Wet weather has delayed the reconstruction of Horn Boulevard in Silver Bay, pushing the project to the edge of the construction season. Lake County highway engineer Krysten Foster told the Lake County Board of Commissioners construction crews need as many as seven more days of good weather after this weekend's projected snowfall to finish the project. Project contractor Ulland Brothers originally hoped that the project would be finished by Oct. 6, but rain has delayed pouring concrete and finishing the asphalt surfacing over the project near William Kelley Schools.
Motorist traveling on Highway 61 through Beaver Bay will experience lane closures through the end of the month. Traffic will be reduced from one lane in each direction to a single, traffic signal controlled lane as work on the Beaver River bridge is finished. Motorist should expect delays. The Minnesota Department of Transportation started the rehabilitation of the bridge in late May and is expected to complete the project by the end of the month.
Two Harbors physics students tested their ingenuity and creativity against the chilly fall waters of Lake Superior in the annual physics boat regatta Oct. 13 in Burlington Bay. Nineteen students paddled 10 cardboard boats out into Lake Superior and teacher Penny Juenemann timed how quickly each boat made its way down the shore with David Anderson and Wyatt Haugen's "Skol" taking the top spot in the 150 yard race.
Type 2 diabetes is a prevalent disease in Lake County and Lake View Hospital in Two Harbors is offering a free educational luncheon for the community to provide an opportunity to learn more about the disease and ways to help manage it.
Two Harbors High School are hosting a Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) event for seniors and their families Oct. 23 from 5-7 p.m. At the event, local financial aid experts will be on hand to help guide families through the online FAFSA application. It is helpful, but not required, to sign up for a Federal Student Aid ID prior to the event by going to studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/fsaid.
The Lake County Board of Commissioners will host an open house to seek public input on a proposed new highway facility at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Lake County Law Enforcement Center in Two Harbors. The facility on Highway 2 in Two Harbors was severely damaged in a fire in late 2018. The fire originated in a snowplow truck and flames quickly engulfed the roof. Firefighters spent more than seven hours battling the blaze. The meeting will provide an overview of the damage to the building and a presentation on preliminary architectural plans for a new facility.
Chris Langenbrunner received the Leadership Star, Champion for Children and Youth Award. The Northland Foundation honored Langenbrunner during the 25th Anniversary Celebration of its KIDS PLUS Program held on Oct. 5 in Duluth. She is the local coordinator of both the KIDS PLUS Early Childhood Coalition and AGE to age Initiative in Two Harbors.
The Two Harbors Planning Commission will host a public visioning session focused on opportunities for the redevelopment of the Agate Bay waterfront and its relation to downtown as part of its Waterfront Revitalization Planning Project. The session is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
Even with the American Red Cross currently focused on providing relief to victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, local smoke alarm installations are still going strong. Since this summer, Lake County has partnered with the Red Cross to install free smoke alarms in residences in the Two Harbors, Silver Bay and Finland areas.
Citing a move toward a regional newsroom and efforts to provide more reporting resources to assist the Lake County News-Chronicle staff, publisher Neal Ronquist has announced that the newspaper's Two Harbors office will close permanently at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20. Ronquist stressed that all LCNC employees will continue producing the weekly paper by covering stories in Two Harbors, Silver Bay and elsewhere in Lake County — and that readers will not experience any changes or interruptions to their paper or its delivery.