Tocopilla Bolivia residents who will benefit from the construction of the medical clinic.
Tocopilla Bolivia residents who will benefit from the construction of the medical clinic.

  • Duluth Harbortown Rotary donated $35,000 to Mano a Mano International for the construction of the Tocopilla Medical clinic located in the Bolivian Amazon.


  • The College of St. Scholastica’s academic excellence and value have landed it on three major national college ranking lists. St. Scholastica is one of 14 Minnesota colleges included on the Princeton Review’s 2020 list of Best Midwestern Colleges. Nationally, the Princeton Review, a college admissions services company, included a total of 656 colleges that it deems academically outstanding on its best colleges listings across five geographic zones (northeast, southeast, Midwest, west and international).

    St. Scholastica also ranked 250 out of 744 colleges nationwide on Money’s list of Best Colleges in America for 2019-20. In its analysis, Money examined three main factors: quality of education, affordability, and graduate outcomes. St. Scholastica was one of 20 Minnesota colleges on this list.

    St. Scholastica appears on top college listings from Forbes. It is ranked no. 395 out of 650 colleges nationwide to be included on the Top Colleges 2019 list. Forbes bases its college rankings on academics, student experiences, career success and debt rate.

    Forbes also includes St. Scholastica at no. 264 among Private Colleges, and no. 85 for Midwest colleges.

"Sierra," a publication of Sierra Club, ranked Northland College, in Ashland, a “cool school” in its annual top-100 list of eco-savviest colleges and universities.

Of the 282 schools considered, Northland College ranked 26—up from 55 in 2018. Northland College was ranked 6—up from 14—among undergraduate colleges and remains first in Wisconsin and the Midwest.

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) named Northland College top in the nation for sustainability curriculum. More than eighty percent of faculty incorporate sustainability into the classroom.


  • Erica Ronning, of Duluth, earned a master's degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta during the Summer 2019 semester.
  • The local James W. Hunt Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the 2019 scholarship recipients. This scholarship is awarded to Duluth public high school students based upon academic merit, character and other fine qualities. The recipients must attend any University of Minnesota (any location), the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor or Carleton College. The James W. Hunt Scholarship was founded in 1951. Winners include: Emma Carlson, East High School;

    Eric Gibson, Denfeld High School; Jayson Hagen, East High School; Mya Halvorson, Denfeld High School; Brooke Heikkila, East High School; Alyssa Isaacson, Denfeld High School; Lindsay Johnson, Denfeld High School; Anna Mayou, East High School; Isabella Larson, Denfeld High School; Megan Fournier, Denfeld High School; and Gillian Mann, Denfeld High School.

  • Tess Peacock, of Washburn, earned her master's degree in biology from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich., in August.


Sarah Urban
Sarah Urban

  • U.S. Air Force Air National Guard Airman Sarah A. Urban graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Urban, a 2019 graduate of Proctor High School, is the daughter of Angela and Benny Urban of Cloquet.