Most Bulletin-area cities have approved budgets and set property tax levies for next year.
The Vadnais Heights City Council adopted its 2014 budget and tax levy on Wednesday, Dec. 4, and the cities of Mounds View, New Brighton, Arden Hills and St. Anthony Village each approved their final budgets and levies last week. The city of Shoreview was expected to approve its budget and tax levy on Dec. 16, which is after the Bulletin’s press time.
The Metropolitan Council announced recently that it would evaluate a future extension of the A Line (Snelling Avenue) Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) from Rosedale Center north to the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (TCAAP) property in Arden Hills.
LEAP team members Phyllis Hunter, far left, and Dana Larsen-Ramsay, far right, with Kent Peterson and Karen Eckman. Peterson and Eckman accepted the award on behalf of the city of Shoreview. (submitted photos)
The Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District announced this year’s Landscape Ecology Award Program (LEAP) winners last month. The local watershed district has been recognizing efforts made to preserve and improve water quality and natural resources at private residences, businesses and public spaces since 2002, and this year began its first annual Watershed Excellence Awards.
St. Anthony Village Fire Chief John Malenick on his last full week on the job. (Joshua Nielsen/Bulletin)
St. Anthony Village’s Fire Chief John Malenick is wrapping up a long and distinguished career with the Village this week, and will be bid farewell with a retirement celebration on Thursday at city hall.
Malenick began his career with St. Anthony Village as a part-time employee at the city’s municipal liquor store, where he was quickly promoted to full-time store manager after completing a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of St. Thomas in 1982.
A few of the hundreds of dead fish found belly-up in the frozen shallows of Lake Owasso late last month. The DNR believes high oxygen levels may be to blame. (Submitted photos)
It’s still unclear what killed hundreds, possibly thousands of fish in Lake Owasso over the long Thanksgiving weekend just days after the lake froze over. The prevailing theory is that high oxygen levels in the lake may have caused the fish kill.
“Right now it’s a theory,” Dave McCormack, assistant regional fisheries manager with the Department of Natural Resources said. “We are not exactly sure what caused this.”
Bethel University students volunteered to shovel out the stands Thursday afternoon prior to what's expected to be a frigid Saturday game. The Royals will be playing the North Central College Cardinals in a noon game for the Division III quarterfinals. (submitted photos)
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis released a list of 30 priests who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors on Thursday, Dec. 5.
The list also includes an additional four priests who have unsubstantiated claims against them.
Ramsey County District Court Judge John Van de North gave permission for the names to be released at a hearing Dec. 2, giving the Archdiocese 15 days to do so. The names had previously been sealed under a protective order in a 2009 lawsuit.
The St. Anthony Village City Council unanimously approved the city’s 2014 Street and Utility Project Plans and Specifications and authorized an advertisement for bids at its Tuesday, Nov. 26 city council meeting.
St. Anthony’s City Engineer Todd Hubmer said the entire project would cost $2.19 million. Of that amount, the city would be paying just over $1.7 million and $483,000 would be assessed to 72 properties in the area. Homeowners would not be assessed for sanitary improvements or a proposed rain garden on the north end of Central Park, Hubmer said.