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Two Harbors Mayor Randy Bolen was honored along with 19 other local recipients at the seventh-annual 20 Under 40 awards in Duluth. The honorees were recognized for having risen above their peers as community leaders, mentors and examples of achievement while still in their 20s and 30s, as the name suggests. Bolen was among a group of young educators, business and human-service professionals, civil servants and a professional boxer. The event was held at Clyde Iron Works and included a brief address by Duluth Mayor Don Ness, who was among the first cohort of winners in 2006.
The roundhouse in Two Harbors is coming down. A ceremony was held on Tuesday to mark the beginning of the structure's demolition. Mayor Randy Bolen, City Council President Jerry Norberg and Councilor Roger Simonson each took a swing at the structure with a golden sledge hammer around 1 p.m., with larger equipment expected to arrive and begin work later that day. "Everything is kicking off this afternoon," said Bolen to a small group of reporters.
Joanne Johnson and councilors Dustin Goutermont,Carlene Perfetto, Steve Marolt and Dave Gustafson adopted a resolution to proclaim Monday, Sept. 16, American Legion Day in Silver Bay. The proclamation acknowledges the contributions of the organization on the 94th anniversary of its charter. In weeks to come, the Silver Bay City Council will be drafting its response to a group of residents who have proposed a detachment of their property from the municipality of Silver Bay.
Paddler Daniel Avarez, the Florida man who made his way from the Northwest Angle in Lake of the Woods County to Key West Florida by kayak is making his return to the angle, now navigating Lake Superior near Thunder Bay. He estimates that he is just 400 miles from his destination and said he should complete his journey by the end of next month.
According to the FBI and the US Department of Labor, incidences of human and sex trafficking have reached all-time high levels worldwide, with Minnesota among the states showing some of the most alarming rates in the nation.
"Stories are for joining the past to the future. Stories are for those late hours in the night when you can't remember how you got from where you were to where you are. Stories are for eternity, when memory is erased, when there is nothing to remember except the story." ? ~Tim O'Brien, from The Things They Carried Lanny Martinson's story has touched lives all over the world. The Lake County native, now living in Sugar Land, Texas, was just a young Marine Corps platoon sergeant when he and his men walked into a mine field in southeast Asia.
Monday night the Two Harbors City Council voted to seek requests for proposal for Lakeview National Golf Course and the undeveloped land that surrounds it. Mayor Randy Bolen said that the decision is not an indication of a definitive plan by the city to sell the land; instead, it's an effort to explore possibilities. "I don't really want to do it, but I think we really have to," he said, " I think it's important for the city to have tools in its toolbox.
In his second decision in the lawsuit brought by three former employees against the owner of Lou's Fish House, 6th District Judge Michael Cuzzo has ruled against Brian Zapolski and his business. Jennifer Moyer, Jaime Rasmussen and Kathe Reinhold had claimed a hostile work environment created by sexual harassment against Two Harbors Fish Co., doing business as Lou's Fish House; BWZ Enterprises LLC, doing business as B&R Motel; and Zapolski. "Judgment is awarded in favor of plaintiffs and against defendants on plaintiff's claims under the Minnesota Human Rights Act," Cuzzo said in his order l
Two Harbors Farmers' Market vendors were busy Saturday morning at Thomas Owens Park. Customers stopped, chatted and selected produce, baked goods, sweet treats and craft items at the row of tables facing Second Avenue. Farmers said the growing season has been challenging with snow on May 1 and late frosts, but recent glimpses of the sun have been encouraging. Among the many vendors were Kim Swartout and two of her four children selling produce they grow at Valleyview Farm.
The Brimson Area Fire Department held its 31st annual Brimson Sisu 4.4 mile race last Saturday with runners competing from as far away as China. The event, organized by race director Lynn Boggie and a team of volunteers, drew 253 athletes. Race headquarters was set up at the Toimi School Community Center, where vendors sold their wares and fire department volunteers served lunch.