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SHTA adds 3 positions

The Superior Hiking Trail Association recently added three new positions to the staff. Jaron Cramer is now development and communications director, Tamer Ibrahim is trail operations director and Lisa Knight is an administrator.

Cramer said the expansion was due to new executive director Denny Caneff's vision for the future of the organization and the trail that stretches more than 300 miles from Duluth to the Canadian border.

"We're focused on maintaining and constantly improving the trail, so we wanted to have the staff necessary to tackle the project," Cramer said. "For example, Tamer was brought on to lead the trail renewal program, which will ensure we have renewal work done to bring trails up to top-notch conditions."

After moving to Duluth from Seattle, Cramer joined the team in January to oversee the organization's membership, donor and business partnership operations, as well as manage SHTA's various communications outlets. He grew up running wild and hiking vigorously in the foothills of the Cascade mountains, particularly on the outskirts of Mt. Rainier.

Ibrahim will serve in the newly created position of trail operations director, where he will be responsible for planning and overseeing construction and maintenance on the trail. He got his start in trail work in 1999 on the SHT, and after many years as a wilderness ranger in the Boundary Waters, he said it feels right to be coming back.

"Ever since I worked on the trail with the Minnesota Conservation Corps in 1999, I thought it would be cool to work for them in some capacity," Ibrahim said.

Knight has lived in Two Harbors since 1988, when she moved with Granite Gear as their administrative vice president. After 26 years with Granite Gear, she joined SHTA as the administrator in March.

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Teri Cadeau

Teri Cadeau is a reporter for the Budgeteer.

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