Lake County Past: Dec. 31
Rail cars overhauled
The observation café cars operated on the D&IR have recently been thoroughly overhauled and repainted outside and varnished inside. Many minor improvements have been made, and under the supervision of Mr. PJ Meindl, commissary, the service now offered to the public is first class in every respect. While the opportunities for expansion are not great on a small road in this section of the country, Mr. Meindl takes pride in keeping the service equal to that on many of the larger roads. He takes frequent trips for the purpose of getting posted in the business of catering to the public, and thus is able to keep abreast of the times.
The house, barn and other buildings on the Archdeacon farm between Two Harbors and Knife River were entirely destroyed by fire last Friday. The house was occupied by Robert Foster and family, and it is thought that the fire started from an overheated stovepipe.
Railroad is busy
Present indications point to a substantial increase in business on the railroad in the near future. One Knife River log train was put on Tuesday of this week, making one trip a day. It is expected that early in January there will be four trains per day from Knife River, calling for two crews on this work, which will continue through the remainder of the winter.
It is also now apparent that there will be a large quantity of forest products shipped this winter, such as ties, posts, pulpwood, mining timber and piling, but the outlook for a heavy shipment of saw logs, except from Knife River, is not good, although there is a prospect of considerable timber to be delivered to the D&NE Ry at Hornby which will necessitate opening that station again.
The so called Basswood Lake spur leading off the line between Ely and Winton at Mile 119 has been completed, and it is expected that a considerable amount of timber will be shipped from there during the winter. This will doubtless call for a train between Ely and the Western Mesabi Branch as most of the mining timber will go in that direction.
On the whole the outlook for work in train and engine service on the railroad is much better than it was a month ago. One thing that may interfere somewhat with shipments off the road is the probable shortage of foreign cars, as it is known that there is a general shortage of cars throughout the country and this may curtail the supply for use of shippers of forest products here.
Two Harbors Depot to receive IRRRB grant
State Sen. Dough Johnson and state Rep. Dave Battaglia announced that the IRRRB has given final approval to a grant request for the City of Two Harbors.
"The IRRRB has approved a $100,000 grant for improvements to the Lake County Depot in Two Harbors," Battaglia said. "The IRRRB funds are part of a $208,000 project that will add parking space, landscaping, new sidewalks and street improvements in the area around the Depot which is seeing more use as a stopping point for the North Shore Scenic Railroad."
"We are pleased that the IRRRB has taken action to approve this grant," Johnson concluded.