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.
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 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.