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Highway 61 and Liquor Store Projects on Two Harbors City Council Agenda

This past Monday night, the Two Harbors City Council voted on a resolution providing Municipal Consent for the MNDOT High­way 61 Corridor Project. Construction on the project is scheduled to start in 2027. This issue was before the Council once again as the design team prepared for the final design stage prior to construction. Councilor Cathy Erickson asked for clarification on financing for the project. Readers will likely remember that $11,000,000 has been secured for con­struction. City Engineer Joe Rhein remind­ed the Council that the city will be covering the cost of the public utilities. Those funds have been included in the city’s Capital Im­provement Plan. The Council has until Feb­ruary to work with MNDOT on the remain­ing details that need to be ironed out for the project to move forward. Also on Monday’s agenda was the contract decision for building the new Municipal Liquor Store. The Coun­cil voted unanimously to have Rochon Con­struction build that project.

Cheryl Sundstrom spoke with the Council about the upcoming Heritage Days Street Dance. Working in conjunction with Lovin Lake County, Sundstrom has secured the Bellamy Brothers for the event. The Brothers have had a career that has spanned over 40 years and has garnered a string of hit songs including Let Your Love Flow and If I Said You Have A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me. Heritage Days 2024 is sched­uled for July 11th through 14th and will in­clude live music, arts & crafts, local food purveyors, and two parades. Stay tuned for more information.

City Council and Library Board mem­ber Uriah Hefter, informed the Council of the recent purchase of a set of emergency slings that are now available for use at the Two Harbors Public Library. The slings will allow library staff to move patrons who are wheelchair-bound to safety in the event of an emergency or if the elevator is not working. Hefter said that the slings will be available to the police and fire departments for their use as well. Library staff have seen a 50% increase in people using the library over the past year and have expanded the selection of large print books that are available.

There will be a joint meeting of the Lake County and Two Harbors Housing and Rede­velopment Authorities (HRAs) on January 18th. The purpose of the meeting is so that both en­tities can discuss various issues related to the need for affordable housing in the area and can collaborate on addressing those needs.

The City Council has been working with the Rural Coastal Projects Initiative (RCPI) regarding a couple of potential projects along the city’s waterfront. The two projects be­ing considered were the removal of the derelict coal docks at Agate Bay and addressing the erosion problem along Burlington Bay. The RCPI has asked the Council for a decision on which project is a priority for the city. The Council voted to focus on coal dock remov­al. This decision will support the work being done by folks from the Edna G Commission, the Veterans Memorial, and residents who are involved with the Citizens Institute on Rural Design as they collectively work on revamp­ing Van Hoven Park.

Finally, Robin Glaser was elected Coun­cil President for 2024 and Ben Redden was elected Council Vice President.

The Next Two Harbors Council meeting is scheduled for January 22nd at 6:00 p.m.

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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