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Two Harbors Winter Frolic Kicks Off With Curling and Chili

Two Harbors’ annual win­ter frolic began with a curl­ing competition and a chili cook off on Friday, February 9th. Held at the Two Har­bors Curling Club, the two events were full of people enjoying chili, drinks, and time with friends and ac­quaintances from the com­munity. Outside the curling club (and in the hall inside), a local Girl Scout troop sold cookies to event-goers.

The Winter Frolic Com­munity Spiel featured eight teams that competed against each other in four draws. The teams were LaBoun­ty Red-Mecklin, LaBoun­ty White-Martin, Holden My Beer, Holden Crew 2, Two Harbors Federal Cred­it Union, Park State Bank, Serco, and Maher Truck­ing. LaBounty Red-Mecklin won, with team members Mike Kaczrowski, Todd Madole, Matt Mecklin, and Dustin Magnuson.

Another annual tradition is a friendly curling com­petition between the City of Two Harbors and the Lake County Commissioners. Funds from the game are usually donated to a chari­ty, and this year the winning honors go to the City of Two Harbors.

Five groups competed in the chili cook off, which was judged by communi­ty members young and old, each attendee voting by placing a gold plastic token into the box representing the chili of their choice. Wa­terview Shores presented a cilantro lime sour cream chili, Larsmont Trading Post had “Big Blaze” Chili made with Castle Danger Ode IPA, Grand Superior Grill made “Boss Man” Chili, Ledge Rock Grille had pulled pork chipotle ancho chili, and Louise’s Place added an aesthetic touch in presenting their smoked pork chili verde with pickled onions and cilantro lime crema. When the votes were all cast, Waterview Shores was declared the winner and awarded a trophy.

With the cold wind and snow blowing in, the curling and chili made for a fun kickoff to the Winter Frolic as community members waited for the games and events Saturday promised.

Haley Searls
Haley Searls
Hello! My name is Haley Searls. I’ve loved writing from an early age, though my nonfiction writing at five years old consisted mainly of weather and gardening reports. I still have some of those early articles: “It’s sunny.” “It’s still sunny.” “It’s raining.” I’m glad to say my writing has improved since then. I wrote a guest post for the Silver Bay Public Library blog, and was the writer/editor of the newsletter for my American Heritage Girls troop. I have been writing for the North Shore Journal since June 2022. Besides writing, I love reading, drawing, photography, music, and spending time with family and friends. Two books that have really influenced my writing are Reforming Journalism by Marvin Olasky and Writer to Writer by Bodie and Brock Thoene. As a journalist, I want to share positive community interactions and inspire people to make lasting connections. Article topics that interest me are ones which show community activities and involvement. Such articles include community events, youth accomplishments, library programming, small businesses, local history, local artists and authors, art programs, and cultural events such as theater and dance. If you have an article idea, email the North Shore Journal with my name in the subject line! I look forward to hearing from you!
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