RUS gives broadband project clean audit report
At the end of April, an official from the Rural Utilities Service paid a visit to Lake County. RUS is the entity that awarded grant and loan monies to the county to install its broadband network. According to County Administrator Matt Huddleston, an auditor spent a few days in the courthouse, reviewing the financial records for the broadband installation. At Tuesday’s county board meeting, Huddleston said RUS returned a clean bill of health for the project’s finances and found no oversights—a rare result after a RUS audit, Huddleston added.
The broadband project has faced some struggles lately, including a congressional inquiry and a lawsuit, so the positive feedback after the audit was welcome, according to Commissioner Paul Bergman.
“That’s big news,” Bergman said.
Lake Connections, the brand under which Lake County is building and will operate the broadband network, has begun advertising for jobs as well. Contractors are currently renovating the Two Harbors headquarters, work that is expected to be complete by July.
Chamber scholarships available for high school seniors
The Two Harbors Area Chamber of Commerce is offering three scholarships each to Two Harbors and Silver Bay ninth-graders. Applications for the scholarships are in the guidance offices of each school and must be returned by May 15.
Lake County books nominated for awards
A number of Lake County books are contenders in the Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards contest this spring.
NEMBA has been recognizing books that capture the spirit of the northland for 25 years. This year, a handful of the 49 nominees are written by Lake County authors or set in the area. Many of the works have been profiled in the News-Chronicle.
In 2010, a book by former Two Harbors teacher Dennis Herschbach won the top prize in the memoir and creative nonfiction category. The year before, a book by Stephen Dahl, Knife River fisherman, won in the same category.
This year’s winners will be announced at the NEMBA reception on May 23 in the Kirby Ballroom at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. National Public Radio commentator Kevin Kling will speak before the awards presentation, which is sponsored by the UMD Library, Friends of the Duluth Public Library and Lake Superior Writers.
Find out more at www.d.umn.edu/lib/nemba
Nominated books include:
“A History of Lutsen: Gateway to the Wilderness,” Robert McDowell, Lutsen History Press
“Company Town: An Oral History about Life in Silver Bay, Minnesota, 1950s-1980s,” Kent Kaiser, ed., Insight Publishing (featured in the May 18, 2012 News-Chronicle)
“Beneath the Palisade: Reliance,” Joel Skelton, Dreamspinner Press
“Convergence at Two Harbors,” Dennis Herschbach, North Star Press of St. Cloud (featured in the June 15, 2012 News-Chronicle)
“Crooked Miles, Woven World: A Novella and Short Stories,” Bruce Henricksen, Lost Hills Books (featured in the March 8, 2013 News-Chronicle)
“Whistling Pines: A Mystery,” Dean L. Hovey, CreateSpace
Memoir and Creative Nonfiction
“Big Waves, Small Boat, Two Kids: A Family Sailing Adventure,” Katya Goodenough Gordon, North Star Press of St. Cloud (featured in the May 18, 2012 News-Chronicle)
Community Partners helps locals age creatively
Next Tuesday, local seniors and those that care about them will have the chance to explore creative aging, thanks to the 14th annual conference sponsored by Community Partners.
The conference, which takes place at Superior Shores from 2-6:30 p.m., has six workshops covering topics such as creating healthy relationships, reducing stress and anxiety and the colors of healthy eating. Additionally, more than 20 service providers and organizations are signed up to talk with participants about community resources for seniors.
There is a $12 registration fee that includes dinner. Register by contacting Community Partners at 834-8024.