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The fourth annual Two Harbors Block Party kicks off this Saturday. Kids get their own turf--the Thomas Owens Park on Waterfront Drive. From 1-5 p.m. there will be kids' karaoke, a bounce house, a giant inflatable slide, the Zoomobile and face painting. There will also be some skateboarding equipment--a preview of what's to come at the new skate park-- set up on Waterfront Drive The grown-up version of the Block Party also starts at 1 p.m. on First Avenue. There will be a classic car show until 5 p.m. and music until 11 p.m.
Beginning Thursday, Aug. 16, St. Louis County Public Works will be replacing culverts on Highway 55 (Two Harbors - Brimson Road) from Highway 44 to the St. Louis County border. Highway 55 will be closed to traffic and a detour will be posted. The posted detour will route vehicles onto Highway 44, Highway 16/15, Highway 2 and Highway 14. The detour is anticipated to last until Thursday, Aug. 30. "This construction work will significantly impact traffic causing delays.
During Tuesday's Lake County Board meeting, Nathan Eide, the land commissioner for the county, asked the board to approve bids for road repairs due to flood damage. There are 15 projects that the forestry department had opened for bids, including the North Alger Grade, one of the worst-damaged roads in the county. The flooding swept out a large culvert and most of the road. The repairs there will cost almost $16,000.
John Ulrich, a Two Harbors High School graduate, has lived in Duluth since he moved there to study studio art in college. The ten-year resident and two of his friends recently came up with a new concept to strengthen the fine arts community in his adopted hometown. One night this spring over beers with John Hoban and Geoff Welles, the trio started sketching. One would throw out an idea and all would sketch an interpretation of that subject. During this drawing contest, they realized they could use their concept to bring artists together, Ulrich said.
The Minnesota Department of Education released student performance data Wednesday, along with graduation test scores in reading, math and writing. In most grades, Lake Superior School District scores were close to state averages. However, middle school scores across the district fell short.
The Lake Superior Community Theater commemorated its 10th anniversary this year and they have a lot to celebrate. Two actors who've appeared in LSCT productions are moving to a bigger stage this month with roles in RENT at the Duluth Playhouse. The Children's Theater production will feature actors ages 12-19. "We're proud that a couple of our kids are choosing this level of theater," Paul Deaner, executive director of the LSCT, said. Kristine Greer, who just graduated from Kelley High School in Silver Bay, will play Maureen in the production.
Close to 400 Facebook fans, an interview on FirstPost.com and shows in Minneapolis are just the first marks of success for Hannah Rey, local singer/songwriter. She's had a regular gig at Little Angie's Cantina in Duluth for years, will play at the Two Harbors Block Party again after her success last year, and later this month she will head down to the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis to open for SarahLou. Although she's very excited about her success throughout the state, Rey says there's still no place like home. "I like to keep it local.
BradFest outgrew its former venue and will be moving to the Lake County Fairgrounds for its third year. The festival has more than doubled its musical offerings and booked a national act as its headliner-- the band Cracker, most famous for its song "Low." Other entertainers include Duluth blues/rock band the Black Eyed Snakes, MC Kosha Dillz of Los Angeles who raps in English, Hebrew and Spanish and Sick of Sarah, a Minneapolis-based all-girl punk band. "We're really happy about the bands we got," said artistic director Troy Roger. Big names aren't the only news.
Eleven thousand children have lost their parents in overseas wars according to the American Legion Riders, a charitable program of the American Legion. The motorcycle group raises funds for veteran-related programs and donates their services as escorts for funerals and other events. The Minnesota chapter will complete a three-day motorcycle Legacy Ride around the state Aug. 10-12 that will include a stop in Two Harbors.
By Wednesday Aug. 8, an iconic water tower in Two Harbors will be no longer. As part of a booster station upgrade, the silver tower near Paul Antonich soccer field emblazoned with the name of the town will be demolished. The new tower has already been built.