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Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings are a professional American football team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings play their home games at the Mall of America Field at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis as they have since 1982.

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Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings are a professional American football team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings play their home games at the Mall of America Field at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis as they have since 1982.

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Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings are a professional American football team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings play their home games at the Mall of America Field at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis as they have since 1982.

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Justin Zook and Anna Eames, Paralympic Athletes

Former Gillette patients Justin Zook of Plymouth, Anna Eames of Golden Valley and Jon Rydberg of Oakdale signed the pledge to CurePity prior to leaving for the 2012 Paralympics in London in August.

Zook won a gold medal and set a world record in the men’s swimming S10 100-meter backstroke. Eames, who was co-captain of the women’s swim team, anchored the 400-meter freestyle women’s swimming relay team and received a silver medal. Rydberg participated in the men’s wheelchair tennis singles and doubles, but did not receive a medal.

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Josh Harding

Joshua Joel Harding is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender playing for the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League.

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Ron Gardenhire

Ronald Clyde “Gardy” Gardenhire (born October 24, 1957) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop and current manager of the Minnesota Twins.

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Joe Mauer

Joseph “Joe” Mauer  is an American baseball catcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Minnesota Twins. He is the only catcher in MLB history to win three batting titles. He also won three consecutive Gold Glove awards (2008–2010), and the 2009 American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award.

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Chris Kluwe

Christopher James Kluwe is a punter for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. He was originally signed by the Seattle Seahawks, as an undrafted free agent in 2005. He played college football at UCLA.

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Nordy

Nordy proudly accepted the offer to become the mascot for the Minnesota Wild. He stays true to his “up north-y” roots but has moved into his own lair at Xcel Energy Center so he can be closer to his favorite hockey team. Nordy wears the number 18,001 to represent his place as a member of The Team of 18,000. To date, he has the largest number ever allowed on an NHL jersey!

Celebrities

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Gillette Duluth Clinic Staff

The medical director of Gillette’s Duluth Clinic is Dr. Kevin Murphy, a pediatric physical medicine specialist. Assisting Dr. Murphy is Lisa Johnson, R.N., who works with patients in the Duluth area who may need ongoing medical services. Patients and their families also can call on her for referrals to community rehabilitation services, such as physical and occupational therapy, or to consult with schools and other institutions on appropriate accommodations for patients.

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TC Bear

Before joining the Twins, T.C. lead the Carnivore League in home runs, RBI’s and batting average. He also holds the league records of most trout eaten in a single setting (12). Though highly sought by teams throughout the country, T.C. chose to join his favorite club, the Twins.

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Dr. Koop, M.D.

Steven Koop, M.D., has been Gillette’s medical director since 2001. Prior to joining Gillette, Koop was a privately practicing pediatric orthopedic surgeon; he became a member of the Gillette medical staff in 1985. Koop received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1975 from St John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, and his Medical Doctor degree in 1979 from the University of Minnesota Medical School.

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Tim Mahoney

A career as a working musician and songwriter is one of those gigs that people look at and think, “How awesome would that be?” Well, Minneapolis based Tim Mahoney has been doing it his way for over fifteen years now. What began as a side career with huge aspirations while Mahoney was waiting tables has now blossomed into a full-fledged career.

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Siri Freeh

Siri Freeh is Miss Minnesota 2012.  Her work focuses on heart health education in her platform – Living Heartstrong.

CEOs

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Chris Policinski

“It’s an honor to support the mission and work of Cure Pity. Respecting the true potential of children with disabilities, providing opportunities for expert care and life success, is a meaningful source of hope for their future. We all share an obligation to reject pity and create opportunities!” – Chris Policinski

Land O’Lakes, Inc. is one of America’s premiere member-owned cooperatives. They offer local cooperatives and agricultural producers across the nation an extensive line of agricultural supplies, as well as state-of-the-art production and business services.

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Mark Lucas

“At Imation, we place a special emphasis on assisting great community causes. When i heard about the pledge to help improve the lives of children who have disabilities, I immediately wanted to support it.” – Mark Lucas

Imation is a Twin Cities-based based global storage and data security company. Our broad customer base spans commercial, government and retail markets in more than 100 companies worldwide

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Dennis Gerstner

Dennis Gerstner joined Papa John’s in 2001 and recently purchased the stores in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area as part of a Joint Venture with Papa John’s Corporate. Dennis joined Papa John’s in 2001 and during that time served in various operations positions.

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Tyler Middleton

Tyler Middleton is the Vice President and General Manager of CenturyLink’s Twin Cities Metro marketplace. CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States. CenturyLink remains committed to supporting its communities not only through the services it provides, but through philanthropic efforts and employee volunteerism.

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St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce

For 140 years, the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce has built upon its rich community history of delivering vibrant programs, powerful advocacy and results that foster growth for all members, including Gillette.  Recently, staff enthusiastically joined Chamber President Matt Kramer in a group signing of the pledge to CurePity. 

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Bob Senkler

As chairman and chief executive officer, Bob Senkler plays a leading role in shaping the overall organization’s strategy and maintaining its financial strength. Securian consistently ranks among the top 20 most highly rated life insurance companies in the nation, and is the 15th largest as measured by life insurance in force.

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Richard Davis

Richard Davis is the chairman, president, and chief executive officer of U.S. Bancorp, a financial services holding company with businesses across the United States, Canada, and Europe. U.S. Bancorp is headquartered in Minneapolis and is the parent company of U.S. Bank.

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McGough Companies

“We believe children with disabilities do not need our pity, but rather a chance to succeed.  It is our hope that these special children will be provided the opportunity to achieve their dreams and experience all life has to offer.” – Brad Wood, Executive Vice President

McGough has a rich history dating from mid-19th century Ireland. The family emigrated to America in the late 1800s, bringing with them a long-standing practice of quality and craftsmanship. The present Twin Cities-based firm was incorporated in 1956 by Peter McGough and his six sons.

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Jack Helmick

Jack Helmick is President of Retail for Super America convenience stores and the Super Moms Commissary.  Mr. Helmick has had a distinguished career spanning over 30 years that included senior positions at 7-Eleven, Coastal Corporation, and Thornton Oil.

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John Gainor

A 27-year partner of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, like Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare,  Dairy Queen has raised more than $86 million for children’s hospitals.

John Gainor, the CEO of Dairy Queen, signed the CurePity pledge because children who have disabilities don’t need pity. They need hope, expert medical care and a world that gives them a chance. Watch John Gainor explain why people should support this important movement.

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Tyler Middleton

Tyler Middleton is the Vice President and General Manager of CenturyLink’s Twin Cities Metro marketplace.

CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States. The company provides broadband, television, home phone and wireless services to consumers in 37 states as well as data and voice services to business, government and wholesale customers in local, national and select international markets through its fiber optic network and data centers. CenturyLink remains committed to supporting its communities not only through the services it provides, but through philanthropic efforts and employee volunteerism.

 

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Stephen Bennett

Stephen Bennett leads the international non-profit United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) as President and CEO. A lifelong champion for civil rights for people with disabilities, Bennett uses his successful business experience to focus on the mission driven business of non-profit organizations so they can succeed in a challenging business climate.

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Dave St. Peter

Dave St. Peter has served as president of the of the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball since 2009. He joined the Twins organization in 1990.[1]

Elected Officials

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Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors

The Duluth Chamber of Commerce  serve sas the premier advocate for commerce and industry by facilitating interaction among business, government, education, labor, and the greater community. They actively create innovative opportunities for businesses to advance within a global economy.

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Mayor Don Ness and Gordon Ramsay

Don Ness was elected mayor in 2007. Prior to becoming mayor, he served on the City Council for eight years, including two as Council President.

Gordon Ramsay was appointed Duluth Police Chief by Mayor Herb Bergson in 2006. Chief Ramsay grew up in Duluth and attended Duluth public schools. The Duluth Police Department has 152 sworn officers and 35 support staff. They serve a community of 87,000 with an additional seasonal college population of 24,000.

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R.T. Rybak

Raymond Thomas “R. T.” Rybak, Jr. is the 46th and current Mayor of the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Chris Coleman

Christopher “Chris” B. Coleman is a Minnesota politician and the mayor of St. Paul. He defeated incumbent mayor Randy Kelly in 2005 and took office on January 3, 2006.

Local Media

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Chris Shaffer

Chris Shaffer was raised in Stillwater, Minnesota and left our great state for four years to attend the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where he earned degrees in Meteorology and Mass Communications. hris is a proud member of the American Meteorological Society and has been awarded the AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation.

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Chris Stanford

Chris comes most recently from just east of the Twin Cities, where he worked as an evening anchor for the ABC affiliate in Eau Claire, Wis.

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Minnesota Public Radio

Minnesota Public Radio® is one of the nation’s premier public radio stations producing programming for radio, online and live audiences. With its three services — MPR News, Classical MPR and 89.3 The Current — operating a 43-station regional radio network and serving a regional population of 5 million people, MPR has 127,150 members and one million listeners each week.

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Ben Dery & Brittany Falkers

Brittany Falkers started her career in television news at WDIO as a reporter in February 2012. After a brief stint reporting on a variety of stories involving the City of Duluth and Parks and Recreation, Brittany has moved on over to the news desk to co-anchor Good Morning Northland.

Ben Dery joined the WDIO/WIRT weather team in December of 2010, and was excited to get to work doing what he loves–talking about the weather! Before joining WDIO, Ben interned in the meteorology department at KARE-11 in the Twin Cities and was the acting meteorologist for Experimental Aircraft Association Radio during the aviation show in Oshkosh, WI in 2009.

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Bryan Piatt

Bryan joined KARE 11 in November of 2011. Before moving to the Twin Cities, Bryan was the morning anchor at ABC 6 News in Austin, Minn.  He has also worked in Mankato.

Bryan graduated from St. Cloud State University where he also worked as the color commentator and ice-side reporter for SCSU men’s hockey broadcast across the state.

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Kim Insley

Kim Insley has been anchoring Kare 11 Sunrise  since April of 1993. Kim appreciates the privilege of bringing viewers the first news of the day every Monday through Friday.

Like all staffers on the award winning news program, Kim wears many hats for KARE 11 Sunrise and First Edition.

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Eric Perkins

Eric Perkins joined KARE 11 in November of 1996 as a sports reporter and was recently named weeknight sports anchor and sports director at KARE.

As a sports reporter Perkins gained much attention with “Perk at Play.” Created in the winter of 1997, the hands-on segment gave Perk a chance to try everything from ski-jumping to bullfighting, from driving a car in a demolition derby to playing baseball for the St. Paul Saints, just to name a few.

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Jason DeRusha

Jason DeRusha filed his first report for WCCO-TV on April Fool’s Day in 2003. Since then, he’s earned five Emmy Awards, the Jaycees named him one of the Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans, and the city of Minneapolis proclaimed Sept. 21 “Jason DeRusha Day.” No fooling.

Today, Jason reports “Good Questions” Monday through Thursday on WCCO’s 10 p.m. news, and he anchors Sunday nights at 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

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John and Elizabeth

Twin Cities Live welcomed co-host Elizabeth Ries on June 15, 2009. She was a familiar face to TCL viewers having been a frequent guest host and field correspondent from metro greenhouses, wave pools, parade routes, and salon spas.

John Hanson joined the TCL team in 2007 after a successful open casting call at the Mall of America.  John is a Burnsville native and grew up playing baseball at Apple Valley High School.

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Kelsey Sobe

Kelsey Soby is a reporter for FOX 9 and also handles the Traffic Anchor role.

She gets to report ad-lib live breaking news all morning and feels great about helping people get to work as quickly and safely as possible.

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Jason, Alix, Tom

Alix Kendall has been the co-host of the FOX 9 Morning News since its inception in 1999. Tom Butler anchors the FOX 9 Morning News alongside Alix Kendall and gets the much-loved dance-off started every Friday morning.

Jason Matheson started at FOX 9 in 2000 as executive producer of The Buzz – a daily entertainment segment that covered the world of local and national entertainment. Before long, he moved in front of the camera on “Good Day Minnesota.”

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Keith Marler

Keith Marler is the morning meteorologist at FOX 9.

He can be seen 5 1/2 hours every weekday morning with “Weather on the 9s” from 4:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. on the FOX 9 Morning News and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. hosting the FOX 9 Buzz

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M.A. Rosko

M.A.  Rosko is the feature reporter on the FOX 9 Morning News. M.A. joined FOX 9 in 2000, when the morning news first went on the air. Over the past decade or so, she’s been tasked with hard-hitting journalism involving local chocolatiers, brewers, and dog-related events.

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Ellen Macnamara

Ellen joined 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS in April 2012 as an anchor/reporter. Before coming to the Twin Cities, Ellen was a weekend morning anchor in Tampa, Florida. She has also worked in newsrooms in Austin, Texas and Lubbock, Texas.

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Dave Dahl

Dave  Dahl joined 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS in 1977 and has been on the air since 1979.  He oversees one of the most responsive and accurate weather tracking operations in the industry – and the region’s preferred source for complete weather coverage.

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Rusty Gatenby

Viewers can regularly see Rusty’s traffic reports weekdays on 5 Eyewitness News Morning from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. You can hear Rusty Friday mornings on my Talk 107′s morning show with Ian and Margery.

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Bill Lunn

Having lived for years in both Duluth and Winona, Bill is no stranger to Minnesota. He began his broadcasting career as a reporter then anchor for a Duluth television station before trading the frozen tundra for Memphis where was the morning news anchor at WMC-TV, and the evening news anchor at WPTY-TV. Over the years Bill has covered the big stories on a national level.

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