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Two Harbors City Council Meeting; January 23, 2023

On Monday night, the Two Harbors City Council heard a presentation on the design for the proposed Two Harbors Municipal Liquor Store. Erik Wedge and Carlie Kemp, from DSGW Architecture in Duluth were on hand with architectural renderings to show the Council what the proposed liquor store will look like from both an interior and exterior perspective. The design plans include an ample parking lot with space for vehicles with boat trailers. The store will accommodate a large selection of cold beverages, wines and spirits and will feature high windows to allow natural light into the retail space. When completed, the store will be situated to the south of Culvers and the Holiday Station ,near the intersection of 7th Avenue and Highway 61. Wedge indicated that there will need to be some wetland mitigation work done on the site to get the area ready for construction.

The Council also heard a presentation on the proposed work to upgrade the Water / Wastewater Treatment Plant. The current facility is over 50 years old and some components of the plant are no longer up to code. The proposed improvement project will modernize the plant and bring the facility in line with current codes. The estimated cost for the project is $7.7 million. The city has received a $4 million grant for this work with the possibility of access to an additional $1 million. The Council approved the proposal for the project at Monday night’s meeting.

The public can view renderings and descriptions for both the Municipal Liquor Store and the Water Treatment Improvements by visiting the Cities web page and clicking on the Council’s Agenda link.

Joe Rhein from Bolton & Menk provided a brief update on the Odegard Park Trail Project. The City has secured a $100,000 grant for the trail extension and Lake County has applied for a grant of $300,000 to put toward the project. The projected cost to the city is $500,000 which, when all is said and done, will bring the total cost in line with the City’s Capital Improvement Plan. Moving forward, the plan is that the work on the Odegard Trail Project will be done this coming summer.

The City is looking to hire a new City Administrator and has six candidates to interview. The interviewing process is scheduled for February 4th.

The Mayor and City Clerk were authorized to execute a Memorandum of Understanding between the city of Two Harbors, the Cities of Silver Bay and Beaver Bay and the entity that provides Fire Department Service for Finland. This will allow for a grant application for the purchase of self-contained breathing apparatus.

The Council also authorized the purchase of two pickup trucks, one for the Sewer Collection Department and the other for the Gas Distribution Department. The trucks will be acquired through the State Bid Program.

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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