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Victus Farms in Silver Bay recently embarked upon a partnership with Lake Avenue Café in Duluth's Canal Park to accomplish something that seemed unlikely given our often inhospitable climate -- an ongoing supply of fresh, local year-round produce and fish. The hydroponic facility in Silver Bay grows produce and fish in all seasons, allowing Lake Avenue Cafe the luxury of fresh lettuce in the middle of northern Minnesota winters.
A knit purple scarf has recently finished its trip across the country, from Washington to Florida with nine stops in between. Jenny Cook, a professional photographer from Silver Bay, received a package containing the scarf months ago. After opening the parcel, she photographed her infant niece Addilyn with the scarf draped over her shoulders.
When I was 17 years old with a brand new driver's license, I applied for my first job at the Vanilla Bean in Two Harbors. I needed some income to pay for all those movies I went to and all the sickeningly sweet lattes I consumed. I got the job and promptly began my career of serving food. I remember the first time owner Paul Bergman came into the restaurant when I was working.
Two Harbors and Silver Bay residents can expect to see a lot of construction this year and next. The communities were awarded $1.3 million from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to help renovate homes and businesses--the largest such award given in the state. "This is huge for the county," said Bob Entzion, a member of the Lake County Housing and Redevelopment Authority. "It's really taken a commitment to get this done." The HRA's mission is to provide affordable housing to all county residents, regardless of income.
Restaurant and hotel owners in Lake County may soon see a new face when it comes time for their property's health inspections. Environmental Health Specialist Douglas Pearson has resigned.
Talk to anyone who knew the Buschenas and they'll tell you about Ray and Nettie's garden. It was on the south side of their house, just outside of Two Harbors.
Lake County is looking at upgrading its highway department facilities. Al Goodman, Lake County Highway Engineer, brought consultant, Dave Skelton, to last week's Lake County Board of Commissioners meeting. Skelton, who was previously employed at St. Louis County in Public Works Operations, said he could prepare a needs assessment for the highway department facilities.
Last Thursday, after a court order issued by Sixth District Judge Mike Cuzzo, Sam Cave handed deeds over to the City of Two Harbors, giving ownership of a large chunk of Lighthouse Point and Van Hoven Park, among other parcels. The conveyance of the property is the final chapter in a decade-long story. "This is a long time coming," Mayor Randy Bolen said during the Two Harbors City Council's last meeting. Seven years ago, the story seemed over. The News-Chronicle ran a story, "Waterfront compromise forged," in its November 2, 2006 issue.
Two Harborites don't need ice to play hockey. On Tuesday afternoon, a pack of youngsters took over a portion of Waterfront Drive in Two Harbors, using hockey sticks and a plastic ball to play a pickup game, sans ice and skates.
The only time Jennifer Havlick takes a breather is when a snowstorm barricades her in her home in Silver Creek. "I am moving all the time," she said. Havlick, 46, was recently elected to the office of secretary for the 6th Judicial District Republican Committee, a title she adds to a very full résumé. She moved to the area 12 years ago with her husband Scott, where she quickly became a well-known face thanks to her involvement in...well, everything.