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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More than 30 people showed up at the Clair Nelson Center in Finland last week to give ideas and get answers about post office changes that will be affecting the community next year. U.S. Postal Service employees were on hand for the discussion. "They said this is the biggest crowd they've had so far," Finland resident Brenda van Bergen said. Van Bergen attended the meeting to hear what others had to say. She said she won't be too affected by the changes, which may entail having the office open only four hours per day instead of the current eight.
The Lake Superior School District has signed a settlement agreement to pay former superintendent Phil Minkkinen $62,000, according to a document from the district's lawyer obtained by the News-Chronicle. The settlement with Minkkinen, whose contract expired in June and was not renewed, was announced at the School Board meeting in Silver Bay last week.
The Lady Agates soccer team ended its season Oct. 11 after its first playoff game, losing 0-6 to No.3 ranked Esko/Carlton. "I thought we would come out a little stronger than we did. We didn't meet our expectations," Head Coach Jeff Peterson said.
Minnesota weather, famously unpredictable, gave Two Harbors and Cook County runners an additional challenge at the section meet Oct. 25. "It was a cold, snowy, windy day," Assistant Coach Beth Schield said. The runners came out sluggish, according to Schield, "but, everybody had the same circumstances to run in," she added. The girls' team, which had set its sights on fifth place, finished seventh, led by Cook County Sarissa Falk's 26th place finish. The boys had a fifth place finish, led by Cook County senior Ben Seaton.
If there's a question about who owns the poles to be used for Lake County's broadband network, Frontier Communications says the company has proof of which ones are theirs. Lake Connections, the company under which Lake County is constructing a broadband network to extend phone, internet and digital television to residents, is nearing completion of phase one of construction. This includes attaching fiber to utility poles in Two Harbors. There have been questions over the ownership of these poles in recent weeks.
With a noticeable southern drawl, native Agate Mick Kempffer said the best part about his college hockey career was winning two national championships with his team, the University of Wisconsin-Steven's Point Pointers. Kempffer, 42, didn't mention his three years as an All-American defenseman or his three First Team All-Northern Collegiate Hockey Association selections. He also didn't say he still holds the record at UWSP for all-time goals scored by a defenseman and goals in one game by a defenseman (3).
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.