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Lake County Board of Commissioners Meeting; April 25, 2023

Brandon Caltrider, of Lake County En­vironmental Services, presented a plan by Environmental Services to conduct a survey of septic systems in the Lake County North Watershed’s Tier-1 areas. Tier-1 encompass­es an area from Knife River to the Beaver River. The survey is designed to address water quality concerns in the entire water­shed. There are properties with abandoned septic systems, as well as properties with old systems that were installed prior to 1973 and prior to the existence of zoning rules for such systems. These systems are likely to be substandard and, according to research data, have a 70% chance of failure which poses a clear threat to both well water and ground­water. Lake County Environmental Services is looking to work with property owners by offering a free septic system inspection. Ad­ditionally, LCES is seeking funding options to help offset the cost of needed repairs and replacement. Caltrider’s presentation was a first step letting the Board of Commissioners know about the issue, talk about the data and consider the scope of the work ahead.

In other business, the Board authorized the purchase of 4 radios to replace the outdated ones that are currently in the department’s squads. The updated radio systems will be installed as new vehicles are purchased for the department. The Board also authorized payment to Central Square Technologies for annual maintenance for the County’s 911 sys­tem.

The Board approved the appointment of Marlys Wisch to serve as Chair of the Lake County Health and Human Services Advi­sory Committee. Wisch’s term will run until December 31st of this year. Kay Shells was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Lake Coun­ty Extension Committee. Her term will be ef­fective through December of 2025.

County Board Chair Rich Sve will be meeting with Senator Grant Hauschild to talk further about funding for the Highway 61 Project. The funding shortfall remains an unresolved issue but both County and City personnel are working to find solutions. The next County Board Action Meeting is scheduled for May 9th from 2 to 4 PM.

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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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