A pothole butts up against a recently repaired patch of road on White Bear Avenue, a county road that may be repaired in short order thanks in part to a new Ramsey County wheelage tax. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to introduce a $10 “wheelage” tax to improve the county’s ailing roads.
The $10 per-vehicle charge, added onto license plate tab fees, will bring in an estimated $3.8 million dollars to fund major construction projects, according to a statement from the county.
Jim Tolaas, director of the county Public Works department, called the new funds “a major infusion that will actually make a meaningful difference that people will be able to see.”
The city of St. Anthony was presented with a City of Excellence Award from the League of Minnesota Cities at the LMC’s annual conference on Wednesday, June 20.
This year marked the 100-year anniversary of the conference, which met for three days at St. Paul’s River Centre from June 19-21.
St. Anthony received the award for its collaboration with other municipalities, and for innovation and improved city services.
The revolutionaries prepare to fight to the death in the Mounds View Community Theatre production of “Les Miserables.” (photos by Heather Edwards/Bulletin)
“Les Mis” fans, rejoice; for the first time, a non-professional Minnesota theatre is presenting “Les Misérables.”
Until recently, the production rights for the wildly popular musical were exclusive to professional theatre companies. When the rights were released to non-professional theatre groups this year, the Mounds View Community Theatre (MVCT) was the first to obtain those rights.
“I was just really impressed that Mounds View took that leap of faith,” said New Brighton resident Tina Brauer, who plays Mme. Thenardier.
Shoreview’s Finance Director Jeanne Haapala (second from right) receiving the League of Minnesota Cities’ 2013 Leadership Award. The award ceremony was held at the LMC’s annual conference in St. Paul’s River Centre on Thursday, June 20. Pictured from left: 2013-14 LMC First Vice President Dave Osberg, 2013-14 LMC President Shaunna Johnson, Jeanne Haapala, and 2012-13 LMC President Betsy Hodges. (submitted photo)
Shoreview’s Finance Director Jeanne Haapala has received the prestigious League of Minnesota Cities’ (LMC) Leadership Award. Haapala accepted the award at the LMC annual conference at the St. Paul River Centre on Thursday, June 20.
“It’s a pretty amazing honor,” Haapala said. “I think recognition by your peers and professional associates is about as good as it gets.”
The LMC recognizes just one individual each year to receive the Leadership Award.
On Tuesday, June 25 the Mounds View School Board unanimously authorized the district to enter into lease agreements for two properties to house its K-8 Special Education Programs, Adult Basic Education Programs and Adult Learning Center Program.
Relocation of these programs is necessary to accommodate the free all-day kindergarten program the district will be offering starting in the 2014-15 school year.
The district has plans to move kindergarten out of its six elementary schools, making them first through fifth grade.
Council and city staff members held a discussion on food trucks at the Mounds View City Council Work Session on Monday, July 1.
Mounds View’s Assistant City Administrator Desaree Crane told the council about the status of the sole food truck operating in the city -- The Los Primas taco truck that has been parked at the BP gas station at 2155 Highway 10 recently.
The city of New Brighton wants input from residents on what the city sees as a hot button issue -- urban farming, or more specifically, the keeping of chickens and other farm birds on residential lots.
Most communities around the metro have regulations either limiting the practice or prohibiting it all together but that is where New Brighton is unique, it has none.
“We don’t have any regulations. That’s one of the issues,” New Brighton’s Community Development Director Grant Fernelius says. “We have more and more people interested in keeping chickens and other fowl on their property and more and more people who think something needs to be done.”
Friends, family and staff gathered at Brightondale Senior Community in New Brighton on July 2 to celebrate the 108th birthday of Gertrude “Trudie” Rhode.
The youngest of four, Trudie was born in a chicken coop on her family’s farm in Wood Lake, Minn. because the house was under construction at the time. Trudie was the valedictorian of her high school class and graduated from Mankato Business School (others called it Mankato State College) with a business degree.