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Faces: 4-H news, law enforcement news, photo contest winners

See who is doing what in the community.

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  • Two 4-H youth from North St. Louis County participated in the Minnesota 4-H State Dog show Sept. 25-26. In total, 260 youth and 310 dogs from across the state participated in this annual event on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. 4-H’ers demonstrate their skills and knowledge in agility, obedience, showmanship and rally, competing against other youth in their age group and experience level.

Youth members of the Minnesota 4-H Dog Project learn to train and build a trusting relationship with their pet. Topics of study include canine behavior, breed characteristics, diseases, ethics, grooming, health, nutrition, responsible breeding, service dogs, therapy dogs, dog-related careers and the wide array of dog sports.

Weston Gustafson, of Embarrass, won blue ribbons in Agility-Elementary and Rally-Novice.

Andrea Herbranson with dogs Mocha and Lilly. Contributed photo

Andrea Herbranson, of Mountain Iron, won a blue ribbon and Reserve Champion in Agility-Senior; red ribbon in Agility-Advanced; red ribbon in Agility-Jumpers 3; blue ribbon in Obedience-Graduate Novice; red ribbon in Obedience-Pre Open; blue ribbon and Champion in Obedience-Brace; blue ribbon and 1st Award of Excellence in Showmanship-Open; blue ribbon and Reserve Champion in Rally-Advanced; and a blue ribbon in Rally-Excellent.


Sawyer Lindula learns how to trim goat hoofs. Contributed photo

  • The North St. Louis County 4-H Livestock Committee sponsored a “Goat Hoof Trimming” clinic. Karen and Chris, owners of “The Goat Shack," hosted the youth and providing valuable education on goats. Clinic attendees learned how to clip hooves and were provided the opportunity to practice on a goat. Each goat is unique in how their hooves grow, therefore, the treatment of goats is individualized.

Sawyer Lindula, from left, Avi Walzak, Heidi Lindula, Hailey Lindula and Madeline Grass. Contributed photo

  • The annual Northeast 4-H Livestock Show was held Sept. 18-19 in Brainerd. The Northeast 4-H Livestock show plays host to the cream of the crop livestock in the Northeast region. To participate, 4-H’ers must have received a blue ribbon at their county fair to be eligible to compete in the show. The first day focuses on educational opportunities for youth to participate in relating to the species of animal they are interested in and showmanship. The second day highlights the 4-H’ers and their livestock in the species shows.

    North St. Louis County was represented at this show by six 4-H members. Results:

    Emily Baraga, of Balkan, won a blue ribbon in Registered Cow/Calf and in Showmanship; Madeline Grass, of Iron, won Grand Champion in Breeding Gilt and Reserve Champion in Showmanship; Heidi Lindula, of Iron, won a blue ribbon in Market Swine-Barrow and in Showmanship; Hailey Lindula, of Iron, won a red ribbon in Breeding Heifer and a blue ribbon in Showmanship; Sawyer Lindula, of Iron, won a blue ribbon in Commercial Cow/Calf and in Showmanship; Avi Walzak, of Meadowlands, won a red ribbon in Market Beef and a blue ribbon in Showmanship.

Contest results

  • In August, the Cable Natural History Museum in Cable, Wisconsin, invited kids and adults of any age to submit their digital photos of baby or young animals and their hardworking parents. The catch was that the animals had to be Northwoods natives because the contest is a warm-up for the museum’s 2022 exhibit about young animals in nature, "Growing Up Wild ."

Nineteen people submitted over 100 photos to the contest, which closed Sept. 1. James Netz, a professional photographer with a gallery in Hayward, generously sponsored the contest and also served as the expert judge. At the same time, the museum ran a People’s Choice contest using social media. Photos were posted in themed albums (fawns, ducks, loons, mammals, etc.) and the public could vote by “liking” or commenting. Winners in the People's Choice contest received gift cards to local businesses, while winners of the professionally judged contest earned cash prizes.

Professionally judged contest

This photo of a young bobcat earned Judy Curnow first place in the professionally judged category of the Northwoods Animal Babies Photo Contest hosted by the Cable Natural History Museum in summer 2021. Contributed photo


  • First place, Judy Curnow, bobcat
  • Second place, Tracie Schoone, deer and one fawn
  • Third place, Robert Coffey, ducklings

People’s Choice

These loons captured the hearts of many in the People’s Choice Awards of the Northwoods Animal Babies Photo Contest hosted by the Cable Natural History Museum this summer. Photo by Cindy Schmidt. (Submitted photo)

  • First place, Cindy Schmidt, loon baby being fed
  • Second place, Gary Bartholomew, painted turtles
  • Third place, Bonnie Chase, fawn

All winning photos can be viewed at .

Law enforcement

St. Louis County Sheriff Ross Litman administered the oath to serve to Brandon Zubke, from left, Wyatt Phaneuf, Riley MacLean, Matt Kelley, Nolan Forrest, Harley Figgins, Josh Engel, Derek Eckstrom, Boyd Billman, Tyler Anderson, Joseph Zaller, Jake Roskoski, Dietrich Friebe, Darrick Finke, Kyler Erickson and Kyle Chiaverini. Not pictured: Jaclyn Braiedy, Christina Parise and Adam Kladivo. Contributed photo

St. Louis County Sheriff Ross Litman swears in new corrections officers, including Matt Anderson, from left, David VanRavenswaay, Al Sands, Daniel Pelawa, Sarah Holappa, Duane Valure and Travis Capps. Not pictured: Lee Solomon and Jennifer Williams. Contributed photo


St. Louis County Sheriff Ross Litman introduces the members of his command staff, including Undersheriff Jason Lukovsky, from left, Lt. Dave Rolland, Lt. Erik Peterson, Supervising Deputy Brandon Silgjord, Supervising Deputy Jon Skelton, Lt. Jason Akerson, Supervising Deputy Nate Skelton, Lt. Josh Graves and Jail Administrator Jessica Pete. Contributed photo

  • St. Louis County Sheriff Ross Litman swore in new deputies and corrections officers at a ceremony Wednesday, Nov. 10, at the Public Safety Building in Duluth. The ceremony also included special recognition for staff who have been promoted recently, and those receiving commendations.

The ceremony recognized 19 new deputies who have joined the office in the last two years. It's the first time the group has been able to safely gather since before the pandemic.
Litman also introduced his command staff. Due to retirements, six of the nine members are new to their roles in the last two years.

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