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Lake County Veterans Memorial Associations Proposes A Memorial Project For Two Harbors

Two Harbors Committee Of The Whole & City Council Meeting ;May 22, 2023

Keith Larson of the Lake County Veterans Memorial Association presented a proposal for a Public Veterans Memorial to be built near the city’s waterfront. The primary pur­pose of the memorial is “to remember and honor all our Lake County military veterans who have served our country and the fami­lies who have supported them throughout the years”. Larson asked the council to consider donating or leasing the land near the site of the Edna G. for construction of the memorial. Bolton & Menk provided architectural ren­derings for the proposed memorial.

If approved, the Lake County Veterans Me­morial Association will start fundraising for the project.

The Memorial Association is a non-prof­it organization and Larson indicated that the city would not bear any expense for the construction of the memorial. The memori­al would include six granite stones for each branch of the service with appropriate service seals and service flags on 25 foot poles. There will be space for wreath laying ceremonies and an American flag will fly above the me­morial on a 35 foot pole. The memorial will make a nice gathering spot as the city consid­ers making other improvements to the water­front.

Former council member Miles Woodruff was appointed to the Edna G. Commission at Monday night’s council meeting. Woodruff served on the Edna G. Commission and on other committees during his eight year ten­ure as a council member. He will serve a four year term.

Good news from Saint Paul! The $11 mil­lion funding bill for the Highway 61 project has passed both the House and Senate and is headed to the Governor’s desk. Several council members noted the efforts of Senator Grant Hauschild and Representative Natalie Zeleznikar for pushing this bill.

Council authorized the purchase of a 2023 International CV515 truck with an 11 foot contractor dump body to replace a 1997 Chevy 1-ton truck. The new truck will cost around $96,000 and is available from a lo­cal dealer. This is good news for the Public Works Department as supply chain issues continue to impact the availability, by up to two years, of heavy duty equipment.

The Council also accepted two recommen­dations of the Finance and Budget Commit­tee authorizing monies for the 2023 Neigh­borhood Revitalization Mini-Grant program in the amount of $12,000 and $40,000 to the City Housing Redevelopment Authority.

Finally, the Council accepted a recommen­dation from the Utilities Committee to call a special meeting for the purpose of consid­ering a request by John Luepke, of Serene Quarters, for permission to connect gas, wa­ter and sewer lines to the property he is de­veloping on East Stanley Road. That meeting will be held on May 30th at 5:00 at City Hall.

The next regular City Council meeting is scheduled for June 12th 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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