Learning Notes

Natalie Miller
(Photo submitted by Sue DeNio)
Natalie Miller (Photo submitted by Sue DeNio)

  • Natalie Miller, a senior at Duluth East, has had her essay "Too Strong For a Woman: How Bernice Sandler Created Title IX to Break Barriers for Female Faculty in Higher Education," published in "The History Teacher," a peer-reviewed journal for educators.



39th annual Minnesota State Old Time Fiddle Championships state winner this year is a Duluthian Aaron Wilcox. 
(Photo submitted by Sheila Wilcox.)
39th annual Minnesota State Old Time Fiddle Championships state winner this year is a Duluthian Aaron Wilcox. (Photo submitted by Sheila Wilcox.)

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  • The 39th annual Minnesota State Old Time Fiddle Championships were held Aug. 14, in Mountain Iron. Fiddlers young and old enjoyed competing for cash and prizes, performing for a live audience and growing as a musician through feedback from three judges. Since our contest is certified by the National Old Time Fiddlers Association, our Minnesota State Champion fiddler qualifies to participate in the National Old Time Fiddle Championships in Weiser, Idaho next June. This year's state winner is Aaron Wilcox, who grew up in Mountain Iron and graduated from Virginia High School.

Congratulations to the following local winners:

Championship Division

First place: Aaron Wilcox of Duluth.

Third place: Kailyn Spencer of Duluth.

Fourth place: Eliza Wilson of Superior.

Fifth place: Sheila Wilcox of Mountain Iron.

Junior-Junior Division

Fourth place: Samuel Hardy of Hibbing.

Junior Division

Second place: Lillian Hunt of Virginia.

Third place: Delia Alger of Virginia.

Intermediate Division

Second place: Andy Cragun of Duluth.

Non-Fiddle Division

Third place: Lynette Pearson (cello) of Virginia.



George Rolfe
(Photo submitted by Emily O'Connor)
George Rolfe (Photo submitted by Emily O'Connor)

  • Two local students were recently awarded college scholarships from one of Two Harbors’ largest employers – Louisiana-Pacific Corp (LP). First time recipient George Rolfe, of Duluth, plans to attend the College of St. Scholastica to major in pre-professional medicine. George's father, Matthew Rolfe, works at LP Building Solutions in Two Harbors. Renewal recipient Brianna Hiukka, of Minneapolis, attends the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and is majoring in biology, society and the environment. Brianna's father is Jerry Huikka, also employed at LP Building Solutions in Two Harbors. The LP Scholarship Program recognizes and rewards the accomplishments of its employees’ children who excel in their studies and make positive contributions in their communities. Since 2001, the program has given more than $2 million in scholarships to over 400 students.

Scholarship opportunity

  • High school seniors and college students with a connection to St. Louis County, are encouraged to apply for the $1,500 Mike Colalillo Medal of Honor Scholarship. The 2021 application is open and the deadline for submission is Wednesday, Sept. 15. Veterans Memorial Hall, a program of St. Louis County Historical Society, honors Mr. Colalillo by awarding annual scholarships to students who live in and/or go to school in St. Louis County, Minnesota. Applications and instructions can be downloaded from the St. Louis County Historical Society website at thehistorypeople.org/m-colalillo-scholarship. Completed applications and research papers should be submitted to jay@thehistorypeople.org or mailed, postmarked by Sept. 15, to: Veterans Memorial Hall, 506 West Michigan Street, Duluth, MN 55802.