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Lake County Board of Commissioners; November 28, 2023

Phil Arnold, of the Two Harbors HRA, was on hand at last week’s Lake County Board meeting to talk with the Commissioners about the trans­fer of tax forfeited county land, to the Two Har­bors HRA. The HRA is asking for what amounts to five parcels of land in Segog that will be used for construction of affordable, single-family homes. Additionally, Arnold spoke about a proposed apartment complex on adjacent land that hopefully, could have up to 48 affordable units.

When completed, these proposed projects will go a long way toward addressing the need for af­fordable housing in Two Harbors and will have the added benefit of getting the properties back on the tax rolls. While all the Commissioners support the HRA in their efforts to work toward solutions to the housing issue, several expressed a desire to have a better understanding of how the Lake County and Two Harbors HRAs can work together. Members of both the local HRAs acknowledge the importance of streamlining processes and working relationships and are working toward that end. The fact that these processes are not in place perhaps speaks to the fact that housing has been something of a neglect­ed issue for the last 20 years. The desire to see a clear process of collaboration among all the stakeholders is reasonable.

The Commissioners agreed to transfer the five parcels to the Two Harbors HRA. Some legal documents will need to be drafted and certain issues around needed infrastructure and funding will have to be clarified, but the Board’s decision helps keep the ball moving forward on af­fordable housing in the city.

Leo Babeu and Bruce Holmen of Communi­ty Radio Station KTWH spoke with the Board about an Emergency Alert System upgrade pack­age that they are required by the FCC to have in place in the near future. There are a number of components to this upgraded system that will help KTWH better be able to inform and update area residents of any number of emergency sit­uations including weather, fire and amber alerts. On behalf of the station, Babeu and Holmen re­quested $1,510 from the county to help acquire the needed equipment. The Board agreed to the request. Readers may remember that the staff at KTWH were recently hoping to transition to a full power station. Unfortunately, that plan has had to be shelved for the time being, but KTWH continues to strive to serve the needs of their listening and online audience. KTWH can be found at 99.5 on the FM dial and can be heard online at ktwh.org.

The next Lake County Board meeting will be held on December 12th at 2:00 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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