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Citizens’ Institute For Rural Design Group Holds Inaugural Meeting

Friends of the Waterfront held a virtual meeting with folks from the Citizens’ Institute For Rural Design this past Monday afternoon. Jolene Brink heads Friends of the Waterfront and the meeting was attended by local residents, several City Council members and a cohort of professionals who work with the Citizens’ Institute for Rural Design, (CIRD). The purpose of the virtual gathering was to introduce people from the Two Harbors community with the design professionals from CRID and to plan for next steps in the process of re-envisioning the Two Harbors waterfront.

CIRD is a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts and works around the country with communities with populations of 50,000 residents or less. CIRD’s goal is to enhance the quality of life in rural towns by working with local stakeholders to envision, plan and design creative, functional and revitalized spaces in their communities.

Two Harbors is one of eight rural com-munities around the nation that have been awarded the opportunity to work with the architectural and design professionals of CIRD. A non-virtual gathering is scheduled for this Friday, September 15th from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm starting at Cedar Coffee Company (1130 11th Street, Two Harbors). Over the course of the day, participants will tour the Agate Bay Waterfront and the Lighthouse Point Trail system and will hold collaborative discussions on project ideas and opportunities. The day will wrap up at Castle Danger Brewing with a recap of project goals and principles and planning for the next steps to move the work forward.

Interested residents are encouraged to visit the Friends of the Waterfront website to learn more about the work of the Citizens’ Institute for Rural Design and the developing plans to revitalize the Two Harbors waterfront.

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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