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EMMA trail dedication honors Anderson

The main attraction of the Harvest Moon and Sunset Watch Festival next Thursday will be watching the moon rise over Agate Bay, pictured here. (Photo by Christian Dalbec)1 / 2
A portion of the Two Harbors Sonju Trail has been dedicated to Ellen Mielke Moore Anderson, and a dedication ceremony will be held before the Harvest Moon and Sunset Watch next Thursday in her honor. On Monday, a group of AGE to Age volunteers will spruce up the area around the sign with hand-painted rocks and flowers. (Submitted photo)A portion of the Two Harbors Sonju Trail has been dedicated to Ellen Mielke Moore Anderson, and a dedication ceremony will be held before the Harvest Moon and Sunset Watch...2 / 2

The wooden paddle hanging in the Super One entryway may soon disappear from its perch.

The paddle was a travelling trophy awarded to the store's kayak relay team in 2009 at the annual EMMA Kayak Challenge, originally part of the Two Harbors Kayak Festival. After that year, however, the relay fell by the wayside as other festival activities gained popularity, though it always remained in the back of Vicki Holisky-Crets' mind.

So, recently, as she was planning another event, next Thursday's eighth annual Harvest Moon and Sunset Watch, sponsored by the Ellen Mielke Moore Anderson fund, Holisky-Crets realized it would be the perfect time to resurrect the race. Holiskey-Crets has been coordinating the EMMA events, but they were started years ago by Anderson who had a passion for community.

"Anytime you see EMMA attached to something, it refers to Ellen," Holisky-Crets said.

Anderson, who is remembered and loved by many on the North Shore, passed away two years ago, but not before leaving her mark in the Two Harbors area. She started the kayak festival, the Celestial Celebrations, and the popular Walking by Water event, among many other community-building activities.

In honor of Anderson's commitment to getting people outside, the portion of the Sonju Trail running along Agate Bay has been dedicated to her memory. A formal dedication ceremony will take place before the kayak relays.

The festival will begin Thursday, Sept. 19, at about 5:30 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony behind the D&IR Railroad Depot Museum in downtown Two Harbors.

"After we have our ribbon-cutting ceremony, we're going to let off a dozen balloons and then we're going to walk as a group on the EMMA trail to the boat launch," Holisky-Crets said.

The relays will take off from the boat launch at 6 p.m., where the " Man in the Moon" will be starting the races. During the relays, Betty's Pies will provide sweet treats for spectators.

When the race is finished, attendees will trek up the steps to the breakwall to watch the harvest moon rise. Holitsky-Crets said Anderson cared deeply about getting people together to enjoy the natural world and its beauty.

"She passionately wanted people to be outside and enjoying life. She wanted people to be outside ... and

have something to do for free," Holisky-Crets said.

Help beautify the EMMA trail

Next Monday, the AGE to Age contingent will be spending some time beautifying the trail before the dedication. The group will meet at the Two Harbors Community Center at 5 p.m. to hand paint decorative rocks and share a light supper. Then, they will place the rocks and some new flower planters around the base of the trail map and dedication plaque.

All are welcome and the event is free. Register online under the community education tab at or by calling (218) 834-8201 ext. 8230.

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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