Learning notes * Elizabeth Baumgartner of Duluth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a master’s degree in education.

* Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, announced the following:

Hannah Carpenter of Duluth was accepted and awarded a Founders Scholarship.

Red Doherty of Finlayson was accepted and awarded a Founders Scholarship and a Diversity Enrichment Scholarship.

Service notes * Air Force Airman Alexander Rebholz of Virginia graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Rebholz is the son of Matthew Rebholz of Albuqurque, N.M., and Jennifer Rebolz of Virginia, and a 2014 graduate of Virginia High School.

* Army Private First Class Abigail Thoreson of Fredenberg Township graduated from basic combat training at Fort Leonard Wood near Waynes-ville, Mo. During her basic training, Thoreson was chosen by her drill sergeants to represent B Company on the Star Board. She will continue her training to become a technical engineer for the Army National Guard at Fort Leonard Wood.

Thoreson, a 2014 graduate of Hermantown High School, is the daughter of Brian and Traci Thoreson.

Grants * Northland College in Ashland recently received a $51,399 Career Ready Internship grant from the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corp. for the 2014-15 academic year. The program was developed to provide college students with valuable workplace skills and networking opportunities that often lead to job offers after graduation.

As a Great Lakes grant recipient, Northland is building partnerships with businesses and nonprofits to develop new paid internships for students who receive financial aid.

Etc. * Applications are being taken from teen girls ages 13-18 and living in St. Louis County for the 2015 Miss Teen St. Louis County title. Miss Teen St. Louis County will represent her county at the Miss Teen Minnesota pageant scheduled for March 14 in the Ritsche Auditorium in St. Cloud. Miss Teen St. Louis County serves as an ambassador from the area and will receive an official title and sash.

Miss Teen Minnesota will receive a prize package and scholarship totaling $10,000 and the chance to represent Minnesota at the 2015 Miss Teen International pageant in Jacksonville, Fla.

Teens compete in personal interview, fitness wear, fun fashion wear and evening gown. There is no talent or swimsuit competition.

To obtain a bio-form, write to: Miss Teen Minnesota, International Pageant, P.O. Box 240537, Apple Valley, MN 55124-0537; call (952) 432-6758; or e-mail mnpageants@


Circle of Hope announces donations

Curves fitness centers in Hermantown, Mount Royal and Superior donated $5,002.46 to help with the daily expenses of patients with breast cancer. Curves locations in Duluth have donated more than $22,000 to Circle of Hope.

Get ’Er Done Recreation Club donated $4,115 after an event in Gordon. The club and its participants have donated more than $13,000 to help breast cancer patients with the medical bills in southern Douglas County.

Duluth students and teachers raise money for CHUM, Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank

Anne Krafthefer, a teacher at Lester Park Elementary in Duluth, and Bernie Burnham, president of Duluth Federation of Teachers, presented a $2,675 donation to be distributed evenly between CHUM Duluth and Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. The money was raised as part of the inaugural Feeding Local Kids event, organized by Krafthefer. Fifth-grade Lester Park students worked with WDIO-TV to write and film a public service announcement to promote the event and Thrivent Financial and DFT provided money for donation bags. More than 40 classrooms and student organizations took part and collected enough money to provide more than 300 children with a weekend’s portion of food. In addition, more than 200 pounds of food was collected and delivered to CHUM through the event.


Sterle honored for work with specialty courts Jessica Sterle (right) receives a certificate of appreciation from Judge Shaun Floerke for her monthly donations to Minnesota’s 6th District’s specialty courts. Floerke said Sterle’s donations allowed the courts to aid specialty court clients with transportation issues, attend additional training sessions and increase the use of incentives to reward progression through the programs.

The Minnesota 6th District Specialty Courts’ mission is to unite judiciary and criminal justice entities, substance abuse treatment providers and the community to: increase public safety; lessen the financial impact on society; restore participants to law-abiding productivity; reduce criminalization of persons with mental illness; reduce the illicit drug use of nonviolent drug-addicted offenders; decrease the number of alcohol-related traffic deaths and injuries.