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A group of students walked out of Two Harbors High School early Tuesday morning with spades, power drills and planks of wood. They weren't planning an elaborate heist or disguising themselves as construction workers to cut class; they were working on the school's garden. The introduction to industrial technology class is working with Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) coordinator Leah Bott to build a garden behind THHS. SHIP is a program of the Minnesota Department of Health that works to make healthy living easier across the state.
The September floods in Colorado displaced more than 10,000 residents and will have a $2 billion impact on the economy, according to CNN Money. But Red Cross volunteer Dave Gearou said that what he remembers most from his 12 days in Colorado is the individual stories that came from the small town in which he worked. "There was more damage than I expected. It was total devastation," said Gearou, who lives in Two Harbors. Gearou spent almost two weeks in Milleken, Colo., a town with a population of less than 3,000.
More than 20 years after the North Shore Harbors Plan was adopted by the North Shore Management Board, Two Harbors may finally get its safe harbor. Slow progress is being made on a proposed $20 million small craft harbor to be located in Agate Bay. According to harbor coordinator Cheryl Erickson, it's the last harbor to be built in a system along Lake Superior's shores reaching from the northern limits of Duluth to the Canadian border. "There's a system of harbors to provide opportunities for boaters.
Aaron Thun, an insurance agent in Two Harbors, is one of just two providers in Lake County certified to offer help customers navigate MNSure, the state's new health insurance "marketplace." So far, his services haven't been in high demand -- last Friday, three days after the exchange opened, nobody had called to ask him about the new options for health care coverage. "It's too early in the ballgame," he said. MNsure is the state's new way to buy health insurance, launched in response to the federal Affordable Care Act.
Dan Hebl, a life science teacher at Two Harbors High School, has been taking seventh-grade classes outside to observe ecosystems for more than a decade. Historically, he has chosen a body of water for the kids to study, which until a few years ago was Skunk Creek in Two Harbors. When the new high school was built just off Lake County Highway 2, however, the grounds plan included storm water detention ponds.
Soccer girls tie with Grand Rapids
A new program debuted this week at Minnehaha Elementary School that will help keep kids in Two Harbors full during the long weekend. It all started last winter when Two Harbors resident Martha Hanson read about The BackPack Program, which rolled out in Duluth earlier this year. It sends bags of easy-to-prepare dishes home with kids for the weekend, when they might not otherwise have reliable access to food. "I thought, 'Why can't we do this in Two Harbors?'" Hanson said.
Luke Olson grew up in Two Harbors -- a town lacking a light-rail or streetcar system -- but now the 1997 Two Harbors High School graduate has made a name for himself designing and implementing sophisticated mass-transit systems. Olson, 34, was recently named one of 40 up-and-coming young professionals in the public transit industry by Mass Transit Magazine, a Wisconsin-based publication with 21,000 readers in North America. "It's a way to highlight what the next generation is doing and that there are bright stars coming," said Leah Harnack, editor for the magazine.
The display outside of the Lake County Historical Society is looking fine and festive these days. Thanks to nearly $5,000 from the LaBounty Family Fund, part of the Two Harbors Area Fund, and money from Cooperative Light and Power, the society was able to restore and repaint the ore car and caboose that stand next to the society on South Avenue in Two Harbors.
Last week, a small group of community members gathered in the wake of a rainstorm to honor Ellen Mielke Moore Anderson, her love of the moon and her dedication to getting people outside. The gloomy weather put the brakes on a planned kayak relay in Agate Bay, but those gathered enjoyed treats and coffee from Betty's Pies after dedicating a portion of the Sonju Trail along the bay in Two Harbors to Anderson.