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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Lake County property owners may notice a reduction in their next round of property taxes. Although many factors affect property taxes, the Lake Superior School District and Lake County both kept their budgets at or below last year's numbers--meaning they aren't asking for any more money from taxpayers. "Our departments have learned to keep their requests minimal," County Commissioner Brad Jones said at last week's Truth in Taxation meeting, a public meeting during which local government entities release their proposed budgets and take questions from taxpayers.
Last year, the Agates boys' basketball team defeated the Mariners in a December matchup but the Mariners came back to best the Agates in February. The year before, the Mariners overpowered the Agates in both games that season. The Agates took a step toward settling the score last week, defeating the Mariners 65-53. Two Harbors Head Coach Tom Nelson was pleased to tally a win for the boys, putting their record at 2-3. So far this season the Mariners haven't yet been able to pull out a win. "We played a really good first half and we did what we were hoping to do.
Last Thursday, fifth and sixth graders at North Shore Community School in Duluth Township dissected deer hearts as part of a unit on cardiovascular health. The dissection is an annual tradition and the students typically react well, according to their teacher Robbie Tietge.
When she arrived this fall, Lisa Sørum, 16, was surprised by how similar northeastern Minnesota is to her home in Norway. "It's not very different," she said last week during her presentation at the Sons of Norway dinner in Two Harbors. Then, Christmas rolled around. She was astounded by the holiday spirit displayed in her adopted home, particularly by the huge, belighted Christmas tree at the intersection of Superior Street and Lake Avenue in Duluth. For comparison, she showed a picture of the city Christmas tree in her hometown of Alta, Norway.
Jim Lind of Two Harbors remembers when he first got into birding. His dad used to feed birds at their cabin, and the little creatures sparked his interest. So he went to the Two Harbors Public Library and picked up a book on birds. The passion never waned, and now that he's an adult he's the director of the Christmas Bird Count in Duluth and Two Harbors. "It's a social event for a lot of birders, it's kind of a highlight of the year," Lind said. The Christmas Bird Count is a program of the National Audubon Society.
Two Harbors boys start with a win, now 1-2
What's at the top of local nonprofits' Christmas lists? "Money is the best thing," said Karen Rautio, volunteer coordinator for the Silver Bay Food Shelf. The shelf purchases food from the main branch of Second Harvest Heartland at discounted prices, thanks to surplus food and grocery donations through the Feeding America network. In other words, your dollar goes a lot further in the food shelf's hands than it does at a typical grocery store. However, Rautio noted, they are always accepting food donations since the need increases around the holidays.
Last summer a manufacturers' committee was formed in Lake County. It consisted of school district employees, business owners, manufacturers and the Two Harbors Area Chamber of Commerce. Its mission was to address the need for local welders and millwrights to fill job vacancies. A little over a year later, those discussions were the foundation of a comprehensive plan for post-secondary education and certification within Two Harbors and William Kelley High Schools. "We all knew this would require a Herculean effort.
Vickie Chupurdia of Two Harbors didn't know what to expect over 30 years ago when she started asking questions about her family history. "I just found it interesting...all the stories that the great aunts and uncles and grandparents had to tell, I just was fascinated by it," she said. Eventually, the pieces fell together. Chupurdia, a full-time software consultant, was born and grew up in Silver Bay; however, her roots in America go much deeper.
Silver Bay boys' basketball team aims for growth The Silver Bay boys' basketball team met a tough opponent in its season opener against Mesabi Academy. The Mariners lost last Friday's game to the Range team by a score of 88-36. "We were just overmatched," Head Coach Rick Frericks said. This year the Silver Bay boys have only one returning starter, senior Kyle Blood, who will be playing wherever the team needs him most, Frericks said. Blood was part of a strong, experienced team last year and is a fourth-year starter.