DONATIONS o Vintage Times Car Club president John Prouty and treasurer Larry Olson presented a $1,000 check to Angelo Simone and Russ Salgy for Spirit Valley Youth. They also presented a $1,000 check to chief executive officer Todd Johnson of the...
• Vintage Times Car Club president John Prouty and treasurer Larry Olson presented a $1,000 check to Angelo Simone and Russ Salgy for Spirit Valley Youth. They also presented a $1,000 check to chief executive officer Todd Johnson of the Duluth Boys and Girls Club.
• Maurices associates purchased more than 300 gifts for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland. Maurices joined in on their efforts and donated hats, scarves, socks and slippers as well as 450 stuffed animals - one for every member of each club in our region. Maurices also donated an additional $500 to support the club's children's holiday parties.
• Santa Claus delivered the goods for four Willow River families, thanks to the Willow River Education Association teachers' union's annual Adopt a Family Program. Teachers teamed up to fill families' wish lists and then wrapped and distributed the gifts to make the holidays bright.
• Students carried signs showing pride in the communities that make up Willow River Area Schools as they marched into the gym for the annual Willow River Community Rebel Rally Dec. 21. In addition to recognizing the importance of coming together for a strong school, elementary and high school students competed in a variety of team games for some holiday fun before the winter break. Following the rally, Willow River students participated in a variety of service activities. Some students baked cookies for local businesses while others built gingerbread houses with elementary students and made Rebel posters to boost team pride. One group traveled to the nursing home in Moose Lake to sing for the residents while another group helped classroom teachers with activities and cleaning. Community Day is an annual event that supports students thanking others for their year-long support.
• Ordean East seventh graders selected to this year's American Choral Directors' Association of Minnesota State 7-8 SSA Honor Choir include Hallie Brockman and Liesl Cope-Schaeffer. Eighth grade students include Addison Dunkin, Daisy Thralow and Amelia Wise. The State 7-8 TTB Honor Choir selected seventh grader Jackson Brekken to participate. These students were chosen from a pool of over 600 auditions statewide. Accepted students worked on their own and with their middle school choir director Sheila K. Shusterich to prepare and memorize five songs each for the all-day festival and concert that was held Nov. 17 in Mahtomedi. On Nov. 16, the Ordean Middle School choir was featured as the only public school choir from the Northeast Region of ACDA-MN to perform for the state conference.
• Focus on Energy and Xcel Energy donated nearly $16,000 to St. Luke's Chequamegon Clinic in Ashland. The checks are incentive payments for energy efficiency projects at the clinic, including LED lighting, energy recovery ventilators, higher-efficiency air-conditioning system and a more efficient hot water boiler. Energy advisors from Focus on Energy worked with the clinic on the projects. The Focus on Energy check totalled $11,721.48. Xcel, in addition to being one of 107 Wisconsin utilities that fund the Focus on Energy program is providing a bonus incentive payment of $4,000. The money is to help offset the initial cost of the energy-efficient equipment.