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UMD has record year for donations

The Minnesota Duluth athletic department reached new heights in generating resources for the 2014 fiscal year, the university announced Wednesday.

In all, more than $1.3 million was raised from 1,500 donors through June 30. That was an increase of approximately $500,000 from 2012-13 (when $810,000 was generated) and nearly a 300 percent gain over the $460,000 raised two years ago.

The $1.3 million includes current and future gifts to the Bulldog Club Annual Fund as well as named scholarships, program support, capital projects and various fundraising events.

“As the cost of excellence rises, alumni, donors and boosters of Bulldog Country continue to assist in providing the financial resources necessary for our student-athletes and coaches to earn success,” UMD Athletic Development Director Gary Holquist said in a statement.

Annual scholarship costs alone exceed $2 million. For those interested in learning more about supporting UMD student-athletes, contact Holquist at (218) 726-6185.


Cloquet’s Johnson hired by Wilderness

Cloquet native Tyler Johnson is returning home to serve as an assistant coach for the North American Hockey League’s Minnesota Wilderness, the club announced Wednesday.

Johnson, who was the News Tribune’s All-Area Player of the Year and a Mr. Hockey finalist for Cloquet-Esko-Carlton in 2007, will work alongside two other Cloquet natives in associate head coach Brian Meisner and head coach Corey Millen.

“We are very excited to add another person with the playing experience of Tyler as he will be a great addition to our staff,” Wilderness general manager Dave Boitz said in a statement. “To have all three of our coaches from the small hockey town of Cloquet is exciting and shows how much this town supports their development of players and coaches.”

Johnson, 25, recently completed a three-year professional hockey career that included two seasons in the East Coast Hockey League and a Norway Champions League title with the Stavanger Oilers in 2012. He spent the 2013-14 season playing in Sweden. He played four years for Colorado College from 2007-11 and served as an assistant captain his senior season.