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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The Two Harbors City Council unanimously approved a resolution to reject all the bids for the city's Capital Improvement Plan 2017 road and alley improvement project during a meeting Monday. The lowest bid was made by Low Impact Excavators in the amount of $576,118.62, about $239,118 over the engineer's estimate for the project. The project included Ninth Avenue between Sixth and Seventh Streets; 13th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues; Ninth Street between 10th and 11th Avenues; the alley north of Second Avenue between Fourth and Fifth Streets; and the alley north of Fourth Avenue between Fifth and Sixth Streets.
The city of Two Harbors will be performing a smoke test on the sanitary sewer system throughout the entire town July 19-21.
The Two Harbors City Council recognized a Two Harbors Police Department officer Monday for his work with the 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run. Officer Ken Anderson received a certificate of appreciation honoring his exceptional contributions in coordinating the 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics in the community. The Torch Run, which was the first ever in Lake County this year, raised more than $11,000 locally to benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Minnesota.
The city of Two Harbors held an informational meeting Monday about the problem of inflow and infiltration (I&I) in the city's sanitary sewer system. I&I is clean water entering the sanitary collection system that is coming in the form of rain water, groundwater or snow melt. Brian Guldan, environmental project engineer at Bolton and Menk, said this is problematic because once the clean water mixes with the wastewater it all becomes wastewater and needs to be handled and treated as wastewater.
The Two Harbors City Council was given an update Monday on what will be needed to pull the Edna G. out of the water. Tom Koehler, a member of the Edna G. Commission, spoke at the 5 p.m. committee of the whole meeting on Monday about what he has learned over the last several months. According to Koehler, the project is at the stage "where official correspondence must be done with paper from the office of the city administrator, rather than just email."
One year after the Dixie Bar, Grill and Bottleshop was tragically lost in a fire, the property where it sat once again has activity on it, but it's not another restaurant. The property along Highway 2 about 6 miles outside Two Harbors is now owned by the Voyageur Snowmobile Club (VSC) after they did a land swap with former owners Scott and Deanna Larson.
The city of Two Harbors has entered into a purchase agreement for land that is to be the site of the new municipal liquor store, and is expected to consider proposals for the construction of the development next week.
The Two Harbors City Council tabled awarding a bid for the city's Capital Improvement Plan 2017 road projects Monday after all five came in over the estimate.
The Two Harbors City Council discussed putting in a request for the 2018 bonding bill during a meeting Monday. The city had to submit a request for the bonding bill by today and they all agreed on asking for funds for the waterfront. The council said they are hoping to be able to get a Master Waterfront Plan put together.
Nestled within the wilderness between Finland and Lake Superior is Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, and the non-profit has been very busy the past couple of years with fundraising and construction. Wolf Ridge, founded in 1971, was the first environmental learning center in the nation to be accredited as a K-12 school, and since then has grown in size and sustainability. On Saturday, the center will be holding a ribbon cutting and tours of its new Lakeview Staff House and maintenance building as well as breaking ground on its next project.