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Kettelhut named 2013 Port Cities Woman of the Year

Diane Kettelhut was named the 2013 Port Cities Woman of the Year at the 65th annual Port Cities Luncheon, which was Wednesday at the Greysolon Ballroom.

Diane Kettelhut
Diane Kettelhut, 2013 Port Cities Woman of the Year. (Naomi Yaeger photo)

Diane Kettelhut was named the 2013 Port Cities Woman of the Year at the 65th annual Port Cities Luncheon, which was Wednesday at the Greysolon Ballroom.

Kettelhut was nominated by Essentia Health Miller Dwan Auxiliary, Viewcrest Health Center and Franciscan Health Center. She has been a member of the Essentia Health Miller Dwan Auxiliary since 1986. She is the manager of the Miller Dwan Gift Shop and will begin her term as the president of the Miller Dwan Auxiliary this month.

Almost 150 attended the luncheon. Eight women were nominated: Kettelhut, Denise Bussa, Mamie Hughes, Kathy Kadleck, Virginia Katz, Pat Koski, Nancy Odden and Joan Peterson.

Robin Washington, editor of the Duluth News Tribune and supervisor of the Budgeteer News was the keynote speaker. Susan Bussa, 2012 Woman of the Year, handed the award to Kettelhut. Bussa estimated that Duluth women have donated over one million hours of volunteer service. "Duluth is known for volunteerism," Bussa said.

Carol Kelley introduced eight area high school students who were honored as Young Women Volunteers. Kelley called them "remarkable young women" who volunteered with schools, nursing homes and at animal shelters. The young women are: Cadence Bambenek - Duluth East High School, Gbemisola Famule - Superior High School, Merit Floerke - Harbor City International School, Stephanie Halverson - Proctor High School, Rebecca Hendrickson, Denfeld High School, Mary Kate Minke - Marshall School, Christine Peterson, Lakeview Christian Academy and Jordan Wolf - Hermantown High School.

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