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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The Two Harbors softball team hopes to build on a successful season last spring that produced a 12-2 regular season record and a win in the section tournament. The Agates lost only two players to graduation and have seven returning players with the ability to hit at the high school level, according to coach Chris Lemke, chief among them Ayla Lemke and her .585 batting average. "I'm hoping that everyone continues to get better and it should be a pretty balanced attack," Chris Lemke said.
The Two Harbors baseball team has the unenviable task of replacing seven departed seniors from its 2015 team and will need to replace two outfielders, three infielders and the starting catcher. Coach Rick Coughlin said the Agates will rely on five players with strong experience from last season, including Easton Best, Tanner Aho, Trey Fleck, Dan Anderson and Will Peterson. In particular, the Agates will look to co-captains Best, Aho and Fleck to provide leadership to a very young squad.
The Silver Bay softball team started practice earlier this month with an eye toward its 17th straight winning season. With an 11-9 season last year and seven starters returning, expectations are high for the Mariners, according to coach Mike Guzzo. "We just had our 16th winning season in a row, so we're expecting to build on that, of course," Guzzo said. "We do return most of our starters, so that's the good news."
Although trapshooting is only in its second year in high school sports on the North Shore, it is a sport that is beginning to grow. The Two Harbors trapshooting team has 17 returning shooters with 10 brand new students to add to the lineup.
The Lake County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to end its contract with Giant Voices, a Duluth company that has handled marketing for the county's broadband project, dubbed Lake Connections, during its meeting Tuesday in Two Harbors.
The Silver Bay City Council Chamber was overflowing with people Monday as representatives from Bent Paddle Brewing Co. and other representatives of the Downstream Business Coalition attended the meeting to respond to the council's decision to remove Bent Paddle products from the Silver Bay Municipal Liquor Store and Lounge.
About 25 people from around Lake County gathered to learn more about the Lake County Board of Commissioners proposed .5 percent sales tax to go toward preserving and extending the life of the county's paved roads during the board's Committee of the Whole meeting Tuesday at the Claire Nelson Center in Finland. County highway engineer Krysten Foster presented to the board about the state of the county's roads and pavement preservation as a potential project for the revenue generated by the tax. From 2010 to 2014, the amount of county roads labeled "poor" according to the ride quality index increased from 15 percent to 21 percent. The ride quality index is the driver's view of the county transportation system and essentially tells the Highway Department which of its roads are smooth. Pavement preservation would prioritize resurfacing, sealing and overlay projects over reconstruction of roads.
The North Shore breathed a collective sigh of relief Monday as Cliffs Natural Resources announced the idled Northshore taconite operations, with a mine in Babbitt and processing and shipping center in Silver Bay, would resume production by May 15 after idling in December.
The Lake Superior School District, superintendent Bill Crandall and Cook County School District came to an agreement last week for Crandall to begin negotiating a separate contract with CCSD to serve as that district's superintendent in addition to his role with LSSD.
Two Harbors honored all its athletes from the 2015-16 seasons Monday at a banquet in the school auditorium. Each student-athlete's name was called with the sports they played and the honors they received during the ceremony and coaches stood on stage to greet present them with a certificate of participation. Afterward, people gathered in the main hallway outside the auditorium to enjoy pie from Rustic Inn in honor of Pi Day.