• While weeding, cleaning and planting, the Morgan Park Garden Club enjoyed a special visit from members of the Duluth Police Department who brought coffee and sweets. The Morgan Park Garden Club are volunteers and members of the Duluth Garden Flower Society. They tend four flower gardens and provide staff and supplies for the Tomato Man program at St. James School and other similar projects to promote the love of gardening.
  • Minnesota Power and Superior Water, Light and Power were honored with The Edison Electric Institute’s 2018 Emergency Assistance Award for Puerto Rico power restoration after Hurricane Maria.
  • Five of Minnesota’s sheriffs - Troy Dunn of Rice County, Pat Eliasen of Cook County, Rick Fiedler of Wilkin County, Scott McNurlin of Goodhue County and Scott Rose of Dodge County - performed a live concert at the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association annual summer conference in Brainerd and turned the performance into an opportunity to support the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. They raised $2,502 from voluntary donations and auctioning off memorabilia including guitar picks, wigs, bandanas, etc., during their two-hour performance attended by approximately 200 conference attendees.
  • Carly Hiti, daughter of Jim and Terry Hiti of Eveleth, received the Young Woman of Equity Award at the State American Association of University Women’s Convention held in Faribault, Minn. She was nominated by the Duluth Branch of AAUW for this award based on her work on the Sex Trafficking Prevention Month Committee, coordinating two events at UMD. Hiti was also selected and supported by the Duluth Branch of AAUW to attend the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders at the University of Maryland.
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  • Minnesota Synergy and Leadership Exchange recognized Duluth Edison Charter School North Star Academy for the “Stuffed Animal Buddy Project” that connects eighth-graders and kindergarten students. Raleigh Duluth Edison Charter School received recognition for its longstanding practice of a community Veterans’ Day program., a national organization, honored each school with a promising practice award. North Star received the award for its annual Empty Bowl community project and Raleigh for its annual block party.


  • The Moose Lake Community School music department took its students, staff and chaperones to Chicago. They visited the Museum of Science and Industry, Navy Pier, John Hancock Building, Michigan Avenue, Hard Rock Cafe, The Bean, Museum District, Wheaton Conservatory of Music, Shedd Aquarium and more. The students received masterclasses from world-renowned professors from Wheaton College. The choir worked with director of performance studies, Dr. Mary Hopper. The band students learned about many different world instruments from percussion and music history professor Dr. Kathleen Kastner.
  • Students at Moose Lake Community School sixth-graders spent the month of May learning about one of the state parks in Minnesota. They researched topics from history, geology, recreation, plant and animal life and more. All the information is combined to create a presentation that depicts some aspect or activity in the park. The community was invited to tour the displays.
  • National Merit Scholarship winners include the following: Karl Habig, Esko High School, University of Texas at Dallas scholarship; Lucie Han, Duluth East, University of Minnesota; Alison Lee, Duluth East, University of Minnesota; Adrianna Mullozzi, Harbor City International School, University of Minnesota; and Isabella Sutherland, Duluth East, Arizona State University.
  • Stella Maris Academy-St. John’s Campus students Colin McShane and Chase Baumgarten, of Duluth, won first place in the Junior Group Exhibit category at the national finals for the National History Day Contest. Their project was titled “The U.S. Government vs. the Reserve Mining Company: A Compromise of Environment and Industry.” The first-place award is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and each recipient receives the designation NEH Scholar.
  • The College of St. Scholastica’s Upward Bound Math Science Program announces the beginning of the Career Work Study Internship. ​The following students are participating in the five-week internship: Brant Erickson, senior at South Ridge High School, Upward Bound Math Science participant; Mark Muthami, senior at Duluth East High School, Upward Bound Math Science participant; Kaitlyn Kalli, senior at Carlton High School, interning at Noble Dental; Alexandra Erickson, senior at Two Harbors High School, interning with the Iron Mining Association; Sophitia Monarque, senior at Proctor High School, interning at Saffron and Grey; Tristin Paulson, senior at South Ridge High School, interning at Viverant; Olivia Sajdak, senior at South Ridge High School, interning at the Benedictine Living Community; Ellen Lender, senior at South Ridge High School, interning at Saffron and Grey; Allison Pauna, senior at Duluth East High School, interning at Chester Bowl Adventure Camp and the Benedictine Living Community; Alena Wallin, senior at Carlton High School, interning at the Great Lakes Aquarium.
  • Cadet Timothy Porter, a 2014 Marshall High School graduate, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy of West Point. Parents are Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Porter of Duluth. Porter studied in defense and strategic studies. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army within the infantry branch. Fort Richardson in Alaska is his first assignment.
  • Jonathan Chicka, a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 213 and a resident of Foxboro, earned the honor of Eagle Scout. Chicka, a graduate of Superior High School, completed 23 merit badges to receive his award. His final project consisted of building 15 cat-scratching posts for the Douglas County Humane Society. While a member of the troop, he served as senior patrol leader, patrol leader, webmaster and did several other duties. Chicka is the son of Ron and Ellen Chicka.