Community building, operating efficiency drive discussion
Roughly four months into the new Maplewood Community Center-YMCA partnership, city staff are pleased to report it's helping keep both children and the community center afloat.
At the Oct. 26 City Council workshop, parks and recreation director DuWayne Konewko said swim lesson enrollment numbers have already started to increase, additional operational changes at the Maplewood Community Center are in the works, and the two entities are collaborating on ways to better engage diverse youth in wellness activities.
Senator Chuck Wiger presents his bill, S.F. 1071, on workplace violence prevention to the Health and Human Services Budget Division on April 15. Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell and Nurse Simone (Nora) Jordan, testified in support of the bill. (submitted photo)
Senator Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, has recently been awarded the 2015 Public Official Award by the Minnesota Nurses Association in recognition of his work on S.F. 1071, the Violence against Health Care Workers Bill.
Joint prosecution project is holding more offenders accountable
Committing acts of domestic violence and skirting jail time had become somewhat of a routine for Anthony Lester, 33. By early January, he had five domestic assault charges on his record that had all been dismissed.
With only one domestic assault conviction from 2005, the odds appeared to be in his favor.
All that changed when assistant Ramsey County attorney Anna Christie took an interest in Lester, tracking his actions in White Bear Lake and then Maplewood.
CenturyLink may soon tap into local market
After more than two decades with the Ramsey Washington Suburban Cable Commission, the city of Maplewood has decided to strike out on its own.
A founding member of the cable commission, the city chose to withdraw from the Joint Powers Agreement governing the commission in favor of franchising with CenturyLink on its own. The motion passed 4-1, with council member Bob Cardinal dissenting.