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Silver Bay City Council; July 3, 2023

The other day, a person drove down my street in a vehicle that was both annoyingly loud and beautifully appointed. You could hear him coming from five blocks away and when he rounded the corner the source of the rumble was a beautifully rebuilt automobile, probably from the early 70s. It had a gorgeous electric blue finish and a shiny chrome plat­ed carburetor peeking through the hood. I am not a car guy (hence, I didn’t notice what type of car it was) but I must admit that the car was something of a work of art. Car culture is a global phenomenon dedicated to the love of cars based on their beauty, functionality, and innovative design.

Perhaps a new feature to the car culture phenomenon is coming to Silver Bay this summer. ArtCar will be staged at the Black Beach Mini Golf Course and will feature the work of artists who use cars as background for their creative work. Phil Huston was on hand at this week’s City Council meeting to talk about the event. Huston said he expects between 10 and 12 cars, decorated by Min­nesota artists, to be at the event. The ArtCars will be on display from 11 to 5 on August 19th.

The annual Bay Days celebration is being held from July 7th through the 9th. In addi­tion to the regular features like food vendors, the Bay to Bay Run, Bean Bag Tournament, Classic Car Show, Parade, live music and Fireworks, this year’s festivities will have a Trampoline, Bungy Jump, a BMX Bike Show and Scottish Highland Games. As al­ways, Bay Days offers a wide variety of fun for the whole family.

The Boathouse Bay development project was on the Council’s agenda on the 2nd. Like many other development projects, the recre­ational, residential development has run into some snags due to inflation and supply chain challenges. The Planning and Zoning Com­mission will be considering options to get the project back on track and the Council will hold a Public Hearing, on August 7th so that residents can hear about the plan and give in­put on the project as it moves forward.

The next Silver Bay City Council meeting is scheduled for July 17th at 7:00 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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