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Two Harbors Council Calls Special Meeting To Discuss Waterfront Development

Members of the Two Harbors City Council gathered on Monday night to talk about the devel­opment of the waterfront along Agate Bay and in Paul Van Hoven Park. There are a number of stakeholders with an interest in this develop­ment including Friends of the Waterfront, the Lake County Veterans Memorial Committee, the Chamber of Commerce, the Edna G. Com­mission, the Lake County Historical Society and others. The purpose of the meeting was to identify tasks that the Council will need to co­ordinate so that the various parties and projects can fit together in a collaborative manner.

Mayor Lew Conner presented an overview of current waterfront activities and laid out a task list for Council members to consider and add to as they think through all of the administrative and organizational pieces that will need to go together as the work moves forward.

Readers may remember that The Resilient Coastal Projects Initiative (RCPI) selected Two Harbors as one of eight cities that would re­ceive help with design and implementation for a revitalized waterfront. One of the supports that RCPI offers is to help municipalities build partnerships with technical consultants and local visionaries to bring plans for revitaliza­tion to fruition. In addition, RCPI helps secure funding sources through money provided by the Inflation Reduction Act and the Infrastruc­ture Investment and Jobs Act.

Earlier this year, the Council decided that the re­moval of the dilapidated coal dock was a prior­ity in the revitalization plan. A lot of effort by a good number of people has gone into planning for other aspects of the overall project, includ­ing designing and raising funds for the Veterans Memorial, working toward moving the Edna G to dry land, surveying the public for input on revitalizing and expanding Van Hoven Park and a number of other related activities.

While there is still much work that needs to be done, it is exciting to see the forward move­ment, by both the Council and a large num­ber of local citizens who are working to make the Two Harbors waterfront a show piece for the community.

Rick Evans
Rick Evans
My wife, Marsha Kinzer (a proud DEHS Greyhound, class of ‘77) introduced me to the North Shore on vacation in 2012. It became our regular escape when the stress of our careers in education became overwhelming, and it didn’t take me long to fall in love with the breathtaking scenery, the nice people, and “salad” containing Jell-o and marshmallows. So you can either blame or thank my loving wife for my being here, because when we needed to choose a retirement hometown, Marsha advocated hard for her beloved Duluth, and here we are, six months later. Yes, this will be my first northern Minnesota winter. Yes, I welcome thoughts and prayers. Government, public policy, and social justice weighed heavily in the curriculums I taught at the high school level over a thirty-eight year career. In addition, we were a laboratory school focused on critical thinking in conjunction with technical and scientific writing. So when I found myself adrift on the great ocean of retirement and spied a raft, I jumped at the chance to take up what I’d left behind…minus the bad teachers’ lounge coffee. My position at the NSJ allows me to combine my passions for government and writing, and it’s helping me to feel less out of touch in new surroundings. When I’m not being “Cubby” (Marsha’s favorite new nickname for this green reporter) I enjoy pointing at eagles and saying, “Look, honey. There’s an eagle.” I’ve had an active side hustle as a professional musician for almost as many years as Charlie Parr. As a guitarist/singer/songwriter, I graced the stages of clubs and festivals around southern Wisconsin, including an appearance on A Prairie Home Companion. Should I even mention A Prairie Home Companion, or am I the only one here old enough to remember what that is? Look! An eagle!
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