The Old Forum – fading away

The old Two Harbors Forum bulletin board is dying . . . . . .

Way back in 1999 – pre-Facebook and all of the other social media stuff that we have today – began it’s life as a community bulletin board. For me, it was a labor of love – a way to stay connected to my home when I lived far away. Somehow, it became a heavily used site full of fun, local information, area history, arguments about land development, all sorts of stuff. Later, we added a Clover Valley section which was ably moderated and promoted by Mike “Torggy” Torgerson. The Two Harbors piece did a gentle slide into obscurity with activity mostly ceased by the mid 20-teens. The Clover Valley portion has continued to draw users and active posts, albeit at a much slower rate than previously.

The bulletin board program was awesome in it’s day, but has not been supported or updated in many, many years. Glitches began several years ago. The first one was having to be a registered user to post anything. Now, the whole administration side of the program seems to have checked out. Torggy brought this to my attention just this week. I can’t log in, can’t post, can’t do a darn thing except read the content. And there’s alot of that! Thousands upon thousands of posts . . . . . . lots of history there. I’ll admit to some grief over this. It was a good run.

COVID Updates

Our county has been fortunate in having a relatively low severity of illness with our 200+ COVID cases. But, we’ve had a few folks hospitalized, some requiring ICU care. More will occur, and deaths will follow.

Social media posts abound that are filled with misleading information, encouragement to ignore guidelines, continue to gather in groups, etc., etc. There is one about gathering with your family and friends for Thanksgiving – because you never know – it might be the last one for some of them. That’s true, but it may also be the last one because someone picked up the virus at the gathering. Hey – it was was a great Thanksgiving Day, but grandma died.

Many people follow guidelines aimed at protecting them and others. Many don’t. And when you make choices to not follow mask, social gathering, social distance guidelines, and continue to send your kids to their extra-curricular events, then freak out when someone you’ve been around tests positive . . . . think about your choices.

Link to Lake County COVID-19 Updates.


As of this writing there are no residents of Lake County with confirmed COVID-19. It is realistic to assume that there are people who have it or have had it and recovered. Our local healthcare system has done some testing within the guidelines provided by the Minnesota Department of Health. Those tests are processed outside of Lake County, but ALL positive results are attributed to the county of residence, which is verified by direct contact with MDH.

Please follow the guidelines provided by the Governor’s office, MDH, and CDC. If you think it’s all some sort of plot, that’s ok – just view it as a plot to keep you safe, limit the spread, and flatten the curve so the surge in cases doesn’t overwhelm our capabilities.

Stay safe, stay healthy, and take care.

Summer Begins?

Memorial Day weekend is upon us. Please take a few minutes to remember those who have sacrificed for our country and our way of life.

And of course it is cold (41 degrees) and windy, damp, and drizzly like many Memorial Day weekends. It is the beginning of summer vacation season and the campground is filling with visitors to the beautiful North Shore. I hope the camping folks are well-prepared for our weather!

Another (sort of) new start

This site began as a free bulletin board site way back in 1999.  Over the years, there have been several iterations of the site, both in format and content.  The most successful was a pure bulletin board site that is still accessible from the Two Harbors Forum link.  Pre-Facebook, the site attracted 100’s of contributors who created 1,000’s of posts.  It still amazes me.  Somewhere along the way, I decided to use WordPress as the primary tool for   All fine and dandy, until there’s a glitch that I can’t fix.  So, this is another new start.  If WordPress functions correctly, it’s all good.  Keep your fingers crossed.