Distinguised people, businesses of yearThe Two Harbors Area Chamber of Commerce named the businesses and citizens of the year at its recent spring banquet.
Warren Miller-Citizen of the Year
Warren Miller was a big supporter of Two Harbors Heritage Days when it was in its infant stages. Now Heritage Days is a major event in the Two Harbors’ social calendar. An avid snowmobiler, he is past president in the Voyageur Snowmobile Club and volunteers his time to groom trails in the winter time and clear trails in the summer and fall. He also is a snowmobile safety instructor.
In addition, he is very active at First Baptist Church where he serves as Deacon and Choir Director . He shares his passion for music and singing with the community by participating in the community choir, Two Harbors’ community play and volunteers to provide music to local church events, including funerals.
Miller has served as Chair for the Two Harbors Area Chamber of Commerce during two separate terms. He is a strong supporter of the Chamber business organization because he knows how important successful businesses are to a successful community. He currently participates in the Chamber Fundraising-Membership-Ambassador Committee.
Miller is Executive Officer of Harbor Insurance in Two Harbors.
Northshore Manufacturing-Large Employer of the Year
Northshore Manufacturing is the home of BuiltRite Handlers, and the business produces handling equipment for the waste/recycling and scrap industries.
Northshore Manufacturing is a privately owned company which was formed in 1989. At that time, they employed 27 people.The business has expanded their workforce over the past 20 years to 76 employees and anticipates hiring an additional 10 employees as dictated by market demands. John Anderson owns 40 percent of the business with 60 percent of the company owned by its employees.
Northshore Manufacturing belongs to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industry and Association of Equipment Manufactures. They have recently entered the international market with sales in Kuwait and Barbados. Northshore Manufacturing is a member of the Two Harbors Area Chamber and supports many local community events including Heritage Days.
Northshore Manufacturing is finalizing an expansion of its current facility at Recycle Drive in Two Harbors. Approximately 29,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space is being added to accommodate increased market demand for the company’s products. Included in the expansion will be a state-of-the-art painting facility, factory space and final fabrication and assembly area.
Debbie Ruberg-Volunteer of the Year
Debbie Ruberg is an active volunteer at school, community and church. Ruberg coordinates and works most school athletic parent’s nights by serving cake and punch, and attends as many games as possible to encourage and cheer all of the sport teams on. She participates in College Days at the Minnehaha School and is very involved in the Two Harbors Youth Hockey Association.
Ruberg volunteers for many community events, including Heritage Days, Chamber events, the Ice Cream Social, the local Ducks Unlimited banquets and Winter Frolic. She is a committee member with the United Way Northshore Budget and Allocation Committee and the “Taste of the North” fundraiser event for the United Way.
She is a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church where she has been a Sunday School teacher. She always rings the Salvation Army bell at Christmas time, and always lends a helping hand to the youth of the community, as well as to the elders. She takes great pride in promoting Two Harbors.
Ruberg is employed at The Lake Bank.
Electric Shop-True Value Hardware-Small Business Employer of the Year
The Electric Shop & True Value Hardware is an anchor business in the Two Harbors Downtown/Waterfront Business District. Residents and visitors to the store are amazed at the variety of inventory available, from housewares, paints, cleaning supplies, hardware, building supplies including electrical. They provide small appliance and window screen repair.
Bob Olund has owned the store since 1987. He is an avid supporter of the Chamber and the business community. He also serves on the board of the Two Harbors Area Community Foundation.
True Value Store has expanded twice in the last five years which included purchasing and expanding into the former Steve’s Plumbing and Ray’s Shoe Store. The store’s last expansion added more space to the paint shop. The Electric Shop and True Value Hardware currently employs 10 people, all who know the meaning of customer service and are glad to help you find whatever you are looking for. Olund is hoping to add more staff this spring to meet the needs of his customers.