Faces: good people, contest winners and donations


Four employees of the Duluth Police Department received the People of the Year 2020 award: Maya Carroll, Todd Shermer, Kerry Cronin and Matthew Nevanen. The winners are chosen by their peers.

Maya Carroll, Supervisor of the Year: Carroll is the Records and Technology Supervisor. She manages the criminal analysts and ministry records staff who support patrols and investigations so they can focus on responding to calls and investigating cases.

Todd Shermer, Officer of the Year: Shermer recently retired as a Patrol Officer in the West Duluth District. Shermer discovered that humor was a way for him to connect with his co-workers and the community.

Kerry Cronin, Civilian of the Year: Cronin is the Budget and Grants Analyst. She is responsible for overseeing the department’s general fund budget, as well as for requesting and managing state and federal grants. She has been very successful in securing large and essential funds for the police service.

Matthew Nevanen, Researcher of the Year: Nevanen is a member of the LakeSuperior Drugs and Violent Crime Task Force. He participates in local and regional investigations into drugs and violent crime. He often plays a key role in the prosecution of high level offenders.

  • The CHUM food platter received funds from the food drive on November 18, donated by Leader Duluth, the Duluth Region Chamber of Commerce Regional Leadership Development Program. The Thanksgiving food drive included turkeys provided at cost per Reinhart Foods and organized by Leadership Duluth. Every year in November, the leadership training day revolves around the personal services offered in the territory and includes a visit to the CHUM’s food department. This year, the first sponsor of Leadership Duluth, North Shore, led its own internal fundraiser and challenged its employees to donate $ 5,000 to the cause with the incentive to match dollar for dollar. They raised a total of $ 10,500. This, combined with donations from House members, totaled $ 12,525 in Thanksgiving food fundraising for local families in need.
  • On November 17, the Kraus-Anderson Community Foundation donated $ 38,000 to two local beneficiaries of the 2021 Kraus-Anderson Bike Duluth Festival, the proceeds of which support community organizations making Duluth a better place for residents and visitors. This year’s recipients, Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores (COGGS) and Harbourtown Rotary, each received $ 19,000. The KA Bike Duluth Festival is a high-energy, family-oriented cycling event held annually at Spirit Mountain. The festival includes enduro and downhill events, cross-country ski tours, a vendor village with bike and product demonstrations, and local craft businesses. The celebration includes family events, competitions, award ceremonies, music, food and a silent auction. The 2022 Kraus-Anderson Bike Duluth Festival will be held in August at Spirit Mountain.

  • Duluth Pack in partnership with Operation Hat Trick in July. Ryan Hanson of Duluth Pack and Paul Pederson of MACV presented a donation check for $ 15,000 in the name of the partnership with Operation Hat Trick. The donation of $ 15,000 to Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans will be used to help homeowner engagement efforts develop housing options for the challenges of homeless veterans in the Duluth area. Custom-made and USA-made products by Duluth Pack as part of the collaboration include, but are not limited to: Top Selling Styles, The Grab-N-Go, The Standard Large Backpack, The Pack lumbar and the Weekender travel bag, exclusively available on the brand’s website.


People's Choice: Tone Coughlin, American White Pelican Jay Cooke State Park (photo submitted)

People’s Choice: Tone Coughlin, American White Pelican Jay Cooke State Park (photo submitted)

  • The Saint-Louis River Alliance and its partners have announced the winners of its Seasons of the St. Louis River photo contest. The best picture in each category received $ 150. Second and third places were each recognized on the SLRA website and social media pages; 123 photographs were entered into the contest and over 1,000 people joined the mission to view, share, comment and vote on the photos submitted. The contest started on May 3 and ended on October 4. The photo competition was organized in partnership with the Organizations of Areas of Concern (Wisconsin DNR, Minnesota DNR, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa) and funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The intention was to celebrate the beauty of America’s largest river that flows into Lake Superior and to highlight the significant remediation and restoration work being done there. The winning photos can be viewed at stlouisriver.org/news/photo-contest-winner-announcement.

People’s choice

Tone Coughlin, “American White Pelican Jay Cooke State Park.”

People, leisure and port activities

First place: Michael Anderson, “Storybook Wonder”.

Second place: Heidi Beal, “Spring Thaw at Jay Cooke State Park”.

Third place: Tim Beaulier, “Canoeist Paddling Thru Fond du Lac”.

Fish, wildlife and birds in their natural habitat

First place: Tone Coughlin, “American White Pelican Jay Cooke State Park”.

Second place: Bob Foucault, “American White Pelican at Chambers Grove”.

Third Place: Chuck Sjodin, “The Return of the Yellow-headed Blackbird (Mud Lake)”.

Plants and Flowers

First place: Deanna Erickson, “Dragonfly Exuvia on Seeding Wild Rice (Duck Hunter Bay).”

Second place: Julie Deters, “Water Lily”.

Third place: Samir Shahin, “Duluth Bee Atop Flower”.


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