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Chili cookoff, curling heat up Two Harbors' Winter Frolic festival

Stephanie, Julie and Trey Bugner taste test each of the chilis in the restaurant chili cook-off on Friday, Feb. 8, at the Two Harbors Curling Club. Louise's Place was the first-place winner of the cook-off. (Teri Cadeau/News-Chronicle)1 / 7
Nichole and Iris Cannon work on their fox snow sculpture during the snowman building contest Saturday, Feb. 9. (Teri Cadeau/News-Chronicle)2 / 7
Vintage snowmobiles lined up on the edge of Lakeview National Golf Course during the annual ride Saturday, Feb. 9. (Teri Cadeau/News-Chronicle)3 / 7
The City of Two Harbors won the annual City vs. County curling game during Winter Frolic and claimed the trophy. Pictured from left: Miranda Pietela, Joni Brandt, Dan Walker, Rick Goutermont, Rick Hogenson, Miles Woodruff, Rich Sve and Jeremy Hurd. (Teri Cadeau/News-Chronicle)4 / 7
Lake County commissioners Rich Sve and Rick Goutermont sweep in front of the rock during the City vs. County curling match on Friday, Feb. 8. (Teri Cadeau/News-Chronicle)5 / 7
A line of bean bag tournament participants throw their bags at the adjacent boards during Winter Frolic in Two Harbors on Saturday, Feb. 9. (Teri Cadeau/News-Chronicle)6 / 7
The first-place snowman in the Winter Frolic snowman building contest. (Teri Cadeau/News-Chronicle)7 / 7

The Two Harbors Winter Frolic warmed the city last weekend.

On Friday, Feb. 8, the Two Harbors Curling club was packed with curling fans and newbies for open curling. The annual chili cook-off was held in the back of the club, where attendees could sample all six chilis. Louise's Place took first place after three years of coming in second.

Viewers crowded around at 7 p.m. for the annual curling match between the Two Harbors City Council and the Lake County Board of Commissioners. The city held off the county, who won for the past two consecutive years. The teams were tied after two ends and the city won with a final shot by city administrator Dan Walker.

As part of the fun, the council and the board wager $200 coming from the officials' pockets, with the losers donating the money to a charity of the winners' choosing.

On Saturday, Feb. 9, cold temperatures kept participants in the snowman building contest low, with only four of the eight slabs of snow touched outside of the Moose Lodge. But the cold didn't scare off snowmobile vintage riders or bean bag toss tournament participants.

Later that afternoon, the Friends of the Edna G organization organized the first "tug"-of-war using one of the tugboat's mooring lines.

Teri Cadeau

Teri Cadeau is a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle. 

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