- Member for
- 1 year 4 months
John Iversen grew up in Two Harbors in a family that wore its politics on its sleeve. His mother, Alice, now in her 90s, was on the board of Minnesota's first community health care center, founded in Two Harbors, as well as the board of the Two Harbors Federal Credit Union. Both organizations emerged from the communities determination to work together and take care of one another. Paul's brother was on the Two Harbors City Council for years, was vice president of the Duluth labor council and has been active in social and political issues, as well.
A new school year is just around the corner. Open houses for Minnehaha Elementary, Two Harbors High School and the William Kelley School in Silver Bay will be held next week, with activities planned to acquaint students and parents with teachers, principals and a range of community resources. The Two Harbors High School open house is slated for the evening of Aug. 28 from 5:30-7 p.m. Principal Brett Archer said the event is open to all -- students, parents and community members. "It's more of a community fair," he said.
Two Harbors Area Fund to the (possible) rescue Representing the Two Harbors Area Fund, Gordy Anderson appeared before the Two Harbors City Council to offer a potential partial solution to financial problems that have slowed plans for the construction of a trail near Super One and Shopko. At the end of July the council put the skids on plans when contractors' bids came in higher than expected and project engineer, Tom Pfeffer, said additional costs could not be ruled out.
After the fire that devastated Zion Lutheran Church in Finland, parishioners and community members posted messages on Facebook expressing shock, sorrow, hope and memories of the many events that had taken place in their beloved building. Finland resident, Brenda Van Bergen, however, received a different kind of message. She said she doesn't know where the messages originate or why, but she said the words pour into her head, and she writes them down. Her gift is well known in the community.
The Silver Bay City council met Monday, Aug. 5 with councilors Gustafson, Perfetto, and Goutermont present. Mayor Joanne Johnson, City Administrator Lana Fralich and City Attorney Pete Morris were also in attendance. Mayor Johnson opened the meeting by saying she'd recently spoken to Tom Lovdahl, Chair of the Lake County Housing and Redevelopment Authority and learned that unstable housing and homelessness are an issue for many people in the area. "I'd never thought we had homeless people here, but it's been brought to my attention that we have a need --a great need," she said.
Elders from throughout the North Shore communities attended the annual senior luncheon at the Lake County Fair last Thursday. The event included music by Mel Annala, door prize drawings, a menu of summer favorites --chicken pasta salad, fruit cup, cake and coffee -- and the announcement of Lake County's Outstanding Senior Volunteer. The honorees, Marge Laiti of Two Harbors and Jack Pichotta, who until recently, lived in Finland, were nominated by Community Partners and Northshore Area Partners, respectively.
If the Sons of Norway waffle breakfast fundraiser is any indication, Lake Countians love their morning meal, and all the more if lingonberries are served. According to the group's president, Ralph Jacobson, the third annual event has grown significantly since it began. In 2010, 202 waffles were served. Last year the count was 400 and over 10 pounds of lingonberries. This year's final tally was 539 waffles and customers cleaned out the 20lb supply of lingonberries halfway through the morning. Best of all, said Jacobson, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. "There was not one complaint.
A new local option is now available for people struggling with drug and alcohol dependency. The Center for Drug and Alcohol Treatment opened its doors Tuesday at Lake View Memorial Hospital in Two Harbors and will be offering substance abuse assessments and out-patient therapy sessions. CADT, a Duluth-based non-profit organization, was founded in 1961 and has been offering a broad range of services for decades.
"It's the emptiest and yet the fullest of all human messages: 'Good-bye.'" Kurt Vonnegut Our office manager and self-deprecating humorist, Shari Melton, often quips that any trained monkey could do her job, but nothing could be farther from the truth. Neither is it true that we will be able to find someone to take her place in our hearts.
The Two Harbors City Council met July 8 with all councilors, Mayor Bolen, City Administrator Lee Klein and City Attorney Steve Overom present. City makes agreements with employees The city reached an agreement with members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 31. The union, which represents the city's lineworkers and fresh water workers, had been under the third year of a wage freeze and without a contract since January 1, 2013.