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The 25th annual Joel Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Awards luncheon is Wednesday in the DECC’s beautiful Lake Superior Ballroom. Seventy-six nominees will be recognized, and record crowd of more than 500 is expected.

. The Duluth Transit Authority today announced that all of its buses will be temporary detoured from the Duluth Transportation Center on Michigan Street to the former Superior Street bus stops at the Holiday Center and Transit Center East beginning Monday, May 1, due to Michigan Street construction. The relocation is for approximately 60 days, the DTA said in a press release.

. Duluthians Scott Behling and Anna Lahti won Fitger’s 5K Run and Walk races in Downtown Duluth on Saturday morning.

. From Tom Urbanski: The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Alpha Phi Upsilon Chapter, inducted 24 new members during an annual recognition ceremony Thursday at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.

. James Hurley, director of Wisconsin Sea Grant, and Terry White, Second District supervisor of Douglas County, received outstanding achievement awards by the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve.

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. From our friends at The College of St. Scholastica:

The College of St. Scholastica’s Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble will present a night of “epic” music in a concert program titled “Legends and Heroes” on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Mitchell Auditorium on campus. Tickets are $5.

The College of St. Scholastica’s choirs will close out the 2016-17 Spotlight season with a concert performance titled Equilibrium at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 28 in the Mitchell Auditorium. Through their selection of music, St. Scholastica choirs will explore opposing relationships and how these relationships can ultimately create symmetry. Tickets are $5.

The College of St. Scholastica’s String Orchestra and Chamber Ensembles will welcome spring with a refreshing evening of music at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27 in the Mitchell Auditorium. Read more.

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Federal judge Patrick Schiltz will deliver the commencement address to the spring 2017 graduates of The College of St. Scholastica, his alma mater. The ceremony will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13, in Amsoil Arena at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Judge Schiltz was born and raised in Duluth. He graduated summa cum laude from The College of St. Scholastica and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. After serving as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Schiltz practiced for six years as an associate and two years as a partner at Faegre & Benson in Minneapolis. Read more.

. WITC and Superior Middle School held a unique, hands-on career fair experience for 8th graders Wednesday. The day-long event featured employers from over 50 Twin Ports business and industries showcasing their careers through activities and demonstrations.

. The University of Wisconsin-Superior and Douglas County will host the 4th annual free Veterans Expo on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Yellowjacket Union Great Room. The event will include the history of TAPS and a flag folding ceremony. Remarks will be made by Jim Paine, Douglas County Vice Chairman and newly elected mayor of Superior, and UW-Superior Chancellor Dr. Renée Wacher. The keynote speech will be made by Wisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs Secretary Daniel J. Zimmerman. “This event brings together many of our veteran community leaders,” said Monte Stewart, Veteran and Non-Traditional Student Services Coordinator at UW-Superior. “It is a great occasion for those looking to get involved with other veterans or organizations, or learn about specific services.”

. Wisconsin-Superior will host the Higher Learning Commission, which accredits colleges and universities in the north central United States, for a visit next Monday and Tuesday. “We look forward to the visit of the accreditation team,” said Chancellor Renée Wachter. “The review gives the university an opportunity to celebrate its tremendous advancements over the past few years and to look forward to ways to continue to serve its constituents effectively in the future.” UW-Superior has been accredited by the HLC since 1916. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation.

. The University of Wisconsin-Superior Music Department will present its Symphonic Band concert “The Best of New and Old: Great works of the past and a new look beyond” on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Thorpe Langley Auditorium located in Old Main. Read more.

. As the storied Hermantown program continues to battle through major growing pains — as everyone’s patience is being tested by traditional slow starts each of the past three seasons — it’s comforting to learn that 15-year Hermantown coach Mike Zagelmeyer’s approach is to look inwardly first and only — and squarely at back-to-back 8-15 seasons and an offense-absent, 0-3 start in 2017. Read more.

. KUMD student marketing assistant Sam Quackenbush has been selected the 2017 Student Employee of the Year for the State of Minnesota by the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators. Read more.

. You don’t have to be a runner, volunteer or spectator in order to play a role in this year’s 41st Grandma’s Marathon. Public nominations are being accepted for the 2017 Rudy Perpich Public Service Award through Monday, May 1. Read more.

LITTLE LEAGUE:

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Western Duluth Little League rosters are mostly set for the 2017 season, league president Ian Lewandowski said.

“Coaches are starting to reach out to their players to schedule preseason practices, as we begin to prepare for the coming season,” said Lewandowski, who begins his third year guiding the 20-team West Duluth circuit, which operates at the two, beautiful John Baggs Little League Fields located behind historic Wade Stadium. “We’re hoping for a mild April to get out on the fields early.” Read more.

. Hermantown Little League regular-season games are scheduled to begin in mid-May, tireless league president Ted Kiefat confirmed today.

“Our Majors, who play in the Quad Cities league, will open on May 9, weather permitting,” said Kiefat. “Intermediates begin about a week later, and a week before Juniors. Minors start the last week in May, with T-Ball and Rookies getting underway on Baseball Day on June 10.”

Hermantown Little League games are played at Fichner Fields at Maple Grove and Ugstad Roads. Read more.

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT:

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will be inspecting bridges April 24, April 25 and April 27 and will need to close traffic lanes and detour traffic during the inspections. Closures:

· Today – The ramp from northbound Interstate 535 to southbound I-35 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Motorists should follow posted detour.

· Tuesday – The ramp from northbound Interstate 535 to northbound I-35 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Motorists should follow posted detour.

· Thursday – The ramp from southbound Highway 194 (Mesaba Ave.) to southbound Interstate 35 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Motorists may encounter temporary or alternating lane closures.

These are regularly scheduled inspections intended to help keep the bridges in good working order. Motorists should drive accordingly and slow down when encountering work zones.