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How can the marina make more money? That was the question before the Silver Bay City Council on Monday. All councilors were present except Dave Gustafson. Jeremey Kasapidis, marina manager and Mike Guzzo, parks and recreation director for Silver Bay, came to ask the council for financial support to set up a booth at the Minneapolis Boat Show in February. They anticipate the three-day trip will cost over $1000, including an $875 booth fee, travel, lodging and a per diem allowance. "It's time.
The Lake County Board of Commissioners is gearing up to work on its 2013 budget. The first meeting for budget purposes will be later this month, when various financial requests from county departments and organizations will be considered. Michelle Backes-Fogelberg, the public health supervisor for Lake County, was the first to speak at the county board meeting last week. She presented an amendment to the county's food and beverage service ordinance. The most significant change streamlines the ordinance to match state codes. The board approved the change this week after a public meeting.
Last Friday, friends and family gathered at Gregory Kellerman's former place of work, Auto Value in Silver Bay, to commemorate the 40-year-old man's life with the installation of a handmade wooden bench. Relatives brought the bench from New Hampshire and once in Minnesota, they sanded and varnished it and affixed a plaque bearing Kellerman's name. Kellerman passed away on Aug. 6, 2012, of injuries sustained in a car accident at the intersection of Highways 61 and 3. "This is where everyone came to see Greg," his brother, Zachary, said.
On Friday, Feb. 3, students from Two Harbors High School took turns practicing their piloting skills in the flight simulators at Lake Superior College. They got to test their chops in the cockpit thanks to a partnership between the Two Harbors Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1128 and Lake Superior School District Community Education. The program, dubbed Take Off, introduced high school students to all facets of flying over the course of two Fridays last winter. Take Off won the honor of most creative new program from the Minnesota Community Education Association.
Beth Innis, a 2008 Two Harbors High School graduate, played volleyball in high school. Now in her first year of coaching at her alma mater, she said directing the team is a totally different ball game. "It's been a lot of work, but it's been awesome and I love it," she said. She has four returning seniors this year, but the team lost seven to graduation last year. Captain and junior Claire Hoffert called this a "rebuilding" year, but Innis said the girls' teamwork indicates otherwise. "They act like they've played together for years," she said.
When asked who the stand-out players are on his team, Mariners volleyball coach Tom Frericks had a hard time deciding. In fact, he named three-quarters of the team members before taking a breath. "Did you get all of that?" he asked. It's clear there's no star of the girls' team. They all work hard and have made steady improvement throughout the season, he said, and their record shows that. They lost their first three games, but they've won three of the last four. Silver Bay girls have only one choice for a varsity fall sport, making the decision an easy one.
When Larsmont School was built in 1914, it served the Scandinavian immigrant community in the area, consisting of education in one room by one teacher. Last weekend, a bit of Scandinavia was brought back to the school in the form of rosemaling, a traditional Norwegian folk art using paint and brush to create elaborate designs on wood, textiles and other surfaces. "I just really liked the form, so I took a lesson," artist Kathy O'Rourke said. That was 28 years ago, and she's still perfecting the nineteenth-century craft.
After two or three years of planning, O'Reilly's Auto Parts opened last week. The store offers parts for almost anything with an engine, including cars, semis and boats. O'Reilly's is a national company based in Springfield, Mo. There is a warehouse in Brooklyn Park, Minn. and one in Des Moines, Ia., meaning that special-order parts can be shipped quickly, John Seidel, store manager, said.
Paul Nyhuis contacted the News-Chronicle recently to see if we had any record of his fall from the Baptism Falls High Falls in 1964. In conversations with Nyhuis over the course of several days it was learned that he had fallen over the cascade, the highest in Minnesota, bounced off a rock face and plunged into deeper water. Though he hit a rock ledge that bruised his hip and broke his arm, the collision probably saved his life by deflecting his body away from the rocks at the bottom of the falls. A search through the archives produced the story, which was originally published in the Sept.
Agriculture is coming to Minnehaha classrooms this year thanks to a grant written by Leah Bott and awarded by the Minnesota Agricultural Leadership Council. It all started last Friday with Harvest Fest, the kick off to a year of conscious efforts to integrate agriculture into elementary curriculum. Harvest Fest gave students the chance to show off produce they grew over the summer--many with some help from their parents.