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Five injured in accident north of Two Harbors

Five people were injured Thursday afternoon when a semi-truck rear ended a Ford Explorer in the northbound lane Highway 61 near County Road 3, about 2 miles north of Two Harbors.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Jacob Leo Hertel, 38, of Lester Prairie, Minn., was the driver of the SUV. He was waiting in the northbound lane of Highway 61 to make a left turn just before County Road 3 when David Hansen, 20, of Lutsen, Minn., rear ended him at highway speeds in a semi-truck.

Hertel and his four passengers, also from Lester Prairie, were all injured in the accident, including another adult and three kids aged 10, 8 and 1.

The Minnesota State Patrol was assisted on the scene by the Lake County Sheriff's Office and the Two Harbors Police Department.

Lighthouse at Emily's to close its doors

The four women who own and operate the restaurant Lighthouse at Emily's in Knife River have decided to call it quits.

Part owner Andrea Darsow said their lease on a piece of property nestled between Knife River and Lake Superior is running out, and the building owner is putting the property up for sale. Darsow said she and the other owners, including her mother and two aunts, have decided not to make the investment.

The restaurant will close in October, Darsow said.

The four women first started the Lighthouse on Homestead just off the Homestead Road seven years ago. They moved to their current location in Knife River three years ago.

Local conservation officer responds to Calif. wildfire

Recently, Silver Bay area Conservation Officer Dave Schottenbauer participated in a nationwide effort of federal, state and local authorities providing public safety and community recovery to the wildfire-ravaged areas of the western United States.

Schottenbauer responded to the area of North Fork, Calif. on July 31 for a 10-day assignment providing assistance to the National Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and other agencies involved in wildfire suppression. Scottenbauer said he was mainly there to assist in providing security.

Living conditions were not out of the ordinary for the Minnesota officer, who resided in a tent community without electricity or modern conveniences. Schottenbauer said in the past, conservation officers have responded to other disasters such as Hurricane Katrina. The department is part of a national emergency response effort.

Brewery to open in Grand Marais

Adding to the craft brew fervor in the region, a three-person team is hoping to open a new brewery in Grand Marais next year.

Mike Prom, Cara Sporn and Bruce Walters plan to offer six tap beers year round in the brewery, which is just now under construction. There will also be a taproom, a kitchen for small plates and a rooftop bar.

None of the owners are homebrewers, but they intend to announce their head brewer soon.

There are more than a dozen small breweries in the region, including Castle Danger Brewery in Two Harbors and Borealis Fermentery in Knife River.