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Ryan and Lori Melton and their kids Kai, 8, and Micah, 2, officially moved on to their farm on the Stewart River last week. Photo by Jim Erickson.

Hops in Two Harbors: Couple grows beer ingredient on Stewart River

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A few miles north of Two Harbors, perched on the banks of the Stewart River, there is a new farm. In 2012, its owners started growing climbing green crops on high-strung wires and, in true small town fashion, their neighbors started trickling in, parking in the driveway to inquire about the plants.


“What are you doing? What are those poles?” Lori Melton recalls them asking. She and her husband Ryan own the farm.

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LaReesa Sandretsky
LaReesa Sandretsky is a Two Harbors High School graduate and Duluth native that began working at the News-Chronicle in 2012 as a reporter. She took over as editor in 2014. She covers County Board, including the Lake County broadband project.
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