Kiwanis, county to add amenities at Giant Pine

IRON MOUNTAIN — Water and bathrooms will be added to the Springer Haus building at the top of the Pine Mountain ski jump, enhancing the facility both for competitions and community events, Kiwanis Ski Club members say.

Dickinson County Board on Monday agreed to using $75,000 in American Rescue Plan funds to cover the cost.

Men’s World Cup ski jumping is scheduled Feb. 10-12 at Pine Mountain, according to the International Ski Federation. The Kiwanis last staged a World Cup event in 2000.

The 2022 Marshfield Clinic-Dickinson Continental Cup tournament drew 36 jumpers from seven nations, marking the debut of a $3 million renovation at Pine Mountain. The 2021 tournament was canceled due to pandemic restrictions.

The non-profit ski club has hosted world-class ski jumping tournaments at Pine Mountain since 1939.

Susie Fox, Kiwanis corresponding secretary, said the latest project will enable the club to rent out the Springer Haus for meetings and celebrations.

The revenue will help support maintenance and upgrades and potentially drive more tourism, she said.

Ski club representative Jim Petroff said estimates have been obtained from Kleiman Pump and Well Drilling of Iron Mountain and Dyer Inc. of Niagara, Wis., breaking down as $25,000 for well drilling and a pump system and $35,000 for a septic system. Toilets, sinks, faucets and other fixtures will be about $15,000.

ARP is a federal pandemic aid package authorized in March 2021. The county is receiving $4.9 million and has so far committed about $2 million. It has until the end of 2024 to obligate all of its funds.

In other action Monday, the board:

≤ Heard representatives from several volunteer fire departments and rescue squads request a share of ARP funding. “We have to be able to respond,” said Dan Simondsen, fire chief in Sagola Township. “Anything that we could get would be a big help.”

While noting that each of the seven townships in the county has been promised $100,000 of the county’s ARP share, the board agreed to consider further specific requests.

≤ Authorized Dickinson Trail Network to begin developing a non-motorized trail system on county land adjacent to Pine Mountain ski jump. About 2.25 miles of trails are planned for biking and hiking.

The board had committee discussions Thursday with DTN representatives but has yet to commit any funding.

≤ Approved a $10,000 appropriation from the county’s general fund to subsidize senior transportation services provided through the Dickinson-Iron Community Services Agency.

≤ Authorized a loan of $123,014 to the Dickinson County Fair Board to pay labor and materials for an upgrading of lights at Norway Speedway. A grant from WPPI Energy is expected to pay the bulk of the project, Commissioner John Degenaer Jr. said. Meanwhile, contractor G. Brooks Electric of Kingsford has completed the work and it may be some time before the grant comes through.


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