The landmark Two Harbors Honking Tree that was cut down by vandals in April will be cut again, but this time by a chainsaw artist who will turn it into a lighthouse that will stand 10 feet or even 20 feet high.
Those plans, unveiled by Mayor Randy Bolen at a Two Harbors Trees and Trails Commission meeting Thursday, should lay to rest any fears of what might have happened to it.
The carved lighthouse would stand on Seventh Avenue in Two Harbors, across the street from the Dairy Queen. It's a suitable place for the tree that used to stand alongside Highway 61, which runs right into the avenue.
Tom Gelineau, public works director for Two Harbors, recommended a concrete base for the project, surrounded by rocks.
The lighthouse project, along with smaller projects involving the Honking Tree, might be done for free.
"People have been extraordinarily gracious," Bolen said.
Bolen recently showed a prototype of a cross-section of a Honking Tree branch branded with a commemorative inscription. They are being sold at city hall as souvenirs and the money raised will go to various civic projects. One possible project is planting new trees in the community.