Adelle Whitefoot is a Michigan native who moved to Minnesota in Sept. 2014 when she started as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle. She graduated from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich., in 2012 with a bachelor's in English writing and has been a professional photographer since 2011. Whitefoot is the night general assignments reporter for the Duluth News Tribune.
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After five days of testimony and evidence, a jury on Friday ruled in favor of Rohl Networks LP, awarding the company more than $2.075 million in its lawsuit against Lake County regarding work done on the county's broadband network, Lake Connections.
After three days of testimony in a civil trial between Lake County and Rohl Networks, LP, five witnesses have taken the stand and the plaintiff has rested. The plaintiff, Rohl, is suing Lake County for unpaid work and materials related to the county's broadband project. It seeks nearly $2.3 million in restitution. The trial started Monday, Oct. 30, and is scheduled to last through Friday, Nov. 3. Visit lcnewschronicle.com for the final results of the trial and to learn more about the testimony from the defense's witnesses.
Lake County highway engineer Krysten Foster gave a presentation at the Two Harbors City Council meeting Monday about the county's road plan. Two Harbors and Lake County are working on capital improvement plans for roads in their perspective areas. Foster came to the council looking to work on a few projects together. Foster told the council she did a road tour with Two Harbors Public Works Director Larry Fabini earlier in the year to look at the condition of all of the county roads and county state aid highways in the city limits.
The owner of Silver Bay's only garbage service provider was arraigned Oct. 17 in Lake County Court on charges of possession of methamphetamine. Jody Lynn Reineccius, 43, was charged with fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance — a gross misdemeanor that carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail and/or a $3,000 fine. Reineccius is the owner of John's Sanitary Removal in Silver Bay. According to the criminal complaint, at approximately 1 p.m. Oct. 14, a report was received of found drugs at Bri-esa Convenience Store in Silver Bay.
Lake County and Rohl Networks, LP will head to trial Monday in Lake County over a lawsuit regarding the construction of Lake Connections, the county's broadband network. Rohl, of Jupiter, Fla., was the main contractor during the construction of the broadband network, Lake Connections, from 2012 to 2015.
More than 20 community members attended a Two Harbors Planning Commission meeting Tuesday to discuss their ideas about what should be done with the Agate Bay waterfront. City planner Justin Otsea started off the re-envisioning session with background of the five plans that were previously put together for the waterfront downtown. "There has been quite a bit of planning done on this area," he said. "There are five different plans ranging from 1995 to 2005."
The Two Harbors City Council will host hearings Monday regarding the 11th Avenue sidewalk assessments and the changes to the Two Harbors City Charter. The hearings will be during the council’s regular meeting at 6 p.m. Those being assessed for the repairs to sidewalks on 11th Avenue between Fifth and Eighth streets will have a chance to speak to the assessments before the council approves them.
A developer attended the Lake County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (LCHRA) meeting Wednesday to let the board know his intentions for the old John A. Johnson Elementary School in Two Harbors. Mike Happ, of Two Harbors Development, told the LCHRA of his intentions to purchase and demolish the old school. "The school building is in pretty much disrepair, it's full of mold and it's pretty much a compost pile," Happ said. "So it's going to have to be removed."
The Two Harbors City Council approved moving forward with the feasibility report for the 2018 Capital Improvement Plan road and alley projects during a special meeting Oct. 5. The motion to move forward with the project was approved 6-0 with Councilor Jerry Norberg abstaining.
The Two Harbors City Council set its preliminary budget and levy last week during a special meeting. The preliminary levy was set at an 11 percent increase, which could go down before being finalized but not up. The increase in property taxes will give the city a $185,747 increase in revenue.