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Thu
19
Dec

Tax base rebound helps Lake Elmo balance budget

More money coming in from property taxes helped Lake Elmo keep its tax levy flat in 2014.
With a 4-0 vote, the Lake Elmo City Council approved next year’s tax levy at its Dec. 3 meeting with no increase from 2013, while increasing debt service payments, which were covered by last year’s surplus, said city staff. Council member Anne Smith was absent.

Wed
18
Dec

North St. Paul fitness center to close

For North St. Paul, a place to exercise is too expensive to run.
The city’s fitness center will close on Dec. 31, about 21 years after the North St. Paul Community Center (now Community School) opened.

Wed
18
Dec

Shoreview Citizen of the Year awarded


Shoreview’s Mayor Sandy Martin, left, poses with Julie B. Williams at the 2013 Volunteer Appreciation event where Williams was given the Citizen of the Year award. (submitted photo)

The city of Shoreview honored Julie B. Williams with this year’s Citizen of the Year award at its annual Volunteer Appreciation event last month at the Shoreview Community Center.
The Shoreview City Council in 2007 began giving out the award to honor a resident who gives back to the community through volunteer work and inspires others to do the same.

Wed
18
Dec

Beecroft hearing postponed, again

A hearing in the trial of Nicole Beecroft, 24, of Oakdale has been postponed for the second time in two months.
The hearing was originally set for Nov. 15 after Washington County Judge John Hoffman found her guilty of second-degree murder in September. Prosecutors requested an upward departure from sentencing guidelines based on aggravating factors, including the vulnerability of the infant and that Beecroft had treated the newborn with “particular cruelty.”

Wed
18
Dec

Local cities approve 2014 tax levies, budgets

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.

Tue
17
Dec

East Sider Ray Widstrand undergoes emergency surgery

Well on his way to recovery, 27-year-old Ray Widstrand has recently hit a roadbump.

According to his CaringBridge website, he was re-admitted to Regions hospital on Sunday, Dec. 15 after feeling pressure on the right side of his head.

Tue
17
Dec

Danielle Jelinek's ex indicted for murder

Chisago County prosecutors have filed a third-degree unintentional murder indictment charge against Aaron Schnagl, the ex-boyfriend of Danielle Jelinek, in her disappearance last year. The indictment alleges Schnagl supplied Jelinek with cocaine, which prosecutors say led to her death.

Tue
17
Dec

Cities approve 2014 budgets, property tax levies

The 2014 budgets for the cities of Roseville, Falcon Heights and Lauderdale have been approved by each city’s respective city council.
The Roseville City Council approved the city’s final 2014 budget and property tax levy at the Dec. 9 city council meeting. The total budget was set at just under $50.7 million, of which about $23.1 million is for tax-supported programs and $27.6 is for non-tax supported programs -- increases of about $1.3 million and $4 million respectively.

Tue
17
Dec

A bus named TCAAP?

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.

Mon
16
Dec

IGH reduces budget for troubled golf course


Inver Grove Heights is reducing next year’s budget for Inver Wood Golf Course in an effort to stem losses at the financially-troubled course. (Luke Reiter/Review)

December in Minnesota is never a good time for golf, but the latest challenge for Inver Grove Height’s municipal golf course has nothing to do with snow.
The city council voted in its Dec. 9 meeting to trim $60,000 from the 2014 budget for the Inver Wood Golf Course in an effort to slow losses at the financially-troubled course.

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