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Two Harbors Council Considers the Edna G, Direction for the City’s HRA, and Support for Agate Bay Waterfront Project

Tom Koehler, representative of the Edna G Commission went before the Two Harbors City Council on Monday night to express concern over the lack of forward movement in getting the historic tug moved onto land from its berth in the harbor. The Friends of the Edna G are working to raise money for asbestos abatement and other restorative work for the tug, but they need to hear from the Council on costs and time frames for hauling the tug out of the water. Koehler briefly shared some ideas for where the tug could be placed to make it more visible to tour­ists. He also had some ideas on how the tug could be dis­played to the public. No ac­tion was expected or taken at Monday’s meeting, but the Council is considering next steps for the Edna G.

The City of Two Harbors is in the process of seeking grant funding for the proposed airport terminal building. At Monday night’s Council meeting, two resolutions were brought forward regarding accepting an agreement to have Santec, out of Duluth, contract for the design of the new terminal. Santec will also sub­mit an estimate for building the terminal. Both resolutions were passed.

In other new business, the Council acknowledged that the Two Harbors Housing and Redevelopment Author­ity’s (HRA) primary focus will continue to be the man­agement and maintenance of Bayview Terrace. The Two Harbors HRA will adopt oth­er roles related to housing, planning and development within the city under the di­rection of the City Council and City Administration. The Council also authorized a col­laborative effort with Lake County Soil and Water to submit a project worksheet to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Initiative for Resil­ient Great Lakes Coasts, for consideration of engineering and design support for the Ag­ate Bay Waterfront.

Steve Hedin and Mitch Ek­strom will each be retiring from the Public Works and Water Departments, respec­tively. The Council expressed appreciation to both for their service to the community and wished them well in their re­tirements. Jon Glass has been appointed to the Edna G Com­mission on the recommenda­tion from other commission members.

The Burlington Bay Camp­ground opens on May 10th and there is a need for sum­mer staff there. Thomas the Train is returning to Two Har­bors again this summer and 12,000 tickets are expected to be sold for the event.

Finally, the Council has decid­ed to move the start time for City Council meetings from 6:00 to 5:30. The Committee of the Whole meetings will continue to be held at 5:00, prior to the start of Council meetings.

The next council meeting will be held on May 6th at 5:30.

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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