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Silver Bay City Council Meeting;  June 20, 2023

Jeff Anderson, from the Costin Group, shared a recap of the legislative year with the Silver Bay City Council at Tuesday night’s meeting. Anderson lauded the efforts of Senator Grant Hauschild and Representative Roger Skraba who both worked to bring much needed State funding to the communities of Lake County. These efforts include securing $8 million in funds for the Lake Superior School District, an $81,000 public safety grant, $11 million for the Highway 61 project, $400,000 for an environ­mental bill, tax relief for Social Security recipi­ents and an extension of unemployment benefits for North Shore Mining employees. Anderson said that Hauschild and Skraba always made time to talk with him about the concerns and needs of Lake County residents. 2024 will be a “policy year” according to Anderson and the Costin Group will work to make sure that poli­cies that benefit North Shore communities get a hearing in Saint Paul.

Arrowhead Transit will be offering bus ser­vice between Grand Marais and Duluth starting on July 11th. The route will run on Tuesdays and the time schedule is as follows:

Depart Grand Marais: 8:00 a.m.

Depart Silver Bay: 9:00 a.m.

Depart Two Harbors: 9:45 a.m.

Arrival at medical facilities in Duluth: 10:15 a.m

The return schedule will be:

Depart Duluth: 3:35 p.m.

Depart Two Harbors: 4:05 p.m.

Depart Silver Bay: 4:50 p.m.

Arrival in Grand Marais: 5:50 p.m.

Reservations are required and the folks at Arrowhead ask that you do so before noon on the Monday prior to your desired travel date. If you have further questions, please call Arrow­head at 1-800-862-0175.

The library in Silver Bay will be getting some much needed renovation and Library Director Shannon Walz was on hand to share the archi­tectural plans with the Council. If the plan goes as presented, there will be a new entry to the li­brary. A multipurpose room will be added along with a new teen area, two meeting rooms and a patio. In addition there will be a landscape redesign including new sidewalks, a resur­faced parking area and a reworking of the water drainage system on the property. The Council approved the plan and bidding for the project will be opened on July 11th.

The Planning and Zoning Commission has been working on a design plan for the down­town area. Ideas that have been talked about include the possibility of adding some roads in the business district, creating a green space that would include a park and amphitheater, possi­ble movement of the Post Office to make it eas­ier to access and housing and commercial de­velopment. The design work that has been done so far is simply a preliminary plan that will give the Council a starting place for moving toward a more formal concept plan. As things move forward, a public meeting will be scheduled to get input from residents.

The next City Council meeting is scheduled for July 3rd 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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