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Lake County Board of Commissioners; August 1, 2023

The issue of mail in ballots was discussed at last Tuesday’s Board of Commissioners meet­ing. A resolution has been brought forth to al­low mail balloting for elections in Unorganized Territory #1 in Lake County. Some Townships in the county have relatively small numbers of voters, many of whom choose to vote using absentee ballots. Minnesota statutes allow for any city having fewer than 400 registered vot­ers and not located in a metropolitan area, to conduct balloting by mail. Additionally, it has become a challenge to find Election Judges, trained citizens who administer election proce­dures in polling places on election day. Com­missioners discussed the importance of making sure that people have unencumbered access to vote and they will be meeting with residents in September to get input from people who would be impacted by this resolution.

Lake County is due for a renewed survey of county land. Such surveys are done periodi­cally, using aerial photography. Funds for this have been included in the 2024 budget. Com­missioners agreed that a flyover is appropriate since it has been several years since the last survey was conducted.

Lake County Sheriff Nathan Stadler talked briefly about an active threat training event that was held at William Kelley High School. The training was hosted by the U.S. Border Patrol and provides law enforcement officials with best practices for dealing with an active threat situation.

Finally, Melissa Crandall has been hired as Lake County’s new Assistant Veterans Service Officer. She will start her work on August 14th.

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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