June 26, 1969

Copper nickel future cloudy

Rep. James Ulland met recently with the chairman of the Board of the International Nickel Mining Co. Mr. Wingate to obtain a status report on the company’s exploration for copper-nickel in Lake County. The meeting was held in Northfield during Carleton College’s annual alumni weekend.

Chairman Wingate expressed considerable disappointment over the results of the drilling samples near Ely and the low amount of copper-nickel recoverable from them. Previous expectations had been a recovery of just under one percent; however, actual recovery under current methods is about 30 percent below this.

The future of copper-nickel mining in Lake County will depend on more sophisticated techniques for recovering the minerals that do exist in the deposit. Wingate predicted development of Inco’s deposit when recovery methods are substantially improved.

Two Lake county men die in crash

Lives of two young men, one a resident of Two Harbors and the other a former resident and native also of Lake County, ended last Thursday evening in a mass of twisted auto metal on the shoulder of Highway 135 about a mile east of the little mining town of McKinley.

Paul Shea, 23, died instantly in the crash of two cars at about 8:10 p.m. Donald Birkland, 31, died about midnight in the Virginia Municipal Hospital. A third Lake County man, Arthur Rose, 31, was still in serious condition this week at Lake View Memorial Hospital in Two Harbors, where he was transferred two days after the accident.

The local trio were occupants of one of the autos involved in the sideways smash of two vehicles. Their auto, with Shea reported to have been driving, was heading west on the road when it crashed into an east-bound car on a combination hill and curve of the road.

The other auto was driven by Carol Dewhurst, 32, of Biwabik. She and her three passengers were injured but none was in serious condition this week.

The three Lake County men had just concluded a visit with Shea’s father Orville, currently employed at Biwabik by the DM&IR railroad. The other two men were husbands of two of his sisters. Shea recently moved from Two Harbors to St. Paul where he was employed.

Bass hooks itself

Jim Tavernier, 14, and his sister, Kippy, 9, went joy riding in a boat last Wednesday and just happened to have a fish line out. Much to their surprise and pleasure, a hungry 3.5 pound bass, somehow (they say accidentally) attached himself to their line. In what Jim terms “a joint effort” they hauled him aboard, carried him home and down to the newspaper office.