Friday, May 24, 2013
McCollum says, "loss of a child's life is the greatest fear a parent could have" and the first responders "have the gratitude of our entire community."
U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN4) issued the following statement Thursday about Wednesday's rockslide in Lilydale Regional Park that killed two St. Louis Park fourth-graders and injured two more: "Yesterday's school trip accident at Lilydale Park was as unexpected as it was heartbreaking. The loss of a child's life is the greatest fear a parent could have. During this time of grieving and sadness, I extend my deepest sympathies to all of the students, parents, and educators at St. Louis Park’s Peter Hobart Elementary School. The St. Paul Fire Department and the brave first-responders -- who put their own lives in danger to search for survivors -- have the gratitude of our entire community. My prayers are with all those involved in …
Thursday, May 23, 2013
What's your take on Minnesota's higher cigarette and income taxes, same-sex marriage law, all-day kindergarten funding, gun control measures, minimum wage and more?
What do you like—or dislike—in what the Minnesota Legislature did or didn't do? Leave a comment below. The Star Tribune posted a handy list of issues the Minnesota Legislature did and didn't tackle in the session that ended Monday at midnight. Love 'em? Hate 'em? Leave a comment below. DID: DIDN'T DO: See the full post at startribune.com. Which actions the Minnesota Legislature took do you support or oppose? Leave a comment below. For Roseville news and information, _subscribe to our free newsletter.Also, like us on Facebook and follow us _on Twitter_
Roseville Council approves the penalty after the restaurant failed an under-age liquor sales check.
The city of Roseville has levied a $1,000 fine and one-day suspension against the Szechuan restaurant, 2193 Snelling Ave. N., for recently failing an under-aged liquor sales check. The Roseville City Council on Monday night OKed the police department levying that penalty after Lt. Lorne Rosand reported that a waiter at the restaurant on April 11 served an undercover, under-aged buyer a Miller Geniune draft beer without checking their ID. Appearing before the Council, Szechuan owner Jessie Wong expressed regrets about the incident. "I'm sorry it happened and it won't happen again," she said. In a city staff report, Rosand wrote: "On March 29th, 2013, all businesses with a liquor license in the city of Roseville were mailed a letter from …
This year’s tax bill brings local government aid (LGA) back to the community.
Changes to the state formula for local government aid (LGA) money along with increases to the program's funds mean that Roseville will receive $224,929 in 2014 after receiving nothing in 2013, according to the Minnesota Department of Revenue. The omnibus tax bill, which passed the Minnesota Senate 36-30 just before the legislature's Monday night deadline, will add an additional $80 million into the LGA program in hopes that cities will reduce property taxes. Also in the bill is a provision that bans most cities from hiking levies by more than 3 percent this fall. How do you think Roseville should use the aid money? Should it go toward road improvement projects? How about police department upgrades? Or would you like to see the money help …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Xcel Energy began tearing up Roseville's streets on Monday as part of a four-year project to install underground gas lines from Roseville to St. Paul.
Xcel Energy began tearing up Roseville's streets on Monday as part of a four-year project to install underground gas lines from Roseville to St. Paul, according to a Pioneer Press article by Frederick Melo. From the Pioneer Press article: Xcel officials said the northernmost point of the work will be near the intersection of County Road B and Rice Street in Roseville. The pipeline extends south and west into St. Paul, branching out from the intersection of Pleasant Avenue and St. Albans Street to two southern end points: near the intersections of Randolph and James avenues, and Montreal Avenue and Elway Street. READ THE FULL PIONEER PRESS ARTICLE
Monday, May 20, 2013
The MnDOT expects to reopen the ramp later this fall.
The Roseville office of the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) said the ramp from Lexington Avenue to westbound I-694 near Roseville is scheduled to close at 9 a.m. today (Monday, May 20) weather permitting. In a press staatment, MnDOT said the closure will enable road construction crews to rebuild the new alignments of westbound I-694 and westbound Highway 10. "Once the ramp is closed, the detour for both Ramsey County Road 96 and Lexington Avenue to reach westbound I-694 will be Lexington Avenue to Victoria Street to westbound I-694," MnDOT officials said. Detour signs will direct motorists when the ramp is closed. MnDOT expects to reopen the ramp, which is in Arden Hills, by this November. For more information on the I-694 …
Sunday, May 19, 2013
A look at some of the top news stories the past week on Roseville Patch.
Roseville City Manager Bill Malinen resigned effective this past Tuesday, the result of a rift between him and the City Council over style and management. Two days later, the Council appointed community development director Pat Triudgeon as interim city managte. Those were the top news stories of the past week on Roseville Patch. To read the full initial coverage, click on to this link: NEWS ALERT: Roseville City Manager Resigns Effective Tuesday Meanwhile, here are some other significant stories from the past week. Click on the highlighted links to see the full reports: Roseville Council Names Trudgeon as Interim City Manager The Roseville City Council late Thursday afternoon unanimously appointed community development director Pat …
Friday, May 17, 2013
Director of community development to temporarily take the helm while city search for permanent replacement to Malinen.
The Roseville City Council late Thursday afternoon unanimously appointed community development director Pat Trudgeon as interim city manager. Trudgeon's appointment came at a special meeting, two days after six-year city veteran Bill Malinen resigned over what appeared to be differences in style. In an interview with Patch, Mayor Dan Roe contended Malinen and the Council were not effectively working together. Both sides realized they were not "fitting together well," he said. "In the best interests of each other it made sense to part ways." At Thursday's special meeting, Council members said any number of adminisrative department heads could serve as interim city manager. Other potential appointees included public works director Duane …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Gov. Mark Dayton’s signature Tuesday didn’t end the heated debate around same-sex marriage.
Whatever side of the debate you fall on, there’s no denying that this week’s passage of a bill legalizing same-sex marriage was a historical moment. Minnesota became just the 12th state to sanction gay marriage when Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill Tuesday. Patch readers quickly wrote in to share their thoughts on the moment. Eagan Patch reader Kathi Malone echoed the view of legislators who voted yes in seeing same-sex marriage as a civil right: I am so happy that finally gay people will be able to have the civil right to marry. This is truly an American vote for freedom. I applaud Sen Clausen and all other legislators who voted for this historical bill. James N added: Thank you Senator Carlson and the entire MN legislature for extending …
Council-manager relations had been an apparent issue for several months.
Tuesday's resignation by Roseville City Manager Bill Malinen has come with a price tag: The City Council is granting him seven months severance pay as part of his separation agreement. Asked about Malinen's severance package, Roseville Mayor Dan Roe told Roseville Patch the departed city manager is receiving seven months pay, six months per his original employment contract plus one extra month for consultative services. Based on Malinen's 2013 annual salary of $141,024, he will receive about $82, 000 in severance pay. Although he declined to divulge specifics, Roe said Malinen's departure wasn't sudden or unexpected. "This has been in the works for sometime,' since the Council's December performance review of him, the mayor said. Roe …