Registration for the 35th Grandma's Marathon will remain open through Wednesday, June 1, race officials announced today.

The U.S.'s 17th largest marathon currently has more than 7,900 in the field for the June 18 event which begins at 7:30 a.m. Runners can sign up for the annual Two Harbors-to-Duluth race by visiting The entry fee is $100. The 2010 Grandma’s Marathon had 7,387 entrants.

Also, there are still more than 500 volunteer positions remaining for the June 16-18 Grandma’s Marathon weekend. Volunteer positions include areas such as traffic and spectator control, water station assistance, medical services, racecourse entertainment, race packet pick-up and finish area activities. Service organizations, large groups and individuals are all welcome and encouraged to participate. Each volunteer receives an official 2011 T-shirt, refreshment tickets and an invitation to the Grandma’s Marathon volunteer party on Sunday, June 26 at Grandma’s Sports Garden.

Grandma's Marathon weekend also features the 21st annual Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and the 18th annual William A. Irvin 5K. The Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon is Saturday, June 18 at 6:30 a.m. and the William A. Irvin 5K is Friday, June 17 at 6 p.m. Registration for those two events is closed.

In all, about 17,000 runners from around the world will participate in Grandma's Marathon weekend, which is presented by Target, Toyota and Wells Fargo Bank Duluth.

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Jean Moberg

The Miller-Dwan Foundation recently presented the 2011 Janet B. Davis Outstanding Volunteer Award to long-time volunteer Jean Moberg.

Moberg has donated more than 6,000 hours of service to Essentia Health-Miller Dwan over the past 18 years, primarily in the Miller-Dwan Gift Shop where she currently volunteers every Friday morning. Her work represents an estimated $120,000 in volunteer services.

Moberg grew up in Lester Park, where she currently resides with her husband. They have two children and three grandchildren who they delight in spending time with.

The Janet B. Davis Outstanding Volunteer Award was created in 2008 by the children and grandchildren of Janet B. Davis with the help of the Miller-Dwan Foundation to honor Moberg’s selfless spirit of volunteering, deep commitment to the hospital and full spectrum of communal leadership in her more than 40 years of service to the city of Duluth.

The mission of the Miller-Dwan Foundation is to promote the health and well-being of the people of its region. The Foundation supports health care, education, and medical research, the historical specialty areas of Miller-Dwan Medical Center, Polinsky Medical Rehabilitation Center, and Solvay Hospice House; and other initiatives to improve the region’s health.

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St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin has received the 2011 Julius Gernes Prosecutor Award of Excellence. He was selected by the Minnesota State Bar Association Public Law Executive Council from a group of nominated attorneys. 

According to the Minnesota State Bar Association, the prestigious Julius Gernes award is intended to recognize the exemplary work and dedication of an outstanding prosecutor working at the federal, state or local level.

Prior to being elected as the St. Louis County attorney in 2010, Rubin was a county prosecutor for over 30 years. The award recognizes excellence in leadership and the commitment to public service.

Photos -- Top, Jean Moberg. Contributed. Bottom, Mark Rubin delivered the commencement address at the recent College of St. Scholastica graduation at Amsoil Arena. Howie Hanson / For

Sources: Press releases, edited

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