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North Shore Federal Credit Union Ends Successful December Hunger Hero Drive

The Hunger Hero fundraising effort of the members and employees of North Shore Fed­eral Credit Union (NSFCU) this past Decem­ber was a huge success, according to Audrey Nelson, Marketing Coordinator for the credit union that has served members on the North Shore since 1957.

“Our December Hunger Hero campaign was a huge success—we donated $14,000 to our local food shelves,” Audrey said.

The Hunger Hero program was started by NSFCU in 2016. It includes three monthly campaigns: one in March, another in July, and one in December.

Each branch office coordinates outreach for the program, promoting it to members and non-members. Donors may opt for a one-time donation or elect a recurring monthly contribution.

“NSFCU donated a total of $36,562 to Lake, Cook, and St. Louis Counties food shelves in 2023,” Audrey said. “That brings us to $311,069 total donated from the Hunger Hero program since we started the program in 2016.”

The credit union matches donations up to $3,000 during two campaigns each year.

All of the donations go to the local food shelves. Audrey reaches out to each recipient organization when donation amounts are de­termined, so they’ll know what’s coming.

“Everyone I speak to this year has said re­quests for food assistance are on the rise,” she said.

If you would like to donate to this signifi­cant effort to end a chronic food shortage cri­sis, visit or contact the NSFCU branch near­ you. They have offices in Duluth – Lincoln Park and Endi building (London Road), Two Harbors, Silver Bay, Lutsen, Grand Marais and Grand Portage. You don’t need to be a credit union member to be a donor.

Steve Fernlund
Steve Fernlund
Typically these “about me” pages include a list of academic achievements (I have none) and positions held (I have had many, but who really cares about those?) So, in the words of the late Admiral James Stockwell, “Who am I? Why am I here?” I’m well into my seventh decade on this blue planet we call home. I’m a pretty successful husband, father, and grandfather, at least in my humble opinion. My progeny may disagree. We have four children and five grandchildren. I spent most of my professional life in the freight business. At the tender age of 40, early retirement beckoned and we moved to Grand Marais. A year after we got here, we bought and operated the Cook County News Herald, a weekly newspaper in Grand Marais. A sharp learning curve for a dumb freight broker to become a newspaper editor and publisher. By 1999 the News Herald was an acquisition target for a rapidly consolidating media market. We sold our businesses and “retired” again, buying a winter retreat in Nevada. In the fall of 2016, we returned to Grand Marais and bought a house from old friends of ours on the ridge overlooking Lake Superior. They were able to move closer to family and their Mexico winter home. And we came home to what we say is our last house. I’m a strong believer in the value of local newspapers--both online and those you can wrap a fish in. I write a weekly column and a couple of feature stories for the Northshore Journal. I’m most interested in writing about the everyday lives of local people and reporting on issues of importance to them.
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