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Apostle Islands get another $2 million to restore eight lighthouses

The Apostle Islands near Bayfield are getting another $2 million to help restore eight lighthouses which date back to the 19th century.

Congress approved the new funding last week, after $5 million were allocated this summer.

But officials say the total amount might not cover half of what's needed to restore the lighthouses which have been exposed to 150 years of strong winds and bitter cold winters on Lake Superior.

Jim Nepstad, the planning chief for the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, says the towers have needed work for a long time. Islands historian Bob Mackreth says the lighthouses are among the most diverse in the country.

They're made up of steel, wood, stone, brick and cast iron.

Washburn says some of the structures date back to the Civil War and they preserve the region's history.