• Lake Superior College Interim Dean of Business and Industry Hanna Erpestad has been recognized with a Minnesota State Outstanding Academic and Student Affairs Administrator Award. She recently received the notable state-level award at the Minnesota State Academic and Student Affairs Awards ceremony.
Erpestad was raised in East Africa, England and Finland by Finnish parents who ingrained the importance of education in her early on, something Erpestad said she believes in wholeheartedly to this day. Like many students, her journey was not always a straight path. Thanks in part to an ALISS grant, she re-entered higher education at Duluth Community College Center, where she completed her AA degree. She returned to that same place, now named Lake Superior College, first as a full-time faculty member, then division chair and academic dean.
Erpestad has served as a dean for 11 years, primarily as dean of liberal arts and sciences and most recently as interim dean of business and industry.
• Greenway High School Senior Rose Carpenter received the $2,000 2018 Audrey A. Lundeen Scholarship from The Bluebird Foundation. Carpenter, who loves performing arts, is co-editor of the yearbook staff, officer of the Student Council, member of Greenway's Knowledge Bowl, captain of the football cheerleading squad and baseball manager. The scholarship is named in honor the late Audrey A. Lundeen, the inspiration for the Bluebird Foundation.
• From giant planets to World War I, from creepy crawly bugs to World War II, Willow River students celebrated American Education Week with great gusto. Funded by the Willow River Education Association Teachers Union, the Parent Teacher Organization, and supported by Willow River Area Schools, students experienced an array of activities to show how fun education can be.
Thanks to Willow River Community Education, the WREA was able to turn a day's presentation of Orbit Earth into an evening community event drawing about 100 people. A free soup dinner prepared by teachers. Star gazing with special telescopes rounded out the night.
The week included a special presentation on World War I by Arn Kind, followed by a field trip to the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center for grades 6-8. The Duluth Children's' Museum visited Willow River, sharing its collection of big and small bugs with the elementary students. Other activities included learning "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes" in Spanish, figuring out the business end of a lemonade stand, a natural art project and making delicious cinnamon chips. The week ended with an all-school physical education get-together in the gym.
• Private Adam J. Veselsky graduated from United States Marine Corp. basic training in San Diego on Nov. 2. He is 2018 graduate of Duluth East High School. His parents are Patty Whelan-Veselsky (Steve Preckel) of Duluth and Bernard (Tammy) Veselsky of Mount Pleasant, Mich. His grandparents are Clarence and Jean Whelan of Duluth.