Demonstrators gather to protest police brutality and to support racial justice at a rally called Change the Range: Black Voices Matter, held on June 7 at the Kline-Cuppoletti park facility on Silver Lake in Virginia. The group that organized the event it is calling itself Change the Range. Over 150 people attended the peaceful demonstration, which included speakers, eight minutes and 45 seconds of silence, and music. A statement from organizers said, “Our intention is to connect people from all over the Range who have a shared desire for justice to act together in their communities.” Submitted by Marlise Riffel.
Pictured (l. to r.): East Range Academy of Technology and Science (ERATS) students Nathaniel Nason, Jericho Hydrick, Joe Wood, and John Hydrick hold four gallons of pop can tabs they collected. Two months prior to Minnesota’s stay-at-home order, ERATS students began collecting the tabs for Ronald McDonald House Charities. Dr. Luke Hafdahl of Mayo Clinic accepted the pop tabs on behalf of Ronald McDonald House Charities and thanked the ERATS students for their thoughtful and generous donation. Submitted by Dorothy Oie, ERATS teacher.
Donna Fleetwood, a 90-year-old resident at Edgewood Vista in Virginia, greets Doreen and Gary Wallace, Donna’s daughter and son-in-law, through the window of her apartment. Doreen and Gary came up from Duluth recently and had lunch outside Donna’s window. Doreen’s sister Darcy said, “[Donna] has a great attitude and her spirits are positive.” Submitted by Darcy Norha.
Jessica Renner places an order at Kunnari’s Kitchen and Coffee House in Virginia while riding SD Worth It, an imported Gypsy Cob stallion. Jessica rode around Virginia on May 19 to “remind people of freedom, giving hope and spreading smiles,” according to Donna Pettinelli. Jessica asked Donna if should would help with cleanup on Jessica’s trip around town. Jessica and her horse (also known as Elliott) visited a daycare, Kunnari’s, the Waterview Pines nursing home, Northland Chiropractic, and Waschke Family Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. At Waterview Pines, Jessica and Elliott greeted residents through the windows if they couldn’t come outside. Submitted by Donna Pettinelli.
Merritt Elementary School fourth grade student Julia Cook (pictured) earned over 400 Accelerated Reader (AR) points during the 2019-2020 school year. According to Julia’s teacher, Joanna Dahl, AR is an online program where students read books, then take a comprehension quiz. The books are assigned a reading level according to grade, as well as points based on the book’s difficulty. Ms. Dahl said, “Julia has worked extremely hard during the 19-20 school year to earn this achievement! We at Mt. Iron-Buhl couldn’t be prouder to have her as a student! Way to go, Julia!” Submitted by Joanna Dahl.