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Kreutzkampf named Port Cities Woman of the Year

June Kreutzkampf was named the 2016 Port Cities Woman of the Year at the annual Port Cities Luncheon on Wednesday in Duluth. The award recognizes community volunteers -- and Kreutzkampf has played an active role with a variety of community groups...

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June Kreutzkampf (left), the 2016 Port Cities Woman of the Year, accepts roses from Marilyn Gratto, last year's woman of the year, during Wednesday's 91st Annual Port Cities Luncheon at the Radisson Hotel Duluth-Harborview. Kreutzkampf has volunteered at the Friends of the Duluth Public Library for 31 years. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com

June Kreutzkampf was named the 2016 Port Cities Woman of the Year at the annual Port Cities Luncheon on Wednesday in Duluth.

The award recognizes community volunteers - and Kreutzkampf has played an active role with a variety of community groups. She was nominated by the Friends of the Duluth Public Library, of which she has been a member for 31 years - including the past four as a board member.

Kreutzkampf also has been involved with the St. Luke's Volunteer Service Guild for 10 years; a member and teacher in University for Seniors for 10 years; and is a member of First United Methodist Church, where she serves as a lay minister and volunteers with church committees and activities.

Among other groups, she's also been part of the Duluth Woman's Club, AARP Lakeside Chapter, Beta Sigma Phi, the American Association of University Women and the Spirit Mountain Recreation Authority, and has served as an election judge for many years.

Four other women were nominated for the honor this year: Helena Jackson, nominated by the Duluth Woman's Club; Elizabeth Ann Larson, nominated by Altrusa International of Duluth; Marlys Stainbrook, nominated by St. Mary's Medical Auxiliary; and Linda Tezak, nominated by St. Luke's Volunteer Service Guild.

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Eight area high school students also were recognized for their volunteer work: Grace Berg, Harbor City International School; Lisa Borchardt, Lakeview Christian Academy; Sylvia Bowen-Bailey, Duluth East High School; Mariah Donofrio, Hermantown High School; Abby Lonne, Proctor High School; Jade Nelson, Duluth Denfeld High School; Paris Ojeda, Superior High School; and Samantha Voigt, Marshall School.

Former Duluth Mayor Don Ness was the guest speaker at the luncheon this year, and guests were welcomed by current Duluth Mayor Emily Larson and Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen.

The annual luncheon began in 1929 as part of the Duluth Day celebration and was renamed the Port Cities Luncheon in 1983 to include people from across the region. Women of the year have been named since 1948. The 2015 winner, Marilyn Gratto, presented Kreutzkampf with this year's award.

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