Authorities are investigating the death of a New Hope, Minn., man after he surfaced in distress while diving along the North Shore. Aaron Timmerman, 42, was diving with a group at the Madeira Shipwreck site on Lake Superior within the Split Rock Lighthouse State Park when witnesses saw him surface and call for help, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Office. No one was able to get to Timmerman before he went under. He was located unresponsive on the bottom of Lake Superior by two members of his group, who brought him back up to the surface.
Advocates for the Knife River Watershed (AKRW) will host "The Ins and Outs of Legislating and Advocating for the Environment" Wednesday, Sept. 27. The program will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Duluth Town Hall, 6092 Homestead Rd. The guest speaker will be State Rep. Mary Murphy, who will review some key issues and action on water quality and environmental issues in the Minnesota Legislature in 2017.
Those who have an interest in plants and gardening and would enjoy sharing that interest with others are invited to become a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener in Lake County. Applications are being accepted now until Oct. 1.
Students at Minnehaha Elementary School in Two Harbors arrived at school Monday for the beginning of the week, but it wasn't long before students knew something was a little different. An hour or so after school started, the entire student population filed into the gym for the "NED Show," a 45 minute assembly that aims to enhance school climate and is designed to help students "become champions at school and in life," according to a press release.
Wolf Ridge Organic Farm will showcase the culmination of a Minnesota Department of Agriculture Soils Research Project conducted over the last three years.
Over the weekend there were a couple of events for community members to enjoy while helping out a good cause. There was the Whistle Stop Music Event and Food Drive Sept. 9 and the Bev Bright Memorial Pet Walk Sept. 10. The Whistle Stop was a food drive for the Two Harbors Area Food Shelf. As part of the event, people were brought up on the North Shore Scenic Railroad by its steam-powered engine. Those who attended were met by the Minnesota Old West Living History Group in costume and were entertained by musical performances.
A Two Harbors resident competed in the Minnesota Gopher State Horseshoe Pitchers Association annual state tournament over Labor Day weekend in Genoa. A total of 158 pitchers from all across the state competed in five divisions — elder men's, men's, women's, cadets and juniors. Two Harbors pitcher Joe Raycraft was ranked 22nd in the men's division and competed as the number two seed in Class D. Raycraft won six of seven game with a tie to take home his second state championship in three years.
The Lake Superior School District Board certified its 2018 preliminary levy and truth and taxation meeting during its meeting Tuesday in Silver Bay. The board set its preliminary levy to the maximum allowed by the state, an action recommended by the Minnesota Department of Education. Once the district and School Board have firmed up the 2018 budget, the levy can be adjusted down but it cannot be raised. The LSSD board also set its truth and taxation meeting, where it will present the 2018 budget, for 6 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Two Harbors High School community room.
The Lake County Sheriff's Office on Monday identified the victim of a Sunday all-terrain vehicle crash as a 76-year-old Duluth man. Harold Melde of Duluth died from injuries suffered in the crash Sunday afternoon near the Trestle Inn, about 15 miles northeast of Finland. According to the sheriff’s office, Melde was third in a group of four ATVs traveling in dusty road conditions when he apparently did not see a curve in the road. His ATV left the roadway, flipped and hit a rock. Melde was not wearing a helmet, the sheriff’s office said.
Authorities on Monday identified the girl who died after falling from a North Shore cliff the previous day as a 14-year-old from Somerset, Wis. Bailey Belisle died at a Duluth hospital after being airlifted from the scene at Palisade Head, about 5 miles northeast of Silver Bay along the Lake Superior shore. She was visiting the popular North Shore landmark with another family, Lake County Sheriff Carey Johnson told the Lake County News-Chronicle.