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2023 Lake County’s Breakfast For Heroes

About 230 people turned out to honor Lake County First Responders this past Tuesday. The Breakfast For Heroes was held at the Amer­ican Legion Hall in Two Harbors and was orchestrated by the Lake County Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by businesses from across Lake County.

First responders from the Two Harbors Police and Fire Departments, the Lake County Sheriff’s Depart­ment, Lake County EMS and Search and Rescue personnel, the Brimson and Finland Fire Departments, the State Patrol and other local agencies were on hand to receive the thanks from citizens and several City and County officials.

Speakers included Roger Reinert of the U.S. Navy, Lake County Commission­er Rich Sve, Mayors Wade LeBlanc (Silver Bay) and Lew Conner (Two Harbors) and Rachel Loeffler-Kemp, representing Senator Amy Klobuchar.

The speakers centered on the importance of public ser­vice and the essential nature of the mission of those who serve their communities as first responders.

About 15 minutes into the presentations, beepers started going off and various depart­ments, including linemen from the Power Company, exited the room to respond to an emergency. Such are the demands of the work that our first responders do. When the call comes, they drop what they’re doing and rush out to help.

Lake County is fortunate to have so many dedicated folks whose mission is to serve the public, whether it be as law enforcement officers, firefighters, ambulance crew members, utility workers or city and county administra­tors. Their dedication and ef­forts help make Lake County a great place to live. Thank you to all the first re­sponders in our communities.

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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