Friday Headlines: Runway work begins at airport, Allete declares quarterly dividend

Runway 9/27 reconstruction work at Duluth International Airport will begin Monday. The reconstruction work will include approximately 2,000 feet of the west end of the runway, leaving 7,000 feet of usable remaining runway length. This will allow commercial and general aviation flights to operate as scheduled. Read more.

. The Allete, Inc. (NYSE: ALE) board of directors has declared a quarterly dividend of 53.5 cents per share of common stock. On an annual basis the dividend is equivalent to $2.14 per share, unchanged from the previous quarter.

. St. Louis County Public Works staff are installing remote data sensors at five locations around the county, four of which will include weather cameras providing a live look at the current road conditions. Read more.


The College of St. Scholastica has named a new dean for its School of Education.

Brenda Fischer, Ed.D., will be the next dean of the School of Education, effective Aug. 1. She succeeds Jo Olsen, who served for 11 years in the position.

“Dr. Fischer is a collaborative and innovative educator who has fostered positive change on behalf of students and faculty in all of her prior areas of engagement,” said Dr. Wolfgang Natter, vice president for Academic Affairs. “I look forward to our work together both on campus and in the region in her new role as dean of the School of Education.”

Fischer holds a doctor of education in teaching and learning from the University of Minnesota, an M.Ed. from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and a B.S. in elementary education from Moorhead State University.

She currently serves St. Scholastica’s School of Education as chair of the undergraduate education program. In that role, she has overseen the undergraduate education programs on the Duluth campus (elementary education, five secondary education programs and two K-12 programs) and the Elementary Education Degree Completion program on St. Scholastica’s St. Paul campus. She has been at St. Scholastica since 2011.

“I am inspired by the excellent work in the School of Education,” Fischer said, “and am excited about our continued work in providing a world-class education for students, strengthening our community partnerships, and advancing the mission of The College. It is truly an honor to be chosen to serve the School of Education in this capacity.”

Fischer has taught education courses at the College in face-to-face settings, in an accelerated blended format (face-to-face and online), and in a fully online master’s program. She oversaw the development of two new programs within the School of Education, the Elementary Education Degree Completion program and an Academic Behavior Strategist license program to help address the shortage of Special Education teachers in Minnesota and across the country.

In announcing Fischer’s appointment, Natter thanked outgoing Dean Jo Olsen, who retired.

“Dr. Olsen’s 11 years of leadership saw the School of Education make significant strides in its scope of activities and the excellence of its pedagogy,” he said. “As Dr. Fischer inaugurates a new chapter of achievement for the School, we reflect with gratitude on those of Dean Olsen.”

The College of St. Scholastica is nationally recognized for quality. The America’s Best Colleges rankings by U.S. News & World Report classify it as one of the Midwest’s top regional universities. Learn more at


. Dr. Steven Haasken, a pediatric intensivist, has joined the Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital.

. Jacob Swette, a Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc.), has joined the Integrative Medicine Department at the Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic.


The 16th annual University of Minnesota Duluth Men’s Hockey Alumni Golf Outing will be held Friday at the historic Northland Country Club in Duluth. Scheduled to participate are former or current National Hockey League players Alex Stalock, Shjon Podein, Norm Maciver and Bill Watson along with 2016-17 Bulldogs Alex Iafallo, Adam Johnson, Brenden Kotyk, Hunter Miska, Dan Molenaar, Neal Pionk, Willie Raskob and Dominic Toninato.

. Duluth East defeated Eastview 5-2 in the Braemar Summer Festival high school boys hockey championship game Sunday afternoon in Edina, Minn. The Greyhounds, who finished 5-0 in the summer tournament, defeated Wayzata 5-4 in overtime in a semifinal earlier Sunday, with sophomore Finn Hoops scoring the game-winner. Duluth East also defeated Bloomington Jefferson 6-0, Lakeville South 4-0 and Benilde-St. Margaret’s 10-1.


The University of Wisconsin-Superior will welcome Senator Janet Bewley to campus on Monday, July 31, at 11 a.m. During her time on campus, Senator Bewley will meet with Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Lorena Rios Mendoza and student researchers, and will also tour multiple laboratories used in the study of environmental chemistry pollution, specifically microplastics in our oceans and Great Lakes. Read more.

Lake Superior College has hired Stephan Witherspoon and Kym Young as a TRiO Educational Opportunity Center temporary advisors.


The City of Duluth is informing the public of revised plans for the 4th Street and 4th Ave West pavement and sidewalk improvement project. The contractor has had some unexpected delays but anticipates starting the chip seal work starting August 1st, pending favorable weather. The work would begin at 9 p.m. and be completed by 6 a.m. the following day. During the chip seal work, 4th Street would be closed to traffic from Mesaba Ave to 6th Ave East. Emergency vehicles would still have access.

In addition, repairs to a failing catch basin will also take place next week on 4th Ave West at 4th Street. The southbound 4th Ave West segment off of Mesaba Ave will be closed to traffic for several days to allow concrete to cure. Southbound Mesaba Ave traffic will need to use another route into downtown.

Take a Bow

Hermantown youth hockey elites Zam Plante, Wyatt Carlson, Kade Kohanski and Matt Kauppinen will participate in the 2017 Major PeeWee Challenge at Bloomington Ice Garden in September.

Golf open to benefit UW-Superior Native American Scholarship Fund

SUPERIOR, Wis. – With all proceeds to benefit the Native American Scholarship fund at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, the 2017 Johnson Open promises to be a day of fun for a great cause. The event will take place Friday, July 28, at 9 a.m. at the Nemadji Golf Club in Superior.

The Johnson Open Scholarship Fund will provide a $1,000 scholarship to assist a Native American UW-Superior student with their education.

Two-person teams will take part in a unique format involving six holes of best ball play, six holes of alternate shot play and six holes scramble style.

The $30 entry fee per person includes a meal and door prizes. Greens and cart fees are extra.

UW-Superior’s First Nations Center seeks to promote an understanding and awareness of Indian people through a curriculum in First Nations Studies that leads to a minor. The program provides the opportunity for Indians and non-Indians alike to increase their knowledge of the origin of Indian people in terms of history, culture and philosophy.

For additional information, contact Gary Johnson at the UW-Superior First Nations Center at (715) 394-8358. Limited spots are available. To sign up, contact the Nemadji Golf Club at (715) 394-0266.

2017 St. Scholastica Football Schedule

September 2 — at Saint John’s, 1 p.m.
September 9 — at Greenville (Ill.), noon
September 16 — Westminster (MO.), noon at Public Schools Stadium
September 23 — Minnesota-Morris, 3 p.m. at Public Schools Stadium
September 30 — at Northwestern (Minn.), 1 p.m.
October 7 — Iowa Wesleyan, 2:30 p.m. (Homecoming) at UMD
October 14 — Martin Luther, 4:30 p.m. at Public Schools Stadium
October 21 — at Crown, 1 p.m.
October 28 — at Eureka (Ill.), noon
November 4 — MacMurray, 1 p.m. at Public Schools Stadium