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Silver Bay City Council highlights

All councilors, Mayor Joanne Johnson and City Administrator Lana Fralich were present at the April 15 Silver Bay city council meeting.

Letters were received from the Silver Bay Library trustees to thank the city for its ongoing support and recent contributions to improvements to the library building, with another received from U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, who visited Silver Bay last week. Nolan met with citizens at the Northwoods Café and with Mayor Johnson and representatives of North Shore Mining. In his letter, Nolan thanked the community, said he enjoyed his visit and would look forward to coming back.

The parks and recreation board sent its recommendation for activities fees to the council for approval. There were few cost increases over last year. After May 17, the fee for swimming will increase for individuals and families and there will be a higher fee for arts and crafts activities.

A summer theater program for kids will receive funding from the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation. The council adopted a resolution permitting the city to accept the DSACF grant to bring actors from the Prairie Fire Children's Theater to Silver Bay for a week of fun and rehearsals. At the end of the week, a family-friendly production will be staged, featuring the talents of young local thespians. More information about Prairie Fire Children's Theater and its summer schedule is available at

The official opening of a new segment of the Gitchi-Gami Bike trail will be celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony June 4. The trail will allow users to pedal between Silver Bay and Beaver Bay.

The City of Silver Bay received three bids for consultation services for a 115 kilovolt high voltage transmission line on Northshore Mining property. Fralich said that all the bidders "were equally good" and had positive reputations. In the end HDR Engineering, a Twin Cities-based firm, was recommended because of its low hourly rate. The resolution to award the bid was adopted unanimously. Tax payers will not bear the cost of the project, as it will be covered by Minnesota Power.

"Anything for our local mining company," said Fralich.