UW-Superior to welcome Senator Bewley to campus July 31

SUPERIOR, Wis. – 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.

“We are delighted to have Senator Bewley on campus to learn about the important work Dr. Mendoza and her student team are doing for our oceans and Great Lakes,” said Chancellor Renée Wachter. “Dr. Mendoza’s lab is one of the few in the United States that studies the chemistry of the plastics found in our water sources.”

Mendoza has gained national and international attention for the unique work she and her team at UW-Superior are doing to understand the sources, impacts and solutions to increased plastics in oceans and the Great Lakes. Microplastics, microbeads and plastic fibers, are being found in water worldwide. These tiny plastics attract toxins, are eaten by aquatic bugs and fish and make their way up the food web to human consumption.

In June, the university became the recipient of an Enbridge $42,330 Ecofootprint Grant. These funds support Mendoza and her team’s efforts to continue studying the microplastic sources to Lake Superior in the Superior and Duluth area.

Mendoza was the first to discover microplastic beads in the Great Lakes, which she presented on at the 2012 American Chemical Society Conference. Data and research findings from the lab helped the State of Wisconsin become a frontrunner in banning the manufacturing and sale of personal care products containing microbeads, which have since been banned nationwide through the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015.

Middle schoolers try on healthcare careers at Scrubs Camp

Sixty middle school campers will get to check out health careers ranging from dental, surgical and radiologic tech to pharmacy, veterinary and medical device design at Scrubs Camp on Tuesday and Wednesday at Lake Superior College.

Campers will get to interact directly with working health professionals and learn through field trips, tours and lab work, and what it would be like to work in a particular health career field.

“We want kids to have a hands-on experience exploring different health professions,” said Deb Amys, LSC director of nursing and Scrubs Camp coordinator. “It’s key to help high schoolers consider and prepare for health careers before they graduate.”

Day One on July 18 will feature lab experiences in respiratory therapy, pharmacy, veterinary with North Shore Veterinary Hospital, public health with St. Louis County, radiology with Essentia, dental, medical devices with Medtronic and surgical technologist with LSC faculty.

Day Two on July 19 will feature a morning tour of St. Luke’s Hospital and an afternoon accident simulation with emergency recovery at Lake Superior College. Campers will see professionals work a full-blown auto crash rescue, complete with “bloody” victims.

Since 2008, the ultimate goal of the statewide Scrubs Camp program through Healthforce Minnesota has been to get middle school students (completed grades 6-8) excited and interested in pursuing a career in the health sciences, and to go back home motivated and focused about what they can do in middle and high school to prepare for that potential career.

Scrubs Camp is a collaborative project between HealthForce Minnesota, Lake Superior College, Essentia Health Human Resources Recruitment and Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary, UMD College of Pharmacy and Medicine and St. Luke’s.

Docherty, Holt win Park Point 5-Miler

By Kate Kucinski

Danny Docherty, 27, of St. Paul won the 46th annual running of the Park Point 5-Miler with a time of 24 minutes and 24 seconds. The victory was his first for the event.

In the female division, St. Cloud’s McKenzie Holt, 21, claimed the title with a time of 31:29. Holt was the defending female champion and won in 2016 with a time of 31:27.

Meanwhile, Duluthians John Stark, 73, and Sheila Rukavina, 50, were the champions of the men and women divisions in the walk.

A record field of 765 participants (683 runners and 82 walkers) registered for the event ― northern Minnesota’s oldest road race. Free youth races for children 14 and under accompanied the five-mile run and two-mile walk.

Net proceeds from the Park Point 5-Miler benefit the Young Athletes Foundation (YAF), a Grandma’s Marathon program focused on the promotion and development of healthy and active lifestyles for youth in the region.

For complete results visit www.grandmasmarathon.com or www.mtecresults.com


Men’s Open Division
1. Daniel Docherty, 27, St. Paul — 24:24
2. Nick Nygaar​, 26, Duluth — 25:15
3. Scott Behling, 27, Duluth — 25:50
4. Blake Anderson, 21, Sartell, MN — 25:57
5. Jackson Lindquist, 23, Carlton — 26:14
6. Chris Caron, 25, Ham Lake, MN — 26:20
7. Evan Walpole, 22, Superior — 26:41
8. Mike Ward, 28, Duluth — 26:48
9. Addison Stansbury, 16, Stillwater, MN — 27:09
10. Ethan Olson, 17, Sturgeon Lake, MN — 27:12

Women’s Open Division
1. McKenzie Holt, 20, St. Cloud, MN — 31:29
2. Sarah Quade, 40, Superior — 33:29
3. Debra Gormley, 50, Plymouth, MN — 33:53
4. Lacie Farmer, 33, Superior — 34:47
5. Alena Toft, 35, Duluth — 34:50
6. Aurora Kothe, 32, Duluth — 34:55
7. Nordica Stocker, 31, St. Paul, MN — 35:00
8. Julie Virkus, 64, St. Louis Park, MN — 35:03
9. Sharon Stubler, 52, Minnetonka, MN — 35:20
10. Allison Hanig-Landrus, 26, Duluth — 35:25


Men’s Open Division
1. John Stark, 73, Duluth — 22:20
2. Herb Dillon, 69, Duluth — 22:23
3. Francis Held, 61, Duluth — 25:49

Women’s Open Division
1. Sheila Rukavina, 50, Duluth — 24:26
2. Debbie Miller, 46, Duluth — 24:56
3. Tina Farrell, 57, Hermantown — 24:57