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Lake County Board of Commissioners Meeting; February 14, 2023

Capitol Days is an annual event that pro­vides local elected officials with the opportu­nity to meet with State legislators and to talk directly with their State counterparts about local needs and concerns. With the historic State budget surplus of $17.6 billion and with many new legislators at the State capitol, this event helps to educate legislators and edu­cate legislators and ensures that the collective voices of North Shore communities are heard in Saint Paul.

At the Lake County Board of Commission­ers meeting on February 14th, those com­missioners who were able to attend the event were optimistic about their time spent at the Capitol. They were able to have meaningful discussions with a number of State Legis­lators and a number of pieces of legislation were able to advocate for State assistance for the county. There are a number of bills work­ing their way through the legislature that, if passed, will increase financial support need­ed for Lake County projects.

The Board approved, among other items, the purchase of a utility trailer with a bi-fold ramp and a Mercury 60HP outboard motor for the Lake County Rescue Squad. Addi­tionally, the Board authorized special event permits for The Wolf Bikepacking Race and The Heck of the North Gravel Cycling Clas­sic. These events are scheduled for July 21st and September 30th of this year, respectively.

There will be a special election scheduled in the coming months to fill the vacant Coun­ty Commissioner seat for the First District. The exact date of this special election will be dependent on the number of prospective candidates that file for the position. Interest­ed residents of the First District should con­tact the Lake County Auditor for details and timelines on filing affidavits and petitions of candidacy. The Commissioners also ap­proved and authorized the Board Chair and the County Attorney to sign a grant contract between the State of Minnesota Department of Human Services and Lake County, acting as fiscal host for the Arrowhead Behavioral Health Initiative for mental health crisis re­sponse services through December of 2024.

Finally, a special election will need to be held in the coming months to fill the va­cant County Board seat from the First Dis­trict. Dates for the election are dependent on the number of candidates applying for the position. Residents interested in filing for candidacy should contact the Lake County Auditor’s office for proper forms and filing timelines.

Noticeably absent from the meeting was Commissioner Pete Walsh. Pete was a ded­icated public servant and advocate for the First District. He was elected to the County Board in 2012 and served on a number of committees. Some of his areas of interest and expertise were issues related to public safety and mental health. His presence on the Coun­ty Board will be missed.

The next Lake County Board of Commis­sioners meeting is scheduled for February.

The County Board will hold their next Ac­tion Meeting on February 28th 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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