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Silver Bay City Council Meeting; January 17, 2023.

Mayor Wade LeBlanc and Councilors Richard DeRosier and Shane Hoff were sworn into their respective positions at the City Council meeting, held on January 17th. New Police Officer Sam Lakey also took the oath of office and will be working for the Silver Bay Police Department on a part time basis.

In other business, the Council heard a brief presentation asking that the city help spread awareness about the importance that the Special Olympics has played in the lives of area young people. The Lake Superior Lakers have competed in bowling competitions in the past and there is talk of adding track and field and powerlifting events in the future.

A Polar Plunge fundraiser for Special Olympics will be held in Duluth on Saturday, February 18th at Park Point. The theme for this event is “Freezin’ For A Reason!” Anyone interested in registering a team to take the plunge should be on site at 10:00. Plungers will be hitting the water at noon. Special Olympics Minnesota is also seeking funds to help support area athletes and cheerleaders.

The public should be aware that an Air Force training exercise will be taking place in the city of Silver Bay in mid February. Residents can expect to see personnel with military equipment in the city for this event. A date for the exercise was not given, but residents are encouraged to contact the Chief of Police if they have any questions.

Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy Dietz and K9 Arrow were involved in the apprehension of a burglary suspect in an incident on January 14th. Deputy Dietz and Arrow received a commendation and thanks from the City Council for their fine work resolving the burglary.

Mayor LeBlanc was in Saint Paul recently to testify before the Legislature on behalf of employees of North Shore Mining. The Mayor and other elected officials are pushing the Legislature to extend unemployment benefits for those who have been idled due to the closing of mining operations.

The next City Council meeting is scheduled for February 6th at 7:00 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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