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ASHLAND - For people living in Ashland the Ore Dock holds more than just memories.
It's the icon of what the entire city stands for.
Tuesday evening lifelong residents finally got the chance to throw out their fishing lines and soak up the views of Lake Superior on the historic ore dock.
"Walleye, bass, northern, steel head," listed lifelong Ashland resident John Osness.
It's been over a decade since Osness has been able to toss out a line at his favorite spot.
"I started out here when I was about nine all the way up well - when you got to go to work and make a living after high school,” Osness laughed. “Many good years out here."
For one night only Osness, along with hundreds of Ashland natives got the chance to relive their teenage years by getting back out on the 98 year old ore dock.
"You could never come out here for quite a few years,” said Ashland’s Jack Hultman. “It's nice to come out here to see what it looks like again."
After years of battling the railroad, it was in June when the city finally gained ownership of the dock base.
Since then officials have been working around the clock to get it open for public access.
"It's a culmination of a lot of planning, a lot of hard work, a lot of worrying, but we got it done," said Ashland’s Mayor Deb Lewis.
The mayor explained the Dock n’ Brats event is a chance for locals to imagine what the dock could become.
"It gives us a glimpse of what's going to be possible," Lewis smiled.
While Osness just wants a place to bait his hook, cast a line, and relax; the rest of the Ashland is dreaming of making their own memories on the new and improved ore dock.
"We could all enjoy it together I guess,” Osness said. “Great place."
The steel gates outside the ore dock are still standing.
The city is still trying to figure out who will manage the dock, and what hours the gates will be open.
The last section of the dock with the ‘diamonds’ will remain closed until the city can make it safe for the public.
The city is taking public comments now through September 5.
You can drop off comments at City Hall, the Vaughn Library, Ashland Chamber of Commerce, the Bretting Center and various retail locations.
You can also submit an online comment by clicking here.
When all comments are collected the Ashland City Council will consider them and start making a plan.