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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A few years ago, Rita Schluneger, owner of Moose-cellaneous Gifts in Two Harbors, found a way to combine her love of knitting and passion for helping people. She put out a call to her customers during the holiday season asking them to drop off yarn leftover from holiday projects. People dropped off odds and ends and some brought more substantial collections if they were downsizing or moving.
In August, Oscar was found on the north side of Two Harbors and he was in rough shape--emaciated and limping with matted, dirty fur. He appeared to be a young cat that just couldn't fend for himself, said Animal Control Officer Stephanie Potter. The police officer who found the sickly feline brought him to the Lake County Humane Society where he slowly started to recover under the care of shelter volunteers, staff and with donations of food and kitty litter from animal lovers like Lila Stevens of Two Harbors, said Potter.
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On the heels of a new program offering welding and millwright certification in the county, local residents will soon be able to earn a certified nursing assistant license in Two Harbors. Two Harbors High School formed a partnership with Mesabi Range Community and Technical College to meet the needs of manufacturers in the area. Now, they are turning their attention to the health care industry. Due to the retirement of baby boomers, it is expected that job openings in health care will be plentiful. "The next step was always to start thinking health care," THHS Principal Brett Archer said.
On Thursday, Karen Saari arrived at Harbor Center, a drop-in place for people with mental health challenges, to find someone changing the locks on the front door. Saari, the part-time peer helper employed at the center in Two Harbors, said a brief conversation with the locksmith revealed that her supervisors at the Human Development Center had ordered the change. The locks weren't the only thing that would change that day.
One favorite memory from my first seven months at the News-Chronicle took place in the process of writing a story about Steve Dahl, a fisherman from Knife River, which was published in September. Steve was very kind and let me tag along on one of his daily fishing trips. I had to get up at 4:30 a.m. which is NOT standard for me, but the beautiful sunrise was worth it. I got a bunch of fantastic pictures and spent the rest of the day working on other stories. Then, disaster struck. That afternoon, my computer crashed just after I had transferred all of the pictures to my hard drive.
No one would have blamed the Northland 300 organizers if they had cancelled their event in 1996. The annual snowmobile ride was in its seventh year, but the conditions were treacherous--a whiteout blizzard hit the Northland. But the snowmobilers bundled up, jumped on their sleds and made the trip anyway. "We never cancel it," founder Kathy Karkula said. The riders showed their determination in 1996, and earned the title of "the only thing moving" by KDLH TV during the record-breaking blizzard. Karkula started the Northland 300 with a group of her friends 25 years ago.
It all started when Two Harbors High School Principal Brett Archer applied for a $6,500 grant from NASA. The money was to help fund the school's robotics program. There was just one problem: THHS didn't have a robotics program. That didn't stop Archer. He recruited two staff members, Lauren Burton and Mark Schlangen, to head the team. Fifteen kids immediately showed interest in the program, and since then, all the pieces have been falling together. "The biggest thing is just saying 'yes,'" said Burton, a special education teacher at THHS.
The Lake County Board of Commissioners had many questions for county public health supervisor Michelle Backes-Fogelberg last week. The county received a grant from the state to participate in the 2013 Toward Zero Death initiative, a program to reduce driving deaths in the county. Backes-Fogelberg came to the board meeting last Thursday to answer questions about how the $19,000 grant would be spent. The Lake County Toward Zero Deaths Coalition proposed that the county subcontract with the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission to coordinate the county's TZD campaign.
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