People: Sept. 17Ed Kernan, inducted into the University of Minnesota “M” Club Hall of Fame Thursday, was accompanied by family members for a weekend of activities in Minneapolis.
Ed Kernan, inducted into the University of Minnesota “M” Club Hall of Fame Thursday, was accompanied by family members for a weekend of activities in Minneapolis. Pictured are Jo Bartholomew, wife Aleen Welch Kernan, Jim Kernan, Ed Kernan, Barbara Kernan, and Jay Kernan. Kernan donned his Gopher letter sweater for the picture Thursday.
The induction was that evening, with informal gatherings with family and friends sprinkled throughout a weekend that included the grand opening of the Hall of Fame Museum Friday at TCF Bank Stadium and the now infamous Gophers vs. South Dakota football game Saturday. Two fellow Two Harbors High School graduates from the Class of 1944 joined Kernan for lunch as well as former players from his coaching days.
Daughter Barbara Kernan said her father “spoke well and strongly” about his experiences at the U as a star basketball player. He met again with Gophers coach Tubby Smith and fellow inductee Willie Burton, another basketball star from the 1980s. Barbara said Burton thanked Kernan for making the footsteps for his generation to follow.
The Miss Lake Superior North Shore royalty of Alyssa Schwanke of Two Harbors and Stevi Rannetsberger of Silver Bay, along with others, volunteered in August as models for the “Rescues & Runways” event at Maurices at the Duluth Miller Hill Mall. Rescues and Runways is a national campaign created by Maurices in partnership with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Earlier this month, Rannetsberger, Schwanke, and Little Miss Taylor Pirsig (below) were part of the main royalty in a Minnesota State Fair daily parade. They were also seen on a KARE 11 news broadcast.