The Two Harbors City Council unanimously approved 10 small business relief grant applications at a special council meeting held on Thursday, May 7.

The $2,000 grants were issued to help small businesses in Two Harbors offset expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The council authorized $40,000 through a business revolving loan fund and was matched with $40,000 from the Two Harbors Development Fund.

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City Council President Robin Glaser expressed strong support for the program and for local small businesses.

“I would just like to say how grateful we are to be able to help our local businesses during these difficult times. Our businesses are the heart of our community and have always stepped up to help with local causes and to support others. Now we have the opportunity to help you,” she said.

Mayor Chris Swanson agreed and said, “I am grateful to be a part of a community that understands how important its entrepreneurs are. I couldn’t be more pleased with the work that went into helping our local businesses.”

At the regular council meeting on Monday, May 11, the council authorized a second round of applications with a deadline date of Thursday, May 21 at 4:30 p.m. The second round of applicants will be recommended for approval at the Tuesday, May 26, city council meeting.

Applications are reviewed by city staff. All personal and financial information is confidential and protected by the Data Privacy Act — it is not shared with the public or the city council members. All complete applications that meet the minimum criteria will be recommended for approval, officials said.

Applications can be found at the City of Two Harbors website at twoharborsmn.gov or by contacting the city finance director, Miranda Pietila at mpietila@twoharborsmn.gov or calling 218-834-5631.