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North Shore fundraiser planned for Honking Tree landmark, cut down by vandals

Two Harbors residents, and others who frequent the North Shore of Lake Superior, have lamented the loss of the landmark Honking Tree, a towering white pine on Hwy.

Two Harbors residents, and others who frequent the North Shore of Lake Superior, have lamented the loss of the landmark Honking Tree, a towering white pine on Hwy. 61 that was felled by vandals in April.

Residents used to honk when they passed the tree, symbolizing a safe return home from Duluth and points south.

Now the Black Woods Bar & Grille in Two Harbors — whose logo includes an image of the tree — is raising money with a spaghetti dinner to help pay for some kind of memorial,says the Lake County News-Chronicle. Residents have talked about preserving the trunk or planting another tree.

The restaurant will donate $3 to the Honking Tree Fund for every spaghetti meal sold from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday.

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Donations to the Honking Tree Fund can also be made directly to The Lake Bank, 613 First Ave., Two Harbors, MN 55616.