Lake Co. Past: April 25
Notwithstanding the high wind and rain, hundreds of people visited the shore immediately east of Two Harbors and also Lighthouse Point in order to obtain a view of the huge breakers that were continuing to roll to shore. There are reports that wreckage from the Str. Benj. Noble was driven ashore on Minnesota Point. The Noble was a small steel vessel and was usually engaged in carrying steel, steel rails and other similar materials. Nothing has yet been heard of the fate of the nineteen men on the steamer, nor is it known where the vessel was wrecked.
CCC camps to remain here
Twenty-five CCC camps will be operated in Northern Minnesota during the enlistment period now and ending Sept. 30. Approximately 8,400 enrollees will be engaged in conservation work in the state during the six month period. Fifteen camps will be in national forests, 11 in state forests, two on wild life refuges, nine on soil conservation projects and five in state parks.
Nationally the strength of the CCC will be 300,000. Officials state that they probably get some strange fellows but the average will stack up about as follows: Eighteen to 19 years old. Out of work for seven months. The breadwinner of four persons back home who will be sent $25 per month. He probably will come from a rural area, but most of the boys will not be farm boys. His keep will cost the government a little less than $1,000 a year.
About 8,000 of the boys will learn to read and write, hundreds will finish grammar school and a few will receive college diplomas. A few won’t be able to take it and will desert.
Fiberglass training program set here
Approval of a loan totaling $628,176 to the Universal Fiberglass Corporation for establishment of a plant to manufacture automobile fenders for the replacement market and other fiberglass products brought a surge of activity to Two Harbors starting late last week.
The new plant is expected, at the start, to provide 166 direct and related jobs for area residents, with possibilities, of course, of future expansion. Output of the plant, at the outset, will be 1,000 fiberglass auto fenders a day, in two shifts.
Knife River development plan advances
The Lake County Board gave tentative approval to a plan that would nearly double the size of county-owned Knife River Marina- if somebody else can be found to pay for the project. The marina now has 92 slips. The proposal would add 86 slips west of the present dock area. The board also accepted a plan to sell county land surrounding the marina to private developers.
Lake County owns 36 acres around the marina and would offer three parcels for development, ranging in size from 2.7 to 7.5 acres. The plan is designed to control development and make it easier to live with for the community. While some Knife River residents prefer to see the land remain open and undeveloped, council members believe that development is inevitable.