community engagement and volunteerism among young people by helping the local animal shelter;
and Carlton High School: $1,000 to support a program in which students of differing abilities, including students with autism, work together to build a sailboat in the school shop.
• The College of St. Scholastica received a $10,000 grant from the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, which was matched by $10,000 of its own monies to fund the scholarship of a doctoral nursing student beginning in 2016. As a recipient of the Jonas Center grant, The College of St. Scholastica is part of a national effort to stem the faculty shortage and prepare the next generation of nurses—critical as a clinical nurse shortage is anticipated just as an aging population requires care.
The College of St. Scholastica Jonas Scholar will begin her or his graduate nursing career in the summer and will be supported through 2018 with focus on such critical health priorities as aging and geriatric care, palliative care, community and public health, and psychiatric and mental health care.
• The Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota awarded funding through two distinct initiatives: Communities Eliminating Tobacco Inequities and Health in All Policies to two Duluth organizations.
In the addressing the disproportionately high use of commercial tobacco in some communities category, Lincoln Park Children and Families Collaborative will work with businesses and organizations in the Lincoln Park neighborhood to adopt policies that support commercial tobacco-free environments, such as restricting smoking within a specific distance of entrances and exits, as well as creating healthy spaces in and around the buildings.
Zeitgeist Center for Arts and Community received funding from the advancing health equity through collaboration outside the health sector category to drive a regional health equity agenda by engaging health systems, local government, school districts and nonprofit organizations throughout the Duluth area.