Jobs and job creation. What's the right formula? Can a community actually provide all the jobs its citizens need?
A new airport arrival and departure (AD) building at the Silver Bay/Wayne Johnson Airport looks to be on hold as the Silver Bay City Council voted down a grant request proposal during a special council meeting held on Monday. The issue may still have some life, however, as Mayor Scott Johnson indicated that he would bring up the grant request at next Monday's meeting. In the meantime, monies raised by a local non-profit group in support of the project might still be available should the council change its mind. At the March 3 council meeting, a recommendation by the city's airport commissio
A first-round Section 7A win over Lakeview Christian Academy Feb. 25 earned the Silver Bay girls hoop squad a chance at top-rated Wrenshall last Thursday in Hermantown. That chance to advance deeper into the section playoffs ended when the Wrens finished off the Mariner season with a 79-33 win. Silver Bay ended the season with a 6-19 record. "We ran pretty hard with them in the first part of the game," said Silver Bay coach Rod Lampton. "Then they started to full court press us. They were just too big, too fast, too much everything for us.
Little by little, floors and ceiling tiles, doors and desks are exiting the old Two Harbors high School as the steady process of readying the building for demolition continues. According to Lake Superior School District superintendent Phil Minkkinen, all but a handful of items remain in the way of starting the demo work, aimed at getting underway on or before April 1. The building is essentially a shell of its former self. The district will likely hire a private contractor in the next several weeks to handle the actual demolition work at the site, a little difference in the original plan th
Many people on this big, wide wonderful planet still seem to see the natural world as imposing and empty, a place that is full of lions and tigers and bears, a place that ultimately should be made servant to our will if we are to prosper. And now, with more than 80 percent of the nation's population living in an urban setting, there is even more of a separation between our world and the natural world. Don't worry, we're not alone in this assessment. Billions around the world are rushing to isolate themselves from the natural world at a pace unparalleled in human history.
The Two Harbors Agates came back with a nice 59-44 home win over Cook County Monday night, after losing three straight in a grueling stretch of four games in five nights. "It was sure nice to get a little momentum before we hit the playoffs," said Two Harbors coach Jamie Otterblad. "We took it to them right away and made them try to shoot from the outside. We were going to make them shoot to beat us." The zone defense seemed to work, pushing the Vikings to the outside for much of the night.
A strong effort couldn't keep the game in the win column as visiting Two Harbors fell in the Section 7AA playoffs last Thursday to Mesabi East, 45-40. "I actually thought we were going to win, it was that kind of game," said Two Harbors coach Brooke Chaffee. "We defiitely made a game of it but I guess it wasn't meant to be." Down 10-2 early in the game, the Agates took over with a 16-0 run, giving Chaffee confidence that her girls could pull a bit of an upset over the Giants. But in a see-saw game, the Giants then came back to take a 23-20 lead into halftime.
Injuries have remade the roster of the Two Harbors girls basketball squad and that "new" team topped visiting Duluth Marshall 51-49 in the final regular season game Monday night. Trailing by one at halftime, the Agates were able to come back and get the win over the Hilltoppers, showing coach Brooke Chaffee a lot of heart and optimism. "I feel our energy is different, I'm seeing a winning attitude emerge that wasn't there just a few games ago," said Chaffee.
A three-game winning streak means Silver Bay will face top-ranked Wrenshall in Thursday's Section 7A girls basketball playoff, a game coach Rod Lampton is happy to be in. "I told the girls, at least we're playing number one and we're not home thinking about softball season," he said. "We'll give them a good game, that's all we can do." The girls fell to Babbitt-Embarrasss 64-40 a week ago Tuesday but have been on a roll since then. On Thursday they dispatched host Tower-Soudan 46-39.
Are you a private person? Keep to yourself, don't bother too many people, prefer to remain anonymous? The right to privacy is an interesting concept that dates back to the Bill of Rights, that no government should have the right to intrude on the protection of an individual's private life. This isn't going to be a rant or rave about the Patriot Act, though the worry over terror has changed the landscape of laws protecting civil liberties in this nation. I say the Patriot Act is another of those blips on the radar screen, another nail in the coffin, so to speak, of civil liberties that long