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Shop Local contest winners announced

The 2017 Shop Local contest tracked local spending during the holiday season and children won a variety of prizes. (Photo courtesy of Two Harbors Chamber of Commerce)

The Two Harbors Area Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of its Shop Local contest last week.

The grand-prize winners receiving a $350 Visa gift card were Rees Beck-Heinzen and Lola Lundgren. Fourth-place winners of a camping and outdoor package were Otto Blettner and Kelaiah Morin and Reid Cruikshank and Hattie Edlund.

There were 14 other winners of additional prizes such as pool parties, gift certificates and backpacks. There were 45 registered kids in the Shop Local contest.

The Chamber tracked more than $153,000 in local spending between Nov. 23 and Dec. 22.

Chamber President Janelle Jones said the idea was inspired by a contest Falks Pharmacy ran in the 1970s. The Falks contest managed a leaderboard for money spent in the store and awarded prizes to the winner. The Chamber expanded it to include all local businesses.

Over the first five years of the contest, it has tracked approximately $750,000 in local spending.