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Lake County HRA News

The Lake County Housing and Redevelopment Authori­ty held their monthly meeting on May 8th to discuss ongo­ing work on projects in Two Harbors and Silver Bay.

There has been a need for plumbing work at Lakeview apartments. A crew from ASP Two Harbors was called in to clean out the main sewer line for the building and install a new line. Remodeling work is also being done including the installation of new dry­wall, electrical outlets and plumbing fixtures. Now that the weather is improving, outdoor projects will proceed including woodwork staining, fixing broken or missing sid­ing and installing and caulk­ing windows.

Grant applications for Sil­verpoint II in Silver Bay have been submitted to the Minne­sota Workforce Housing De­velopment Program (MWDP) and to Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation (IRRR). The grant writing process is extensive with both applica­tions needing over 20 support­ing documents. Stay tuned for further developments.

The Lake County Housing Trust Fund is looking robust. The Lake County Board con­tributed $2 million to the fund and a generous anonymous donor contributed $500. As of the end of last month, the bal­ance in the Trust Fund account was $2,337,789.00. These funds will go a long way to­ward helping finance needed housing in Lake County.

The Lake County HRA has additional plans in mind in­cluding identifying lots where single family homes can be built, working on a possible project in the Finland area and exploring a potential redevel­opment plan in Two Harbors.

Finally, two One Roof proj­ect houses are nearing com­pletion and should be on the market soon.

The next Lake County HRA meeting will be held on June 6th at 6:00.

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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