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Lake County Past

July 1, 1943

Observe the Fourth of July safe and sane

Gov. Ed J. Thye, in a special July Fourth safety message, broadcast to the people of the state through the Traffic Safety Committee of the Minnesota Editorial Association and its 485 member newspapers has appealed to every motorist and pedestrian to help prevent the loss of life in celebrating the nation’s independence, which so many thousands of Americans have given their lives to win and preserve.

Thye spoke of the July accident toll, which last year took the lives of 8,750 Americans, and illustrates the dissipation of our manpower and the needless waste of human and material resources vitally needed for victory. He urged the safe observance of the Independence Day holiday and enlistment in the total war on accidents as the patriotic duty of every citizen. He said with the future of our nation at stake, every business and industry should enlist in this campaign and every citizen should exercise increased vigilance and caution in daily work in the factories, farms, other locations and in leisure time activities over the Fourth of July holiday.

June 27, 1968

New shift is added to ore docks here

The flow of iron ore and pellets over the yards and docks of Two Harbors was hiked Monday by the addition of another shift on the ore docks and addition of at least one more special ore train to mines in the Biwabik-Aurora area.

The stepping up of shipments apparently was due largely to two factors. One was the threat of a strike by United Steel Workers now scheduled to start Aug. 1, when the present contract between the union and steel companies expires.

The immediate reason was that workers in the Canadian locks at Sault Ste. Marie have gone on strike. This altercation has prevented large ore carriers from carrying ore from Canadian ports.

During the shipping season so far the larger boats of the Pittsburgh fleet have been alternating trips to the head of the lakes and into the seaway route of Canada. These boats, as of now, will be used entirely on ore-carrying runs to the head of the lakes areas here and in Duluth.

Though the increased shipping will not mean a big surge in the working manpower on the focks or in the railroad yards, it is expected to result in a greater volume of vessels entering and leaving the port of Two Harbors.