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'electric vehicles are actually doing more damage to our roads than standard
'If you want less of something, TAX IT '

Ilhan Omar on Coast Guard lieutenant's 'hit list'
2019-02-21 ... Tim Pugmire at MPR says, “Minnesota lawmakers are considering
higher annual fees on the owners of electric cars and new fees on hybrid
vehicles. Sen. Jeff Howe, R-Rockville, is sponsoring a bill which was heard
Wednesday by the Senate Transportation Committee that would raise annual
fees for electric vehicles from $75 to $250 ... The aim of the measure is to
offset lost gas tax revenue, which is used to fund highway projects. Howe
said electric vehicle owners need to pay their fair share of the gas tax.
‘Hybrids and these electric vehicles are actually doing more damage to our
roads than standard vehicles,’ Howe said.” ...

MN lawmaker wants electric cars drivers to pay higher fees
Feb 20, 2019  Minnesota lawmakers are considering higher annual fees on the
owners of electric cars ... Sen. Jeff Howe, R-Rockville, is sponsoring a
bill which was heard Wednesday by the Senate Transportation Committee that
would raise annual fees for electric vehicles from $75 to $250 ... lobbyist
representing the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers ...

 ... comment: If you want less of something, TAX IT ...

The North Shore: Take an Electric Vehicle Road Trip
February 21, 2019  Todd P. Walker

Highway 61, in Minnesota's Arrowhead, is ready for your EV.
Photo by Brett Patzke

Glensheen Mansion in Duluth
Courtesy Glensheen Mansion

Gooseberry Falls
Courtesy Gades Photography

Charging stations for your EV—and the most tempting bites in northeastern
Minnesota—make this trip a breeze

Many of us are quite fond of road trips in Minnesota. Two of the most
rewarding parts of the state for driving are the scenic northeast and the
North Shore, which make up the Arrowhead Region. Beautiful year-round, the
northbound drive along I-35 from the Twin Cities, followed by Highway 61
from Duluth, shows a transition from farmland to forest to Duluth to the
Sawtooth Mountains on one side—and Lake Superior on the other.

With my 86-year-old father as co-pilot, I recently took this journey in a
way that is becoming common: in an electric vehicle. With charging stations
dotting the route, I had ample opportunities to juice up my sporty
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, which was furnished by White Bear Mitsubishi and
the Twin Cities Auto Show. (I drive a 2007 Jeep in the winter months and a
scooter during the summer, so this was a serious transportation upgrade.)

Our first stop was Doc’s Sports Bar and Grill, not far from miles of ATV
trails in Sturgeon Lake. The impressive beer selection and never-frozen
meats set this pit stop apart. After a stick-to-your-ribs lunch of a smoked
brisket sandwich smothered with cheddar cheese, and a charge-up for the
Outlander at the station in the parking lot, I was back on the road to grab
a growler and an incredible homemade root beer at Moose Lake Brewing
Company’s welcoming taproom right on the shore of Moosehead Lake. (The
brewery also has a charging station.)

Next stop, Duluth. After passing Spirit Mountain, we soon came to a bend in
the road, mounds of iron ore, and the city resting on the shore of Lake
Superior. We headed directly to Northern Waters Smokehaus in Canal Park. The
line was out the door. My sandwich: Silence of the Lambwich. This
masterpiece is a combination of lamb and vegetables topped with red curried
yogurt all neatly stacked on delicious naan—spectacular.

Fighting off a meat-induced coma, I grabbed a Colombian Cold Brew from the
Duluth Coffee Company Cafe and headed to the Glensheen Mansion for the
90-minute guided tour. For a new way to experience the historic estate, the
21-plus flashlight tour runs until mid-March. Imagine: The place is pitch
black, and only your guides have flashlights.

Before leaving downtown Duluth, we headed up to the Skyline Parkway for a
drive overlooking the city of Duluth and Lake Superior. Here is an insider’s
tip for a great Instagram shot: Head to the top of Lake Avenue, east of
Observation Hill, for a great view of the Historic Old Central High School
clock tower, the Lift Bridge, and Canal Park.

After a full day of sightseeing around Duluth, Canal Park, and the vibrant
Lincoln Park area, we arrived at Larsmont Cottages in Two Harbors on the
shores of Lake Superior. We plugged in our vehicle for the night and headed
to Larsmont’s Ledge Rock Grille for a classic North Shore dinner. I chose
the Lake Superior crispy walleye with a citrus panko, wild rice, and
Brussels sprouts. My father ordered the Swedish meatballs over garlic mashed
potatoes with lingonberries and vegetables. Both throwback dishes were like
pages pulled from a 1960s Betty Crocker cookbook—with a dash of 2019

In the morning, we caught the sunrise on Lake Superior—a wonderful sight at
any time of the year—and drove northeast of Two Harbors to Minnesota’s
most-visited state park, Gooseberry Falls. We spotted a beautiful
white-tailed deer at the entrance. After plugging in the Outlander in the
main parking lot, we headed into the Joseph N. Alexander Visitor Center,
which added an interactive topographic exhibit and wolf diorama last summer.
What followed was a hike along the Gitchi-Gami State Trail and time on the
Highway 61 pedestrian bridge walkway taking in the majestic beauty of the

On the way back south, we meandered through the towns along the North Shore
Scenic Drive. A few Two Harbors locals unanimously suggested that we head to
the Vanilla Bean for breakfast. One unique item that jumped off the pages
was the wild rice porridge, a tasty mash-up of wild rice, pecans, and
blueberries topped off with a generous pour of maple syrup. This hearty
number comes in a cup for $6 or a bowl for $8. Trust me on this one, order
the cup. I barely finished it, and it stayed with me for the rest of the

We didn’t want to head home empty handed, so we visited Russ Kendall’s Smoke
House in Knife River to pick up an assortment of smoked king salmon, lake
trout, arctic keta salmon, and a selection of herring. This place has been
in the family since 1908, and you will likely find current owners Gordon and
Kristi (Kendall) Olson behind the counter. Mile by mile, as we approached
St. Paul, the scent of fish in the Outlander was getting stronger. But with
a nibble here and there, it was well worth the scented distraction.

In Minnesota, it is always road trip season. Head to the North Shore and
create your own journey, as there are many hidden gems that are already
calling me back for another adventure—and all perfectly friendly to an
electric vehicle.

North Country Charging Stations

There are charging stations for electric vehicles from the Twin Cities up
the North Shore to Grand Marais. Download the PlugShare mobile app to find
all of the places to pull up and plug in. Here are a few to get started.

Hinckley: Grand Casino Hinckley [J-1772

Sturgeon Lake: Doc’s Sports Bar and Grill [L3 CHAdeMO,CCS

Moose Lake: Moose Lake Brewing Company [J-1772

Cloquet: KOA Campground [14-50 outlet

Duluth: [University of Minnesota  J-1772, L1

Duluth: Canal Park  J-1772, L3 CHAdeMO,CCS

Larsmont: Larsmont Cottages [J-1772, hpwc

Castle Danger: Grand Superior Lodge [J-1772, hpwc

Gooseberry Falls State Park: Visitor Center [J-1772

Tettegouche State Park: Visitor Center [J-1772

Tofte: Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts [J-1772

Lutsen: Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior [J-1772, hpwc

Lutsen: Papa Charlie’s  hpwc

Grand Marais: Grand Marais Recreation Area [14-50 outlet
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