State briefs: Duluth City Council considering punishing trail wreckers

  • Updated: August 30, 2014 - 6:41 PM


Council considering punishing trail wreckers

Cars and ATVs can rutt up mountain biking trails. Horses can make a mess clomping on hiking trails. Bikes can damage cross-country ski trails.

As hundreds of thousands of dollars are poured into expanding Duluth’s extensive trail system, the City Council is considering how to make sure the trails stay in good shape for their intended uses.

With that in mind, council member Emily Larson is proposing an educational campaign to inform new trail users, along with some kind of fine for the small percentage of people who intentionally use trails inappropriately and damage them.

“It’s frustrating to users because trails have to be closed,” she said. “There’s also a very real cost to repairing the trails.”

The measure came up at Monday’s City Council meeting, but was tabled until officials can work out more details, Larson said.

“Everybody wants their trail and we want everyone to have their trail system that works for them,” she said.

Pam Louwagie @pamlouwagie


Speakeasy opens to the public

An antique mall in the small Iron Range town of Bovey is opening a basement room and tunnel from Prohibition-era days as a “speakeasy” event space for rent to the public.

Officially opened with a party Friday night, the room is decorated with old-fashioned light bulbs, whiskey jugs and barrels. The attached tunnel is a cement structure about 7 feet wide that leads under an alley and once connected to a blacksmith shop.

Organizers had planned to create the speakeasy for a re-enactment event, but decided it turned out too well to be temporary.

“We’re keeping it open indefinitely,” said an excited Ann Killian, who owns Annabellas Antique Mall along with her husband. “People will want to see this tunnel.”

Pam Louwagie @pamlouwagie

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