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Inline marathon volunteers needed

The Two Harbors Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking volunteers to help with the Northshore Inline Marathon on Sept. 13. Volunteers are needed from Two Harbors to Knife River.

To help out, contact the chamber at (218) 834-2600 or email Michelle at

Iron mining industry celebrates 130 years this summer

On July 31, 1884, ten 20-ton ore cars brought the first loads of Minnesota iron ore from Soudan to Two Harbors to be loaded on a ship and sent to across Lake Superior. The iron was the first of more than 62,000 tons of ore that were sent to Cleveland that year for processing. The first train was sent just hours after the last rail spike of the railroad from Soudan to Two Harbors was driven.

Today, 10 mining and processing facilities produce up to 40 million tons of Minnesota ore annually that is shipped around the world.

This year marks the 130th anniversary of iron ore mining in northeastern Minnesota. The event was commemorated with a celebration in Soudan on July 31.

Lakes in competition for Michelob money

Thirty Minnesota lakes, including Lake Superior and the Boundary Waters, are in competition for a $50,000 conservation grant from Michelob Golden Light.

For the second year, officials at Michelob chose 30 lakes and are asking the public to vote throughout the summer for their favorite lake. The one with the most support at the end of the voting period will receive a $50,000 conservation grant and support from the nonprofit Freshwater Society in utilizing the money.

Voting is open until Sept. 30. Visit to vote.