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The 2018 District Conference is scheduled for April 26-28, and our Canadian Rotarians in Thunder Bay (Fort William), Thunder Bay (Port Arthur), Thunder Bay (Lakehead) and Nipigon Rotary Clubs are ready to welcome you to the Valhalla Inn for an exciting weekend of “Building Bridges, Goodwill & Friendship.”  What could be better than coming together to “Make a Difference” and to celebrate our International goodwill and friendship?  Thunder Bay, ON is a great city with much to enjoy.  The Conference will be a fantastic event, long remembered as one of the best.  Join us, won’t you!  More information: District Conference   

The next gathering of the American Heritage Book Group will be on Tuesday, May 8th at the Kitchi Gammi Club.  The book is Perilous Fight:  America’s Intrepid War with Britain on the High Seas by Stephen Budiansky.  Please read the attached pdf file (and share it with others who may be interested).


News:  Alison Clarke as agreed to be a coordinator, along with me.  Thanks, Alison!


Also, at our May gathering, we will be voting on three books for the next “season” (i.e., fall, winter, spring).   Our time frame is from 1812 to 1860.  Susan wondered if this would include the presidency of James Monroe.  Sure.  Even though his story obviously starts earlier, his presidency fits in the time frame.  We may find that there is so much to read that we wish to stay in this time period for more than one “season.” 


In any case, please e-mail either Alison or myself by April 30th with any books that you wish to have on the ballot.  (You may suggest more than one.)  You may also include a brief description of the book.  Book descriptions will be handed out prior to the vote.


Some possible topics include (but are not limited to):


Westward Expansion and the Doctrine of Manifest Destiny

Presidents from James Madison through James Buchanan

Cherokee Trail of Tears

Seminole Wars

California Gold Rush

The Alamo and the Mexican War


Ante-bellum Politics

Compromise of 1820

Henry Clay and the Whig Party

Compromise of 1850

Kansas-Nebraska Act

Bleeding Kansas

The Lincoln—Douglas Debates



Frederick Douglass

William Lloyd Garrison

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Tubman & the Underground Railroad

John Brown


If, for whatever reason, you choose not to receive e-mails about the American Heritage Book Group, please let me know.


Best wishes,



Brad Jenson

Certified Financial PlannerTM

Financial Advisor, RJFS


Lake Superior Financial Services, Inc. 

Harbortown Rotary President Mitchell Diers (right) and Jim Wheeler (left) presenting donation to Eric Sommer for YMCA scholarships
Bill Gronseth, Superintendent Duluth Schools
Mar 07, 2018
Successes & Challenges for District 709


William Gronseth, Superintendent of Schools

Thank you for your interest in the Duluth Public Schools, where we strive to open a world of potential for every student. We are proud of our schools, our students, our staff, and are excited about the new opportunities that lie ahead. Having been a lifelong member of this community, I consider it an honor and a pleasure to lead ISD 709. Together, as educators, parents, and citizens, we can make a difference for every student, every day.


William L. Gronseth



Harbortown’s Community Service Chair presents Duluth Ordean East Middle School a donation as partial funding of the 6th Grade JA(Junior Achievement) Biz Town Project. The entire 6th grade class (over 340 students!) have the opportunity to learn about economic concepts in an interactive, hands-on environment.  Students elect officials, interview for employment positions, and run businesses. All lessons and  activities meet the MN common core standards in Math, English Language Arts and Social Studies. On hand to receive the donation are the Ass’t Principal and two of the 6th grade teachers.
Bob Palmquist
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Bob Palmquist
Senior Business Developer

Bob Palmquist provides technical and financial assistance to large and small businesses, financial institutions, local units of government, and development organizations. His work includes local and regional revolving loan fund administration, technical loan reviews, grant and loan application packaging, business valuation and succession planning, and feasibility assessments. Palmquist spent 17 years in commercial lending prior to joining Northspan in 1991.

Just a quick notice that this week's Rotary meeting will be our third Fireside Meeting of the 2017-2018 year. The meeting will be held at the Green Mill with fellowship starting at 5:30 pm with dinner and meeting to follow. 


Thus, there will be NO Harbortown Rotary morning meeting


Please plan to attend and, as always, I look forward to seeing you Wednesday at 5:30 pm at the Green Mill!


Yours in Rotary,

Mitchell T. Diers

The program for this week is Brian Hanson, President of APEX,

Giving an update on the Area Partnership for Economic Expansion

Staff Member Photo

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Brian Hanson became APEX’s President and CEO in June of 2012. During the 15 years prior to joining APEX, he was involved in business and community development in both the public and private sector, specializing in economic development finance, regional marketing, and executive-level prospect development. Brian has experience in comprehensive industry research, strategic planning, and financial modeling in support of business expansion activities. His work has contributed to several significant regional business expansions, retention and attraction projects in industries including mining, engineering, manufacturing, heavy aircraft maintenance, aviation and data centers.

Dr Anthony Barrett, College of St. Scholastica
Apr 04, 2018
State of the Economy
Fireside Meeting
Apr 11, 2018
Time & Location TBD
Harbortown Sponsored Exchange Students
Apr 25, 2018
Guatemala Service Trip Recap
East Student Rotarians
May 02, 2018
Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival
Rotary District 5580
Harbortown Rotary Apparel
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