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 Gordons can now say they've survived a hurricane in a sailboat. "There's nothing terribly hard about it, it's just like an endurance test," Katya Gordon, 43, said Monday via cell phone, speaking loudly to be heard over the wind gusts and pouring rain in the background. The Two Harbors family is anchored about 10 miles inland on the Pasquotank River in North Carolina, on the outer edge of Hurricane Sandy's path. They anchored on Friday and are waiting out the storm near Goat Island. "The word so far is ...boring," Katya Gordon wrote on the family's blog on Oct.
Three years ago, the Two Harbors Public Library front walk received a face lift. Sidewalks were replaced and a brick patio and garden were installed. The project received funding from the local government, but the library also offered the community a unique way to donate money to offset the additional cost of the project. With a donation of $100, a brick was engraved and installed bearing the words chosen by the donor.
The Two Harbors boys' soccer team wrapped up its season on Oct. 11 with a respectable 1-3 loss to the Chisago Lakes Area team. They finished the season with one win--their first in three years. Two Harbors was the bottom seed in the tournament and they held their own against the fourth-ranked Wildcats. "It's a lot better to lose 3-1 than what we were losing earlier in the season," head coach Dave Lukkonen said.
Whether its destination is Sweden, Japan or the Boundary Waters Canoe and Wilderness Area, every Granite Gear item passes through Two Harbors. A 3,000 square foot warehouse just wasn't enough to process all that outdoor gear. Granite Gear, a Two Harbors-based outdoor gear company, recently expanded into a building on Highway 2.They'll lease half of the former Bernick's building for a year and will then have the option to buy the entire building. "We're pretty excited about it," Jeff Knight, co-founder and owner, said. The company began in 1986 in Minneapolis.
On Tuesday, Mayor Randy Bolen said the city won't take an official position on ownership in the dispute between Lake Connections, who is at work on the county-wide fiber optic project, and Frontier Communications, providers of phone and internet service in the city. Lake Connections is currently stringing aerial fiber along utility poles in Two Harbors for the project's first phase. This fiber will be the backbone of the project, which will extend broadband service to residents in all of Lake County as well as parts of St. Louis County.
He already has an airport named after him and a key to the city of Two Harbors. After Monday night, Richard Helgeson can add another accolade to his resume: the distinguished honor award, the highest recognition given to citizens in Two Harbors. The Two Harbors City Council meeting room was packed with Helgeson's friends and family on Monday.
It sounds like a challenge on a reality TV show: open a new bar and restaurant in less than two months. If it had been a contest, Rick Boo and his team would have done pretty well. In mid-August, Mark Pearson officially closed Viking Legends after a little over a year in business. Just two weeks into October, Carmody 61 opened in the same building along Highway 61. "We were looking to expand and thought Two Harbors would be a great place to go," Boo said. He is part-owner of Carmody Irish Pub and Brewing in Duluth and this is the pub's first venture outside of the city.
Optimus Prime, the Cook County-Two Harbors Cross Country team mascot has returned. A few years ago, runners from the Vikings team found the old turtle, still connected to a spring from its days as a playground toy, abandoned in the woods. They named it Optimus Prime and deemed it their mascot. The Proctor and Hibbing teams admired the turtle from afar, ultimately planning and executing an undercover operation to steal the mascot.
Honor Schauland, 31, probably can't keep bears out of the dumpsters behind Sue Butler's business, the Trestle Inn Restaurant and Saloon. She wouldn't want to, anyway--dealing with wild critters is an integral part of living in a rural community. With a fellowship Schauland just received from the Bush Foundation, however, she hopes to make starting and owning a business in Finland a little easier. "Our economy tends to fluctuate.
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.