• Duluth's Best Bread hired bakers Stephan Francisco and Alyssa Brown. Francisco previously baked at Super One Foods and was a line cook at Grandma's Saloon and Grill. Brown previously worked at Mount Royal Fine Foods' bakery department, Positively 3rd Street Bakery and Amazing Grace Bakery and Cafe.

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Jennifer Schueller was hired as corporate and group sales manager for Odyssey Development, the owner and management company of six resorts on Lake Superior's north shore. Schueller previously worked in sales roles at Blackwoods Event Center and Catering, and Northland Country Club.

• Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation hired Michelle Morris as director of community philanthropy and Elizabeth Henderson as executive assistant. Morris has a bachelor's degree in individualized studies focused on race, class, gender, public health and life sciences from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She also has a master's degree in public health from Columbia University in New York City. Henderson earned her bachelor's degree in environmental studies from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn., and her master's degree in business administration from University of Phoenix.

Nicholas Anderson was hired as an associate attorney by the law firm of Johnson, Killen and Seiler in Duluth. Anderson graduated cum laude from University of Minnesota Law School with his law degree and earned his bachelor's degree in economics from University of Minnesota Duluth.

• Northland Custom Closet and Garage named Sam Heiken of Duluth co-owner of his family's business. Heiken has more than a decade of experience in the building trade.

• The Duluth Huskies welcomed three new interns for the fall - Samantha Hartmann, Karly Weber and Shelby Gerkin - and three returning interns - David Bergren, Lizzy Farrell and Traci Popple. Hartman, Weber, Bergren and Farrell are students at University of Minnesota Duluth, and Popple and Gerkin are from University of Wisconsin-Superior.

• Aimclear announced Manny Rivas was promoted to chief marketing officer. Rivas previously served as vice president of client services. He is a graduate of University of Minnesota Duluth and has been with Aimclear for eight years.

• Essentia Health welcomed nurse practitioners Kevin Guenard and Stephanie Lundblad to the Duluth Clinic. Guenard works in the trauma surgery department. A Superior native, Guenard obtained his master's degree in nursing from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Lundblad is in the rheumatology department. She earned a master's degree in nursing from Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu. Both are certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.


• Duluth's Pier B Resort won the ReScape Environmental Impact Award during Minnesota Brownfield's ReScape Awards ceremony this month in Minneapolis. The 140-room waterfront hotel was recognized for the work it did to remediate and restore the shipping pier upon which it now stands.

• Park State Bank announced Leann Stessman, assistant vice president and client relationship manager, was named to the 2016 Outstanding Women in Banking list by NorthWestern Financial Review. Stessman, who has a business management degree from University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, was honored for her significant contributions to her community and banking industry.

John Nousaine, director of North Country Independent Living in Ashland, was given the Earl Walden award by the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living during an awards ceremony in Reno, Nev. Nousaine was recognized for his efforts to improve the lives of people with disabilities in rural areas. He has been with North Country for 25 years, working to help the disabled gain access to the community, the outdoors, assistive technology and transportation.

• University of Minnesota Duluth professor Abram Anders received the 2016 Rising Star Award from the Association for Business Communication in October. Anders, an associate professor of business communications for Labovitz School of Business and Economics, was honored for his high level of teaching, his research in rhetoric and composition, and for his practical application of his field as a trainer and consultant. Anders earned his doctorate and master's degree in English from Pennsylvania State University in Old Main. Throughout his career at UMD, he has also served as faculty fellow for Online and Technology-Enhanced Learning and for the Office of Information Technology.

• National Bank of Commerce of the Twin Ports announced senior vice president Jennifer Ryan was named one of 2016's Top Women in Finance by Finance and Commerce Magazine. Ryan was chosen for her commitment to her customers and volunteer work within the community.

• The City of Mountain Iron was honored with the Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mountain Iron earned the award by maintaining a consistent level of fluoride in drinking water throughout 2015.

• University of Wisconsin-Superior honored employees receiving promotions or tenure during a November ceremony on campus. Those receiving tenure included: Kenna Bolton Holz, Carol Brown, Mary Churchill, Eric Edwards, Mary Lee-Nichols, Michael Maguire, Ephraim Nikoi, John Paul and Lorena Rios Mendoza. Faculty who were promoted included: Lynn Amerman Goerdt, Peter Cook, Olawole Famule, Sarah LaChance Adams, Daniela Mansbech, Alisa Von Hagel, Holz, Brown, Edwards, Paul and Jamie White-Farnham. Academic staff receiving promotions included: Janie Campbell, Steve Gebhard, Christina M. Kline, Ryan Kreuser, Christine Polkinghorne, Gabriela Theis, Sandra Wallgren, Delwin Wright and Emily Zobel.

Salmela Architect of Duluth earned Minnesota Honor Awards for two of its architecture projects including Izzy's Ice Cream Factory and Scoop Shop in Minneapolis and the home of Larson Bergquist in Schroeder. Salmela was selected by an Honor Awards jury composed of principals from three internationally recognized architecture firms. The Duluth firm was honored for its high level of architectural design. The awards will be presented at the 2016 Awards Dinner Dec. 2 in Minneapolis.

Laura Owen of the Duluth Fire Department was given the Child Passenger Safety Star Award during the November Toward Zero Deaths conference in Duluth. Owen was honored for her leadership in and commitment to increasing child passenger safety. As the first CPS instructor in Duluth, she has trained more than 325 technicians and 120 practitioners, mentored seven technicians to become CPS instructors, and has certified hundreds of daycare and foster care providers. She also organizes monthly child safety seat checks and clinics in the area and supports traffic safety organizations such as Safe Kids Northeastern Minnesota and Driving 4 Safe Communities coalition.

• St. Louis County's Arrowhead Health Alliance and Arrowhead Telepresence Coalition were named recipients of the Local Government Innovation Awards at the county level by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at University of Minnesota Duluth. The government programs will be honored during a Dec. 8 ceremony in Minneapolis for having redesigned processes and experiences in ways that are making impacts in the community. AHA, a joint-powers entity representing Minnesota counties Carlton, Cook, Lake, Koochiching and St. Louis, helped create the ATC, which is a virtual collaborative that develops and expands an integrated behavioral health network that connects community behavioral health providers with person-centered services. As the overall county winner, AHA received a $5,000 grant from the Bush Foundation to support the continuation of its work and to professionally produce a video for marketing and awareness.