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By Jerry DeMeo, 07/01/19, 11:30AM CDT


        With the start of the new fiscal year on July 1, the Essentia Duluth Heritage Center Board of Directors will undergo some changes, which include welcoming two new Board members. The new members are Duluth businessmen Fritz Wrazidlo and Fran Bussey
       Wrazidlo, a former owner of Rohlfing  Distributing Company, has long been an advocate of youth athletics in the area.  He will replace retiring member Kathleen Bergen , who completed nine years of Board service.
       Bussey has a diverse hockey background which includes playing the sport professionally. He is currently employed by Sysco-Minnesota  as a Marketing Associate and will replace Richard C. (Dick) Loraas.  Loraas resigned his board voting position as Treasurer to serve as President, a non-voting position, replacing Gerald R. (Jerry) DeMeo, who retired on June 30. 
       During its June meeting, the Board elected its slate of officers for the coming fiscal year. They are:
        Chair - Leanne Joynes
        Vice Chair - Cullen Flaherty
        President - Richard C. Loraas (non-voting)
        Secretary - Shari Olson (non-voting)
        Treasurer - Bill Hanson
       Other voting members of the Board are Ben Fagerlie  and Joe Scott. Todd Johnson, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of the Northland also serves as a non-voting ex-officio member .