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Two Harbors City Council Meeting; August 28, 2023 Two Harbors – A Bike Friendly Community

Bicycle enthusiasts began an initiative to make Two Harbors an official Bike Friendly City back in 2015. Such efforts, when adopt­ed by a city, mean that city planners establish well connected and marked bicycling routes through their municipalities, including things like designated bike lanes and shared use trails that are regularly maintained.

Two Harbors City Planner Justin Otsea and Lake County Community Health Educator and SHIP (State Health Insurance Program) coordinator LaReesa Sandretsky presented the City Council with a proposal to locate bike racks in 10 priority areas throughout the city. Sandretsky indicated that funding for the racks will come from a grant that she has secured for this purpose. The racks will be designed in a way that will include a uniform color scheme and will have the city’s name on them. In addition, Otsea and Sandretsky proposed that bike routes in the city be des­ignated as such and that city administrators consider bicycle accessibility as the city looks at expanding its portion of the Gitchi-Gami State Trail. The Council voted unanimously to approve the proposal.

City Engineer Joe Rhein updated the Coun­cil on the archeological review that has been done on the site of the new municipal liquor store. The onsite field work has been com­pleted with no findings of archeological ar­tifacts. The State Historical Preservation Of­fice will be reviewing the assembled data and it is hoped that ground will be broken for the liquor store in October.

The Public Affairs Commission is explor­ing the issue of cannabis use in public areas and will be working with the Edna G. Com­mission and other stakeholders to coordinate design and implementation of plans for the city waterfront area.

The Council is considering how to manage a proposed goose hunt at the city airport. City Attorney Timothy Costley stated that the city must have insurance to cover such an event and that MNDOT will need to give approval to the plan. There are a number of issues that need to be considered and Council members will be considering appropriate ways to han­dle the hunt should the plan move forward.

Area businesses that sell alcoholic beverag­es need to be renewing their liquor licenses. The Council approved the renewal of various licenses for 18 area businesses, contingent on completed application packets and approval of the Chief of Police.

Finally, Amber Koenig was appointed to the Two Harbors Library Board.

The next City Council meeting is sched­uled for September 11th at 6:00.

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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