Duluth Lions Club Diabetes Committee presented a $1,000 check to the Ministry of Medical Missions in Haiti to help people with diabetes get access to insulin supplies.


• Northwoods Credit Union in Cloquet received the 2016 Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award from Minnesota Credit Union Network and Credit Union National Association. Northwoods was recognized for helping their community and local charities. This year, the credit union donated more than $3,400 in employee donations for 12 local groups.


Megan Kellin joined the Entrepreneur Fund Board of Directors. Kellin, of Grand Rapids, is founder/owner of be.Media House in Boulder, Colo., a national strategic marketing firm. She returned to Itasca County in 2015 and launched Lake + Co., a company that publishes three magazines including Lake Time Magazine, Lake Bride Magazine and Lake Home Magazine. She also has a gift retail store and she and her family are restoring the Hotel Rapids on Highways 2 and 169.

Lake Superior College Foundation named the following locals to its board of directors: Timothy Peterson, a business development manager with Allete, president; Sandy Hoff, president of F. I. Salter Co., vice president' John Eagleton, retired CEO of Northstar Aerospace, treasurer; and Rev. Terese Tomanek, a chaplain with Essentia Health in Duluth, secretary.

Harbortown Rotary of Duluth elected Scott Fisher president for the 2016-17 year. Fisher has been a member of Harbortown for 27 years and has served as club secretary on the board of directors, as chairperson of various committees and as a board member of the club's Robert Hermans Scholarship Fund.

Outside of Harbortown, he is a financial advisor/registered representative of AdvisorNet Financial, Fisher/Troy Wealth Management and Cetera Advisor Networks of Duluth.

• Five local men are raising awareness and funds for breast cancer research through the American Cancer Society. The men include Dave Adams, lead singer of Duluth band Big Wave Dave and The Ripples; Josh Berlo, athletic director at University of Minnesota Duluth; Dr. Arne Vainio; Edward Moody, evening anchor for CBS3; and Justin Michaels of Midwest Communications.

Goodwill of Duluth announced Steve Sharkey of Maurices was named a new board member. Sharkey has served in leadership roles for Maurices in its finance, store operations and human resources for more than 23 years. He has also served eight years as a marketing faculty member of the University of Minnesota Duluth's Labovitz School of Business and Economics.

CAPTION: Dustin Soyring (left), Mark Liebaert (middle) and Nathan Lindahl pose for a picture after receiving their youth delegate completion certificates.

Nathan Lindahl, Dustin Soyring, Joseph Stensland and Kara Schmidt finished their summer terms as youth delegates on the Superior City Council and Superior Days through the Youth in Governance program. Stensland is a student at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Superior and Schmidt studies at University of Wisconsin-Superior. Soyring and Lindahl both study at University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Duluth's Italian American Club announced five members were each awarded $1,500 scholarships. Recipients and their colleges include: (from left) Amelia Anderson, Lake Superior College; Chiara Deluca, the College of St. Scholastica; Gene Sisto, club former president; David Pylik, University of Minnesota Duluth; and Calianne Marsaa, CSS.

The College of St. Scholastica's Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math Science Programs completed this summer's Career Work Study Program, which includes a five-week internship at a local business or organization in a career field of the participating students' interest. The Upward Bound program students, their respective high schools and internships include: (top row, from left) Jada Johnson, Cloquet High School, Essentia and Benedictine Health Center; Lydia Johnson, Wrenshall High School, Chester Bowl Adventure Camp; Majestic Laske, Denfeld High School, Proctor Journal; Kaitlyn Marvel, Cloquet High School, Saffron and Grey; program staff member Courtney Stempinksi; Taylor Kohne, Cloquet High School, Memorial Blood Center; Kayla Ceryes, Denfeld High School, Benedictine Health Center; and Ying Moua, Denfeld High School, Dougherty Funeral Home; and (bottom row, from left) Jaylin Crain, North Woods High School, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College - Law Enforcement Program; Isaac Boedigheimer, Cloquet High School, Viverant; Kong Xiong, Denfeld High School, HMI Duluth; and Mathew Reese, Denfeld High School, Hillside Youth Theater Camp. Not pictured is Quinn Reamer of Denfeld High School who completed an internship at Great Lakes Aquarium.

The Upward Bound Math and Science students, their respective high schools and internships include: Dustin Baker, William Kelley High School, UMD North Shore Summer Music Experience; Cheyenne DeRosier, Proctor High School, Valley Youth Center; Timothy Jessen, Carlton High School, Essentia, Benedictine Health Center, St. Luke's; Michael Ludwig, South Ridge High School, Sky Harbor Airport; Marissa Mikrot, Willow River High School, Benedictine Health Center; and Myrandah Thrun, Proctor High School, Northland Psychological.

• Claire Gibbons of Duluth was one of four graduates from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, whose paper was published in the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Undergraduate Math Journal. The published paper is titled "Cops and Robbers on Oriented Graphs."

Gibbons is pursuing a doctorate in mathematics with an emphasis in undergraduate mathematics education from Oregon State University in Corvallis. She is the daughter of Tom and Cami Gibbons of Duluth.

Elizabeth Alexson, a research assistant with University of Minnesota Duluth's Natural Resources Research Institute, received a $1,000 scholarship from the Lake Superior Chapter of Muskies and University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program for using sediment cores to reveal aspects of the St. Louis River estuary environmental history.

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will factor Alexson's study into policy decisions about the river, part of which has been listed as a Great Lakes Area of Concern since 1987.

Alexson earned her master's degree in water resources science in July from UMD and plans to pursue a doctoral degree.

• Milwaukee (Wis.) School of Engineering announced Brianna Eales of Duluth graduated with honors, earning a degree in biomolecular engineering.

• Duluthians Erik Richgels and Danielle Wines earned master's degrees in business administration and special education, respectively, from Bemidji State University.

• Kathryn Sheetz of Grand Rapids graduated with high distinction from the University of Minnesota Crookston where she earned a degree in biology and health sciences.

• University of Wisconsin-Superior announced the following local students graduated with master's degrees.

Stacy Desmond of Cloquet and Jason Abrahamson of Superior earned master's degrees in clinical mental health.

Thereasa Hansmeier of Duluth and Jessica Brown of Maple received master's degrees in guidance and counseling.

Duluthians Angela Bushey and John Peterson obtained master's degrees in human relations and special education: emotional/behavioral disabilities, respectively.

Danna Livingston-Matherly of Lake Nebagamon and Leah Moore of Duluth received master's degrees in instruction.

George Kurtzwell of Superior earned a master's degree in communicating arts: communication.

• Brett Carlson of Deer River and Delaney Kohorst of Cohasset acted as student orientation leaders for incoming students at University of Minnesota Crookston.

• Kayla Staley of Duluth graduated from Western Governors University in Salt Lake City with a master's degree in business administration.

• Allydia Diver of Cloquet was awarded a Benedictine Scholarship from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluthl. Diver is the daughter of Jason Cooley.

• University of North Dakota in Grand Forks announced the following:

Jenna Sagedahl of Bemidji graduated cum laude with a degree in criminal justice studies. Duluth's Samantha Ruberg and Kara Kennedy of International Falls earned master's degrees in education. Susan Klem of Ely and Angela Schwartz of International Falls received master's degrees in science. Hibbing's Lindsay Kujawa earned a doctorate degree.


• North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program bestowed a $70,600 grant to Rachel Armstrong of Farm Commons in Duluth for her project "Empowering Professionals with Sustainable Farm Law." Armstrong will use the grant money to empower farm educators to guide sustainable farmers in addressing the legal issues they encounter every day.

• Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation Board of Trustees approved more than $256,000 in grants through its various funds to the following local companies and organizations:

Duluth's Scottish Rite Foundation and SOAR Career Solutions were each awarded $5,000 through the Business Leaders Fund. The Business Leaders Fund also awarded UDAC an $8,980 grant.

The Community Opportunity Fund granted $6,000 to Ashwabay Outdoor Educational Foundation; $15,000 to Community Action Duluth; $5,000 to Congregations Caring for Creation; $20,000 to Destination Duluth; $15,000 to Duluth-Superior Area Educational TV Corporation-WDSE; $8,000 to Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua; $5,000 to Range Respite Project; $15,000 to Two Harbors Area Food Shelf; $15,000 to Woodland Hills; and $3,000 to WTIP North Shore Radio.

Four Cedars Environmental Fund gave $4,975 to Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory; $20,000 to Minnesota Land Trust; $5,000 to University of Wisconsin-Superior Foundation; and $5,000 to West Wisconsin Land Trust.

Hermantown All-Night Grad Party received $500 from the Hermantown Community Fund and Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra was granted $3,000 from the Young Leaders Fund.

A.H. Zeppa Family Foundation was given $20,000 from the Knight Foundation Fund and $10,000 from the Morgan Fund.

Lone Wolf Fund granted Autism Society of Minnesota and Voyageurs National Park Association each $3,000.

Michael Adam Carroll Memorial Fund gave $2,500 to True Friends.

Wetherby Fund granted $5,000 to Damiano of Duluth, $4,000 to Kids Closet of Duluth and $1,413 to Two Harbors Area Food Shelf.

• Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless awarded $4,000 grants to three Duluth organizations: Safe Haven Shelter For Battered Women, YWCA and Life House.

Safe Haven will use the money to purchase backpacks, school supplies, program fees, tutoring materials, and clothing and shoes.

YWCA will put the money toward purchasing school supplies, tutoring, technology and other educational resources for its Young Mothers Housing Program, which promotes academic achievement and a sense of community for participants in transitional housing programs.

Life House will purchase GED preparation software and pay f0or testing fees for homeless youth with the grant money.