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The Two Harbors City Council met Monday evening, Jan. 27 with all councilors present. The agenda included resolutions for the purchase of a new radar unit costing $2,467.50, and office chairs at a cost of $2,383, for the Two Harbors Police Department. The total, $4850.50, comes in $117.50 below the budgeted amount.

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The council also authorized the Two Harbors Housing and Redevelopment Authority to administer a mini- grant program that will make $500 available to 30 property owners for exterior home improvement projects. There is an application process, a pre and post-project inspection to ensure that the money is being utilized for its intended purpose, but few restrictions, said councilor George Scheidt. Any homeowner, regardless of income may apply. See next week’s Lake County News-Chronicle for more details.

Councilor Seth McDonald said that several events have been scheduled at the Richard B. Helgeson Airport, starting with the vintage snowmobile ride Feb. 8, part of the Two Harbors Winter Frolic. A fly-in movie and pancake breakfast are planned for separate dates in July, with a hangar dance to be held in August. The motion to approve the scheduled events passed unanimously.

Cheryl Sundstrom, who recently resigned from her position as chair of the Heritage Days committee, has reconsidered her decision and the council passed a motion to approve her request to use city facilities and in-kind services for the event. Heritage Days will take place July 10-13 this year. Councilor Robin Glaser urged the community to come forward to support Sundstrom by volunteering to give time, coordinate activities, write grants or raise funds. Direct donations for Heritage Days are also welcome.

“A handful of people can’t continue to put on this event,” she said, “Heritage Days takes a village.” Glaser introduced a motion to allow the city administrator to apply for a grant to help fund Heritage Days. The motion carried.

Plans for the Two Harbors Winter Frolic are being finalized. The event is just a week away. The council approved the request of Carmody 61 owner, Rick Boo, to serve food and liquor during the Snow Ball, a new addition to the Winter Frolic schedule this year. The Snow Ball will be held in a heated tent in downtown Two Harbors and feature music by local and regional bands, with an appearance by national recording artist, Jenny Campbell in the evening. Councilor Glaser asked who would be responsible for carding customers and providing security to prevent underage kids from consuming alcohol during the Snow Ball.

Council president Jerry Norberg said that alcohol would only be served to those with a wrist band, additional security has been hired and Two Harbors police will be on hand if problems arise. Still concerned about the City’s liability during the event, Glaser asked how the City would respond to any legal issues that could arise.

Norberg said that Carmody 61 has provided documentation of appropriate licensure and insurance for the event.

“It’s on them,” said Steve Overon, the city’s attorney, referring to Carmody.

Mayor Bolen closed the meeting by again acknowledging the work of the Lake County Sex Trafficking Task Force. Last week a community forum was held to increase awareness of the crime. Worldwide and throughout Minnesota, incidences of trafficking have shown a sharp increase in recent years and awareness efforts are important in addressing the issue. Norberg also attended the forum and said he was impressed with the panel of experts and the task force’s work.

“It was very powerful and it was well received,” he said, adding that he encourages the council and community members to attend future events and take advantage of opportunities to learn about what can be done to curb human trafficking.

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