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12
Jul

North St. Paul re-interviews one finalist for city manager

After just a few special city council work sessions with department heads, North St. Paul appears to have chosen its prime city manager candidate from a field of five finalists.
Only one finalist is scheduled for a last interview with the council Wednesday. As of 3 p.m. Friday, city staff had not responded to the Review's request for the candidate's name.

Wed
10
Jul

North St. Paul to interview city manager finalists

North St. Paul is in the process of hiring a new city manager after long-time city manager Wally Wysopal resigned to take the city manager position in Fridley last month. Director of community development Nate Ehalt was appointed as the interim city manager after Wysopal’s departure June 8.
Five candidates were interviewed on June 29 and 30 in special city council work sessions that also functioned as informal “meet-and-greets” with department heads

Wed
10
Jul

Clear results for North St. Paul’s drinking water

This week, North St. Paul released its annual drinking water quality report, and the results were crystal clear: all tested contaminants were below state standards.
Public Works Director Scott Duddeck says that the good report is the results of regular water testing — every two weeks, in fact.
“We do water sampling every two weeks, at random throughout the city,” Duddeck explained. “We have five wells at five different locations and two water towers that store 800,000 gallons of water. And all we add to the water is fluoride, which is based on Department of Health laws.”

Wed
10
Jul

State’s lawyers disqualified in water pollution lawsuit against 3M

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has upheld a district court’s decision to disqualify the state’s attorneys in its lawsuit against 3M Co.
The state sued 3M in 2010, alleging the company’s disposal of perfluorochemicals (PFCs) for more than 50 years caused contamination of groundwater and natural resources. The suit, which did not specify amounts in damages, was filed after the two parties failed to reach a settlement.

Wed
10
Jul

Second trial for Nicole Beecroft scheduled to begin next week

The second trial for an Oakdale woman accused of killing her newborn baby is scheduled to begin next week.
Nicole Beecroft, 24, was a 17-year-old senior at Tartan High School when she was accused of secretly giving birth to a baby girl at her mother’s Oakdale home in April 2007, then stabbing the baby to death, more than 100 times, before placing the infant’s body in a trash can outside.

Wed
10
Jul

District 834 updates school security

When District 834 students arrive for the first day of school in September, their familiar building may look a little different. Over the summer, ISD 834, which has schools located in Stillwater, Oak Park Heights and Lake Elmo, to name a few, will be installing several new measures to help amp up security.
Superintendent Corey Lunn says although schools are statistically the safest place for students, the district had identified a couple areas that could be improved upon.

Wed
10
Jul

622 School Board approves $160.5 million budget for 2013-14

The North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School Board approved a  budget for the 2013-14 school year at its regular meeting last month.
Minnesota statute requires the school board to approve the district’s revenue and expenditure budgets for the next school year before July 1.
The budget outlines expenditures at about $160.5 million, and revenues projected at about $154.1 million.

Wed
10
Jul

District 621 moves programs for all-day K

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.

Wed
10
Jul

Mounds View City Council, staff discuss food truck regulations

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.

Wed
10
Jul

New Brighton seeks applicants for urban farming task force

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.”

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