The Knights of Columbus presented a check to Together for Life Northland, Star of the North Maternity Home and Women’s Care Center. In the photo (left to right): Deacon Paul Sever, Knights of Columbus; Deacon Lyle Johnson, Chairman of the Board, Together for Life Northland; Sue McClernon, Star Executive Director of North Maternity Home; Jen Woodall, Executive Director, Women’s Health Center; and Bob Spehar, Knights of Columbus, District MP, District 5. (Photo courtesy of Monica Hendrickson)
The Knights of Columbus of the Duluth / Superior region recently concluded a month-long fundraiser in support of Together for Life Northland Collaborative. They are happy to donate $ 5,000 to Together for Life Northland, to help their programming needs for women in our communities.
Together For Life Northland is a collaborative, non-profit organization that assists pro-life family organizations with many aspects of building a culture of living in Northland. Two notable organizations within this collaboration that need donations are the Star of the North Maternity Home and the Women’s health center. Motherhood is for homeless women aged 21 and over in our region that focuses on nutrition, positive parenting and a Christian life. The Women’s Care Center offers free counseling and support to women with unplanned pregnancies.
The Erie Mining Company History Project team, in collaboration with the St. Louis County Historical Society, hosted a brunch on June 11 to recognize Abigail Stoddard, recipient of the Erie Mining History’s first annual scholarship. Program. The presenters were Ron Hein, Dan DeVaney and Mike Sterk, all members of the Erie Mining History project team. A scholarship presentation by Konnie Lemay, editor of Lake Superior Magazine and closing remarks by JoAnne Coombe, executive director of the St. Louis County Historical Society.
Annika Gunnarson, daughter of Dave and Teri Gunnarson of Duluth, received the North Dakota State University Provost Award in the amount of $ 6,000. The Provost Prize rewards students who have obtained a score of 25 to 28 on the ACT and who have obtained a GPA of 3.5 or higher in high school. Gunnarson will join the NDSU in the fall and plans to major in criminal justice. In high school, she was involved in the National Art Honors Society.
Knife River Lutheran Church quilters are Kay Struve, Vicky Gorman, Lee Bujold and Susan Hubbartt. (Photo courtesy of Kirsten Ryden)
Pastor Susan Berge examines with appreciation the quilt that was given to his son Andrew and his wife Galina. Knife River Lutheran Church quilters are Kay Struve, Vicky Gorman, Lee Bujold and Susan Hubbartt. (Courtesy of Kirsten Ryden)
- The Knife River Lutheran Church Quilting Group has been meeting for over 20 years. Most of the quilts they make have gone to Lutheran World Relief, which delivers them to areas of need around the world. The group makes approximately 32 quilts each year and once a year the church holds a worship service where they bless the quilts before sending them out into the world in a tangible display of love and concern. The group also donates quilts to local service organizations such as the Lutheran Social Service Center for Changing Lives and Community Partners. Quilts are also sometimes distributed as graduation or wedding gifts, when church members are ill, or as a fundraiser for local raffles and silent auctions. In addition to the weekly quilting sessions, member Susan Hubbartt makes baby quilts at home which are given at baptisms at church.
The group has a long history of being good stewards of their resources. When the Lutheran Church of Bethlehem Quilting Group at Two Harbors disbanded several years ago, the Knife River Lutheran Church Group acquired their sewing machines and fabric. Over the years these sewing machines began to have mechanical failures and when more time was spent repairing them than using them for sewing, the group went to the church board to ask for a funding for new sewing machines. Realizing the great work they are doing, not only did they secure this funding, but the quilting group became a regular part of the church budget receiving ongoing quarterly funding for necessary fabric and supplies.
During the pandemic, the group was unable to reunite from March 2020 to April 2021, but during this time their mission continued as pieces of cloth were cut and sewn into members’ homes. The group is happy to be able to meet again at church. When asked what keeps them coming back week after week, the answer is quick. “Socialize with friends while doing well-deserved service! And, of course, the treats!