Tedd Ells hired as new St. Louis County Veterans Service Office Director

DULUTH — The St. Louis County Veterans Service Office has a new director. The County Board on Tuesday approved the appointment of Tedd Ells to lead the Veterans Service Office. Ells has more than 25 years experience in several branches of the military and currently holds the rank of Major with the Minnesota Army National Guard.

As division director, Ells will oversee a staff of eight working out of four offices in Duluth, Hibbing, Virginia and Ely. Their job is to serve the more than 18,000 veterans who live in St. Louis County.

Ells began his military career in the United States Navy as an Avionics Technician. After a break in service he enlisted in the 148th Fighter Wing Minnesota Air National Guard as a Biomedical Equipment specialist. He later transferred to the Texas Air National Guard, where he was recognized as the Medical Services Airman of the Year in 2005 for his expertise as a response member during Hurricane Katrina. Ells has participated in two overseas deployments: Operation Deny Flight with the U.S. Navy, and Operation Enduring Freedom with the Minnesota Army National Guard. Major Ells currently serves in the Minnesota Army National Guard as Company Commander for the 204th Medical Company Area Support (MCAS) based in Cottage Grove.

“Tedd impressed us on many levels — his demonstrated leadership skills, his extensive career spanning multiple branches of the military, and his commitment to serve his fellow veterans,” said County Administrator Kevin Gray. “Serving our large veteran community is a priority for the County Board, and we are confident Tedd will do this well.”

Ells, of Proctor, holds two master’s degrees in organizational behavior and business administration, both from The College of St. Scholastica.

Ells succeeds Sherry Rodriguez who retired earlier this summer. His first day with St. Louis County was July 30.

Marianne Allen named to St. Scholastica Board of Trustees

DULUTH — The College of St. Scholastica announces that a new member has been added to its Board of Trustees.

Marianne Allen is the principal and senior leader at Allen Consulting and has helped multiple companies develop innovative healthcare products. The daughter of Tom and Shirley Mesich of Hibbing, Allen graduated from St. Scholastica with a degree in health information administration and is currently president of the St. Scholastica Alumni Association. She is a recognized leader and consultant who assists companies in the development and execution of strategic goals and operational excellence. She also has extensive experience in customer service, training, and identifying ways to improve operational performance and employee satisfaction. She lives in Centreville, Va.

St. Scholastica Trustees serve a three-year term and are then eligible for two additional consecutive terms. The Board of Trustees’ responsibilities include assuring that College policy promotes its mission; granting earned degrees; and authorizing the establishment or deletion of academic programs. It consists of no less than 27 people, including the president of the College, the president of the Benedictine Sisters Benevolent Association, the president of the Alumni Association, and student, faculty and staff representatives. The full board meets three times a year.

Architectural Resources, Inc. hires new landscape designer

DULUTH — Architectural Resources, Inc. (ARI) recently made the following hire at its Duluth office.

ARI announces that Jordan van der Hagen has been hired as a landscape designer.

An Albany, Minn., native, Jordan pursued his education at North Dakota State University in both Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design. In the Spring of 2018, Jordan culminated his studies by earning a bachelor’s degree in both disciplines. His experience in landscape design, greenhouse production, graphic design, and design software IT support make him an excellent addition to Architectural Resources. Welcome, Jordan!

ARI provides architectural, landscape architecture, interior design, and mechanical and electrical engineering, and technology design services to educational, medical, government, commercial, and housing clients in Northern Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin.

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