Community leaders

  • The Northland Foundation’s Board of Trustees elected two new members, Jamie Adams and Michelle Ufford, along with the 2021-2022 Board Officers. The newly elected Trustees may serve up to three, three-year terms.

Jamie Adams
(Photo courtesy of Northland Foundation)
Jamie Adams (Photo courtesy of Northland Foundation)

Jamie Adams is an Economic Development Planner with the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. She also serves on the boards of Northspan and the Solon Springs Educational Foundation and is a past participant in the Minnesota Rural Community Developers Network. Adams is a volunteer adult mentor with the Northland Foundation’s Youth In Philanthropy Board and has served as a coordinator for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa AGE to age site. She earned bachelor’s degrees in both environmental studies and urban and regional studies from the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Michelle Ufford 
(Photo courtesy of Northland Foundation)
Michelle Ufford (Photo courtesy of Northland Foundation)

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Michelle Ufford is the Director of Program Development/School-Business Coordinator working with Rock Ridge Public Schools, the recently consolidated Iron Range school districts of Virginia and Eveleth-Gilbert. Previous positions within the Northeast Minnesota Office of Job Training include 12 years as the Executive Director and Director of the Northeast Minnesota Workforce Development Board. She also currently serves on the Minnesota Governor’s Workforce Development Board, Iron Range Tourism Board, Northern St. Louis County Family Collaborative Services Board, and East Range Tech Prep/School to Work Board. Ufford holds a degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota.

Board Officers for 2021-2022 are: Angie Miller, Chair – Executive Director (retired), Community Action Duluth; Shaye Moris, Vice Chair – Executive Director, Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank; Peter McDermott, Treasurer – President/CEO (retired), Minnesota Diversified Industries, and Cindy Anderson Bina, Secretary – Counselor (retired), Vermilion Community College. The Immediate Past Chair, Jason Hollinday of Duluth, will spend one more year on the board. Trent Janezich, Hibbing, has rotated off the board after a decade of service, including two years as Chair.

The Northland Foundation is a publicly supported foundation serving the northeastern Minnesota counties of Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis and all or parts of five Tribal Nations in the region: the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Through grantmaking, small business assistance, KIDS PLUS Program, Maada’ookiing, and special initiatives, the foundation invests in people and communities for a thriving northeastern Minnesota.

Good people

Ely resident Jessica Kellogg and the puppy she is training to become a service dog, Yul, are being recognized as VFW #StillServing Heroes for service to country and community.
(Photo courtesy of VFW)
Ely resident Jessica Kellogg and the puppy she is training to become a service dog, Yul, are being recognized as VFW #StillServing Heroes for service to country and community. (Photo courtesy of VFW)

  • Ely resident Jessica Kellogg, a U.S. Navy veteran, who upon her retirement from the military was looking for a way to continue her service. Having raised service puppies in middle and high school, Kellogg decided to become a puppy raiser for a local organization that trains and partners dogs with people with disabilities. Kellogg teaches the puppies basic obedience, good house manners and prepares them for working in a public setting. When the puppies are about two years old, they return to the organization for "puppy college" or final training. The pups are trained to provide assistance with mobility or autism, or alerts for hearing, seizures or diabetes, and after graduation they are matched with a recipient. Kellogg is currently raising Yul, an 18-month-old black Labrador. In a few months, she will have to say goodbye to Yul but plans to train another pup after him. Kellogg and Yul are being recognized in the national Veterans of Foreign Wars #StillServing campaign honoring veterans who continue to serve after the military.

Kellogg jokes that she does the training for the puppy kisses but seriously feels honored to #StillServe with an organization that provides such a positive impact to its clients’ quality of life. She says she appreciates being able to play a small role in the pup's lives.

Donation

Charter’s Amanda Duerr  and the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Lincoln Park manager Ted Hoffman congratulate this young man for winning an individual computer from the free raffle.
(Photo courtesy of Greenfield Communications)
Charter’s Amanda Duerr and the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Lincoln Park manager Ted Hoffman congratulate this young man for winning an individual computer from the free raffle. (Photo courtesy of Greenfield Communications)

  • Charter Spectrum presented 10 Chromebooks and $1,500 to the Boys and Girls Clubs’ Lincoln Park Branch to help the organization create a new, mobile technology lab. The kids also enjoyed ice cream treats with one happy young man winning the free raffle for an individual computer.

Sundby team (l to r): ndy Westergren, Bob Sundby, John Quillen and Kyle Ernst.
(Photo courtesy of Gillette's Children's Specialty Healthcare)
Sundby team (l to r): ndy Westergren, Bob Sundby, John Quillen and Kyle Ernst. (Photo courtesy of Gillette's Children's Specialty Healthcare)

  • Sixteen teams hit the Pokegama golf course on Sept. 10 to support the 25th annual Minnesota Log A Load for Kids Golf Tournament, which benefits the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in Minnesota, Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. Although there were skilled golfers on the course, it was as much about being well equipped with mulligans (an additional donation), hoping to benefit team scores. The event netted over $10,000 for Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare.

Sundby Construction of Duluth took top honors in the Veneer flight with a 56. Sammy’s Pizza took second while Choice Insurance and Andren’s Paint Company tied for third. Bob Sundby shared that he was a Gillette patient as a boy, having a successful back surgery that has provided a lifetime of pain-free mobility. Bob has not only participated in this tournament for many years but has brought in four to five teams each year. “I’m so thankful for what Gillette did for me as a young boy that I want to give back,” shared Sundby. Log A Load for Kids is an annual campaign which began in 1988 when loggers and others in the forest products community donated the value of a load of logs to their local Children’s Miracle Network hospital. Today, Log A Load is a leader in Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ fundraising, raising more than $2 million annually through golf tournaments, fishing events, dinners, truckloads of log donations and other events.

Scholarship Winners

  • The Affinity Plus Foundation recently announced the 2021-2022 winners of the Affinity Plus Foundation Scholarship Program. This year, 36 student members from across the state of Minnesota were each awarded a $3,000 scholarship to use for their academics. This is an increase of more than $30,000 in scholarships over 2020. Local winners include: Garner Moffat of Duluth; Brita Larsen of Duluth; Merlea Mrozik of Duluth, Julia Hanson of Grand Rapids, McKenzie Starkey who attends Lake Superior College and Erin Massmann who attends the University of Minnesota Duluth.