Jamey Malcomb started as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle in August 2015. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and previously worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. He is the beat writer for the Lake County Board of Commissioners, Silver Bay City Council and high school sports in Lake County.
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By the Knife River Campground, along the railroad tracks passing through the North Shore community of the same name, stand two buildings that appear to be abandoned. The buildings are the old Knife River Depot, where trains traveling to and from Duluth would stop in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The structures were built in the 1890s and used first in the Lakeside neighborhood of Duluth, then brought to Knife River around 1900.
Two Harbors High School students and faculty were saddened to learn one of the school's newest students was killed in a rollover crash Saturday near Cloquet.
The Silver Bay City Council last week approved a 7.4 percent levy increase. During a special meeting Wednesday, the council approved an increase at the preliminary level set at a meeting in September. The vote was tabled during the Dec. 18 council meeting after a discrepancy in net tax capacity numbers revealed a greater tax burden on local taxpayers than originally believed.
The Silver Bay City Council last week tabled votes on the city's 2018 budget, levy and wage schedule until this week. The move comes after a discrepancy in net tax capacity figures revealed the Silver Bay levy would have a higher impact on taxpayers in the city than originally thought. The council now will meet to consider the budget, levy and wage schedule at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at City Hall.
SILVER BAY — Just as snow started to fall Wednesday evening, Kim Riedberger and her grandsons were cozied up on their couch before dinner. Over at Zup's Grocery Store, a caravan of cars left the parking lot and followed a John's Sanitary box truck toward Riedberger's home. The truck was filled with presents and gift cards for Riedberger and her grandsons, Tysen, Brian and Elijah. The caravan was a group who had raised more than $4,000 over the past couple of months for the Best Christmas Ever movement.
A discrepancy in the net tax capacity for Silver Bay's 2018 budget calculations may cost its residents big on their property tax bills. The Silver Bay City Council approved a 7.4 percent increase in its 2018 budget. During the truth in taxation hearing Dec. 4, the budget that was discussed included a 1.7 percent increase in the city's net tax capacity, meaning the city could increase the levy by 1.7 percent without an impact to the taxpayers as a whole.
Students and teachers at William Kelley Schools in Silver Bay made a new feathered friend during recess last month. When the students went outside to work off a little excess energy, they found a juvenile sandhill crane wandering around the playground — even trying to play with the children and seeking affection. Angela Goutermont, a regular substitute teacher, was with the group of fifth- and sixth-grade students on the playground. She said the bird was nuzzling up to students, nudging them to pet it.
Proctor senior quarterback John Pioro ran for 155 yards and two touchdowns in the Rails' 20-10 victory over Two Harbors in the Section 7AAA semifinals Saturday in Proctor. Points were at a premium all day, with defenses dominating for both teams, allowing just three first downs combined in the first half and nine overall. The only players to gain more than 50 yards of rushing were Pioro and Agates senior Spencer Ross with 154 yards.
The Silver Bay City Council approved a motion that would allow members of the Silver Bay Police Department to wear well-groomed facial hair while on duty. Police Chief Doug Frericks was unable to attend the meeting, but approved of the proposal and officers Cole Ernest and Alex McGrath attended to answer any of the council's questions. Councilor Carlene Perfetto said she voted against the measure because she believes the policy went a little too far by allowing officers to wear facial hair on the sides of their faces. She believes it should be limited to mustaches and goatees.
For the first time in its history, the Superior Hiking Trail Association is running a capital campaign, to raise money to replace a bridge over the Split Rock River in Lake County. The trailhead by the Split Rock River is one of the most heavily used sections of the trail, according to SHTA executive director Denny Caneff.