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Memorial scholarship fund started to honor Anthony Makela

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DULUTH, MN. -- A week ago, Tony Makela was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Jean Duluth Road in Duluth.

Now, a memorial scholarship fund has been started to support children in the community.

"Nobody cared for the kids like he did. He had that passion for the kids and it's going to be hard to replace because he cared so much," said Anthony Wood, Lake Superior College men's soccer coach.

People in the communtiy remembering their brother, friend, counselor, and coach.

"He's been coaching me since 7th grade here, so a lot of my process as a goalie I really owe it to him. There's a lot of stuff I'm going to take away for the rest of my career here that he's taught me," said Collin Aho, Proctor boy's soccer goalkeeper.

Anthony Makela died last week after a single-vehicle crash traveling northbound on Jean Duluth Road.

He was known in the community for his work with young people at Lake Superior college as a soccer coach, as well being a councilor at Northwood Children Services.

"I've known him since 8th grade. He's like a brother. He's going to be sorely missed," said Wood.

Now to honor the life and commitment he had to kids on the field, and at Northwood Children Services, a memorial scholarship has been started.

"We can make sure that some of these students will be able to go to college, go on and be successful and hopefully it comes full circle and they go on to work for a place like Northwoods and help support those youth as well," said Daniel Fanning, Vice President of External Relations at Lake Superior College.

The scholarship will go towards students who finish their time at Northwoods and continue their education at LSC.

"We are going to take the memorials that we get in Tony's memory and create a scholarship at LSC to honor him," said Morgana Kolenda, Director of Resource Development at Northwood Children Services.

To honor Anthony for all the hard work he did for the communities youth.

"It's very important to us that we create something with these memorials that he would be proud of and that will continue to honor the work that he was doing here with us," said Kolenda.

The scholarship will begin next spring and be distributed annually to students.

If you'd like to donate to the memorial fund, click here.

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Ryan Compeau

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