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Water line bursts at costly Two Harbors campground bathhouse

Ice runs down the walls of the bathhouse at Burlington Bay Campground in Two Harbors, after a water leak in the building. (Jimmy Lovrien / Lake County News-Chronicle)

A water line has leaked at the new, nearly $1 million Burlington Bay Campground bathhouse complex in Two Harbors.

Sometime late last week, a thick layer of ice covered the sidewalk that wraps around and passes through the complex, between the bathhouse and the office. Ice also formed on windows, doors and exterior walls. A broken ceiling tile and rubble were visible through a window on the laundry room door.

City Administrator Dan Walker confirmed to the Lake County News-Chronicle that there had been a leak, but did not answer additional questions because of the city's ongoing investigation into the cause of the leak and the extent of the damage.

The Burlington Bay Campground bathhouse, which opened last year, was originally budgeted for $400,000. When the bids to build the bathhouse were submitted in March 2016, the lowest bid was $868,600.

Located next to the Two Harbors Chamber of Commerce building, the bathhouse serves the new RV campground.

In December, the Two Harbors City Council approved the 2018 budget, which includes $250,000 for another new bathhouse in the far north corner of the campground. The building is budgeted for the campground fund. The current bathhouse on that end of the campground sustained fire damage in October.

Jimmy Lovrien

Jimmy Lovrien is a reporter for the Duluth News Tribune. He spent the summer of 2015 as an intern for the Duluth News Tribune and was hired full time in October 2017 as a reporter for the Weekly Observer. He also reported for the Lake County News-Chronicle in 2017-18. Lovrien grew up in Alexandria, Minn., but moved to Duluth in 2013 to attend The College of St. Scholastica. Lovrien graduated from St. Scholastica in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in English and history. He also spent a summer studying journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.

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