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A heartfelt farewell to Gordy Anderson

Sarah Cron accepts the Volunteer of the Year award from Bob Gustafson, the public relations director for Grandma’s Marathon. Photo by Ken Vogel.1 / 2
Jan Bergman, the widow of the late Paul Bergman, accepted the posthumously awarded Citizen of the Year distinction for her husband. Paul, a former county commissioner, passed away last year. Photo by Ken Vogel2 / 2

Ken Vogel

Many Two Harbors Area Chamber of Commerce Spring Banquet attendees were moved to tears on Tuesday evening.

Gordy Anderson, the outgoing chamber president, handed the reins to incoming president Janelle Jones. Anderson, who has served the chamber for almost 20 years, decided it was time retire and spend more time with his family.

“I loved being involved and helping the community. I have met so many wonderful people and had a wonderful staff but it is time to move on,” Anderson said in an emotional speech. Anderson said he is confident that Jones will carry on the chamber’s business and will meet the challenges of the future head-on.

The chamber presented four awards throughout the evening. Clint and Jamie McFarlane, owners of Castle Danger Brewery, presented the award for Small Business of the Year to Warren Miller, owner of Harbor Insurance. The insurance company began operating in 1935 under the name of Commercial Insurance, it currently has six employees.

The award for Large Business of the Year went to Lakeview Memorial Hospital. Pat Walden of the Canadian National Railroad handed the award to Clinic Manager Brad Alm and Dr. Thomas Peterson, calling attention to the clinic’s quality of care.

Public Relations Director for Grandmas Marathon Bob Gustafson presented Sarah Cron of Co-op Light and Power the award for Volunteer of the Year. Gustafson identified numerous community events that Cron has been instrumental in developing, including “Walking by Water,” a program sponsored by Lakeview Memorial Hospital.

“I would like to thank the community for allowing me to serve,” a teary-eyed Cron told the crowd.

Many were moved to tears again when Two Harbors City Councilor George Scheidt announced a posthumous award for Citizen of the Year to former Lake County Commissioner Paul Bergman. His widow Jan Bergman accepted the award.

“His commitment to community, forward thinking and willingness to try new things made him an extraordinary man,” Scheidt said.