Jordyn Thomas and Hannah Mihalik had three hits apiece to lead Hermantown to a convincing 10-3 victory over Cloquet in a Section 7AAA high school softball semifinal Saturday afternoon at Braun Park in South Cloquet.
Mihalik also picked up the pitching victory for the defending 7AAA champion Hawks, limiting the Lumberjacks to three hits.
Hermantown (17-4) will face Chisago Lakes on Tuesday in Lindstrom, Minn.
Hermantown Little League
All five Hermantown Little League majors teams are off to strong starts in Quad City play, with a combined 16-4 record.
The Twins and Royals are both 4-1, the Orioles 3-0, the Red Sox 3-1 and the Rockies 2-1.
The Twins, who pounded Proctor Builders 12-2 on Saturday night, have won four in a row, the longest current win streak in the 27-team league.
All five Hermantown Little League majors teams will be in action tonight, against all but one unbeaten opponents. The schedule:
Hermantown Royals (2-0) host Western Pirates (2-0), 5 p.m. Hermantown
Hermantown Twins (1-1) host Proctor Builders (1-1), 7 p.m. Hermantown
Hermantown Orioles (1-0) at Western Cardinals (2-0), 5 p.m. John Baggs Memorial Little League Fields located behind Wade Stadium in Duluth
Hermantown Rockies (2-0) at Cloquet Rage Broadheads (2-0), 7 p.m. Braun Park USG in Cloquet
Hermantown Red Sox (2-0) at Cloquet Southgate (2-0), 7 p.m. Braun Park Ford in Cloquet
The intersection of Maple Grove Road and Midway Road in Hermantown is known for having a higher number of accidents than it should, and for lengthy backups at times for motorists on Maple Grove Road attempting to cross or turn onto Midway Road.
Following an Intersection Control Evaluation study, St. Louis County Public Works engineers are proposing a roundabout be built at the intersection. They have scheduled a public meeting to discuss the proposed plans, get feedback from citizens and answer questions. The meeting will be Tuesday, April 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hermantown Public Safety Building, 5105 Maple Grove Road.
The intersection evaluation concluded that a single lane roundabout would be the best way to improve safety and reduce congestion at the intersection. Roundabouts are proven to reduce serious crashes because they eliminate high speed, right angle collisions. The proposed design would accommodate all forms of traffic from bicycles to large trucks.
“I encourage anyone who lives or drives through this area to come to the meeting, get questions answered and share feedback,” said Commissioner Pete Stauber, who chairs the Public Works committee, and in whose district the roundabout would be built. “These are not decisions we take lightly. And while we are making this proposal after careful analysis of safety and traffic efficiency considerations, it’s not a done deal. We want to hear from the public.”
More information about roundabouts and what’s being proposed for the Hermantown intersection can be found online at stlouiscountymn.gov/roundabout, or by calling (218) 625-3873.
Heath Boe, Rural Workforce Coordinator for the Northeast Minnesota Office of Job Training and Advanced Minnesota, will be the featured speaker at the next Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon at noon Thursday, Feb. 23 at Country Inn and Suites, Duluth North.
Boe will be speaking on the topic of workforce development, which will include the history and basic organizational structure of Advanced Minnesota.
The luncheon is sponsored by Consolidated Communications.