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.
Do those lazy days of summer need a little spicing up? The east metro has plenty of chances for some dancing, historical learning, musical entertainment, outdoor adventures and more. Add some sizzle to your summer and try these 15 happenings near you.
Ray Kinsella built the original Field of Dreams in the middle of an Iowa cornfield in a motion picture starring Kevin Costner. For the Mounds View High School baseball team its field of dreams is a few hours north of Kinsella’s.
The Mustangs fulfilled two dreams on June 17 in downtown Minneapolis. No. 1, they got to play at Target Field, the home of the Minnesota Twins. No. 2, they won the first baseball state championship in school history.
“Target Field, it doesn’t get any better than this,” said senior co-captain Lars Anderson.
Tara Townsend, once in heart failure, has a heart device to help pump blood. Townsend, of White Bear Lake. has a busy schedule pursuing a degree in human services at Century College and working in Shoreview. (Linda Baumeister/Bulletin)
In attempt to escape the sweltering summer, Minnesotans take refuge in lakes and pools.
However, Tara Townsend, a 24-year old from White Bear Lake, can’t enjoy this cooling relief -- she can’t get wet.
Nor can the Century College student engage in contact sports, go through metal detectors or lift more than 25 pounds.
The New Brighton City Council unanimously authorized execution of a contract for private redevelopment with Pulte Homes at its Tuesday, June 11 council meeting.
Pulte has plans to build 86 single-family homes and 34 town homes at the 27-acre site once occupied by the former Midwest Asphalt and Beisswenger’s properties.
Pulte Homes is a Michigan based company that has built several developments in Minnesota, including Arden Hills and Roseville.
The Shoreview City Council accepted a bid from North Valley, Inc. for the city’s 2013 Street Rehabilitation Project at its Monday, June 17 council meeting.
North Valley’s bid of just over $3.3 million was the lowest of the five bids Shoreview received for the project.
The project will rehab several streets scattered throughout the city (see map) and will include extending the water main on Gaston and Grove Avenues and St. Albans Street.