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WDIO anchor, photojournalist win Emmy Award

Good Morning Northland anchor Maarja Anderson and photojournalist Glenn Kellahan won an Emmy┬« Award in the military category for their story, “Loved Ones Lost, Letters Found.” When a woman called the station’s newsroom to say she’d found a box full of letters from World War II in her basement, WDIO staff knew it was a story that would require extra attention.

“It was such an honor to reunite a family with a piece of their history and I will never forget the moment when Bunny Kangas first opened the shoebox full of her brothers’ letters from WWII,” Anderson said.

Anderson (left) and Kellahan worked with a genealogist and others to track down relatives of the three brothers who wrote the letters, and put them back in the family’s hands again.

“It is the kind of story and subject matter in which the newsroom takes a lot of pride,” WDIO news director Steve Goodspeed said. “Three young brothers went to war for their country. With the historic and emotional importance involved, Maarja and Glenn took on the story with a great sense of responsibility to try and find answers — and surviving family members.”


Bulldogs men’s hockey coach Scott Sandelin answered questions from the local electronic and print media after practice Wednesday afternoon at Amsoil Arena. Howie / The Howie Blog

Sandelin: ‘We can’t overlook Bemidji’

Bulldogs men’s hockey coach Scott Sandelin has a lot of respect for his team’s opening-weekend opponent, Bemidji State.

“They work hard, they’re tenacious and they get after teams,” Sandelin said of the Beavers, who blitzed his Bulldogs 4-0 in their most recent meeting — a North Star College Cup first-round game on Jan. 25, 2015 in St. Paul.

“They recruited some skilled forwards and their goaltender is really good. Maybe early in the year we can expose their young guys on defense.”

The No. 2-ranked Bulldogs and Beavers meet Friday at 7:07 p.m. at Amsoil Arena and Saturday at 8 p.m. at Sandford Center in Bemidji.

UMD’s top dogs are senior defenseman Andy Welinski and sophomore goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo. Veteran forwards Tony Cameranesi, Al Iafallo and Dom Toninato will need to lead the team offensively.

Junior defensemen Carson Soucy and Willie Raskob are also being asked to step up their play.

“This group has learned lessons,” said Sandelin. “When you get an older group and the importance of every game, you certainly don’t look past or undervalue any team. If we do that, then we don’t deserve to win. Our message is pretty simple: we respect every opponent we play, we come ready to play and we put our best foot forward. That’s what we’re looking for.

“When the weekend is done, we turn the page and look forward to the next weekend. If you start looking too far ahead, you’re in trouble. Our guys have a ton of respect for the team we’re playing on Friday.”

Defenseman Adam Johnson (Hibbing) and defenseman Neal Pionk (Hermantown) are Bulldogs’ impact freshmen.

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Bulldogs junior forward Dom Toninato on his teammate and close, personal friend Andy Welinski: “He’s a great guy on and off the ice. He’ll continue be huge for our team. He’s a great leader and a guy everyone can look up to and follow. There’s a lot of confidence with him on the ice. He defends well, and can also fly down the ice and get goals for us. He plays in every situation, power-play, man-short, five-on-fives.”

Hockey Notebook

Derek Forbort of Duluth has made the Los Angeles Kings’ 23-man opening day regular season roster. The former Duluth East Greyhound, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound defenseman and a third-year professional, was a healthy scratch in the Kings’ 6-1 home loss against San Jose last night. LA (1-0) plays host to Arizona (0-0) at 9:30 p.m. (CST) Friday.


UW-Superior awarded internship grant from Northland Foundation

The University of Wisconsin-Superior has received a $15,000 grant that will be awarded to students from Minnesota who attend the university thanks to a partnership with the Northland Foundation.

The grant came to UW-Superior through the Northland Foundation, an organization founded in 1986 which focuses on serving Northeastern Minnesota communities. Since the Northland Foundation started, it has awarded more than 4,100 grants totaling over $30 million donated.

The grant, which is a local match for the ‘Jacket Internship Financial Assistance program, stems from a collaboration with organizations including the Northland Foundation, the UW-Superior Foundation and Advancement Department, the Grants and Research Department, and Career Services. This grant in particular will support Minnesota students who attend UW-Superior and are participating in an internship; this new partnership will make the internships paid.

“Building partnerships with our local community is a strategic priority for both UW-Superior and the UW-Superior Foundation,” said Jeanne Thompson, vice chancellor for advancement and executive director of the UW-Superior Foundation. “We are proud and honored that they have chosen to support our university and students.”

This new grant is just one of the many resources that UW-Superior has for its students. Not only do internships help students learn about their career field from the inside, they help to decide if this is the right career for them, enables students to work alongside professionals in their chosen field, and allows students to apply the knowledge that they learned during their time at UW-Superior. The university will use the grant to create new paid internships and turn previously unpaid internships into paid internships. This is extremely beneficial for students who do not receive enough financial aid to cover college expenses.

The University of Wisconsin-Superior is a nationally recognized public liberal arts institution of over 2,600 students in the Duluth-Superior, MN-WI metro area. UW-Superior now has more than 60 program offerings, select graduate programs, and competitive Division III athletics programs, as well as research and scholarship that support the community and region.


Unique Farm Business Program at WITC

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is proud to once again offer the farm business and production management program at the Ashland campus. This program is for those who own, manage or work on a farm and wish to improve their knowledge and skill in the agriculture industry. This is a unique program which includes campus class time combined with in-person instructional time at the farm or place of choosing.

This year, the emphasis will be farm records and business analysis. Students will learn proper records design and recording to meet business and tax needs. In addition, students will learn and be able to apply current farm business analysis methods to assist in identifying business strengths and weaknesses. This course meets the Farm Service Agency borrower financial training requirement. — WITC press release


Summit School offers classes for infants, toddlers, 3′s pre-school and junior kindergarten (6 weeks-16 months, 16 months-33 months, 34 months-four years and 4-5 year-olds).

Summit School is an independent, non-profit school that meets or exceeds all state and federally mandated academic standards — including staff licensure and compulsory education requirements. For additional information, contact Kathy Ponder at 218.724.3133 or by eMail, here.



The five locally-owned Perkins in the area are located only minutes in any direction.
Perkins East and Perkins Superior are open 24 hours Friday and Saturday.


Superintendent of Northeast Regional Corrections Center receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Kathy Trihey, superintendent at the Northeast Regional Corrections Center, was recently awarded the Minnesota Association of Community Corrections Act County’s Board of Directors Jack Young Award. The award is given to individuals who have furthered the mission of community corrections having made outstanding contributions to the development of and improvement of community corrections in Minnesota.

Kathy started as a Group Living Counselor at the Arrowhead Juvenile Center in 1974. She experienced the transition to a Community Corrections agency and the birth of Arrowhead Regional Corrections in 1976. In 1979, Kathy was promoted to Social Services Director of the Arrowhead Juvenile Center. In this role, she provided the supervision and leadership to create one of the first Intensive Supervision units for juveniles in the state. It was known as S.W.A.T. (Special Workers Assisting Treatment) and was recognized nationally as a model program. The programming was ground-breaking at the time and has now been fully integrated into AJC’s current corrections practices.

Kathy (left) served as a supervisor in Court and Field Services beginning in 1986 and was promoted to the Superintendent position at the Arrowhead Juvenile Center in 1987 where she served for 26 years. Under her leadership, the juvenile center expanded in 1996 to include an additional 24 beds dedicated to residential treatment programming. In additional to short term and long term residential programming, Kathy implemented a juvenile male sex offender program that is one of the best in the state.


Lowell Elementary families encouraged to participate in ‘Kindness in Chalk’

As a kickoff to Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, Lowell Elementary is encouraging parents and students to participate in “Kindness in Chalk.”

During parent conferences, which take place this week and part of next week, families are encouraged to “chalk a message” around the idea of kindness anywhere on the school grounds.

The program was started by a parent in the Twin Cities and has since spread to schools across Minnesota.


Northwest Passage Skywalk ribbon-cutting held earlier today

The Duluth Transit Authority, the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center and the Greater Downtown Council held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly-reconstructed Northwest Passage Skywalk today in the pop-up section of the skywalk located closest to the DECC.

The ceremony included opening remarks from Duluth City Council president Emily Larson, DTA board president John Brostrom (above photo, and on the left of DTA Executive Director Dennis Jensen), DECC executive director Dan Russell and Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce president and DECC board president David Ross.


WLSSD unwanted medication collection event Friday

The Western Lake Superior Sanitary District will host a free collection event for unwanted or expired medications at its regional Household Hazardous Waste Facility on Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Medicine Cabinet Clean-Out Day is a one-day event offering residents free disposal of unwanted medications in a safe, convenient and environmentally sound manner.

Due to U.S. drug laws, medication can only be accepted at this location during these specially-staffed events.

“Regularly cleaning out your medicine cabinet and other places where medicines are stored, like the refrigerator or purse, makes it safer for everyone” said Sarah Lerohl, the WLSSD’s Environmental Program Coordinator.


. Thousands of children and their families are expected Oct. 10 and 17 at the Lake Superior Zoo for the 2015 edition of Boo at the Zoo, the annual two-day day event of trick-or-treating in costume among the animals at the Northland’s only zoo.

Highlights of this year’s event include: a pumpkin patch, games and contests, tractor rides, food vendors and, of course, trick-or-treating throughout the zoo at stations sponsored by local organizations and companies.

. Duluth East High School Key Club members will work to raise donations to help the homeless through its annual “Camp in a Box” event. The students will raise funds for Duluth’s Life House, which helps homeless young people, by sleeping outside in cardboard boxes at Ordean Stadium starting at 8 p.m. Friday.

. The public is invited to a meeting to discuss the current City of Duluth vacation dwelling unit ordinance and to consider revising and/or including additional standards to provide a balanced approach in regulating short-term rentals. The meeting will be held on Thursday Oct. 15 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 303 at Duluth City Hall.


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