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Alumnus and Duluth Entrepreneur: Andy Grengs

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Alumnus and Duluth Entrepreneur: Andy Grengs

Alumnus Andy Grengs always knew he wanted to be an entrepreneur. He started out simply, doing taxes for his friends and family. Now? He’s the owner of TCG Accounting in Duluth, Minn.

“Andy has a drive that you don’t see in many people and that’s why I am confident that whatever goal he sets for his company, he will be sure to meet,” said Conner Paulsen, UMD student and part-time employee of TCG Accounting.

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Take a Bite Out of This Crisp Data

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Take a Bite Out of This Crisp Data

Supporting local agriculture helps farmers and strengthens the local economy. Many people understand this, but Marshall Wedger, an undergraduate research student studying biology, and his advisor, Briana L. Gross, assistant professor of biology, took their support to the next level. They launched a project to genetically identify area apples in the effort to help restore apple production in Duluth and along the North Shore of Lake Superior.

Commercial orchards produce thousands of pounds of the domesticated apple each year, specifically the ...

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‘One Day More’ as Arrived for Many Alumni Performing in ‘Les Miserables’

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‘One Day More’ as Arrived for Many Alumni Performing in ‘Les Miserables’

Two decades have passed since the first time Carrie Boberg and Julie MacIver Venhuizen appeared on stage together at UMD. After graduating in 1995 and 1997 with theatre degrees, Carrie went west, to California, and Julie headed south, to Minneapolis. They were successful; Julie had a regular gig in Tony and Tina’s Wedding and Carrie made a living in film but, just like a well-scripted ending after all the miles and all the years, the two friends are reentering from ...

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UMDAA Travel | Baltic Marvels | August 13 – 21, 2014

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UMDAA Travel | Baltic Marvels | August 13 – 21, 2014

From Denmark to Sweden, cruise the Baltic Sea and discover exquisite architecture, storybook landscapes, and canal-laced cities in Germany, Estonia, Russia and Finland. Depart Copenhagen for Germany’s delightful port of Warnemunde, and take in its Gothic churches, charming market squares and seaside promenade or head inland to Berlin, a city brimming with legendary landmarks like the poignant Brandenburg Gate and Berlin Wall. Sail to the capital city of Helsinki, Finland’s international design mecca complemented by verdant forests and parks. Spend ...

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Alpha Nu Omega is Celebrating 55 Years!

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Alpha Nu Omega is Celebrating 55 Years!

Join your Alpha Nu brothers in celebrating the fraternity’s 55th reunion in the beautiful surroundings of Duluth, Minnesota.

We have an excellent weekend planned that both you, your spouse and your family will all enjoy. From Duluth’s history to UMD’s Homecoming football match-up against Northern State, there’s something for everyone!

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Schedule of Events

Thursday, October 16

Before Homecoming Parade    Casual Get-Together with Cash Bar | Canal Park Lodge
6:00 PM      Homecoming Parade  | Downtown Duluth
Following Parade ...

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Alumnus Named CMO of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Kaiser Foundation Plan, Inc.

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Alumnus Named CMO of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Kaiser Foundation Plan, Inc.

Kaiser Permanente named Patrick Courneya, MD, as executive vice president and chief medical officer for Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Kaiser Foundation Plan, Inc.

In this role, he will oversee Kaiser Permanente‘s national quality program, help ensure the organization’s members and communities receive the best quality and service Kaiser Permanente offers, and advocate for the advancement of evidence-based medicine and proven innovation for the industry.

Dr. Courneya (a 1985 Duluth medical school graduate) and his team will also help define how ...

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An Incredibly Noteworthy 2013-14 Bulldog Athletic Season

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An Incredibly Noteworthy 2013-14 Bulldog Athletic Season

Fifty-eight days until UMD Volleyball vs. Northern Michigan.
Fifty-nine days until UMD Soccer vs. Southwest Baptist.
Sixty days until UMD Football vs. Concordia St. Paul.
Sixty-one days until UMD Men’s Cross Country at the St. Johns Invitational.

Before you know it, the 2014-15 season of UMD Bulldog Athletics will be upon us and underway. Last year’s records and performances across all Bulldog athletics was astounding! UMD experienced a multitude of highlights, including a few program firsts. These achievements were made ...

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Alumni Aim to Destigmatize Mental Health Through Web Series

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Alumni Aim to Destigmatize Mental Health Through Web Series

“I know that mental illness in the United States is pretty taboo – especially with men,” said one male University of Minnesota Duluth student who appeared in an episode of the Web series “Call Me Mental.” “There’s this big emphasis placed on masculinity and toughing it out… I don’t think that’s fair.”

Joe Oliveri (2010, Art-History-Photography) and Dave Cowardin (2011, English and Writing Studies) didn’t feel like they could blow the lid off anything as purely documentary filmmakers.

During their first effort, ...

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UMD’s Medical School: Small Campus, Big Opportunities

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UMD’s Medical School: Small Campus, Big Opportunities

At the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Medical School, sixty first-year students enter the doors each year eager to learn the science and art of medicine. Today, one its first students will become its interim dean.

Dr. Alan Johns was appointed to the position mid-June by Brooks Jackson, dean of the University of Minnesota Medical School. Johns is an assistant dean at the Minnesota Duluth campus and a faculty member in the schools’ Department of Family Medicine and Community ...

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Northland Group Heads North for 900-Mile Canoe Adventure

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Northland Group Heads North for 900-Mile Canoe Adventure

Gear was spread all over Adam Maxwell’s tiny backyard in Duluth’s hillside. Canoes. Nine bulging food packs. Tents. Fuel bottles. Hanks of rope. Map cases. Bear sirens. A polar battery charger.

It was gear shakedown day for Maxwell and five companions who plan to paddle and portage 900 miles across Canada this summer on a trip they’ve dubbed the 8 Rivers North Expedition. They aren’t doing this for science or notoriety. They’re just young and want to paddle some wild country. ...

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