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Two Harbors City Council Meeting; September 11, 2023

The Two Harbors City Council held a concise meeting on Monday and took action on a number of pertinent items of business. Actions approved by the Council include a plan to authorize a goose hunt at the Two Harbors Airport. Readers may remember that there has been a semi-annual need for this hunt as large gatherings of geese at the airport pose a hazard to aircraft safety. The City Attorney has determined that the City’s insurance covers Two Harbors with regard to liability issues. Both the DNR and MNDOT have agreed to the plan and a representative from DNR will oversee the hunt. The hunt will be held on one weekend, with the specific dates posted in local newspapers. The plan will al-low for three hunters to take part on each of the designated days.

The onsite archaeological field survey work has been completed on the new liquor store property. There were no significant archeological findings and the results have been sent to the State Historic Preservation Office (SHIPO) for their review. Joe Rhein of Bolton & Menk stated that ground should be able to be broken for the liquor store by the latter part of October.

Finally, The Council accepted the recommendation from the Finance Committee to have the City Attorney draft language for an agreement between the City and the Two Harbors Housing Redevelopment Authority. The agreement calls for the release of $40,000 in funding so that the HRA can proceed with their plan to work with Technical Education students at the high school. The plan specifies that students will work, under the direction of teaching staff and professional builders, to build wall frames that will be used in future home construction. The agreement will also specify that any remaining funds from the $40,000 and the first $40,000 from the sale of the first house constructed by the project, will be used to leverage additional monies through the Minnesota Housing Trust for the construction of additional affordable housing in Two Harbors.

The next City Council meeting will be held on September 25th at 6:00 at City Hall.

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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