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Two Harbors City Council Meeting; July 24, 2023

If you’ve spent any time along the Two Harbors waterfront lately, you know that there is a lot going on there. You also know that there is a lot of work to do to make the waterfront all that it can be. Friends Of The Waterfront, a group of interested Two Harbors residents, have been selected to work with the Citizens Institute of Rural Design (CIRD) which is a leadership ini­tiative of the National Endowment of The Arts. The Citizens Institute exists to help local residents shape their communities by using their own unique artistic and cultural ideas and resources to aid in the local de­velopment and future design of their cities. CIRD has held more than 80 workshops in far flung communities across the na­tion like Midway Alabama, Spring Grove Minnesota, Keene New Hampshire and Frederiksted Virgin Islands. Friends Of The Waterfront, started by Jolene Brink and a small cadre of local residents, will have the opportunity to work with pro­fessional architects, community planners, landscape architects and community de­velopment experts to bring their home­grown creativity to bear on the develop­ment of Two Harbors’ 47-acre waterfront.

Plans are moving along for the new Two Harbors Municipal Liquor Store. Design plans are facing some adjustments to en­sure that the project comes in on budget. State law requires that an archeological survey be done on the site. Bolton & Menk have received estimates from companies that do that kind of work and have recom­mended that the city contract with Situ Ar­cheological Consulting for a background literature review and archeological survey of the property. It is hoped that all of the pieces of the pre-construction work will be done by October so that actual construc­tion can begin. The Council voted to move forward with the recommendation from Bolton & Menk.

John Leupke, President of Serene Quar­ters, has asked the City to extend water and sewer utilities to a vacation rental project that he is developing on East Stan­ley Road. Though there is the potential for future commercial development on city owned property near the East Stanley Road site, it is felt by council members and by the Public Utilities Committee that extending the utilities to the Serene Quar­ters site does not meet with city statutes regarding utilities extension and is not in the city’s best interest at this time.

The newly formed Housing Committee is continuing to develop plans to address housing needs in Two Harbors. The com­mittee is reviewing housing development needs and goals, creating a location inven­tory of potential properties, working with Lake County on plans for development of the John Johnson property and creating a housing portfolio plan.

The next City Council meeting is sched­uled for August 14th 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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