Regional Toys for Tots program benefited from over 400 toys help make the season brighter when kids helped kids by donating this holiday season for the 7th annual Tickets for Tots at Adventure Zone in Canal Park. E-tickets are donated by customers from the center's video arcade which in turn are used to purchase toys for those less fortunate. Arcade players also had the option to redeem their tickets for a toy, and donate that toy to the Toys for Tots collection box. On Dec. 9, over 400 toys were donated to the Northland's Toys for Tots program. The Tickets for Tots promotion started Nov. 18.
The Gobble Gallop Thanksgiving Day Race, National Bank of Commerce and Verso present a check to Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank on Dec. 5. The Duluth Running Company, the organizer of the for-profit race, has donated $1,000 while matching gift contributors National Bank of Commerce and Verso have also donated $1,000 each matching the contributions of the race participants. In total, this year’s Gobble Gallop raised $4,003.48 for Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank.
- Emily Lockling and Shania DeLille, current students at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, were awarded the Spirit of Sovereignty Scholarship which is given to well-qualified students attending tribal colleges across the country. Scholarship recipients are selected by their college, and funds can be used for any education-related expense, including but not limited to tuition, books, housing, travel and childcare.
Emily Lockling is a 2018 graduate of Cloquet Senior High School in Cloquet, Minnesota, and will graduate in May 2020 from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College with an associate of science degree in Environmental Science, plus an associate of arts degree, and a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems. Lockling, a lifelong Cloquet resident, is interested in water chemistry and plans to transfer to a four-year college, possibly Northland College in Ashland, to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Emily’s career goal is to work in a natural resources position related to water.
Lockling works in the Environmental Institute at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College as a student research assistant for the St. Louis River Watershed Mercury Project. Emily is the Student Senate Activities Coordinator, the Geographic Information Systems Club Secretary, and the Environmental Science Club Secretary. Emily represented Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College at the 2019 First Americans Land Grant Consortium annual conference in Denver, was selected as an Indigenous Visionary by the American Indian College Fund, and is a member of Northwoods Women in Science.
Shania DeLille is a second-year student at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College and will graduate after Fall Semester 2020 with an associate of arts degree. Shania grew up in Cloquet and the Fond du Lac Reservation, earned a General Education Diploma in 2010, and is considering transferring to Bemidji (Minn.) State University to complete a bachelor’s degree in American Indian Studies or Anishinaabe Language.
DeLille serves as a language tutor at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College and is Secretary of the Anishinaabe Student Council. Shania enjoys being around family and hopes to represent the college at the 2020 American Indian Higher Education Consortium annual conference and student competitions.
Nora Wagner, a senior at South Ridge High School in Culver, received the $2,000 Audrey Lundeen Scholarship from the Bluebird Foundation. Wagner has participated in dance for fourteen years and is an instructor and gives private lessons to special needs students who can't participate in a group settings. Nora developed a love for tap at a young age because most of her family is blind and tapping allowed them to hear her performances. Nora has a genetic disorder called Retinitis Pigmentosa, which has restricted her visual field and will eventually cause her to lose her vision as a whole. She is currently enrolled in Minnesota’s State Services for the Blind, and is receiving help with her transition. The Scholarship is intended for a current high school senior who plans to pursue their interests in music (vocal or instrumental), dance or theater in college or some other advanced arts training beyond high school. The student does not need to plan to major in the performing arts but must plan to do advanced study/training to keep the arts a part of their lives.
1STLT Erik Benjamin Carlson is a 2011 graduate of Duluth East High School. He graduated from Iowa State University in 2016 where he received a bachelor of arts degree in political science. After commissioning as a 2NDLT, he attended The Basic School in Quantico, Va., training as a Provisional Rifle Platoon Commander with Fox Company. 1STLT Carlson completed Primary Flight Training with Training Squadron SIX aboard NAS Whiting Filed in Milton, Fla. and was named to the Commodore's List during the Primary Flight Training. During Advanced Jet Flight Training he earned one Navy "E" for bombing accuracy. He carrier qualifed in the T-45C on board the USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) on Oct. 31, 2019. 1STLT Carlson completed Advanced Jet Flight Training with Training Squadron SEVEN. His parents are Mark and Lynne Carlson of Duluth.