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Tower-Soudan Historical Society's Annual Meeting

The information below was provided by TSHS.

Get “FIRED UP” about Tower’s Historic Fire Hall!!

The annual dinner meeting of the Society will be held at the Tower Civic

Center on Tuesday, September 18, 2018. Social time starts at 5:00 PM;

silent auction items will be available for bid. Our presentation and

guest speakers starting at 5:30. This year’s meeting will focus on

Tower’s historic fire hall, which the Society purchased in 2015. Tower’s

fire hall is the oldest historic public building north of Duluth! The

theme of this year’s meeting, which is free and open to the public, is

“Historic Fire Hall Restoration, Our History and our Future”. There will

be a power point tour of the fire hall, highlighting historic photos,

existing conditions, and future restoration plans. Presenters will be

historian Leone Graf and grant writer Nancy Larson.

Leone Graf has a MA degree in Historic Preservation and a BS in

construction, as well as extensive hands-on work experience. She has a

background in historic restoration and restoration construction, has

managed projects for other registered buildings and national landmarks,

and is meticulous in applying her expertise and historic restoration

methods in projects. She is very knowledgeable about historical

characteristics and has conducted an assessment on building conditions of

the historic Tower Depot-Museum (formerly the Tower Passenger Station), as

well as a feasibility study of the historic fire hall in Tower. She has

experience as a curator with Savannah Georgia's Coastal Heritage Society

and their two national landmark facilities. Currently she serves as

president of the St. Louis County Historical Society.

Nancy Larson is a citizen volunteer and Vice-President of the Tower-Soudan

Historical Society. She has over 30 years of community and economic

development experience. She directed the St. Louis County Community

Development and Housing activities for 16 years and facilitated the

development of several housing projects in northern Minnesota. She was

instrumental in establishing and managing the St. Louis County Housing and

Redevelopment Authority for 15 years. Currently she is the CEO of

Community Coaching Inc, a planning and development and health/wellness

corporation in Minnesota. She assists nonprofit organizations and

communities in planning and creating projects, and develops grant

applications to secure financing. Nancy grew up in Tower and has many

memories of the Tower fire hall when it served as Tower's Recreation

building. She travels each winter and lives in Soudan and on Lake

Vermilion's Ely Island in the summer.

Dinner will be served at approximately 6:30 PM and features a champagne

chicken and beef au jus buffet catered by Chef Marko Stefanich. There is

a $15 cost (payable that evening) for the dinner, which is open to all.

Dinner reservations are required and must be made in advance; please call

TSHS at 218 753-5021 by Monday, September 10, and leave a message with

your name, phone contact, and number of attendees.

Immediately following dinner, members of the Historical Society will hold

their annual meeting with a summary of the year’s activities, election of

board members, and voting on a Bylaws amendment. See next page for Bylaws


TSHS membership dues for 2019 will be accepted at the annual meeting. A

single membership is $10.00, and a family membership is $20.00.

Additional note:

Bylaws Amendment:

One proposed Bylaws amendment has been filed with secretary Linda Folstad.

The amendment will eliminate mandatory limits on the number of

consecutive terms Board Directors may serve. The amendment will remove

the last sentence from the following Bylaw:


G. The directors shall be elected at the annual meeting by the membership

for three-year terms except that directors may be elected for terms of one

(1) or two (2) years when necessary to bring about the expiration of

one-third of the directors each year. Directors shall hold office until

their successors have been elected. In the event of a vacancy arising in

any office, it may be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term

through selection by the Board. No person should be elected a director of

the Society for more than two (2) full consecutive terms, but any person

who has served two (2) consecutive terms may again be elected as a

director after a lapse of one (1) year.

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