Big night for Chamber honorsThe Two Harbors Area Chamber of Commerce had its annual spring banquet last week and handed out awards for the 2009 large and small “Business of the Year” as well as a “Citizen” and “Volunteer” of the year.
The Two Harbors Area Chamber of Commerce had its annual spring banquet last week and handed out awards for the 2009 large and small “Business of the Year” as well as a “Citizen” and “Volunteer” of the year.
Here are the biographies of those honored at the Two Harbors Area Chamber of Commerce banquet last week:
Bob Gustafson introduces Larry Peterson
The 2009 Two Harbors Area Chamber of Commerce volunteer of the year is a home-grown boy. He spent more than 22 years in the National Guard, reaching the rank of staff sergeant as a cook. Aside from serving his country as a cook, he also served his community as the No. 1 pancake breakfast coordinator for many civic organizations the past 20 years.
Larry Peterson is a person who can always be counted on to show up at 5:30 a.m. to get things organized then stand back a let others take credit by cooking and serving the pancakes, hot dogs or whatever the event has on the menu. He then is usually one of the last to leave as he makes sure things are cleaned and in their place.
Calling this guy to help with traffic control for Grandma’s Marathon, the inline marathon or just being available for the Kayak Festival breakfast, you can always be assured his response will be “What time and where?”
Larry has been married to Sandra since 1972 and has two great kids — Angela Costley, who lives in Two Harbors; and Adam, who lives in Minneapolis. He loves spending time with his three grandkids, who also live here in Two Harbors.
Larry’s working career started with helping his dad as a milkman. In 1969 he started work for Husky Hydraulics and remained until 1988 when the company relocated. He then worked for Benna Ford, now Two Harbors Ford, until 2007 and is presently selling real estate for Century 21 Gilderman.
Larry served as a Jaycee, is a member of the Lions Club, Two Harbors Chamber, Mason’s, VFW, Moose and the Two Harbors community choir Superior Sounds. He volunteers for Grandma’s Marathon, NorthShore Inline Marathon, Kayak Festival, Lake County Fair, MS Bike TRAM and many other organizations.
Two Harbors is fortunate to have community members like Larry who do so much of the work and receive little credit. Larry gets credit tonight as the 2009 “Volunteer of the Year.”
Mayor Randy Bolen introduces Dale Moe
As a native son of Two Harbors, this year’s “Citizen of the Year” is and has been an active participant in the Two Harbors community his entire life. Dale Moe’s commitment to the health and welfare of Two Harbors is evident in his willingness to take a leadership role in the many boards on which he serves.
He has been a member and past chairman of the Lake View Memorial Hospital board and has served on the St. Luke’s hospital board. As a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, he serves as council president and choir director. He is a member and past president of the Two Harbors Voyageurs Snowmobile Club, member of the Lakeview National Men’s golf league and past member of the Two Harbors Housing and Redevelopment Authority Board. He has been a longtime member of the Chamber Ambassador Committee in welcoming new businesses to the area. As a longtime volunteer at the Grandma’s Marathon race, he takes charge of the traffic control volunteers at the start of the race in Two Harbors.
His interest in music plays a large part in his life. He is a member of the Two Harbors Community Choir, the Two Harbors Ukulele Group, and performed in and helped plan the “Tale of Two Harbors” productions. He organizes and participates in the Silver Creek Town Hall socials and dances each month and participates in numerous musical performances around town, including everything from organizing meetings to fund-raisers, benefits, parties and gatherings.
He also loves fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, camping and golfing. Every year he organizes and hosts a yearly wild game feed at “the hunting shack.”
He has worked in the insurance and banking industry most of his working life and is currently Lake Bank’s vice president of commercial lending. He is also part owner of Harbor Insurance.
Out of all of the jobs and community involvement and interests, his first and foremost commitment is to his wife Brenda, daughters Tricia (Jeremy) Hurd and Darci (Luke) Claflin and three grandchildren, Kennedy, Alicia and Ryan.
Bob Ohlund on North Shore Oil & Propane
North Shore Oil & Propane has been in business since 1955. It was started with one employee and one bulk heating oil truck and has just grown to more than 20 employees. In 1994, the business was moved from Beaver Bay to Silver Bay, where they started selling propane, diesel and gasoline wholesale. They also provided plumbing and heating sales and services. In 2003 they opened the Lil’ Dog Car & Pet Wash in Two Harbors.
North Shore’s goal for the future is one we all share: to make North Shore communities stronger by offering more local sales and services for residents.
North Shore Oil & Propane is owned and operated by Mark and Wade LeBlanc of Silver Bay. Three generations have owned the business, starting with Wade and Mark’s grandfather and then their dad. Both brothers are very involved in the community and surrounding area.
Wade serves as chair of the Silver Bay Economic Development Authority and coached the Bantam hockey team this past season. In the past eight years he has coached different levels of youth hockey for the Silver Bay Blue Line Club, serving as president this year. His love of sports within the community finds him coaching both Babe Ruth and PeeWee baseball for the recreation department.
Mark shares his brother’s love for youth sports, coaching both baseball and hockey teams for many years. Mark also has a desire to gain positive exposure for Silver Bay and partnered with the Two Harbors Area Chamber of Commerce in the “Day at the Capital” event in February.
North Shore Oil & Propane obtained grants through the Exxon Mobil Education Alliance Program for local schools the past several years.
While providing quality jobs and giving their time and the time of their employees, they make sure the North Shore is a great place to live and play. They are great champions of both Silver Bay and the Two Harbors communities.
Their motto is: “Always there, always fair, without customers we have no business.”
Uwe Rausch on SuperOne Foods
SuperOne Foods came to Two Harbors in 1983. At that time there were about 25 employees working at the store. Today the business employs more than 60 people. In 1995, a the current store was built at 11th Street to replace the original at highways 61 and 2.
The store provides groceries, a new deli, produce, meat, dairy, frozen goods, health and beauty care, general merchandise, bakery, lottery, money orders, payment center, and even movies.
In 2008 and 2009 the store was completely renovated to add new components and up-to-date services. The store became a showcase in northern Minnesota and continues to be a business the community can be proud of. As you enter the store, residents and visitors alike are able to see the history of the community on a quality photo display of the early days in Two Harbors and the area through a partnership with the Lake County Historical Society
SuperOne continues to support youth and other organizations throughout the community. Almost any day in the lobby area you will see Boy Scouts selling hot dogs, the Rotary selling roses, American Cancer Society daffodils, the PTA duck sale, Salvation Army, and chamber raffle tickets. The store allows many school-related activities, including bagging fund-raisers.
Manager Dan Heikkinen and his staff always make time for customers and the community as a whole. Goals of the company are to provide a quality shopping and employment experience in Two Harbors and the surrounding area.