May 1, 1919

Checker contest proves success

The first annual Y.M.C.A. checker tournament was won by E. Galligan of the Junior B division. Two out of the three final games were won by Galligan.

Thirty-eight boys took part in this tournament and an effort will be made to start to tourney for the older boys and men.

May 1, 1969

Welcome first boat, skipper

A group of Two Harbors civic leaders greeted Captain Leo E. Capeling, skipper of the U.S. Steel Fleet's "Horace Johnson," which was the first ore boat to be loaded at Two Harbors docks during the 1969 shipping season. The Johnson pulled into port by the Edna G. about 1:30 p.m. was about 20 hours earlier than had been scheduled earlier in the week.

The captain was presented with a box of cigars and a painting of Split Rock Lighthouse. Captain Capeling is a veteran of 40 years with the U.S. Steel Fleet.

May 5, 1994

Two Harbors student takes state speech meet storytelling trophy

Her eyes widen and then they snap shut. Her hands flutter and they harden into fists. Her voice ranges from a gentle soprano to a deep bass.

It's Carrie Lundell demonstrating the prize-winning story that earned her the state championship in speech's storytelling category - the first to go to a Two Harbors student.

"My dad always read fairy tales to me and I loved them," Lundell said to explain why she chose that particular type of expression in which to compete. The other categories include subjects like poetry, humorous interpretation of literature, creative expression and original oratory.

At the beginning of each year, the storytelling competitors receive a book containing 20 stories, all of which they must memorize. Most meets consist of three rounds and the competitors select three of the 20 stories for each round. Then, they can pick the one story from those three they prefer to tell.

But don't imagine that they tell the stories in the same dry way you read to your youngsters at night.

"I have lots of faces," Lundell said. "I try to keep my face moving all the time and I change my voice and mannerisms for each character. It's not at all like ordinary conversation."

Lundell's favorite audience is small children, who mirror every conversation they see her portray. She has told her stories at the public library and most recently at Minnehaha school's "college day."

Lundell said speech competition has enabled her to feel more comfortable around the public and even held with her waitressing job. Next year, Lundell plans to attend UMD, where she will major in choral education and French. She also plans to come back and judge at some of the lower level speech meets.