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Music from Yam Haus helped keep everyone on their feet during the presentations at Willow River Elementary.2 / 19
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Lisa Beise's class at Willow River Elementary won first place for the most minutes read.7 / 19
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Presenter Samuel Timm created paintings on the spot that demonstrated his "words of life" approach to personal interactions at Willow River Elementary.13 / 19
Presenter Samuel Timm created paintings on the spot that demonstrated his "words of life" approach to personal interactions at Willow River Elementary.14 / 19
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UMD LSBE's students Camryn Monzo, Joey Kmiec, Tucker Hazzard and Austin Steinmetz won first place for data visualization in the eight annual MUDAC.16 / 19
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GOOD PEOPLE

• Janet Mohr, former Benedictine Health System board of director's member and chairperson, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Minnesota Board of School Administrators. Mohr was chosen for her support of Minnesota children and for her contributions to improving Minnesota's public education system.

• A St. Louis County social worker is being honored by a state agency for being a strong collaborator, partnering with state social workers to help people in need. Paul Nash, a mental health commitment case manager, received the Certificate of Appreciation from the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS). Nash has worked for St. Louis County for 12 years.

COMMUNITY LEADERS

• The Area Partnership for Economic Expansion (APEX) Board of Directors announced the 2019 Executive Committee Officers and At-Large Members. They are: Steve Burgess of National Bank of Commerce as chairman; Lisa Bodine of Giant Voices as vice chairperson; Brian Thun of Maurices as immediate past chairman and treasurer; Brad Beard of Essentia Health as secretary; Chancellor Lendley Black of the University of Minnesota Duluth as at-large; Deb DeLuca of Duluth Seaway Port Authority as at-large; Frank Frederickson of MN Power, an ALLETE Company as at-large; Brian Maki of Lakehead Constructors, Inc. as at-large and John Swanson of Enbridge Energy Company, Inc., as at-large.

EDUCATION NOTES

• Duluth Public Schools Academy, Duluth Edison Charter Schools has been recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation as one of the best communities for music education. The NAMM Foundation honors schools and school districts for the outstanding efforts of teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of the core curriculum.

LEARNING NOTES

• Brennah Conley of Duluth has been accepted to Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, P.A.

• U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar nominated Alyssa Davis of Duluth to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy for the class entering in the fall of 2019. Davis, a senior at Duluth Marshall, is a three-sport varsity athlete and has a part-time job. She has had numerous academic and athletic accomplishments including being a member of the National Honor Society and serving as captain of her high school's varsity volleyball team and golf team.

• A total of $42,083 was raised for Stella Maris Academy during the Catholic Schools raffle, a fundraiser provided by Catholic United Financial. Each student sold raffle tickets during a six-week period to raise money. The raffle concluded with a live-broadcast prize drawing. Although no big prizes were won in Duluth, Stella Maris students celebrated the money raised for their school with classroom parties and prizes.

• Willow River Elementary students took part in a readathon that raised money for the Willow River Parent Teacher Organization to purchase school supplies for grades K-12 in the fall. Individual readers and classes were recognized for their reading minutes. Teacher Lisa Beise's homeroom won the classroom with the most minutes read for the second year in a row.

• Presenter Eric Samuel Timm shares with students from Willow River how words have the power to unlock doors or destroy lives. Timm used painting, live music and interactions with students. One example what Timm asking students to squeeze toothpaste out of a tub. Then he asked them to put it all back in, proving that toothpaste is like unkind words. It's very hard to put them back where they came from once they are out.

• Four students from UMD's LSBE's Marketing Analytics Program won first place for data visualization in the eighth annual Midwest Undergraduate Data Analytics Competition (MUDAC) on March 30-31. This is the first time that an LSBE team has secured a first place win at MUDAC. Tucker Hazzard, Joey Kmiec, Camryn Monzo and Austin Steinmetz traveled to Minnesota State University Mankato to compete against 58 other Midwest teams where the teams spent 24 hours working on a two-part data analytics problem and were judged on their work. This year's data was provided by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on water quality. After two rounds of judging before six different panels of judges, the LSBE team was awarded first place in data visualization.

• Amy Larson of Duluth earned a master of science degree in nursing from Simmons University in Boston.

SERVICE NOTES

• U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman Joshua Hemming graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Hemming is a 2018 graduate of Proctor High School.

• U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman Shawn Higgins Jr. graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Higgins is a 2018 graduate of Duluth East High School.

• U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman Steven Tanski graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Tanski is a 2018 graduate of Hermantown High School.

• U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman Tate C. Olson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Olson, a 2018 graduate of Esko High School, is the son of Jodi Olson of Duluth.

• U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman Connor T. Garvey graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Garvey, a 2018 graduate of Harbor City International School, earned distinction as an honor graduate.

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