Incumbents top challengers throughout northern Dakota County
Tuesday's election left the makeup of most municipal bodies very much the same in northern Dakota County, except for West St. Paul.
The St. Paul suburb will have a new mayor come January, unseating John Zanmiller who's served in the city's top spot since 2005. A Hennepin County Corrections career probation/parole officer, Zanmiller also served on the council for two years prior to his mayorship.
"More of the same" is the takeaway from the District 2 races of the Dakota County Board of Commissioners and the U.S. House of Representatives. Area residents helped incumbents keep their spots by more-than comfortable margins Nov. 4.
Dakota Premium foods halted production in July. Now the South St. Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority is planning to purchase and raze the building, in order for an office and warehouse facility to be built. (File photo)
Meatpacker halted processing in July
The future of Dakota Premium Foods was unknown in July when the company halted production, but now the South St. Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority has plans to purchase and redevelop the site, making way for a 58,000 square-foot office and warehouse facility.
The Capitol Christmas Tree was cut down Oct. 29 from the Chippewa National Forest about 10 miles east of Cass Lake in northern Minnesota, and then made its way to Bemidji State University to be prepped for its nearly 2,000-mile road trip, which includes a stop in West St. Paul. (Courtesy photo)
Minnesota white spruce makes its way to U.S. Capitol
West St. Paul has been chosen as a stop along the route of a 100-foot long truck currently lugging a white spruce from the Chippewa National Forest to Washington D.C.