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Floats are being prepared for the parade, chili recipes are being tested for the cook-off and outhouses are being fine tuned for the big race. Yes, the Winter Frolic is back in Two Harbors after last year's lack of snow cancelled the event. Organizers say that most, if not all, events should go on as scheduled at Two Harbors' annual winter celebration, scheduled for Feb. 8-10, thanks to last week's snowfall and the continued freezing temperatures. "Usually if you have to cancel an event a couple of years in a row, that's the death of it," Winter Frolic committee chairman Dick Bohrer said.
Scrappy Two Harbors girls make their way through a tough season
Boys' hockey What a difference a few days can make. Three days after getting pounded by International Falls, the Storm came back and forced the Virginia Blue Devils to the limit before falling in overtime. This came a week after the Blue Devils beat the Broncos 3-2. In the game against the Blue Devils, it came down to the fact that the Storm wanted the puck, fought for it and thus created some offense. In the game against the Broncos they threw in the towel. The Blue Devils led 1-0 after one period on a goal from Zach Voss.
Phones are ringing off the hook at Minnesota's senior helpline, thanks to an expansion of services. The state's Senior LinkAge Line helped more than 100,000 seniors in 2012, a 20 percent increase from last year, and officials hope to keep expanding the service. The free service, offered through the Minnesota Board of Aging and the Minnesota Department of Human Services, seeks to answer questions seniors have about anything from planning for retirement or finding an organization to volunteer with, to choosing a Medicare plan or finding ways to reduce prescription drug costs. "We're a one-sto
Nearly 1,000 acres of private land along the hills overlooking Lake Superior near Two Harbors will remain undeveloped thanks to a land conservation deal announced last week. A conservation easement has been brokered for the land in Lake County that includes old growth pine and cedar forests and more than 12,000 feet of shoreline along the Encampment and Crow Rivers. The deal also preserves access for hikers on the Lake Superior Hiking Trail that runs through the property, including segments that overlook Lake Superior. The land will remain owned by Two Harbors businessmen Butch and Milt Wit
Governor Mark Dayton announced that he intends an overhaul of the state's tax and budget systems. He presented his proposal to the media on Tuesday, saying that he wanted to put an end to "gimmicks and fiscal games." Dayton's plan, which would bring in $2 billion in new revenue over two years, would reduce the sales tax rate from 6.875 percent to 5.5 percent, but tax services such as haircuts and auto repairs which are currently not taxable.
If Brian Garhofer has his way, Two Harbors could soon become a major player in the cosmetic, dietary supplement and pharmaceutical industries. Garhofer plans to continue an innovative process, started and subsequently abandoned in Two Harbors nearly two decades ago, in which birch bark extracts are put to commercial use. "Even though we're somewhat of a startup, we're based on technology developed over 15 years ago," Garhofer said of his new business, the Actives Factory, which was launched in conjunction with the University of Minnesota. Plans call for the startup to extract and synthesize
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has a new tool that could help answer questions about the state's declining moose population: text messaging. The agency plans to track 100 moose in Lake and Cook Counties with collars that will alert researchers when a moose has died. "The key with a mortality study is to get there quick," said Lou Cornicelli, DNR wildlife research manager. "The ability to get to the animal in a short period of time makes all the difference." The DNR will collar 75 cows and 25 bulls, believed to be the largest number of moose ever tracked for a single study.
When Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast, causing 253 fatalities and an estimated $70 billion in damage, two North Shore women were among the thousands of volunteers who flocked to the scene of one of the worst natural disasters in the nation's history. Patti Van Den Heuvel and Bonnie Peterson, both retired residents of Two Harbors, went to the disaster site to assist with recovery efforts through an American Red Cross volunteer program. "People's fortitude, struggling against all odds, was quite a moving experience," Peterson said. "I can't say I've been part of that experience before.
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