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Lake County Past: 1914 dance prohibits grapevine and two-step music

An advertisement from the 1914 Two Harbors Chronicle & Times newspaper.


Milk in glass containers and peanut butter in glass jars

Lake County officials discussed a proposed ordinance which would require retail stores to see food in containers that are either returnable, biodegradable or recyclable.

St. Paul City Councilor Bob Long said the ordinance is for the public’s best interest because there are nationwide problems with landfills and the incineration process. He said the ordinance would reduce the amount of nondegradable litter in landfills and would keep plastics out of incinerators, where they produce environmentally unsafe byproducts.

Lake County officials expressed interest in the ordinance. Two Harbors City Councilor John Anderson said he thinks milk tastes better in glass containers. Commissioner Ralph Sandvik said he wished peanut butter would be sold in glass jars again. Long said many consumers have expressed similar views in St. Paul and are in favor 15 to 1 for the ordinance.

Long said he believes the ordinance “could become the trend and the norm statewide.” Representative Mary Murphy agreed. She said recycling is the first issue the Minnesota Legislature will be dealing with in 1990 and if many Minnesota cities adopted the ordinance, it could become statewide. Currently, major cities like Chicago, Milwaukee and New York have approved this type of ordinance.

Population in Lake County drops

The Lake County population dropped from 13,043 in 1980 to 11,075 in 1988.

Population losses continue to occur in northeastern Minnesota and along the southern and western borders of the state. St. Louis County lost 22,200 people between 1980 and 1988, although the rate of decline has slowed considerably in the last two years.


Dancing group has big time in area

To the Beatles or the Beatniks, Lake County was a community of “squares” as an organization of square dancers from central and western Minnesota and from Canada converged on the county seat for a 5-day get-together.

There were 25 couples in the group, plus 32 children, all of whom are learning the art of square dancing.

The group was installed in trailers at the Burlington Bay Campsite and a nearby hotel and dancing events were held in the Two Harbors Teen Age Center. An open house event was held each afternoon and dancing was the order of the day each evening of their stay.


New fog record is hung here

People, who think they cannot endure the sound of the fog signal in connection with the United States lighthouse service in Two Harbors, will be interested to know that they have endured it during June, save six days, and every day in July, save one.

The total number of hours the signal was in operation in June was 162, compared with 113 hours in June of 1938. The total number of hours blown in July so far is 100 hours.

Keeper L.T. Peterson of the Two Harbors light, declares he cannot recollect during his 28 years of service a record which will meet that of the past 40 days. A record of 133 ½ hours was hung up last July. The Two Harbors horn blows on three-second blast, and interval of 2 seconds; and a one second blast. The diaphragm which produces the raucous sound operates at 40 pounds of pressure and is controlled by electricity.

CCC enrolls 13 youths

Thirteen local boys were enrolled in the Civilian Conservation corps by Miss Agnes Hoff, executive secretary of the Lake County Welfare board, and turned over to headquarters at Gooseberry camp.

67-year-old lady hooks a whopper

A fighting lake trout, 44 inches in length, weighing thirty-two pounds, was the fish caught by Mrs. J.E. Kess of St. Paul while trolling here. The 67-year-old lady was assisted by her son in landing the huge fish.

The trout, one of the first large fish caught here during this year’s trolling season, was admired by hundreds of tourists and townspeople at the fish house of Larson and Putnam.

Jack Putnam, who had taken the party on the trolling trip, stated that the fish was caught about four miles from shore and that it took almost ten minutes to land.


Dramatic club to entertain

The young women of the Dramatic Club, who planned to entertain their friends at a series of dancing parties, have completed arrangements for the first party.

The Marine Orchestra, five pieces, will furnish the music for the dancing from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

At the last meeting of the club, it was decided to have the dance program consist only of the old dances. No exception will be made to this decision, which will be strictly adhered to throughout the series. All the new dances including the grapevine danced to the music of a two-step will be prohibited. Any guest who violates this ruling will be debarred thereby from succeeding parties.