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Lake County Past: Feb. 25

Feb. 25, 1943

Women storm stores, stock canned goods

Grocers in Two Harbors enjoyed a brisk trade on the eve of the freeze of canned goods prior to the rationing, which commenced Monday. The need to lay in supplies for a weekend prolonged by the prospect of Washington's birthday holiday was a factor in the abnormally high Saturday business.

The lower-priced canned goods such as fruit juices, spinach, peas, corn, beets and diced carrots were the first to be grabbed, followed by the higher-priced commodities such as asparagus and other fancy specialties. Despite the assurance by Secretary of Agriculture Wickard of enough food for three square meals for everyone, many acted as though the sentence of death by starvation was hanging over them.

The freezing of prices of fresh fruit and vegetables, announced simultaneously with the opening of canned food rationing, and the appeal of the government to expand the production of fresh vegetables to ease the shortage of canned commodities, comforted many who otherwise are panicky over the prospect of only about 30 cans per person during the coming year. Many new workers volunteered to assist in the registration going at the high school since Tuesday morning.

Feb. 25, 1993

Council looks into expanding golf links

Members of the Lakeview Golf Club came before the Two Harbors City Council to ask that the city begin thinking about a possible nine-hole expansion of the golf course.

The group has looked into the need to survey and map for expansion to the north of the present golf course and estimated the cost for that to be $5,800. The present golf course occupies 110 acres and the city owns another 340 acres of land just to the north that are now in use as the city ski and recreation trails.

Lakeview members have met with the Two Harbors Ski Trail members and the two groups apparently feel some compromising could be done to fit any proposed fairways in between the existing trails.

Members of the golf club believe by expanding to 18 holes, the course could bring in considerable more business.

Lakeview would put up half of the cost for the survey work. On Monday night, they asked if the city would match the amount for the other half. Golf club representatives felt the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board could be a significant source of funding, citing the recent monies made available for purchase of the Silver Bay course and the discussion of golf courses to be built near Biwabik.

Councilor Paul Iversen explained that he felt a number of costs would have to be looked into, including what it might mean to staff the expanded course. He also said he felt the number one priority the city would be looking to the IRRRB for would have to be the upgrading of the sewage treatment plant.

The council will refer the matter to the finance committee for a recommendation.

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