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Winter Frolic takes center stage

The Lake County Board of Commissioners defeated the Two Harbors City Council in their annual curling match Friday, Feb. 9, at the Two Harbors Curling Club during the annual Winter Frolic. Pictured are (front row, from left) Frank McQuade, Ken Anderson, Rick Goutermont, Rich Sve and Jeremy Hurd; and (back row) Miles Woodruff, Rick Hogenson and Dan Walker. (News-Chronicle photo by Jamey Malcomb)1 / 8
Brenda Swanson of the "Giddy-up Gals" drags her kayak back up the hill so her teammates can finish the relay race. The Giddy-up Gals took on all comers and emerged victorious in the first ever Kayak Races at the Winter Frolic in Two Harbors. (News-Chronicle photo by Jamey Malcomb)2 / 8
Two Harbors Mayor Chris Swanson takes a celebratory ride down the sledding hill after the city's victory over the Lake County Board of Commissioners in the Winter Frolic's first ever kayak races. (News-Chronicle photo by Jamey Malcomb)3 / 8
Wesley Hull, 4, enjoys the sledding hill Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Winter Frolic in Two Harbors. (News-Chronicle photo by Jamey Malcomb)4 / 8
Yancy Stark (left) realizes his aunt, Jenny Walsberg, has stowed away during the kayak races Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Winter Frolic in Two Harbors. (News-Chronicle photo by Jamey Malcomb)5 / 8
(From left) Abigail Homick, Layton Homick, Darion Homick and Izzy Boo take advantage of the empty stage to do a little dancing in the tent outside the Two Harbors Curling Club. (News-Chronicle photo by Jamey Malcomb)6 / 8
Two Harbors City Councilor Miles Woodruff slides the rock down the ice in the city's match up against the Lake County Board of Commissioners. (News-Chronicle photo by Jamey Malcomb)7 / 8
(From left) Lake County Commissioners Rich Sve (left and Rick Goutermont (right) sweep while Jeremy Hurd looks at what's ahead during the county's win over the Two Harbors City Council in their annual curling match. (News-Chronicle photo by Jamey Malcomb)8 / 8

The Two Harbors Winter Frolic took center stage over the weekend, with many residents turning out for events throughout the weekend.

On Friday, the Two Harbors Curling Club was packed as curling aficionados and newcomers to the game took advantage of the open curling time to throw a few rocks and enjoy a little time out of the house. Those not curling enjoyed sampling the chili from a number of local restaurants, with Kamloops restaurant at Superior Shores taking the top prize and Louise's Place as the runner up.

Before long, club vice president Don Sitter grabbed a bullhorn and announced the beginning of Friday's main event, the curling match between the Two Harbors City Council and Lake County Board of Commissioners and for the second consecutive year, the county commissioners dealt out a thoroughly dominant performance, with regular curlers Jeremy Hurd and Rick Hogenson leading the action.

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

The City Council got a small measure of revenge on Saturday, as they proved fastest in the Winter Frolic's newest event, the Kayak Races, put on by the Two Harbors DECA Club. In a relay-style race, the Two Harbors officials, including Mayor Chris Swanson, Councilors Miles Woodruff, Frank McQuade and Craig Jussila, topped a Lake County team that included Commissioners Rick Goutermont and Rich Sve as well as County Attorney Russ Conrow and Environmental Services Director Christine McCarthy.

The county held an early lead, but McCarthy slipped as she dragged her kayak back up the sledding hill and McQuade took a lead the city never gave back.

In the other races, the "Giddy-up Gals" topped all challengers in the other event, with teammates Jill Moreberg, Julie Jonson, Brenda Swanson and Lauren Miller dominating all three races they competed in.

There was also a bean bag toss tournament with Nate Braden and Bob Nelson winning the title among more than a dozen competing teams. Braden and Nelson took home a $150 cash prize and a set of boards so they can practice for next year's frolic at home.

When the weather got a little too cold outside, adults and kids alike retreated to the heated tent set up outside the curling club and enjoyed hot drinks and music on the radio. Kids took over the stage in the tent and treated the crowd to some dancing before giving way to Two Harbors' own Northwoods Band. The band, made up of all Two Harbors residents, took the stage about 5 p.m. Saturday and played for most of the next five hours.

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb has been a reporter for the Pine Journal since October 2018. He previously worked as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle from 2015-2018. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. 

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