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Lanny Martinson grew up in the Knife River valley and graduated from Two Harbors High School in 1962. In June 1968, he was a 24-year-old U.S. Marine Corps platoon sergeant on patrol with his troops near Khe Sanh, Vietnam. The group came upon a mine field. One of the mines exploded and Martinson was injured. A second mine detonated as additional troops converged to take the wounded to safety. Martinson lost his right leg. Six other men lost their lives, he recalls. He was evacuated to the U.S., leaving his platoon and his belongings behind.
Ferrari isn't just the name of winning race car; it's the name of a pair of winning sisters, Kim and Kate. Both girls recently received recognition for their academic efforts, one at Two Harbors High School and one at Holy Rosary in Duluth. Kim, the younger of the two, participated at the state National History Day in Minnesota competition in the Twin Cities, after qualifying at the regional competition at the University of Minnesota-Duluth from among 400 projects. She was part of a team that also included classmates, John Kroska and Jonathan Sailstad.
Whether you're an Allis-Chalmers fan, a John Deere devotee, or your heart belongs to International Harvester, there'll be something to catch your eye at the Clover Valley Tractor Show on June 29. The event will take place at the home of Corlis West, who lives at the north end of Homestead Road. West has hosted tractor shows in the past, but took a break. He said he's now eager to gather farm machinery enthusiasts together again. "It started with some neighbors up by my house.
In northern Lake County, about 10 miles from Ely down a long single-lane dirt road, a small group of volunteers is braving a steady drizzle and below average temperatures. Theirs is a labor of love. Terry Swanson and company are preparing the Girls Scout canoe base for another season of adventure. In a couple of weeks, girls and women from all over the state, some who have never been to the northwoods, will arrive and paddle into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. They'll be accompanied by trained, experienced guides and learn new skills.
Two Harbors has been named a Legacy Destination City for the community's use of Legacy funds for conservation and the arts.
It's been 118 years since Marconi sent and received the first radio signal, and although technology has changed dramatically since then, radio is still a viable and thriving medium for entertainment and information. For the most part, however, radio broadcasts in Lake County come from communities many miles away, airing little news of the local area and its people.
Recently, Brock LeBlanc joined a very exclusive group of athletes. He was awarded the prestigious Hobey Baker High School Character Award. The honor is bestowed upon a high school hockey player who exhibits the highest levels integrity and sportsmanship on and off the ice. It's a rare honor and schools can nominate just one player per year from among their outstanding lineups.
Superior Shores was the site of a unique and well-attended event earlier this month. On May 14, Community Partners hosted its 14th annual conference. Over 100 people participated in six interactive workshops, received information about local services and resources, had dinner and enjoyed a program recognizing area artists for exemplifying lifelong creativity.
The Silver Bay city council met Monday, May 20 as the wind and torrential rain battered the roof and windows. Fortunately, one of the first items on the agenda was news of a new business -involving a large boat -- coming to Silver Bay. North Shore Scenic Cruises plans to offer daily sight-seeing tours along the shore from Split Rock to Shovel Point. "We want to show people what we love about the North Shore," said co-owner Jay Hanson, a diver who has explored ship wrecks and the underwater world people seldom see.
When Lanny and Judy Peterson got married 41 years ago, they already had a baby. It was not the kind that required diapering and feeding every two hours. It was a 1966 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport. The day they were married May 27, 1972, the car stood outside the church, carefully guarded to prevent anyone from decorating it with the usual post-wedding embellishments. "I had my dad sit on the car at the church so nobody would do anything to it because the paint job was fresh," Lanny recalled. The car had been decked out in "Chevy gold" and had a black top with a powerful 396 engine.