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Keith Ballard
Wikipedia - submitted by SD

Keith Ballard
(born November 26, 1982) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman who is currently a member of the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He played college hockey for the Minnesota Golden Gophers of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) for three seasons. After his freshman year, he was selected 11th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Before he made his NHL debut, he was traded twice - initially to the Colorado Avalanche, then to the Phoenix Coyotes. He played his professional rookie season in 2004-05 with the Coyotes' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Utah Grizzlies, then debuted with Phoenix the following season. After three years, he was traded to the Florida Panthers, where he spent two seasons before being dealt to Vancouver at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Internationally, Ballard has represented the United States in four World Championships, winning bronze in 2004. He has also played in two junior tournaments - the 2000 IIHF World U18 Championships and 2002 World Junior Championships

Vancouver Canucks (from 2010)
On June 25, 2010, during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Ballard was traded to the Vancouver Canucks along with Victor Oreskovich, for Michael Grabner, Steve Bernier, and Vancouver's first round pick, the 25th overall selection, used to select Quinton Howden. After spending two months of the off-season on crutches while recovering from surgery, he reported to the Canucks' training camp, but struggled in the pre-season. Four games into the regular season, he suffered a concussion after being hit into the boards by Los Angeles Kings forward Brad Richardson on October 16, 2010. He was subsequently sidelined for five games. Upon returning to the lineup, however, his play continued to struggle. Averaging 13 minutes of ice time a game, he was eventually taken out of the lineup for four games in November by Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault.
It marked the first time in his career he was a healthy scratch. After being re-insterted into the lineup, he scored his first goal as a Canuck in a 6-1 win against the San Jose Sharks on November 26. Several months later, Ballard suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his right knee during a game against the Ottawa Senators on February 7, 2011. The injury resulted from opposing forward Milan Michalek tripping him from behind, which Canucks general manager Mike Gillis pointed out did not occur anywhere near the puck, alluding to the play as illegal and disrespectable. Ballard finished his first regular season with career lows in games played (65), goals (2), assists (5), points (7) and average ice time per game (15 minutes and 14 seconds). His individual struggles came amidst a franchise record season for the Canucks, who won the Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's regular season champion for the first time in team history. Entering the playoffs as the first seed in the West, the Canucks advanced past the Chicago Blackhawks, Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks to qualify for the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals. Facing the Boston Bruins, Vancouver lost the Stanley Cup in Game 7. Over the team's 25 playoff games, Ballard dressed for 10. Playing only one game of the final two rounds, he dropped in the depth chart behind Aaron Rome and rookie Chris Tanev.

Personal Life
Ballard was born in Baudette, Minnesota, to parents Steve and Joanne. He has a sister, Jessie. His family runs a fishing resort at Lake of the Woods in Minnesota, founded by Ballard's grandparents in 1961.

Ballard left home following his sophomore year of high school to pursue his hockey career with the U.S. National Development Team in Ann Arbour, Michigan. During his time with the Omaha Lancers, he graduated from Millard North High School in Omaha, Nebraska. He was a multi-sport athlete during high school career, having earned an All-Conference selection as a fullback and linebacker playing football and finishing as Conference championship runner-up as a golfer.

Ballard and his wife have a daughter who was born in May 2010.

Albert Berg
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. Publ. 1907 Transcribed by Rhonda Hill

BERG Albert, Beaudette. Banker, insurance and real estate. Born June 25, 1861 in Center City Minn, son of Jonas and Anna Maria (Gurmeson) Berg. Married Aug 3, 1899 to Lillian R Daly. Educated in public schools Chisago county Minn; Carleton College Northfield Minn 1877-78; Gustavus Adolphus College St Peter Minn 1878-80. On the staff of the Daily Argus Fargo Dak Territory 1880-84; teacher in the public schools of Chisago county Minn 1884-86; register of deeds Chisago county Minn 1886-94; sec state of Minn 1895-1901; member House of Representatives Minn Legislature regular session 1901 and special session 1902 from the 63d legislative dist comprising Marshall, Kittson and Roseau counties. Cashr and dir State Bank of Warroad Minn 1904-1906; now dir; organized Security State Bank of Beaudette Minn Feb 1906 and was its cashr from time of organization until Jan 1907 when he was elected pres. Delegate to the Nat Rep Convention. Member Masonic fraternity, K of P, B P O E, Foresters, Samaritans and Norden Club.

George Ericson
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

ERICSON George E, Beaudette. Office Spooner Minn. Lawyer. Born Oct 11, 1874 in Red Wing Minn, son of John F and Marie J (Helsing) Ericson. Married Feb 20, 1901 to Lily A Ericson of Wheaton Minn. Graduated from Red Wing High School 1894; admitted to bar 1898. Studied law with Albert Johnson Red Wing Minn. Assistant county atty Goodhue county Minn 1898; judge of municipal court Red Wing 1899; law partner with Leo S Bayrell Argyle Minn 1900; moved to Beaudette from Argyle 1906. Atty for village of Spooner. Member M N G 7 years; clk Spooner school dist. Member Commercial Club Spooner, K of P, Masonic fraternity, B P O E and M W A.

Jacques De Noyon
Wikipedia - Submitted by SD

Jacques de Noyon (1668 - 1745) was a French Canadian explorer and coureur des bois. He is the first known European to visit the Boundary Waters region west of Lake Superior.
Jacques de Noyon was born on February 12, 1668, in Trois-Rivieres, New France. His family moved to Boucherville not long after.
In 1688, de Noyon and three others traveled from the Montreal area to Fort Caministigoyan on Lake Superior, located at present-day Thunder Bay, Ontario. From there they traveled inland up the Kaministiquia River. His group followed the Indigenous canoe route over the Laurentian Divide, past the present-day site of Atikokan, Ontario, through what is now Quetico Provincial Park and Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota. He built a fort, established ties to the local Assiniboine people, and spent the winter on the shore of Rainy Lake. There is some question as to whether de Noyon in fact made it as far as Lake of the Woods or not. The following summer de Noyon returned to Lake Superior, perhaps along what is now the United States-Canada border and includes Quetico Provincial Park, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, La Verendrye Provincial Park, and Grand Portage National Monument.
English-French animosity prevented Europeans from returning to the area west of Lake Superior for a number of years. In the 1730s La Verendrye re-visited this Boundary Waters region, perhaps with assistance from the knowledge gained by de Noyon's travels over 40 years before. The region would become an important part of the North American Fur Trade, connecting the Great Lakes to the far northwestern interior of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and beyond.
Jacques de Noyon continued to travel throughout New France and New England as a trader and coureur des bois. He married Abigail Stebbins in Deerfield in 1704. He was still there when the French and Indians made the raid. He was brought back to Canada with his wife. Ruined, he became a soldier in Fort Pontchartrain du Detroit (Detroit), finishing sergeant. He died on the 12th of May 1745 in Boucherville.

Theodore H. Rowell, Sr.
Wikipedia - Submitted by SD

Theodore H. Rowell, Sr.
(July 15, 1905 - September 26, 1979) was a Minnesota pharmaceutical industrialist, a outdoorsman and conservationist, and politician.

Rowell was born in Watertown, Wisconsin, and was the great grandson of John S. Rowell of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin (1825-1907), noted pioneer inventor and manufacturer of farm machinery. He moved with his family to Chetlo Harbor, Washington in 1912 where his father Joseph C. N. Rowell and Uncle Douglas Rowell founded the Chetlo Harbor Packing Company., a salmon cannery. After canning 10,000 cases of salmon in 1914, the cannery failed in 1915, Ted and his family moved to Warroad, Minnesota, eventually settling at Wheeler's Point on Lake of the Woods, north of the town of Baudette, Minnesota.

Rowell studied pharmacy at the University of Minnesota, was Class President 1926-27; upon graduation in 1928, he returned to Baudette and opened a drugstore. His father Joe, who continued in commercial fishing, also raised blue foxes for their fur. When fur buyers commented on the quality of his foxes' furs, Joe figured it was in the food they were fed, a diet consisting primarily of burbot. The only fresh-water relative of the cod, the fish had no market value, but came up in his nets and were fed to the foxes.

Burbot Liver Oil and Rowell Laboratories, Inc.
Ted Rowell extracted oil from a burbot, and upon scientific assay, it was determined to be eight times more potent in vitamins A and D than cod liver oil, which was a big seller at the time. Ted and Joe thus formed the Burbot Liver Products Company in 1933, and began extracting, processing, bottling, and selling burbot liver oil. Over the years, the company became Rowell Laboratories, Inc., grew to manufacture more than 200 products, and became the largest industry and largest employer in Lake of the Woods county, adding multivitamins and minerals, and later becoming a national manufacturer of prescription drugs. Ted retired in 1966 and turned the direction of the company over to his son Ted, Jr. The company, later called Reid-Rowell Laboratories, has since become a subsidiary of Solvay Pharmaceuticals.

Political career
Rowell was active in local and national politics, having served six years as mayor of Baudette. During his term as mayor of Baudette, the city built a new hospital, sewage disposal plant, an international airport, a new city well system, and other projects. As Chairman of the International Bridge Committee, he successfully raised $1.6 million for construction of the International Bridge spanning the Rainy River, linking Baudette and Rainy River, Ontario. Ted started working on the bridge project in 1947 - the idea was sparked in a poker game. On May 24, 1955, Ted received a telegram from Senator Edward Thye telling him that the US Senate had just passed the bill authorizing the building of the 1,280-foot-long (390 m) traffic bridge across the Rainy River, linking Baudette, Minnesota with Rainy River, Ontario. After a dozen years of organizing and disappointments, construction was completed and the bridge was opened on July 1, 1960 before a crowd of 15,000 people. Hubert Humphrey, and Eugene McCarthy attended with WCCO radio covering the event. Ted was close personal friends with Minnesota Governor Luther Youngdahl, Governor Harold Edward Stassen, and Senator Edward John Thye. Ted was a delegate to the 1948 Republican National Convention, where his friend Harold Stassen was the hands-down favorite to receive that year's Republican nomination for president. As Ted tells it, at this point during the convention Harold was asked to meet with northeastern money people, who then proceed to tell him how things were going to be, some of which Harold would not agree with. From this event on, Dewey was pushed hard by the party, and the tide at the convention turned, and New York Governor Thomas Dewey received the nomination.

Other accomplishments
Rowell was named Minnesota Tree Farmer of the Year, Minnesota Small Businessman of the Year, and received the University's 1959 Outstanding Achievement Award. He was vice-chairman of the Minnesota Republican State Central Committee and a member of the Greater Upper Mississippi River Road Commission. In 1954 Rowell was honored for his outstanding achievements by being selected as the first Home Coming king of the University of Minnesota.

Theodore H. Rowell Graduate Fellowship
After Ted's death, the Rowell family set up the Theodore H. Rowell Graduate Fellowship at the University of Minnesota for graduate students in the College of Pharmacy. Grants range from $3,000 to $6,000 with preference to Minnesota residents who are US citizens.

Ted was married to Margaret Lawson in Warroad, Minnesota in 1929, and had two children, Ted, Jr., and Peggy. Rowell died September 26, 1979.

Rowell Laboratories, Inc. Today
Rowell Laboratories, Inc. was re-incorporated in 2008 as a Florida corporation and has returned to its natural product roots, manufacturing safe and effective natural and homeopathic health care products under the NatureCare brand in a cGMP quality FDA manufacturing facility.

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