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Lake County Board of Commissioners; May 9, 2023

Land Commissioner Nate Eide presented a report on the state of land and timber re­sources in Lake County for 2022. The goal of the Land Commission is to protect, develop and manage Lake County’s land and timber resources to best meet the needs of county residents.

The day to day work of the Land Com­mission includes managing timber sales, re­pairing roads and trails that have been dam­aged by floods, maintaining moose habitat by planting the kinds of foliage that moose like to eat, removing dead trees and planting new ones and dealing with invasive insects like bugworm and spongy moths, which can easily decimate forested areas if not kept in check. Eide pointed out that timber sales in Lake County are not as profitable as those of some of our neighboring counties due to the difference in climate and soil conditions.

The Split Rock Trail is open and getting used and the Land Commission will be work­ing to get the trail connected to Beaver Bay. Moving forward, Eide and his staff will be working to update a forestry plan that relies on tree sales over land sales and the Rock Splitter Mountain Bike Race is scheduled for the 22nd – 23rd of July.

Two residents who live in Unorganized Territory #2 appeared before the Board to express their concern over short term vaca­tion rental properties. There are apparently inadequate ordinances regarding density of STVRs along the lakefront and the petition­ers asked that the Board consider requiring a quarter of a mile distance between vacation rentals and residential properties. Additional­ly, concerns were raised about special events requests at STVRs. Such requests can result in noisy gatherings and nuisance behavior that can disrupt the lives of permanent resi­dents. The trend nationally is that municipal­ities are banning special events permits for STVRs in the interest of protecting the sanity of permanent residents who live near them. The Board is considering STVR density and agreed to continue discussing the issue.

The next Board of Commissioners action meeting is scheduled for May 23rd at 2:00.

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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