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If breast cancer hasn't touched your life, it's likely to have affected someone you know. One in eight women will be diagnosed with an invasive form of the disease, translating to more than 225,000 new cases this year, according to the American Cancer Society. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and on Oct. 6, at 9 a.m., the third annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer will be held at Lake Superior College in Duluth.
The wolf hunt has gone to court. Last week, two environmental groups that say the public did not get enough of a chance to weigh in on a state-approved wolf hunt in an area that includes Lake County, filed suit against the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources . In their complaint, a national conservation organization called the Center for Biological Diversity, and Howling for Wolves, an organization with the goal of educating the public about Minnesota's wolf population, filed suit against the DNR.
In the North Shore communities, the name Ellen Anderson rings familiar. Her involvement in the community is nearly legend. Ellen died last year, shortly after receiving a cancer diagnosis, but the events to which she gave her time and energy, such as the Two Harbors Kayak Festival, live on. On September 29 at 6 p.m. another of Anderson's community- gathering events will take place. Now in its seventh year, the Harvest Moon and Sunset Watch will take place at the Two Harbors breakwater. The Harvest Moon is the full moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox.
On Friday a contingent that calls itself the Precious Waters Flotilla and includes Lake County residents, will embark on a one-month journey, by canoe, from Aurora to St. Paul along the Partridge and Mississippi rivers. Their goal is to call attention to the potential environmental and economic impact of sulfide mining in northern Minnesota. In addition, they want citizens to understand there are decades-old laws that permit the state to lease mineral rights to mining prospectors -- even when the prospector will be drilling and digging on privately owned land.
Marcus Taintor, a 2001 graduate of Silver Bay's Kelley High School, recently joined ultra-marathon runners from around the country to compete in the Superior 100 Mile Trail Race. Beginning at Gooseberry Falls, the grueling course included Mount Trudy, Carlton Peak, Moose Mountain and many other climbs of high elevation. The race began at 8 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, and closed at 10 p.m. the next day. Headlamps were worn by runners as they traversed the dark trails through Friday night. Taintor decided to run the race last spring.
In just a few weeks, Minnesotans will be voting on a proposed amendment to the Minnesota Constitution that would ban gay marriage. In May 2011, the Minnesota Legislature voted to place the issue on the November 2012 ballot. The question will read: "Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as marriage in Minnesota?" A poll by Public Policy Polling of Raleigh, N.C. released on Sept. 12 found the state split, with proponents ahead by just one percentage point (48 to 47 percent).
At the end of August, Daniel Alvarez packed up his gear in his 17-foot kayak and paddled out of Two Harbors, headed for Duluth. At that time, the Yale Law School graduate was eying the Apostle Islands as his next destination. With a warmer sleeping bag, freshly sharpened fish hooks and enough cooking oil to fry six meals of fish--all courtesy of friends Ken and Keith Larson of Two Harbors--Alvarez ended up spending time in the islands exploring the caves and sandstone structures in the waters of Lake Superior.
There is no shortage of talent on the Two Harbors girls' swim team. Despite the loss of eight swimmers and divers from last year's team, this year's girls are more than holding their own. Undefeated last year, the Agates remain so after the first three meets of the season. Twenty girls make up the team, half of them freshmen, with seniors Tori Highmark and Kiersten Haaversen serving as co- captains, and Heather Mayfield and Jennette Mettner coaching. The team also welcomed a seventh grade swimmer from Silver Bay and hope that more girls from up the shore will join in the future.
In the days leading up to the November elections, it appears that we are going to be treated to a steady stream of mud-slinging on television and social media. Just when I think I've heard the nastiest, most ignorant remark, someone says something that leads me to believe they need a time out and a nap. I confess that I have very strong political opinions and the most difficult thing for me is keeping them to myself.
The Silver Bay City Council got right down to business at 7 p.m. Tuesday evening at city hall. The minutes of previous meetings were approved. In November, voters will be asked to decide on the development of a new public utility for heat and power. Two informational meetings have been scheduled for Sept. 19 at 4 p.m. and Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Reunion Hall to discuss the two questions that will appear on the ballot. A proposed tax levy was passed at 3.5 percent, a reduction from the 4.8 percent increase in the first budget draft.