April 17, 1969

Baseball team for Two Harbors fans

On Friday evening last, baseball fans of the city held a meeting at the Y.M.C.A. at which time an organization was perfected and officers were elected.

One of the principal objects in mind was a baseball park and a committee was appointed to wait on the city council at its last meeting on Monday to see what arrangements could be made in regards to securing the ice rink on Seventh Avenue and Spruce Street.

If the city does not aid the project it is expected to raise the necessary funds chiefly by popular subscription. A rough estimate of the cost is $2,000.

Carl Firedman, manager of the Two Harbors Mercantile Company, announced that he would donate $250 and $25 per month additional. It is not expected that the committee will attempt to do a great deal toward raising funds until the matter of a suitable ballpark is settled, which will undoubtedly be in the next few days.

The old ball park was located over a mile from the city and consequently the attendance at the games out there was small. At present, there is not a ballpark in the city and there is not another possible attraction for a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. The details of the construction of the grounds and grandstand will be arranged later after the location has been definitely settled.

April 17, 1969

Clogged ore docks await first vessel

The ore shipping season for 1969 may open at the Two Harbors docks sometime next week, probably the latter part of the week if then, it appeared from a survey early this week.

Boats of the U.S. Steel fleet were freed for action as of last Sunday by the settlement of a contract with the deck officers of the craft, but it takes 10 days to two weeks to fit a boat for the start of the season.

The minimum time of 10 days would expire this Wednesday. The U.S. Steel fleet has nine boats in the Twin Ports ready to sail when the refitting work is completed.

Dock facilities at Duluth and Two Harbors currently are clogged with stockpiles awaiting movement of ore into the boats before rail shipments can be made on a large scale. The situation at the Duluth docks is even more critical than here, it was reported.

In Two Harbors, the dock pockets, dock tracks, yard tracks and ore cars are full of pellets awaiting transfer to vessels.