Dec. 25, 1969

Major events loom in the city

With the imminent observance of Christmas and the looming celebration of the New Year of 1970 occupying virtually the entire attention of residents of the area this week, thoughts of business leaders and others already were turning to prospects for the future of the area.

January already looms as a busy time in the field of future development in the city of Two Harbors.

One of the major events will be an “open house” observance during the month for the new low cost housing development Bayview Terrace Apartments, during which residents of the area will be given their first official opportunity to inspect the structure, completed late in the fall.

Another major event will be the annual meeting of the Two Harbors Industrial Council later in the month, at which a clearer picture of the city’s industrial outlook potential is expected to be presented to members.

An up-to-date fiscal picture of the city as it stands at present will emerge soon after the first of the year when presidents of the two banks in the county seat present their annual statements to their stockholders.

Another major issue looming during February will be a vote on a bond issue totaling more than $2 million. The board of education is asking to finance school improvements which will include, if the voters favor the issue, construction of a new “middle school,” plus reconstruction work at the existing elementary schools in Two Harbors and the Campton Elementary School in Silver Bay.

BWCA drilling plan opposed

A New York businessman recently declared his intention to begin mineral exploration using heavy equipment in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of the Superior National Forest.

The businessmen, George St. Clair, made his intentions to start diamond drilling in the BWCA known to the U.S. Forest Service officials at Duluth.

Craig Rupp, Superior National Forest supervisor, noted at a press conference here that the mineral rights inside the BWCA, which are involved in St. Clair’s plans, are private rights. Under the Constitution, he said, the government cannot take those rights without just compensation.

Rupp noted that under the Multiple Use-Sustained Yield Act the Forest Services encourages the development of minerals where the conflict of other resource uses and activities can be resolved.

“Inside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area,” he said, “it is not possible to resolve that conflict. The Forest Service does not think it would be of the best interest of the American public to mine inside the BWCA, a unit of the National Wilderness Preservation System.”

In order to permanently solve the problem, he said, a way must be found to purchase those private mineral rights with the fullest cooperation of the Forest Service, the mining industry and concerned conservation groups.