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Reader's View: Two Harbors needs help to host tall ships

The cost to the city, where the liability rests, and the ability of Lake County to provide essential services are big issues, and rightly so.

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The move of the tall ship festival to Two Harbors certainly has created a lot of buzz. The cost to the city, where the liability rests, and the ability of Lake County to provide essential services are big issues, and rightly so (“I s tall ship festival too tall of an order for Two Harbors? The city tries to navigate planning, financial and safety concerns ,” Feb. 11).

In 1976, I was on the committee that brought the first tall ship in modern times to Duluth. It was the 240-foot fully rigged Norwegian ship, the Christian Radich. It was part of a parade of tall ships that took place in New York Harbor on July 4 to celebrate our country’s bicentennial. It later visited cities on the Great Lakes. It was estimated by what is now Visit Duluth that the ship attracted 45,000 people to Duluth. In an event wrap-up, it was noted that the comment from businesses along the I-35 corridor was, “What is going on in Duluth this weekend?!”

Two Harbors is going to need some public and private partners in the festival who understand the regional economic impact it will have and the value of the historical and educational message these ships will bring. Americans desperately need to reconnect with our history.

Paul von Goertz

Knife River

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The writer is the board chairman of the Knife River Heritage and Cultural Center.


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