• North Shore Federal Credit Union donated $2,000 to Ruby's Pantry in Grand Marais. Pictured are Grand Marais Ruby's Pantry volunteers Barb Spaulding, Mary Ellen Ashcroft, Karen Halbersleben, Lawrance Spaulding, Bob Padzieski and credit union employee Ashley Curtis.
• A $34,000 donation was presented to Mano a Mano International to build the Jutan Mayu Medical Clinic in Inclas region of Bolivia. Pictured are (from left) Karl Everett, Harbortown Rotary International committee member; Segundo Velasquez, Mano a Mano International president; and Mitchell Diers, Harbortown Rotary president. Funds were provided by the Harbortown, Skyline and Club 25 Rotary Clubs and other Minnesota, North Dakota and Canada clubs, with matching funds from Rotary District 558.
• Willow River Public School staff donated $5 to wear jeans and ugly holiday sweaters for Ugly Sweater and Jeans Day on Dec. 5. Funds raised went to the Willow River Education Association's annual Adopt-a-Family project, where the teachers adopt selected school families and fill their wish lists for Christmas.
• Kiwanis Club of Friendly Duluth President Gary Madison presented a check for $2,000 to YMCA for the annual Mentor Duluth Christmas party. Accepting the check are Danielle Lindner and Erin Moldowski of YMCA and Rosy Bray of Mentor Duluth.
• The following University of Wisconsin-Green Bay students were initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi: Shayla Warren of Ashland; Brandon Snyder of Hurley; and Christina Ofstad of Saxon.
• Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, announced the following: Lydia Peterson of Duluth was awarded a Founders Scholarship; and Justin Recana of Duluth has been awarded the Dean's Scholarship.
• Harbortown Rotary named the following Duluth East High School students Junior Rotarians for 2017-18: (front row, from left) Letitia Siers, Jenna Boswell, Chloe Cederstrom, Gabriella Lott and Alison Lee; and (back row, from left) Annika Pokorny, Greta Fischer, Emily Scinocca, Agatha Pokrzywinski, Blake Salfer and James Abelsen.
• Lake Superior College announced Patricia Kingsley, Anthony Marcuson and Joel Madson represented LSC during the annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in November in Phoenix.
Kingsley and Marcuson presented research projects in poster sessions; Madson gave an oral presentation. Kingsley's research focused on locating a protein within the cochlea of the inner ear that is proposed to affect hearing; Marcuson focused on neural pathways to better understand the mechanism that leads to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis disease; and Madson presented on the physiological control that hormones have within the cochlea to better understand the pathway of potassium recycling in the inner ear.
Kingsley and Marcuson both graduated from LSC and currently attend the University of Minnesota Duluth. Madson attends LSC. The students are trainees in the "Bridges to Baccalaureate Degree Program", a two-year science research training program.
• The following area residents graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio.
Air Force Airman Taylor Greenwalt, a 2017 graduate of Virginia High School and the son of Bobbi and Bryan Greenwalt of Virginia.
Air Force Airman 1st Class Charles Benjamin Churchill, a 2017 graduate of Duluth East High School and the son of David and Virginia Churchill of Duluth.