Workers fix a segment of surface pavement on Lakewood Drive, just south of Highwood Avenue E. (submitted photo)
Nora Slawik Mayor of Maplewood
As I am driving in Maplewood I experience firsthand the deteriorating pavement conditions, traffic congestion and potholes that plague our roads. I know this affects the quality of life for our families and it can hurt our businesses. Many of you have contacted me via e-mails, phone calls or in person about problems with the streets by your homes and backups on certain roads.
The Senate recently passed provisions investing in our state’s economic development programs, workforce programs and our natural resources. The bill supports existing programs that help people find jobs, and funds new ideas that help move Minnesota forward.
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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources field staff, resource managers and the DNR Information Center staff answer many questions every day about natural resources topics. Here is one of them: Q. What can I expect for the spring steelhead run this year on the North Shore?
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources field staff, resource managers and the DNR Information Center staff answer many questions every day about natural resources topics. Here is one of them: Q. I’d like to incorporate native plants into my home landscaping. How will I know what species to plant, and do you have any advice for getting started?
April 22 marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day in the United States. The annual event was designed to be a day where we take a step back to look at how our actions affect the earth, and recognize the things we can change to make our planet a better place to live. For many, the day means much more than simply remembering to recycle for a day.
When the Minnesota Legislature was on its Easter break, I used the time away from the Capitol to discuss the big issues of the year with constituents in our district. One of the biggest topics is the budget surplus and what to do with it.
It snowed on my birthday, again.
While that's nothing out of the ordinary for Minnesotans with birthdays between mid-November and mid-March, I'm always stunned when I look out the window and see snow falling from the heavens ... on my April birthday.
Granted, this year it was only snow flurries. But just the same, I couldn't help but wonder if those late-season snowflakes were really necessary.