• Pippi Mayfield has joined Out There Advertising as a copywriter. Mayfield graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a bachelor's degree in mass communications. She worked in the newspaper industry for 15 years as a reporter and editor before making the switch to marketing and advertising. She has also published two historical nonfiction books.

• St. Luke's named Anna Peterson, BSN, RN-BC, as director of case management. Peterson graduated from the College of St. Scholastica with a bachelor's degree in nursing and a master's degree in business administration-rural healthcare administration. She was the clinical supervisor and RN case manager at Essentia Health St. Mary's Hospital in Superior. While at Essentia, she served a few times as interim director of nursing and interim nurse manager. She is board certified in case management by ANCC.

• Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center welcomes hospitalist Dr. James Braunwarth. Braunwarth earned a medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis. He completed a residency in family medicine at the Duluth Family Practice Residency Program in Duluth.

• Architect Casey Nies has been hired by Architectural Resources, Inc. Nies attended North Dakota State University and obtained a master's degree in 2012. In October 2016, she completed her architecture licensure requirements. From her previous five years of professional employment in Massachusetts, Nies brings extensive senior living and healthcare design to the area.

• DWGW Architects announces the following hires:

Kelsey Miller, an interior designer, graduated with a bachelor's degree in design from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She majored in interior design with a minor in landscape architecture. She is assisting with the interiors for the St. Louis County Government Center to be built in Virginia next year.

Emerson Smith, an intern design professional, earned a bachelor's degree in environmental design and a master's degree in architecture from North Dakota State University. He is helping to design the new St. Louis County Government Center.

Kelly Ribich, a Duluth native, has been hired as an accounting generalist. She assists with the day-to-day management of the accounting department.

• Sarah Kurtovich has been named clinic manager at St. Luke's Denfeld Medical Clinic. Kurtovich completed her bachelor's degree in health information management and computer information systems from the College of St. Scholastica. Previously she worked for Essentia Health as a supervisor of their outpatient and inpatient coding department and was most recently manager of all outpatient coding services at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.


• LHB, Inc., announced that Jackie Sorvari, CAPM, was elected as a LHB Shareholder. Sorvari, a certified associate in project management, joined LHB in 2012. She is an accountant with LHB's finance department, a Hermantown native, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Superior and is pursuing a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

• Century 21 Gilderman & Associates announced that Michelle Ryan has been recognized as top sales agent for November.

• Edward Jones was named a 2017 Best Workplace for Parents. They were ranked by research and consulting firm Great Place to Work, and by Fortune magazine. The results were based on more than 440,000 surveys from organizations nationwide. It considered 50-plus factors that contribute to team members' success, with a strong emphasis on the wellbeing of coworkers raising children.

• Per Mar Security Services received the 2017 Honeywell Community Service Award. The award recognized authorized Honeywell dealers who are committed to community service and supporting their local communities. Per Mar received the award for its efforts in supporting Hand-in-Hand. Per Mar has an office location in Duluth.

• Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation was chosen by "Lake Superior Magazine" to receive their 2017 Achievement Award for its "go-for-it" attitude. Last year the foundation achieved a milestone when it exceeded $50 million given out in grants and scholarships since 1983.


• The UMD Center for Economic Development announced that Andrew Vogt, Project Engineer at Enbridge, Jeff Volk, assistant auditor-treasurer at Beltrami County and Martin Ivanca Drouillard, electrical supervisor at U.S. Steel Minntac received their Frontline Leadership certification.

• Jennifer Lafore, of Family Forum in Superior, recently graduated from the Human Resource Certificate Program offered through the Center for Continuing Education at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.


• Chef Arlene Coco is now offering private cooking classes and team-building events in the Duluth and Twin Cities metro area. Students in groups of one to 25 will learn lifelong culinary skills. Coco will take them step-by-step through the more than 20 global menus from which to choose. Visit for more information.


• Dr. Nicholas Johnson, a St. Luke's urologist, will start seeing patients every other month beginning Jan. 15 in Rainy Lake Medical Center in International Falls. Johnson has been with St. Luke's Urology Associates since 2012 and is board certified by the American Board of Urology.