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Two Harbors Council Receives Updates On A Number Of City Projects

Upcoming city improve­ment projects dominated Monday night’s Two Har­bors City Council meeting. Joe Rhein of Bolton & Menk informed the Council that the bidding process for the 2024/25 street improve­ment project would begin this week. Construction should begin in May and council members discussed setting up neighborhood meetings so residents who are receiving new sewer and water utilities can learn about logistics and ask questions about what they can expect when construc­tion starts. Stay tuned to the Northshore Journal in the future for more information on this as no dates for those meetings have yet been set.

A groundbreaking cere­mony for the new Liquor Store is being planned for the first week of April. Res­idents may have noticed that contractors have begun to haul in sand and other materials to the site. The “shortcut” entry into Cul­vers off of Highway 61 is being closed, but folks are still being “welcomed to de­licious” via the 7th Avenue entrance. WSB Engineer­ing, out of Duluth, has been awarded the Construction Testing contract for the Li­quor Store site.

Acting on the recommen­dation of the Public Works Committee, the Council voted to approve the remov­al of the parking lane on 8th Street from 13th Avenue to 16th Avenue. Lake County will do the work. Residents along 8th Street had voiced concern about the close proximity of the Odegard Trail to their properties. Re­moval of the parking lane should alleviate their con­cern.

Jolene Brink spoke with the Council about submit­ting an application to the Empowering Small Minne­sota Communities Program to add to the resources that folks who are working on development of the wa­terfront have at their dis­posal. ESMC is a program that was established by the State Legislature in 2023 to support small Minnesota communities and local gov­ernment units with the added capacity to develop resil­ient, sustainable, and adapt­able infrastructure projects. There is no cost to the city for this support and it will allow Friends of the Water­front and the Rural Design team to access resources from the University of Min­nesota as they continue to plan for development of the waterfront.

The One Roof organiza­tion has two houses that are about ready to go on the market in Two Harbors. One Roof is also planning on de­veloping other properties in the city. City Administrator Patricia Nordean mentioned that talks have begun with the owners of the John A. Johnson property and that she believes that a plan to get housing on that site will be in the works soon.

The Council approved the appointment of Mary Mc­Gilligan and Ashley Sibik to the Public Arts Council.

The next Two Harbors Council meeting will be held on March 25th at 6:00 PM.

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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