Two Harbors High School are hosting a Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) event for seniors and their families Oct. 23 from 5-7 p.m. At the event, local financial aid experts will be on hand to help guide families through the online FAFSA application. It is helpful, but not required, to sign up for a Federal Student Aid ID prior to the event by going to studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/fsaid.
The Lake County Board of Commissioners will host an open house to seek public input on a proposed new highway facility at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Lake County Law Enforcement Center in Two Harbors. The facility on Highway 2 in Two Harbors was severely damaged in a fire in late 2018. The fire originated in a snowplow truck and flames quickly engulfed the roof. Firefighters spent more than seven hours battling the blaze. The meeting will provide an overview of the damage to the building and a presentation on preliminary architectural plans for a new facility.
Chris Langenbrunner received the Leadership Star, Champion for Children and Youth Award. The Northland Foundation honored Langenbrunner during the 25th Anniversary Celebration of its KIDS PLUS Program held on Oct. 5 in Duluth. She is the local coordinator of both the KIDS PLUS Early Childhood Coalition and AGE to age Initiative in Two Harbors.
The Two Harbors Planning Commission will host a public visioning session focused on opportunities for the redevelopment of the Agate Bay waterfront and its relation to downtown as part of its Waterfront Revitalization Planning Project. The session is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
Even with the American Red Cross currently focused on providing relief to victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, local smoke alarm installations are still going strong. Since this summer, Lake County has partnered with the Red Cross to install free smoke alarms in residences in the Two Harbors, Silver Bay and Finland areas.
Citing a move toward a regional newsroom and efforts to provide more reporting resources to assist the Lake County News-Chronicle staff, publisher Neal Ronquist has announced that the newspaper's Two Harbors office will close permanently at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20. Ronquist stressed that all LCNC employees will continue producing the weekly paper by covering stories in Two Harbors, Silver Bay and elsewhere in Lake County — and that readers will not experience any changes or interruptions to their paper or its delivery.
The Two Harbors City Council approved the second of three readings on changes to the City Charter during a meeting Monday.
The Lake Superior School District Board declared the District 4 seat as vacant at its meeting Tuesday in Two Harbors. The District 4 seat, which cover Ward 1 and Ward 2 in Two Harbors, was held by Jamie Harthan. Harthan ran unopposed in the 2016 elections, but has not been present at board or committee meetings for months.
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.
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.