Adelle Whitefoot is a Michigan native who moved to Minnesota in Sept. 2014 when she started as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle. She graduated from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich., in 2012 with a bachelor's in English writing and has been a professional photographer since 2011. Whitefoot is the night general assignments reporter for the Duluth News Tribune.
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Nestled within the wilderness between Finland and Lake Superior is Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, and the non-profit has been very busy the past couple of years with fundraising and construction. Wolf Ridge, founded in 1971, was the first environmental learning center in the nation to be accredited as a K-12 school, and since then has grown in size and sustainability. On Saturday, the center will be holding a ribbon cutting and tours of its new Lakeview Staff House and maintenance building as well as breaking ground on its next project.
The Two Harbors Planning and Zoning Commission held a hearing Tuesday night for the purpose of accepting public comment on an ordinance change regarding the permitting of public markets and market stands within the city. During the hearing one business owner, Luke Klevgaard, spoke about his concerns that the ordinance would allow food vendors to pull up next to his business and take customers away.
During a meeting Monday, the Two Harbors City Council unanimously approved allowing the Two Harbors Area Chamber of Commerce to place a giant adirondack chair in the parking lot of the RJ Houle Information Center. Chamber president and CEO Janelle Jones spoke at the council's 5 p.m. committee of the whole meeting about the purpose for the chair. Pure and simple, it will be a marketing tool.
The Two Harbors Planning and Zoning Commission is holding a hearing Tuesday night for the purpose of accepting public comment on an ordinance change regarding the permitting of public markets and market stands within the city.
Starting Tuesday there will be road closures in downtown Two Harbors. While crews work on the city's Water Main Relocation Project, Seventh Street south of First Avenue and First Avenue west of Seventh Street will be closed starting at the intersection of the two roads. This phase of the project will benefit the Castle Danger Brewery expansion.
The Lake County Board of Commissioners approved a settlement with Compass Consultants Inc. to end one of the lawsuits related to the construction of the county's broadband network, Lake Connections. Though the County Board approved the settlement by a vote of 3-2, the exact terms of the settlement are not yet available to the News-Chronicle as representatives of Compass and Lake County have not yet signed the agreement.
The Two Harbors City Council tabled a request by the Two Harbors Farmers' Market Monday to commit a city owned tent to be placed in Thomas Owens Park for the entire summer. The Two Harbors Farmers' Market is held Saturdays during the summer at Thomas Owens Park each year from June through September. For the past few years the farmers' market has been using a city owned tent as shelter on those Saturdays for vendors. This year, some councilors were not comfortable with committing the tent to stay in the park all summer.
The Two Harbors City Council was faced with a tough choice Monday when deciding what to do with an application for five variances.
The Two Harbors City Council receive the 2016 audit report Monday during its meeting. Matt Mayer from KDV in Minneapolis gave a presentation on the 2016 audit for Two Harbors during the 6 p.m. council meeting Monday. Mayer said the city received an unmodified opinion, or clean, audit and there were no findings on the two compliance audits that were done. Mayer went fund by fund giving a report on each one, and started with the General Fund.
The Two Harbors City Council went into closed session Monday night during committee of the whole to discuss putting in an offer for a chunk of land that would be the site of the new municipal liquor store. The council approved unanimously moving forward with the offer during its 6 p.m. action meeting Monday.