The Silver Bay baseball season opened Wednesday night at the HHH Metrodome in Minneapolis with a game against Polar Conference foe McGregor. The two teams played their game following the Twins-Angels game as this edition of the News-Chronicle went to press. Mariner coach Ward Kaiser was able to get his young squad outside onto a still-frozen Lynch Field for a couple of days practice before the game, something that was needed before the big game under the dome. "I didn't want the guys to get to the Metrodome without a little work on a real field," he said.
You have one senior on your squad but she's a foreign exchange student from Taiwan named Kelly Chen and she's pretty new to the sport. Your starting third baseman and leading hitter is out for the year with a torn ACL. It's only the fifth year of playing at the varsity level. "Yes, we're a very young team and we're still finding out where everybody fits in," said first-year coach Julie Benson.
Most high school girl softball programs hope to win some games, gain a little experience and have a good season. In Silver Bay, after a third place Class A finish to the 2007 season and three Section 7A titles since 2001, the goals are a bit loftier. The Mariners have also made it to the section finals in five of the past seven years. "Our goals are the same every year," said coach Mike Guzzo.
The effort to create a new state park on the eastern shores of Lake Vermilion in St. Louis County will likely fall by the wayside, and the 3,000 acres of land owned by U.S.
If you have a public land lease in Lake County, most likely for a hunting shack, you will be assessed for the value of that land starting in 2008. The Minnesota Department of Revenue is requiring all 87 counties to comply with a 1958 state law that asks counties to assess not only private property on the leased land, such as cabins and shacks, but to also assess the leased land itself. Lake County assessor Bruce Giddings said that historically, Lake County's policy toward lease lands was that the lease fee people paid for the property took care of that tax value on the land.
Silver Bay's two-game winning streak ran up against No. 2-seed Cotton last Thursday night in Hermantown and the Cardinals ended the Mariner basketball playoff hopes with an 85-40 Section 7A win. Silver Bay trailed 28-23 well into the first half, before Cotton's height and depth started to wear away at the Mariners.
The Two Harbors contingent of senior Matt Sonday and junior Casey Eckman definitely had a presence in the recent two-game CCM High School All Star hockey series played in Eveleth and Duluth. The series featured the top players from Northeastern Minnesota in games played at the Eveleth Hippodrome and the DECC in Duluth, March 11-12. The two played on the same line, something they hadn't done during the regular season with the Agates, and were quite a force on offense, helping lead the Duluth Area All Stars to 6-2 and 13-2 wins over the Iron Range All Stars.
Do you ever have those weeks when no matter what you do it seems you're just a step behind? Learn of an event you want to attend after it's over? Find that lost tax receipt after you've mailed off your taxes? That kind of week. As the newspaper editor, I had one of those weeks just last week. Make that the past two weeks. A weekly newspaper is somewhat hindered in publishing late-breaking, last-minute stories, well, simply because we come out once a week. If you want breaking news we can do that as long as the breaking news happens right when we're putting the paper together.
The city-owned Mary MacDonald Center in Silver Bay was quite a topic of conversation during Monday night's city council meeting. City building inspector Jim Rich provided a frank assessment of the safety and maintenance needs at the former school building that now houses a host of retail and public service tenants. Rich updated the council on the ongoing need to install a fire suppression sprinkler system throughout the 43,000 square foot building, at a likely cost of at least $150,000.
The hunt for a new city administrator in Silver Bay will continue. Last week, the Silver Bay City Council offered the job to former Proctor city administrator John Foschi but on Wednesday he informed the city that he was turning down the offer. Mayor Scott Johnson on Thursday simply said that Foschi gave his reasons for not accepting the offer and left it that. "The council will discuss the next step on Monday night," said Johnson. Foschi was one of three finalists interviewed for the job. The offer to Foschi did raise some eyebrows.