Donations

DECC donated over four thousand pounds of food to CHUM. Pictured are (l to r): Steve Rankila, DECC; Jake Magdzas, DECC; Scott Van Daele, CHUM; and Roger Reinert, DECC.
DECC donated over four thousand pounds of food to CHUM. Pictured are (l to r): Steve Rankila, DECC; Jake Magdzas, DECC; Scott Van Daele, CHUM; and Roger Reinert, DECC.

  • CHUM received 4,186 pounds of frozen food from the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Ensuring spaces within the DECC complex are ready for activity is a critical step as the DECC prepares for an increase in events. Clearing the freezers of older inventory is one step in that process. The food was maintained properly, but is nearing expiration dates. Since it's not usable by the DECC, they donated it to help others.

Aaron Humphreys, a veteran that just found housing, and Dave Martin, the Duluth Elks Exhalted Ruler. The Elks supply veterans with a "welcome home kit" with supplies to help them get started in their new home.
Aaron Humphreys, a veteran that just found housing, and Dave Martin, the Duluth Elks Exhalted Ruler. The Elks supply veterans with a "welcome home kit" with supplies to help them get started in their new home.

  • The Duluth Elks No. 133 supplied a recently housed homeless veteran with a "welcome home kit." The kit supplies the newly housed veteran with essential supplies to get started in their newly acquired residence . The kit includes hygiene supplies, microwave, coffee maker, bedding, cleaning supplies, dishes, cutlery, etc. Most of the homeless veterans are in need of everything. Elks try to get them started with the basics.

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The DECC staff presented the Duluth Fire Department with 25 three-gallon tubs of ice cream earlier today, as a part of their “Share the Love” initiative.
The DECC staff presented the Duluth Fire Department with 25 three-gallon tubs of ice cream earlier today, as a part of their “Share the Love” initiative.

  • The DECC staff presented the Duluth Fire Department with 25 three-gallon tubs of ice cream, as a part of their “Share the Love” initiative. " While having leftover food is not a great thing for the DECC, it can be a great thing for the community,” DECC Interim Executive Director Roger Reinert said.

Education Notes

  • Renee Pedersen, of Proctor Public Schools, is one of 75 teachers nominated for Minnesota Teacher of the Year. The program celebrates the tradition of excellence in teaching in Minnesota. An independent panel of leaders in the fields of education, business, government, nonprofit and philanthropy will read candidates’ portfolios over the next few weeks and narrow the list to a group of semifinalists. In March, the panel will convene again and review additional materials from the semifinalists to choose a group of finalists. Because of safety precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the scheduled Minnesota Teacher of the Year banquet, set for May 2 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre, may be postponed.