The Two Harbors Area Fund's mission is to enhancing the quality of life for residents in the Two Harbors area and provide grants for worthy projects in the area. On Sept. 30, THAF celebrated a milestone with the Million Dollar Celebration free dinner for the community, after reaching their goal of $1 million. The festivities were held under a big tent set up in the parking lot next to the Community Center in Two Harbors. The local favorite, The Northwood's Band kicked off the social hour at 5:30 p.m. This was followed by dinner catered by several local restaurants.
Twenty-six residents of the Two Harbors area returned Sept. 22 from a five-day leadership retreat, the first segment of an intense eight-day training provided by the Blandin Community Leadership Program (BCLP). The team also will participate in three follow-up workshops. A program of the Grand Rapids-based Blandin Foundation, BCLP has provided experiential leadership training for more than 7,000 community leaders from nearly 500 rural Minnesota communities since it began in 1985. This is the second time the community has participated in the BCLP leadership program.
The Silver Bay City Council approved a new health insurance plan for city employees. The premiums for the city's former health insurance plan was going to be unaffordable for 2018, with premiums rising around $200 a month for single coverage and more than $500 for families. The city's health insurance team met to research new plans and provided a few options for city employees to vote for their preference. The employees chose a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota plan with a single person deductible of $2,700 and $5,400 for families.
The Knife River Julebyen, a Scandinavian-themed Christmas festival, has added a "troll village" to the three-day event Dec.1-3. Carol Carlson, festival chair, said the troll village is family focused on winter outdoor sports gear, books for all ages represented by their local authors and illustrators, a large vintage model railroad display, a Finnish "Whip Sled," and much more. It will be held next to the festival grounds at the site of the Knife River Campground. Carlson warned visitors to the village should be aware of mischievous trolls.
It's time again for Cooperative Light and Power's Kilowatts and Brats Member Meetings. Each fall, CLP staff go to each district for an informal evening of food, fellowship and discussion. Members will have a chance to ask questions and bring up topics that are important to them while enjoying some brats.
Property taxes for the second half of 2017 are due Oct. 15 for Lake County residents. Again this year, Lake County will have a drop-box available in front of the Lake County Service Center at 616 Third Ave. in Two Harbors. There will be a sign on the drop box indicating that property tax payments are being accepted. Residents should pay by check or money order when leaving a payment in the drop box. Taxpayers can now view or print their current or delinquent tax statements whenever they desire by visiting www.parcelinfo.com .
The 26th annual District 5580 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Camp was held on the University of Minnesota, Crookston campus July 9-15. Each student is awarded sponsorship by their local Rotary club. A total of 141 RYLA campers attended, sponsored by 56 Rotary International Clubs from District 5580 in northern Minnesota, North Dakota, northwest Wisconsin and Ontario, Canada. Carina Hebl and Samuel Knight were sponsored by the North Shore Rotary Club.
The Lake Superior Horseshoe League wrapped up it's third season on Sept. 25. With Dwindling numbers of players it was a season of struggles for scheduling and players tiring of playing the same people every week. As much rain as there has been seen this year the league played 16 weeks without a weather cancellation.
Authorities are investigating the death of a New Hope, Minn., man after he surfaced in distress while diving along the North Shore. Aaron Timmerman, 42, was diving with a group at the Madeira Shipwreck site on Lake Superior within the Split Rock Lighthouse State Park when witnesses saw him surface and call for help, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Office. No one was able to get to Timmerman before he went under. He was located unresponsive on the bottom of Lake Superior by two members of his group, who brought him back up to the surface.
Advocates for the Knife River Watershed (AKRW) will host "The Ins and Outs of Legislating and Advocating for the Environment" Wednesday, Sept. 27. The program will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Duluth Town Hall, 6092 Homestead Rd. The guest speaker will be State Rep. Mary Murphy, who will review some key issues and action on water quality and environmental issues in the Minnesota Legislature in 2017.