Most high school girl softball programs hope to win some games, gain a little experience and have a good season. In Silver Bay, after a third place Class A finish to the 2007 season and three Section 7A titles since 2001, the goals are a bit loftier. The Mariners have also made it to the section finals in five of the past seven years. "Our goals are the same every year," said coach Mike Guzzo.
Silver Bay's two-game winning streak ran up against No. 2-seed Cotton last Thursday night in Hermantown and the Cardinals ended the Mariner basketball playoff hopes with an 85-40 Section 7A win. Silver Bay trailed 28-23 well into the first half, before Cotton's height and depth started to wear away at the Mariners.
The Two Harbors contingent of senior Matt Sonday and junior Casey Eckman definitely had a presence in the recent two-game CCM High School All Star hockey series played in Eveleth and Duluth. The series featured the top players from Northeastern Minnesota in games played at the Eveleth Hippodrome and the DECC in Duluth, March 11-12. The two played on the same line, something they hadn't done during the regular season with the Agates, and were quite a force on offense, helping lead the Duluth Area All Stars to 6-2 and 13-2 wins over the Iron Range All Stars.
Do you ever have those weeks when no matter what you do it seems you're just a step behind? Learn of an event you want to attend after it's over? Find that lost tax receipt after you've mailed off your taxes? That kind of week. As the newspaper editor, I had one of those weeks just last week. Make that the past two weeks. A weekly newspaper is somewhat hindered in publishing late-breaking, last-minute stories, well, simply because we come out once a week. If you want breaking news we can do that as long as the breaking news happens right when we're putting the paper together.
The city-owned Mary MacDonald Center in Silver Bay was quite a topic of conversation during Monday night's city council meeting. City building inspector Jim Rich provided a frank assessment of the safety and maintenance needs at the former school building that now houses a host of retail and public service tenants. Rich updated the council on the ongoing need to install a fire suppression sprinkler system throughout the 43,000 square foot building, at a likely cost of at least $150,000.
The hunt for a new city administrator in Silver Bay will continue. Last week, the Silver Bay City Council offered the job to former Proctor city administrator John Foschi but on Wednesday he informed the city that he was turning down the offer. Mayor Scott Johnson on Thursday simply said that Foschi gave his reasons for not accepting the offer and left it that. "The council will discuss the next step on Monday night," said Johnson. Foschi was one of three finalists interviewed for the job. The offer to Foschi did raise some eyebrows.
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