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Citizens Advisory Group to Form in Silver Bay

Civic engagement is an essen­tial part of a healthy, functioning democracy. To that end, a small group of residents is looking to provide opportunities for area cit­izens to gather and talk about com­munity concerns. Such gatherings will be nonpartisan in nature and are intended to give attendees a chance to have conversations in an open forum atmosphere about issues affecting Silver Bay and the surrounding area.

In an email to the North Shore Journal, Carolyn Hudyma wrote, “We are inviting all ages and hope to have broad representation re­flecting the makeup of Northern Minnesota residents. If there is interest, we plan to hold monthly meetings or quarterly gatherings in various locations, alternating between afternoon and evening meetings. Those attending will decide the structure and direction of establishing this citizen led organi­zation. Ideas and concerns will be shared with local, county and state leadership.” Some issues that have been expressed by those working to organize the group include afford­able and workforce housing, but the aim is to openly discuss any con­cerns or ideas that folks who show up bring to the table.

Creating opportunities for people to gather and share diverse per­spectives about community issues can increase citizen voice in local decision making, so let your voice be heard. The first organizational meeting of the Citizens Advisory Group will be held on Tuesday, April 9, at 12:00 PM in the North Shore Area Partners conference room in Silver Bay.

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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