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No more deer feeding in Two Harbors
Two Harbors Minnesota 109 Waterfront Dr. 55616

Starting 30 days from Monday, you will no longer be able to feed deer in Two Harbors.

The City Council passed a resolution Monday officially declaring the deer-feeding ban because of the city's overpopulation of deer.

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City Councilperson Chris Swanson said there will be no exceptions to the rule, even though some had asked for it. At a recent council meeting, Mel Sando, administrator of the Lake County Historical Society, asked the City Council to consider an exception for the Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast, which feeds deer as a service to its guests.

The council declined, citing safety issues with the deer population.

Mayor Randy Bolen has said timber wolves are more prevalent in the area because of the high population of deer.

City Attorney Steve Overom expects the initial fine for deer-feeding will be $100, depending on how a judge sets the penalties, with a maximum of $1,000 after numerous violations.

The city is also looking at a citywide bow hunt, possibly for next hunting season.

Some possible locations for the hunt would be north of the golf course and the Pamida and Harbor Hills areas. Hunting zones were also considered near the Homewood Addition at 20th Avenue and Heritage Creek.

Band concerts

The City Council approved being the fiscal agent for Arts on Superior, which is trying to have concerts on Friday nights in the summer at the band shell in Thomas Owens Park. The concerts would feature an array of local artists. Having the council as fiscal agent could help the group attract grants for the project.

Fire truck

The Two Harbors Fire Department is looking at purchasing a new fire truck. One of the trucks it currently has is inadequate for reaching taller buildings, said Fire Chief Mark Schlangen.

The grant to buy a new truck would be for $850,000, with a 5 percent match split between the city of Two Harbors and other entities such as Silver Creek and Lake County. Two Harbors' share of the 5 percent match would be about $21,500.

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