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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Beth Innis, a 2008 Two Harbors High School graduate, played volleyball in high school. Now in her first year of coaching at her alma mater, she said directing the team is a totally different ball game. "It's been a lot of work, but it's been awesome and I love it," she said. She has four returning seniors this year, but the team lost seven to graduation last year. Captain and junior Claire Hoffert called this a "rebuilding" year, but Innis said the girls' teamwork indicates otherwise. "They act like they've played together for years," she said.
When asked who the stand-out players are on his team, Mariners volleyball coach Tom Frericks had a hard time deciding. In fact, he named three-quarters of the team members before taking a breath. "Did you get all of that?" he asked. It's clear there's no star of the girls' team. They all work hard and have made steady improvement throughout the season, he said, and their record shows that. They lost their first three games, but they've won three of the last four. Silver Bay girls have only one choice for a varsity fall sport, making the decision an easy one.
When Larsmont School was built in 1914, it served the Scandinavian immigrant community in the area, consisting of education in one room by one teacher. Last weekend, a bit of Scandinavia was brought back to the school in the form of rosemaling, a traditional Norwegian folk art using paint and brush to create elaborate designs on wood, textiles and other surfaces. "I just really liked the form, so I took a lesson," artist Kathy O'Rourke said. That was 28 years ago, and she's still perfecting the nineteenth-century craft.
After two or three years of planning, O'Reilly's Auto Parts opened last week. The store offers parts for almost anything with an engine, including cars, semis and boats. O'Reilly's is a national company based in Springfield, Mo. There is a warehouse in Brooklyn Park, Minn. and one in Des Moines, Ia., meaning that special-order parts can be shipped quickly, John Seidel, store manager, said.
Paul Nyhuis contacted the News-Chronicle recently to see if we had any record of his fall from the Baptism Falls High Falls in 1964. In conversations with Nyhuis over the course of several days it was learned that he had fallen over the cascade, the highest in Minnesota, bounced off a rock face and plunged into deeper water. Though he hit a rock ledge that bruised his hip and broke his arm, the collision probably saved his life by deflecting his body away from the rocks at the bottom of the falls. A search through the archives produced the story, which was originally published in the Sept.
Agriculture is coming to Minnehaha classrooms this year thanks to a grant written by Leah Bott and awarded by the Minnesota Agricultural Leadership Council. It all started last Friday with Harvest Fest, the kick off to a year of conscious efforts to integrate agriculture into elementary curriculum. Harvest Fest gave students the chance to show off produce they grew over the summer--many with some help from their parents.
School district funding was on the minds of many commissioners at Tuesday's county board meeting. In other meetings the county administrator and commissioners have attended, the Secure Rural Schools Act, Thye-Blatnik Act and payments in lieu of taxes have been topics of discussion. The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act, passed in 2000, deals with payments the U.S. Forest Service makes to counties.
Everyone in Lake County will eventually be contacted with permission cards for fiber optic network connection. The project is in its first phase of construction and County Administrator, Matt Huddleston and Lake Connections project manager, Jeff Roiland, want residents to know the cards are on their way. "If you haven't been contacted directly yet, you will be," Huddleston said. Permission cards grant Lake Connections employees access to residents' land in order to extend the fiber optic network to individual homes.
Almost a decade ago, Arnold Overby of Beaver Bay saw a pair of racing inline skates in a shop in Fargo. He'd never skated before, but they looked fun, he said, so he made the purchase. The rest is history. He skated his first NorthShore Inline Marathon in 2003, finishing with the respectable time of 2:37. This year, at age 78, he shattered his first finish time and crossed the line at just over 1:39. "The new pavement between Two Harbors and Knife River was really nice. The breeze was behind us, I felt very good that day and everything fell in place," Overby said.
With their toughest match behind them, the Mariners nine-man football team hopes it can only go up from here. Friday, Sept. 7, the boys lost to Northwoods, decidedly the toughest opponent in their conference, according to head coach Ward Kaiser and senior captains Kyle Blood and Leif Maxwell. "We got a dose of reality in that game," Blood said. The Silver Bay team was the Section 5A champion last year and went on to the state tournament, where the players lost their first game.