SERVICE NOTES

  • U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman 1st Class Taylor D. Pille graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Pille, a 2014 graduate of Denfeld High School, is the daughter of Dawn and Jason E. Pille of Duluth. She earned an associate degree in 2016 from Lake Superior College.

  • Air Force Air National Guard Master Sgt. Brett R. Ewald has retired from the U.S. Air Force Air National Guard after serving honorably for 21 years. Ewald was last serving as the wing historian and photojournalist with Public Affairs, 148Th Fighter Wing. Ewald, a 1999 graduate of Duluth East High School, is the son of Linda and Greg Ewald of Hermantown. He earned a bachelor's degree in 2006 from the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Brett Ewald
Brett Ewald

  • U.S. Air Force Airman Jared W. Celley graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Celley, a 2018 graduate of Eveleth-Gilbert Senior High School, is the son of Dave and Emily Celley of Eveleth.



DONATIONS

  • This May, SONIC® Drive-In recognized incredible teachers and the contributions they make to education as a part of its Limeades for Learning initiative in partnership with nonprofit partner, DonorChoose.org. With the goal of helping teachers obtain much-needed classroom supplies and learning resources, SONIC launched a donation match in honor of Teacher Appreciation Month. In total, SONIC donated $1.2 million matching donations made to SONIC Teacher projects in May.

SONIC rewarded Jennifer Laboone, of Piedmont Elementary School, $115 for the project "Flexible Seating for Fantastic Learners!" as well as awarding four teacher lead projects at one school $830, which included Courtney Kjoberg, of Hermantown Elementary School, for the projects "Playing While Learning!" and "Families Are Special!", and Kolleen Carlson, of Hermantown Elementary School, for the projects "Building Buddies!" and "Artist at Work!"

  • Maurices home office associates joined members of the local chapter of Blue Star Mothers of America and assembled care packages and created handmade cards for local veterans.

Blue Star Mothers of America are mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, foster mothers and female legal guardians who have children serving in the military, guard or reserves, or children who are veterans.

Emily Ekstrom, from the local craft and greeting card company Hucklebeary, was onsite and provided volunteers with creative ideas, supplies and embellishments for their handmade cards. This is the third year maurices has partnered with Blue Star Mothers and the interest level from the home office associates continues to increase. The registration for Monday’s volunteer event reached participant capacity in less than two days.

All care packages were delivered to the local Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV), a nonprofit organization serving veterans and their families who are at risk of homelessness.

GOOD PEOPLE

  • Duluth resident Kyra Haskins was recognized by the Minnesota Region of the American Red Cross as the 2019 Outstanding Youth Volunteer of the Year. This award is presented to a youth volunteer who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in their school, community or local chapter. Red Cross youth volunteers are not only the leaders of tomorrow – they are the leaders of today.

Minnesota region of the American Red Cross outstanding youth volunteer of the year, Kyra Haskins, and Dan Williams, executive director for the American Red Cross serving Northern Minnesota. (submitted photo)
Minnesota region of the American Red Cross outstanding youth volunteer of the year, Kyra Haskins, and Dan Williams, executive director for the American Red Cross serving Northern Minnesota. (submitted photo)

“Kyra is both an American and German citizen who grew up near Hamburg, Germany, but her father is from the Albert Lea area. She has chosen to be a full-time volunteer at the Red Cross in Duluth during her ‘gap year’ before starting her education path to become an oncologist” shares her nominator Dan Williams, executive director for the American Red Cross serving Northern Minnesota. “She has already been involved in a myriad of activities within the chapter including; International Humanitarian Law Youth Action Campaign, Holiday Mail for Heros, and several blood drive campaigns.”



COMMUNITY LEADERS

  • Anne Koskinen of Ely Post 248 of the American Legion has been installed as American Legion District 8 Commander. Installation occurred at the Department of Minnesota Convention in Willmar, Minn., in July. Koskinen qualified for and joined the American Legion based on her honorable service in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War era from 1967-1970, where she served in Florida, Washington D.C., and Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Commander Koskinen
Commander Koskinen

EDUCATION NOTES

  • Classes will start this fall for a new online master’s degree program at The College of St. Scholastica that will prepare graduates for careers in the field of applied data analytics.

Data analytics is the science of converting raw data into relevant and actionable insight to support decision-making. A master’s degree in applied data analytics provides an in-depth study in analytics. Data analysts and scientists have opportunities across a variety of industries, including healthcare, banking, marketing, research and development, computer information systems, management and human resources.

Dr. Brandon Olson, chair of St. Scholastica’s Computer Information Systems department, is the program director for the MS in Applied Data Analytics. He said the new program is designed to make data analytics approachable to people regardless of their background.

St. Scholastica’s Master of Science in Applied Data Analytics will build on students’ professional experience to apply data analytics to their field of interest. The two-year program can be completed 100% online.

Brandon Olson
Brandon Olson

LEARNING NOTES

  • Denfeld Nation Automation (DNA) FIRST Robotics Team 4009 competed at the Gitchi Gummi Get-Together July 19-20. The Gitchi Gummi is an off-season tournament that DNA attends each year to train in new drive teams and bond with local robotics teams.

DNA’s robot performed admirably during the qualification matches. They went 8-3-1 earning them a spot as the second place alliance captain. During the alliance selection DNA chose Granite City Gear Heads Team 3244 and KING TeC Team 2169, forming a high power alliance. During the semi-final matches DNA succumbed to another high power alliance, but this did not end their time on the field. DNA went on to play in a match to determine third place where they succeeded in bringing home the third place trophy.

Kaleb Robison, Brandon Jahn, Emma Natale, Madeline Bjonskaas, and Caleb Wedin. (submitted photo)
Kaleb Robison, Brandon Jahn, Emma Natale, Madeline Bjonskaas, and Caleb Wedin. (submitted photo)

  • The following graduate students receive degrees from The College of St. Scholastica in spring 2019: Jenna Altobelli, of Virginia, graduated with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree; Rachel BeBeau, of Ashland, graduated with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree; Molly Dwyer, of Duluth, graduated with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree; Patricia Earley, of Duluth, graduated with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree; Brooke Pettinelli, of Iron, graduated with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree; Amos Restad, of Duluth, graduated with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree; Michelle Schultz. of Virginia, graduated with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree; Megan Shelton, of Cromwell, graduated with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree; Rebecca Tervo, of Virginia, graduated with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree; Brittani Brennan. of Ashland, graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree; Kelly Burgner. of Cloquet, graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree; Richelle Caya. of Duluth, graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree; Joel Hintsala, of Proctor, graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree; MacKenzie Mitchell, of Spooner, graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree; Noah Pearson, of Duluth, graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree; Jordan Peratalo, of Nashwauk, graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree; Katie Smedstad, of Silver Bay, graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree; Chris Vogeler, of Superior, graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree; Marissa Levine, of Maple, graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree; Eric Berg, of Cloquet, Master of Arts in Management; Nicole Britton, of Duluth, graduated with a Master of Business Administration; Jeremy Bugbee, of Duluth, graduated with a Master of Business Administration; Christiane Conklin, of Esko, graduated with a Master of Business Administration; Laura Emahiser, of Hibbing, graduated with a Master of Business Administration; Eric Mistry, of Duluth, graduated with a Master of Business Administration; Kristen Pollard, of Duluth, graduated with a Master of Business Administration; Jaime Schilling, of Duluth, graduated with a Master of Business Administration; Collin Smith, of Superior, graduated with a Master of Business Administration; Kevin Tellinghuisen, of Duluth, graduated with a Master of Business Administration; Sarah Wisdorf, of Duluth, graduated with a Master of Business Administration; Katie Anderson, of Wrenshall, graduated with a Master of Education degree; Alyse Lafontaine, of Cloquet, graduated with a Master of Education degree; Adam Whelan, of Mahtowa, graduated with a Master of Education degree; Melina Avinon, of Duluth, graduated with a Master of Science in Athletic Training; Brent Engstrom, of Superior, graduated with a Master of Science in Athletic Training; Daniel Larson, of Duluth, graduated with a Master of Science in Athletic Training; Megan Wines, of Duluth, graduated with a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology; Elizabeth Carr, of Duluth, graduated with a Master of Science in Project Management; Chris Kibler, of Duluth, graduated with a Master of Science in Project Management; Amber Smith, of Grand Rapids, graduated with a Master of Science in Project Management; Scott Wegler, of Duluth, graduated with a Master of Science in Project Management; Kristen Lindquist, of Superior, graduated with a Master of Science in Teaching; Michelle Anderson, of Grand Rapids, graduated with a Master of Social Work degree; Lauren Borndal, of Hermantown, graduated with a Master of Social Work degree; Allison Carrier, of Washburn, graduated with a Master of Social Work degree; Paige Christianson, of International Falls, graduated with a Master of Social Work degree; Kylie Cochran, of Superior, graduated with a Master of Social Work degree; Jessica Colter, of Grand Rapids, graduated with a Master of Social Work degree; Kaila Formanek, of Duluth, graduated with a Master of Social Work degree; Justine Gaston, of Cloquet, graduated with a Master of Social Work degree; Megan Gerak, of Warba, graduated with a Master of Social Work degree; Theresa Gogins, of Duluth, graduated with a Master of Social Work degree; Mikayla Head, of Superior, graduated with a Master of Social Work degree; Kristi Jacobi, of Cloquet, graduated with a Master of Social Work degree; A'livia Juusola, of Wright, graduated with a Master of Social Work degree; Vanessa Kohl, of Duluth, graduated with a Master of Social Work degree; John Lee, of Duluth, graduated with a Master of Social Work degree; Nikki Logergren, of Duluth, graduated with a Master of Social Work degree; Heather Markovich, of Hermantown, graduated with a Master of Social Work degree; Stacy Olson, of Grand Rapids, graduated with a Master of Social Work degree; Kiley Pronschinske, of Duluth, graduated with a Master of Social Work degree; Jamie Ross, of Superior, graduated with a Master of Social Work degree; Justin Schmiesing, of Duluth, graduated with a Master of Social Work degree; Mary Schoettle, of Duluth, graduated with a Master of Social Work degree; Maureen Sieh, of Duluth, graduated with a Master of Social Work degree; Peter Strassburg, of Grand Rapids, graduated with a Master of Social Work degree; Mallory Thorne, of Duluth, graduated with a Master of Social Work degree; Randi Trotterchaude, of Superior, graduated with a Master of Social Work degree; Dawn Turchi, of Superior, graduated with a Master of Social Work degree; Emily Wiger, of Duluth, graduated with a Master of Social Work degree; Rachael Thom, of Babbitt, graduated with a Master of Science in Teaching.