Community Notebook

A record $1.4 million was raised in fiscal year 2019. This amount includes financial donations from individual donors and organizations, as well as equipment donations, matched leveraged funds, grants and other financial awards.

The LSC Foundation awarded over $425,000 in direct student support including scholarships, grants and interest free emergency loans — the highest annual amount ever distributed by LSC Foundation.

In addition to direct student support, the LSC Foundation also serves as the fiscal host for the free summer camps for youth; LSC athletic programs, events and fundraisers; and academic and student support programs and initiatives at Lake Superior College.


“Thanks to the generosity of our community and supporters, this past year has been the most successful year in the history of LSC Foundation and we’ve been able to support more students than ever before,” said Daniel Fanning, executive director of the LSC Foundation. “For the second year in a row, we’ve had our best year both in terms of fundraising and providing financial support to students. We are so grateful for all the support we receive, from our largest donors including the Ordean Foundation and Allete to the grassroots efforts of organizations like the Bong Book Club in Superior and individual students clubs throughout our four campuses, to many of our own employees and alumni who contribute.

“It all helps support students at Lake Superior College. An increasing number of regional employers and community partners are seeing Lake Superior College and the LSC Foundation as a wise investment because they know we’re helping recruit, train and retain a large portion of our community’s workforce. While we’re energized by the growing numbers and momentum, we know there is still a lot of work to do and a growing need for even more student support. Our talented board of directors and staff are prepared to do all we can to build on the success, continue to raise the bar even higher, and continue to help as many students as possible be successful.”

Meanwhile, the Lake Superior College Foundation recently elected two new board members, who will serve three-year terms:

. Kelsey Johnson, president of the Iron Mining Association

. Peter DeSutter, senior program manager at AAR Duluth

The board also elected new officers for the upcoming fiscal year, beginning July 1:

. Tom Renier (chair), retired executive director of the Northland Foundation and former chair of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees

. Rev. Terese Tomanek (vice-chair), chaplain and employee at Woodland Hills

. Andy Reierson (treasurer), COO of Flint Group in Duluth

. Linda Basara (secretary), retired director of education at St. Luke’s

The mission of the Lake Superior College Foundation is to support Lake Superior College by cultivating community relationships and philanthropic support that will advance educational opportunities for students, staff and community.

The Foundation’s 18th annual Golf Outing fundraiser is taking place today at Nemadji Golf Course, with a shotgun start at noon, a helicopter ball drop at 4:45 p.m. and a dinner at 5 p.m.

For more information on the Lake Superior College Foundation, visit

As the Duluth Festival of Sail drifts toward Canal Park, Essentia Health is getting into the spirit by welcoming a special guest this week.

Ray the Baby Duck will spread smiles today and Thursday at the downtown Duluth campus. Billed as a baby, Ray nonetheless is 10 feet tall with a supersized personality to match. He will be at the following locations:

. Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center Children’s Hospital teen solarium from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today

. Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic First Street Building atrium from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday

While today’s event is internal only, Thursday’s is open to the public. Patients, as well as their family and friends, are invited to swing by and take a picture with Ray.

Ray, whose companion, Mama Duck, is a featured attraction of the Festival of Sail, also will be at the Miller Hill Mall from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.

Essentia Health is a presenting sponsor of the Duluth Festival of Sail, which runs Sunday through Tuesday.

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The Duluth Children’s Museum will host its annual Bubble Festival on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at Clyde Park.

The highly-popular festival, which drew a crowd of about 4,500 last summer, features an array of bubble-themed activities, including a bubble so big children can stand in it, bubble play pools and activities, science demonstrations and more. Entertainment includes Woodblind, Zeb or Zeke and the Runaway Screamings, and Sounds Unlimited.

“Bubble Festival is our way of celebrating summer with the community.” said Cameron Kruger, President/CEO of the Duluth Children’s Museum. “It’s a great way to showcase the museum’s important work and also have a fun time with families in Lincoln Park.”

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The Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association (MSA) is again offering scholarships to law enforcement students, and St. Louis County Sheriff Ross Litman encourages students in this area to apply.

The MSA Board of Directors will award up to 15 scholarships worth $600 each to students across the state who are seeking careers in law enforcement. These scholarships are due to the coordinated efforts of the 87 sheriffs in Minnesota.

“The board of directors feel peace officers in our democratic society have complex duties to perform,” said Litman. “We recognize the importance of pre-entry training for people considering law enforcement as their career choice, and that some students need outside to meet the costs of such training, even though they excel academically.”

To qualify, students must be enrolled in one of the following: a mandated Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) sills program, the second year of a two-year law enforcement program or the third or fourth year of a four-year criminal justice program.

The Scholarship Committee, in making its selection of awards, intends on achieving representation from all geographical areas of the state. Eight law enforcement students from St. Louis County, including two last year, have been awarded this scholarship since 2013.

Application forms and a statement of procedures are available at the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, or online at The deadline to apply is October 18, and awards will be announced by the end of the year.

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The University of Wisconsin-Superior Transportation and Logistics Research Center is hosting the Aeronautics and Aerospace Camp for High School Girls today through Wednesday. The camp is designed to teach high school girls about career opportunities for women in aeronautics and space. Participants will also learn about the history of women in aviation and will have the opportunity to hear from professionals in aviation and aerospace as they attend local industry tours.

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St. Louis County Public Works will be replacing the traffic signal and making other changes to improve accessibility at the intersection of Highway 2 and 2nd Street in Proctor. As a result, there will be no access to or from 2nd Street on Highway 2 beginning today. Detours will be marked. For traffic going westbound on 2nd Street, the detour will be on Pionk Drive. For eastbound traffic, the detour will be on 3rd Street and 2nd Avenue. The closure is expected to last four weeks.

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