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The Boys & Girls Club of the Northland receives donations of coats and hats from St. Raphael's Knight of Columbus Council 6791 in Duluth. Submitted photo.1 / 8
Pictured are: (front row, from left) pianists Linda Turpening and Tracy Lipke-Perry; and (back row, from left) Anishinaabe artist and designer Sarah Agaton Howes, director of Upper Minnesota Film Office and president of Fire Rocks Riki McManus, Paula Gudmundson, flutist and teaching artist Paula Gudmundson, fundraiser committee member Gay Trachsel and fundraiser co-chair Karen Keenan. Submitted photo.2 / 8
Joseph Mullozzi and Ben Peter count out change at Alerus Bank. Submitted photo.3 / 8
Attendees of the biennial fall luncheon of the Alworth Memorial Fund held in late October. Submitted photo.4 / 8
Natalie Blevins5 / 8
Dr. Jerrold Vitek was the keynote speaker at the Alworth Memorial Fund fall luncheon. Submitted photo.6 / 8
Brett Rodenberg7 / 8
Daniel Lind 8 / 8


• St. Raphael's Church Knights of Columbus Council 6791 donated 48 coats and winter hats to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland Lincoln Park branch. The coats and hats will be handed out to local children during one of the Club's annual holiday celebrations.

• The sixth annual Project Joy event, held Nov. 3, raised $17,625 for Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank's BackPack Program and will fill 4,566 weekend bags of food. Project Joy is an event to honor Laura Plys' late husband, Patrick, who lost his 17-year battle with brain cancer in 2012. Project Joy has now raised $210,210 filling 54,459 bags of food since its inception.

• Students at Harbor City International School held a penny war to raise money to buy drinking water for victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. The penny war was a contest between students in the school's 13 advisory groups. Almost $2,100 was raised and the win went to event organizer and science teacher Brian Scott and his advisory of freshman students.

• More than 90 educators and students from Northeastern Minnesota gathered Oct. 26 at Duluth's Kitchi Gammi Club for the biennial fall luncheon of the Alworth Memorial Fund, which has awarded nearly $50 million in college scholarships to nearly 5,000 students from Northeastern Minnesota since 1949. The keynote speaker was Dr. Jerrold Vitek, chair of the department of neurology at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine and a former Alworth scholarship recipient. His speech was titled, "Mending the Brain with Electricity." Go to for information on the Alworth Memorial Fund.


• Assistant St. Louis County Attorney Nate Stumme was recently honored with the Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault Community Ally Award for his dedicated work on behalf of survivors of sexual assault in the Northland. The award is given annually to individuals who have demonstrated a strong commitment to PAVSA's work to eliminate sexual violence. In addition to his work in the courtroom, Stumme has been a member of PAVSA's Sexual Assault Multidisciplinary Action Response Team, where he works with representatives from law enforcement, advocacy and the medical community to ensure PAVSA's policies and protocols are victim-centered. He also played a significant role in the development and implementation of PAVSA's Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, a joint effort of the Duluth Police Department and PAVSA.


• Brett Rodenberg of Cohasset won the 2017 Bob "Coggs" Dewey Scholarship from Blackberry Farm and Antique Association. The $500 scholarship is named in honor of Robert Dewey, longtime member of the Association who passed away in 2013. Rodenberg has volunteered at the annual Blackberry shows since he was a child selling pop and water from a coaster wagon. He is the son of Micheal and Terri Rodenberg and pursuing a degree in chemical engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

• Natalie Blevins, a Proctor High School senior, received the fourth annual Audrey A. Lundeen Scholarship from the Bluebird Foundation. Blevins participates in music, volleyball, Nordic skiing, track, student council, National Honor Society, Rotary and is the journalism editor at PHS. She plans to pursue a degree in nursing or music education at Maranatha Baptist University, where she also plans to participate in the Choral.

• Superior High School One-Act competed at sectionals in Eau Claire, Wis., and advanced to state. Students involved include Shea Callaghan, Tristan Callaghan, Emily Darker, Luke Fornengo, Josiah Grant, Sadie Hunter, London Jonasen, Colyn Kirkwood, Matthew Luoma, Skyler Madsen, Matthew Miner, Zach Palmer, Satori Rekstad, Katie Warren, Ellie Westlund, Rene Williams, Thomas Chicka, Josie Goad, Mary Jillson, Garrett LeBare, Macy Lee, Dylan Schelinder and Molly Turchi.


• The following area residents graduated from basic military training at Air Forces Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio:

Air Force National Guard Airman 1st Class Gabriella Larson, a 2017 graduate of Cloquet High School and the daughter of Dawn Holte of Cloquet and Michael Larson of Culver.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Daniel Lind, a 2017 graduate of Cherry High School and the son of Suzie and Jon Lind of Zim.

Air Force National Guard Airman 1st Class Mariah Annear, a 2017 graduate of Barnum High School and the daughter of Thomas Annear of Duluth and Brenda and Trevor Weston of Holyoke.

Good News

• Positive Energy Outdoors raised $6,346.19 during their Fund-Day in November fundraiser at Mont du Lac. Positive Energy Outdoors encourages people and animal-powered exploration of the outdoors.

• The Duluth branch of the American Association of University Women raised more than $6,000 at their November scholarship fundraiser, "Created Here: Meet the Artists." More than 140 members and guests attended. A portion of the proceeds will be used for local scholarships and the rest will be sent to support AAUW's national educational programs.