County commissioners sworn in
On Jan. 8, newly elected County Commissioner Pete Walsh was sworn into service with his reelected colleagues Rick Goutermont, Rich Sve and Brad Jones. Later in the meeting, Rich Sve was reelected as the chair of the board. The county board meets on Tuesdays. Their schedule is available at the courthouse or at co.lake.mn.us.
Soil & Water Conservation District supervisors sworn in
On Jan. 10, four Lake County Soil & Water Conservation District supervisors were sworn into service. Incumbents Dave Falk (Larsmont) and Phil Goutermont (Silver Creek/UT #2) renewed their positions. New supervisors Jenny Ramsdell (Finland/UT #1) and Todd Ronning (Two Harbors) were sworn in for the first time. The SWCD supervisors also elected officers: Phil Goutermont (Chair), Don Warner (Vice Chair), and Jenny Ramsdell (Secretary/Treasurer). Regular public meetings of the SWCD supervisors will be held every second Thursday of the month, 7 p.m., in the Split Rock River Room, Lake County Service Center, 616 Third Ave, Two Harbors.
Lutsen named best skiing area in State
Lutsen Mountains, an hour-and-a-half drive north of Two Harbors, was voted the best ski area in Minnesota by CBS Minnesota viewers and listeners. The Minneapolis-based WCCO-TV and Radio announced the designation on Saturday.
“If you’re going to be outside in a Minnesota winter, that’s where you want to be,” said reporter Matt Brickman.
According to the report, Lutsen gets about 10 feet of snow each year. They have four mountains and 92 runs—and an ice bar. Learn more at www.lutsen.com.
Keep septic systems safe in winter
St. Louis County Environmental Services is warning the region’s residents to protect their systems from freezing. The lack of snow cover and low temperatures could lead to problems for residents with septic system. To keep a septic system protected, the County advises:
• Adding a layer of mulch (hay or straw) over the pipes, tank and soil treatment area
• Use water, particularly warm water, regularly but do not leave water running over long periods of time to stop the system from freezing
• Fix any leaky plumbing
• Keep all vehicles off of the septic system
• Consider a septic tank heater
Any resident who finds their system frozen should contact a licensed Individual Sewage Treatment Systems (ISTS) pumper or installer.