The Two Harbors Area Chamber of Commerce's annual spring banquet Tuesday, March 19, at Clearwater Grille and Event Center boasted possibly the highest attendance ever at approximately 270.
The Chamber, which includes members in Two Harbors, Silver Bay, Beaver Bay, Knife River, Finland, Isabella, Duluth and Grand Marais, presented seven awards on Tuesday.
Small Business of the Year: Cedar Coffee Co. Opened in 2016 in Two Harbors, the business also includes the Spokengear bike shop and Cedaro bike pack manufacturer.
Large Business of the Year: Castle Danger Brewery. Started in the unincorporated community of Castle Danger, Minnesota's fifth-largest brewery made its first batch of beer in 2011. It opened its downtown Two Harbors taproom in 2014. It was also named the Chamber's "Small Business of the Year" in 2013.
Not-for-Profit of the Year: Two Harbors Area Food Shelf. The nonprofit uses approximately 110 volunteers to distribute about 100,000 pounds of food per year.
Young Professional Award: Two Harbors DECA. Last year, the high school organization's members organized their first Civility Summit, which inspired the creation of the National Civility Association. DECA claims its #FindtheKind initiative, which encourages people to spread their acts of kindness via social media, has reached 2.5 million people in 35 countries.
Student of the Year: Tori Bott. The Two Harbors senior, who accepted the award on her 18th birthday, has served as a Chamber student representative for two years; been president of the student council; selected as captain on three sports teams; and also coaches summer sports.
Volunteer of the Year: Wendi Eliason. The Two Harbors resident has volunteered for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) for 10 years, as well as with the Lake County Mental Health Task Force, Salvation Army, 4-H and others. She earned the Presidential Award in 2017 for volunteering more than 400 hours.
Citizen of the Year: Al Peterson. The owner of Two Harbors Auto Value, Peterson moved to the city 18 years ago. He's been active in the Lions Club, Toys for Tots and on the North Shore Horizons board. "He is our strongest advocate in the community," his nomination letter stated.