City council agrees to proceed with land sale for zip line project

Following a closed session at the end of the Grand Marais City Council meeting on Wednesday, April 25 the council voted to enter into a purchase agreement with Matt Geretschlaeger for approximately 20 acres of city-owned land on the Gunflint Trail near the water tower. Geretschlaeger, who plans to build a zip line on the property this summer, agreed to the $75,000 asking price and asked that the purchase process be expedited. To do so, the council reconvened April 30 to finalize the deal, which was done with a unanimous vote (Councilor Jan Sivertson was absent).
The purchase price was established through an appraisal by Ramsland & Vigen Inc. of Duluth.
According to information presented by Geretschlaeger, the “Sawtooth Mountain Indurance Course” will be built by Geronimo Construction of Biwabik and will include a 2,500-square-foot lodge, a 1,000-foot driveway, two access trails, one launch deck platform and two 35-foot towers. The deck will be visible from town as it is located in a natural clearing, but the towers will not. The lodge building will be visible from the Gunflint Trail. The course will not be illuminated.
Geretschlaeger has said the operation will be open about 100 days per year and create 23 new jobs.