LaReesa Sandretsky is a Two Harbors High School graduate and Duluth native that began working at the News-Chronicle in 2012 as a reporter. She took over as editor in 2014. She covers County Board, including the Lake County broadband project.
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The North Shore Tractor Club & Equipment has big plans this year. The club was born last summer when a group of tractor lovers wanted to put their machines on display at the Lake County Fair. They quickly organized the impromptu tractor show and the group grew from there. Now they're holding monthly meetings to plan their upcoming events. They joined the St. Urho's parade earlier this month, throwing candy to spectators from their rigs.
Christian Dalbec says he never thought of himself as an artist. After 12 years as a guitarist in a rock band and growing renown as a photographer, it's safe to say he's earned the title. Dalbec, 44, has spent his whole life in Two Harbors, where he developed an affinity for the big lake in his backyard. Now, he's expressing that love through his newfound passion of photography. "I fell in love with the lake again," Dalbec said. His photographs often use sharp angles and color contrast to convey a strikingly powerful image of a familiar subject.
Lake County's broadband project has become the object of a federal inquiry into the Broadband Initiatives Program. The project, one of 320 broadband ventures funded as part of the Recovery Act of 2009, is being singled out by Republican members of the U. S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The correspondence, signed by six Republican representatives from the Committee and dated March 13, was sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utility Service, the agency that granted Lake County a $66.4 million grant/loan combination for its broadband network.
On Monday, March 11, the Two Harbors City Council voted to move forward with the demolition of "the roundhouse" in Two Harbors--a 125-year-old building located along the waterfront on 22 acres of prime city-owned real estate. Originally the building was a shop for repairing trains; its oldest section dates to 1888. It has been vacant since J.J. Castings, a foundry, closed in the 1970s. The building is in need of repair, and the City has been trying to demolish it for years, but has run into funding problems.
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The William Kelley High School band and choir students recently returned from a five-day trip to Nashville. A group of 18 students participated and were accompanied by band director Kris Peterson and choir director Mary Carroll. The students spent half of one day in workshops at Belmont University, working with the band and choir directors there to improve their technique. "We learned some new techniques and they gave the band a little more edge to our songs," said Kenny Albrecht, ninth-grade clarinet player. The trip wasn't all work, however; there were plenty of opportunities for play.
Last Thursday at William Kelley School, the Lake Superior School District voted to support a bill introduced in the Minnesota House of Representatives by Rep. David Dill. The bill would allow Lake Superior School District to levy up to $200 per resident pupil per year for technology, which would generate an annual total of approximately $390,000. The School Board unanimously passed a resolution urging members of the Minnesota House and Senate to support the bills, House File 312 and Senate File 302.
Bruce Highland of Two Harbors was worried when his grandson called last week and asked for $4,500 in bail money. He had been speeding, he said, and when the police pulled him over they found drugs underneath his seat. "I told him, no problem, I'll come down to the station and bail you out," Highland said. His grandson refused the offer, and told him that it would be quicker if he just wired the money, Highland reported. Teresa Salaka was at Highland's home at the time, and she thought the story sounded suspicious.
At the beginning of the season, Two Harbors Robotics coach and science teacher, Mark Schlangen told the News-Chronicle that the team goal was just to make a robot that moved. At the regional competition at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center last week, the Agate robot, Sarah, did more than just move. She earned the Two Harbors team a spot at the FIRST Tech Challenge World Competition in St. Louis, Mo. in April 24-27. "What an awesome, awesome thing for us to be able to do," said Schlangen on Monday at a team meeting.
Anaheim, California is most famous for being home to Disneyland. However, in late April when 10 Two Harbors High School students go to Anaheim, it won't be to visit the world-famous amusement park. Instead, the students will be attending the DECA international competition, an opportunity they earned with a third-place finish at the state competition in Minneapolis earlier this month.