Katherine R. Schnell, DPM joins Orthopaedic Associates’ surgical department

DULUTH — Orthopaedic Associates of Duluth, P.A. is pleased to announce that Dr. Katherine R. Schnell, DPM has joined the surgical department as a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine specializing in foot and ankle surgery. She will be working with a variety of patients including individuals who require complex reconstructive procedures.

Dr. Schnell completed her residency as Chief Resident at Regions Hospital/Health Partners Institute for Education & Research in St. Paul, while earning her certification in Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Certification (PMSR/RRA). Her expansive specialty training includes rearfoot and ankle surgery as well as foot and ankle arthroscopy procedures.

She received her medical degree from Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, Illinois, and her undergraduate from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.

Dr. Katherine Schnell will see patients at Orthopaedic Associates Duluth and Hibbing clinics, Hibbing Family Medical Clinic, VRMC Clinical Services in Virginia, Laurentian Medical Clinic, in Mountain Iron, and the Gateway Family Health Clinics, in Moose Lake and Sandstone. Her professional affiliations include the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, American Society of Podiatric Surgeons, American Podiatric Medical Association and Minnesota Podiatric Medical Association.

Schnell, originally from Duluth, is excited to be back in the Northern Minnesota area where she can hike along the Northshore, spend time with family and embrace Duluth’s evolving foody scene. ”I’m excited to be part of this team of skilled surgeons. Their values in patient care and providing a better quality of life through motion is why I became a surgeon” said Doctor Schnell.

Peterson named Super Lawyer

VIRGINIA — H. Jeffrey Peterson, a founding partner at Cope & Peterson, Ltd. in Virginia, Minnesota, has once again been named a Super Lawyer in the State of Minnesota in 2018. Less than 5 percent of the lawyers in Minnesota are named a Super Lawyer. Mr. Peterson has been named a Super Lawyer for over 20 consecutive years. Mr. Peterson, who has been a trial lawyer for 44 years, along with his son Andrew R. Peterson, represents individuals who have been injured in accidents. Mr. Peterson, who has tried in excess of 125 jury trials, also assists lawyers in resolving their cases by acting as a mediator on the Range, Grand Rapids, Duluth, International Falls, Rochester and the Twin Cities.

Mr. Peterson is a past president of the Range Bar Association and served many years on its ethics committee. Mr. Peterson is the past national president of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA). He is also a past president of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). 2018 is the 26th year in a row that Mr. Peterson has been rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the national rating service of lawyers, with an AV Preeminent Rating – the highest possible peer review rating in legal ability and ethical standards.

Mr. Peterson, who was appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court, served three six-year terms as a member of the Judicial Selection Committee for judges in the 6th District, which includes Carlton County, Lake County and St. Louis County.

Mr. Peterson, along with his wife, Nancy, resides at Lake Vermilion near Tower, Minnesota.

Virginia Public Library receives accessibility grant

VIRGINIA — The Virginia Public Library has been awarded a construction grant in the amount of $92,000 from the MN Department of Education. Grant funds will be used to improve accessibility to the Library including reconstruction of the new entrance stairs, installation of new handrails, new sidewalk reconstruction, a concrete pad for a bike rack, new concrete pad for the digital media drop-off and book drop-off box, a new push button door operator, new door lighting, an electronic sign, downspout modifications to divert storm/melt-off water from the entrance and a new fire alarm system which will be geared toward visually impaired, hearing impaired and as well as added safety monitors such as carbon monoxide detection.

“This will be a big step in making some much needed upgrades and improvements to the building for the safety of all library users” stated Nancy Maxwell, library director. Total project costs are estimated to be $184,000 with the grant covering one-half of the costs. City funds have been committed to finish the project. Mayor Larry Cuffe Jr. stated that “Library staff and users will benefit from the completion of the project by being able to access the Library without any safety and accessibility concerns or barriers.” In 2017, the Virginia Public Library received over 80,000 visitors to the Library with over 120,000 items circulated.

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