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Knife River gets in the holiday spirit

A sign points Knife River visitors to Julebyen. Photo by Jan Swart.2 / 2

The second annual Julebyen (pronounced yule-uh-bee-yen) in Knife River last weekend was a resounding success, according to its organizers.

Around 1,400 attended the Christmas Village and associated events, which included huts with juried items for sale as well as a skating rink, a heated tent called the "Gnome Dome" with lefse demonstrations, live music and much more as well as the annual Knife River Tour of Homes.

Lighthouse at Emily's also opened just for the weekend, and the North Shore Scenic Railroad train took about 100 people from Duluth to Knife River and back on Saturday. Heritage Marine and Crew of Knife River also sponsored lunch and train fare for 24 kids from the Boys and Girls Club of Duluth and six chaperones. 

Photo descriptions, in order. Photos by LaReesa Sandretsky, unless otherwise noted. 1: Torval Skadberg, 2, of Knife River, poses with his cousin Christianne Baumgartner. 2: Ornaments hang on a tree in the Knife River Rec Center during Julebyen. 3: Lefse makers from Duluth roll out the potato pancakes in the Gnome Dome. 4: The Christmas village was packed on Saturday.  5: Arna Rennan plays the accordion in the Gnome Dome. Photo by Jan Swart. 6: Erik Gischia, 5, of Two Harbors skates toward his mother Rachel on the Julebyen rink. 7: Eric Faust and his son, Teddy, 1, of Duluth, greet Santa after getting off the North Shore Scenic Railroad train on Saturday. 

LaReesa Sandretsky
LaReesa Sandretsky is a Two Harbors High School graduate and Duluth native who began working at the News-Chronicle in 2012 as a reporter. She took over as editor in 2014. She covers County Board, including the Lake County broadband project.
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