The Lake Superior School District Board certified its 2018 preliminary levy and truth and taxation meeting during its meeting Tuesday in Silver Bay. The board set its preliminary levy to the maximum allowed by the state, an action recommended by the Minnesota Department of Education. Once the district and School Board have firmed up the 2018 budget, the levy can be adjusted down but it cannot be raised. The LSSD board also set its truth and taxation meeting, where it will present the 2018 budget, for 6 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Two Harbors High School community room.
A Two Harbors resident competed in the Minnesota Gopher State Horseshoe Pitchers Association annual state tournament over Labor Day weekend in Genoa. A total of 158 pitchers from all across the state competed in five divisions — elder men's, men's, women's, cadets and juniors. Two Harbors pitcher Joe Raycraft was ranked 22nd in the men's division and competed as the number two seed in Class D. Raycraft won six of seven game with a tie to take home his second state championship in three years.
The Lake County Sheriff's Office on Monday identified the victim of a Sunday all-terrain vehicle crash as a 76-year-old Duluth man. Harold Melde of Duluth died from injuries suffered in the crash Sunday afternoon near the Trestle Inn, about 15 miles northeast of Finland. According to the sheriff’s office, Melde was third in a group of four ATVs traveling in dusty road conditions when he apparently did not see a curve in the road. His ATV left the roadway, flipped and hit a rock. Melde was not wearing a helmet, the sheriff’s office said.
Authorities on Monday identified the girl who died after falling from a North Shore cliff the previous day as a 14-year-old from Somerset, Wis. Bailey Belisle died at a Duluth hospital after being airlifted from the scene at Palisade Head, about 5 miles northeast of Silver Bay along the Lake Superior shore. She was visiting the popular North Shore landmark with another family, Lake County Sheriff Carey Johnson told the Lake County News-Chronicle.
The Two Harbors City Council is holding a special meeting Wednesday to discuss its Capital Improvement Plan projects for 2018.
Motorist traveling on Highway 61 north of Silver Bay this week will experience some lane closures. At the Baptism River motorists will encounter alternating lane closures for bridge maintenance activities beginning Monday, Sept. 11 and lasting through Thursday, Sept. 14. Motorists may encounter delays. Closures will alternate from northbound to southbound lanes as needed. A flagging operation will be in place to move traffic through the work area. Width restrictions are also in place. Loads should not be wider than 10 feet.
Lake County reported Thursday morning that 911 service for cellphone users has been restored. A CodeRed alert went out at 10:06 a.m. notifying people that "911 is now back in service for cellphones" and if there is an emergency to "not hesitate to call 911." According to Lake County Sheriff Carey Johnson, the 911 outage was due to a fiber cut near Walker, Minn. Lake County was not the only area affected by this outage. Other counties affected included Cass, Hubbard and Itasca counties.
Verizon and Lake Connections services have been restored in the Two Harbors area. As of 11:45 a.m. Tuesday Verizon customer service said they were aware of the issue and technicians were working to restore service, though customers have reported to the News-Chronicle that their service has been restored. Verizon did say that while technicians were working on the issue service may go in and out until the issue was completely resolved.
On Wednesday, during the first William M. Kelley School staff meeting, Librarian Tina Davis, computer tech Geri Sando and the WKS Alumni Association officially opened the newly remodeled K-12 library. The new library features are "Maker Spaces," computer stations, quiet spaces, a tech bar for tablet and laptop use, as well as traditional features. Financial support from the Alumni Association ensured the completion of the project in one year.
Two Harbors Federal Credit Union member David Trieschmann became the first in what could be a long line of winners at the credit union's Highway 26 location. Earlier this summer THFCU launched the "WINcentive" savings account, a credit union-exclusive program that rewards members for saving money.