National Bank of Commerce and Project Joy, along with author Dan Urshan of Duluth, provided 1,200 copies of “Where’s Duke?” to be added in the backpacks of kids along with their weekend meals that are provided by Project Joy. These will go out between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Circle of Hope announced that the breast cancer fundraiser held at Landmark Lanes on March 30, 2019, raised $3,151 to help local breast cancer patients. In seven years, the money raised totaled $21,132. The Circle of Hope Board of Directors has decided not to hold a bowling fundraiser any longer.
The American Association of University Women Duluth held its 11th annual scholarship fundraiser, "Created Here: Meet the Artists," at Northland Country Club. Four local artists, Karen McTavish, quilter and author; Mary Fox, actor and artistic director of Renegade Theater; Linda Turpening, pianist; Linda LeGarde Grover, author, donated their time and talents to help earn over $6,000 for scholarships.
Rachel’s Network awarded tribal attorney Tara Houska of Duluth with its inaugural Catalyst Award. The award recognizes women of color making an environmental impact in communities across the country with a $10,000 prize and networking opportunities. Tara (Couchiching First Nation Anishinaabe) is former campaigns director of Honor the Earth, former adviser on Native American affairs to Bernie Sanders, and founder of Ginew collective, a grassroots, frontlines effort led by indigenous women to protect Anishinaabe territory from Enbridge’s Line 3 tar sands project. She is also a co-founder of Not Your Mascots, a nonprofit committed to eradicating native stereotyping. In 2016, Tara spent six months in North Dakota fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline through legal support and awareness-raising. She has advocated for fossil fuel divestment, written reports on financial forecasts related to fossil fuel investments, organized direct actions, and participated in delegations to financial institutions, credit rating agencies, and insurers. Tara will be honored at an awards ceremony along with five other winners at Rachel’s Network Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., in March.
Lily Benge-Briggs has been named the Rookie Art Educator of the Year by the Art Educators of Minnesota. Benge-Briggs is in her second year of teaching primary and elementary art at the Duluth Edison Charter Schools North Star.
Kelly Larson of Superior performed in the Ripon College Fall Choral Concert. Larson’s parents are Eric and Julie Larson of Superior. Larson is a soprano in the Choral Union.
Jude Goossens, a 2016 graduate of Duluth East High School, former Student Representative to the School Board of Duluth Public Schools, and alumni of the Duluth Edison Charter Schools, has recently been in the news in his role as the Director of Government and Legislative Affairs (GLA) at the Minnesota Student Association (Twin City campus). In his second year as GLA Director, Goossens has lead his MSA team in a variety of initiatives to increase student election engagement. In this role, he also continues to lobby the Minnesota legislature on issues important to college students across the state, and has been active with the Association of Big 10 Student at a national level advocating for federal legislation on issues important to college students.
Two area students have been awarded $500 scholarships for studying at the School of the Minnesota Ballet for the 2019-20 school year. The Suzanne Kritzberg Scholarship has been awarded to Nakiera Schneider, a Ballet V-Year 1 student and eighth-grader at Mountain Iron-Buhl High School. This award is given to a student annually for hard work, passion for dance, and academic strength. The inaugural Robert Gardner Scholarship has been awarded to Liam Colclough, a Ballet VII student and tenth-grader at Marshall High School. Gardner served as ballet master 1992-2007 and as artistic director 2007-19.
Students from Cloquet High School participating in BestPrep’s 2019 Educational Forum Essay Competition were recently recognized. Benjamin Bauer was awarded first place, Lexis Gerard third place and Brenna Mattson fifth place.
Bauer read his essay at the forum to approximately 800 attendees. The students are taught by Jason Richardson in his AP English class.
Students were asked to write a personal essay based on a prompt inspired by the book “Thank You for Being Late,” by New York Times columnist and forum keynote speaker Thomas Friedman. The prompt was: “In Thank You for Being Late, Thomas Friedman makes a case for taking time in our fast-paced world to be intentional and thoughtful members of our personal, local, and global communities. To you, what does it mean to be a thoughtful community member? And, what can you and/or others do now to make a meaningful impact?”
Hundreds of essays were submitted. The top 20 students, along with their teachers and families, were invited to the forum on Oct. 7, hosted at the St. Paul RiverCentre.