City News

Awards and Recognition
Burnsville City Manager Heather Johnston was recently elected president of the Government Finance Officers Association. She was interviewed for the web series “Civic Leaders” on the Engaging Local Government Leaders website ( about her new role and the work she does in Burnsville.
Watch the video of Johnston’s interview


Duluth has been named a Gold-Level Ride Center by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). The city's trail system is just one of six in the world to receive that designation. According to the IMBA website, “The Ride Center™ designation represents IMBA’s Model Trail recognition for large-scale mountain bike facilities that offer something for every rider. Bring your full arsenal of bikes to these destination-worthy areas. From backcountry adventures to shuttle-served gravity trails, and from expert-only to family-friendly, you’ll encounter the best the sport has to offer.” About Duluth, the IMBA says, “From the buffed-out, flowing trails at Lester to the freerider playgrounds of Piedmont and Brewer to the lift-accessed trails of Spirit Mountain, the riding in Duluth is both high-quality and highly varied. The entire community has embraced trail-based recreation, including a major initiative to create the Duluth Traverse.”


The Roseville Police Department recently recognized officers for their outstanding police work in the past year. The city also recognized three private citizens for their assistance to the police.

Officers Joe Adams, Kyle Eckert, John Jorgensen, and Sean Mooney each received a Medal of Valor. This medal is awarded to an officer who displays exceptional courage, intelligence, alertness, or skill in a highly creditable and unusual police accomplishment, resulting in the prevention of, or solution to, a crime, and the apprehension and arrest of those responsible.

Detectives Jen Engh and Jamie Baker received Awards of Merit. This award is given to an officer for outstanding performance of duty under unusual or difficult conditions.

Seventeen officers received Unit Citations. Unit Citations are awarded for exceptional police work or accomplishments that involve personal danger or adverse conditions. This award recognizes teamwork by two or more officers. Officers receiving Unit Citations were Joe Adams, Bryan Anderson, Boua Chang, Mitch Christensen, Kyle Eckert, Kevin Johnson, John Jorgensen, Dennis Kim, Sean Mooney, Nick Olson, Mike Parkos, Al Stefani, and Ryan Weber, Jen Engh, Mark Ganley, Josh Arneson, and Scott Williams.

Officers Justin Gunderson and Aaron Craven received Traffic Wings for their efforts in accident reduction through traffic enforcement.

In addition to the officers, three citizens were recognized. Isaac Curley, Tanya Downs and Chue Vang each received a Certificate of Appreciation for their assistance to the Roseville Police.

Sustainability Initiative
The Rockford City Council recently approved a project nearly a year in the making. Dan Madsen, city administrator and special counsel, describes the city’s agreement with Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association (WH) as a unique solar project between a city and an energy cooperative designed to generate solar energy specific to a community, built within the community it is designed to serve. It is believed to be the first “Bantam” solar project in the state.

Bantam solar projects are projects that: are owned and maintained by the cooperative; annually generate one-half megawatts of energy or less; are constructed on municipal land otherwise unsuitable for development or other use; and directly support the cost of municipal operations. For Rockford, the Bantam solar project will result in 60 solar panels being installed on the city-owned Rockford City Center Mall, and 271 solar panels being installed near one of the city’s water towers.

Staff News
After 44 years of service to the community she grew up in, Pat Nusbaum retired last May from her position as Elysian city administrator. The City of Elysian expresses deep appreciation to one of its finest!

During her tenure, Nusbaum made many changes and accomplished a variety of goals. These accomplishments include implementing planning and zoning, installing a new water tower, paving of streets, and installing a new sewer system. She also oversaw making the newest community jewel a reality—the Elysian Library and Heritage Center. In addition Nusbaum was always eager to welcome new business to the community.

Over the years, Nusbaum has also been a star volunteer. How many people use their vacation to organize, schedule, manage orders, and ensure the success of the community’s annual July 4th Celebration? She did all of this while also making sure all things are in compliance to ensure everyone’s safety.

Nusbaum made so many improvements to Elysian because of her passion and pride and heart of gold. Her community is her pride and joy.

On behalf of the whole community of Elysian, we offer Nusbaum our best wishes for health and happiness as she begins a new journey in life.