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Thu
01
Aug

North St. Paul approves city manager contract


North St. Paul isn’t the only city with a new city manager. Here, retiring Maplewood City Manager Jim Antonen, serving the city since March 2009, at right, is pictured with the new City Manager Chuck Ahl at Antonen’s sendoff. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

At a special meeting on Thursday, July 25, the North St. Paul City Council approved the contract for incoming city manager Jason Ziemer.
He is currently the city administrator of Maple Plain, a western Hennepin County community with a total area of about 1.1 square miles and a population of about 1,800, according to the 2010 census.
North St. Paul city attorney Joel Jamnik negotiated the contract with Ziemer and presented a tentatively approved version to the council. Jamnik explained that the contract was fairly standard, with a few instances where Ziemer had requested individual provisions.

Wed
31
Jul

Maplewood OK’s tax increment financing for 3M project


The project area for the research and development building is part of the 28-acre 3M corporate headquarters, located on the corner of McKnight and Conway avenues in Maplewood. (submitted graphic)

At the July 22 city council meeting, Maplewood officials held a public hearing and voted to establish a tax-increment financing district with 3M for the construction of a new research and development laboratory on its 28-acre campus on the corner of McKnight and Conway avenues.
The TIF agreement will help 3M move forward with the project, which is estimated to cost around $156 million and will house about 700 employees and support staff when it is completed in two years. These employees already work for 3M, but will be relocated into the new 400,000-square-foot building.

Wed
31
Jul

Maplewood gearing up for summer vote

If you’re a Maplewood resident, be sure to mark your calendars for the primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 13. The city’s 16 polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and the winners will advance to the municipal general election Nov. 5.
There are three candidates for mayor and six candidates for the two council seats that will expire in December. The primary will narrow the field to two mayoral candidates and four for city council on Election Day in November.

Tue
30
Jul

National Night Out noted in Maplewood, North St. Paul


Lane Heinsinger gets fingerprinted by North St. Paul Police Reserves for a child ID kit to take home at the 2012 National Night Out event at Christ Lutheran Church.

National Night OUT, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, will involve over 15,704 communities from all 50 states , U.S. Territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world.  In all, over 37.5 million people are expected to participate in "America's Night Out Against Crime."

Thu
25
Jul

Into the principal’s office… (part 2)

Meet Tracy Buhl, principal at Oakdale Elementary School, Meet Travis Barringer, principal at Skyview Elementary School, Meet Joe Slavin, principal at Skyview Middle School

Thu
25
Jul

Good game! - photos


North St. Paul’s Jake McDonough (11) makes the out on the steal attempt by Oakdale’s D. Zuniga (6) after a throw from the pitcher. The 39ers won 6-5 at home July 16.

photos by Linda Baumeister/Review

Thu
25
Jul

That is one good-looking field - photos

Synthetic turf is awaiting both Tartan and North High sports teams for the upcoming fall season. Color coded field markings for football, soccer and lacrosse are per the National Federation of State High School Association standards.

Wed
24
Jul

New trail section opens in Battle Creek


The new trail segment is shown as a dotted red line and runs along Lower Afton Road from McKnight Road to Battle Creek Park Entrance Road (Point Douglas Road), where it becomes an on-road strip that follows Battle Creek Entrance Road up to the parking lot. Solid red lines show existing trails in Battle Creek Regional Park. (submitted graphic)

Bikers and pedestrians in Ramsey County now have 1.5 new miles of trail to enjoy in Battle Creek Regional Park. Construction is complete on an addition to the Lower Afton Trail that extends the trail from McKnight Road to and along Battle Creek Park Entrance Road, formerly known as Point Douglas Road.

Wed
24
Jul

Microbrewers show interest in North St. Paul

A set of local beer aficionados have expressed interest in expanding their enterprise to include a tap room and microbrewery, and North St. Paul is one of the lucky cities that have piqued their interest.
The individuals, whose names could not be disclosed, toured two downtown locations in Stillwater in addition to two facilities in North St. Paul—space subleased from Aetrium on Helen Street and a building near the Gateway State Trail on 2nd Street.

Wed
24
Jul

North St. Paul offers Jason Ziemer city manager position

After a quick three-month hiring process and two interviews, North St. Paul has chosen its new city manager: Maple Plain city administrator Jason Ziemer.
At a special meeting held at City Hall on Wednesday, July 17, council members grilled Ziemer about his leadership and communication styles, experience with municipal utilities and opinion on performance evaluations.
Ziemer handled the questions adeptly, detailing his interactions with taxpayers, city staff and city council members in his current city of Maple Plain, a western Hennepin County community with a total area of about 1.1 square miles and a population of about 1,800, according to the 2010 census.

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