Minnesota Cities Magazine


2015 Property Tax Report September 2015

The 2015 property tax report brings some good news about city finances for the second year in a row.

League Recognizes City Leaders September 2015

Plymouth City Councilmember Judy Johnson and Medina Police Chief Ed Belland are the LMC C.C. Ludwig and Leadership award winners for 2015.

It All Adds Up! 2015 Annual Conference in Review September 2015

Many thanks to all those who contributed to this memorable event. We’ll see you next June in St. Paul!

The City’s Role In Regulating Firearms September 2015

Firearm law is a topic of growing interest to many local government leaders.

Emergency Management: Are You Ready? July 2015

Emergency preparedness and response requires the effort and attention of all city departments.

How To Keep Going When Technology Stops July 2015

A 'business continuity plan' can help your city operate when technology fails.

Web Extra: Video—Stockton 2007 Flood June 2015

Stockton City Clerk Bethany Winchester talks about Stockton’s 2007 flood emergency and the lessons city officials learned from it.

Come Together: A Tale of City Mergers July 2015

Planning and local support are critical to the success of city mergers.

The Benefits of the ‘Design-Build’ Process July 2015

How did an ambitious expansion project wrap up six years early? Two words: Design-build.

Complete Streets—A More Balanced Approach For Cities May 2015

Dozens of cities have abandoned the car-centric policies of the past and opted instead for “Complete Streets."

A Few Good Employees—Why It Makes Sense to Consider Hiring Veterans May 2015

Public employers could benefit from opening their minds about how military experience could help their organization.

Six Reasons to Hire a Veteran May 2015

Here are some characteristics most veterans have that make them good city employees.

Jim Miller—22 Years of Leading The League May 2015

Miller bids farewell to the League with the surety that the organization is in the best shape in its history.

Boost Safety With a Road Diet May 2015

Does your city have roads that need to go on a diet?

Combating Vandalism in City Parks March 2015

The arrival of spring brings with it the season of vandalism. See what cities are doing to protect parks.

Bringing Diversity To City Boards March 2015

A Minnesota nonprofit is dedicated to bringing underrepresented people into local government.

Turn Your Safety Committee into a Super Committee! March 2015

It’s more complicated than bringing doughnuts and telling a few safety-related jokes.

New Approach To Great Residential Development March 2015

Post-recession residential developers are rethinking business as usual.

Legislative Session 2015: The Broadband Challenge January 2015

Broadband is no longer considered a luxury, but is today a core element of a city’s infrastructure.

City Broadband Initiatives January 2015

Cities definitely have a role to play in providing broadband to their communities, but many factors will impact a city’s decision about how to provide it.

Legislative Session 2015: Seeking Solutions to the Workforce Housing Shortage January 2015

City officials are concerned that the housing shortage will end up hurting local economies.

LMC’s ‘Mayor for a Day’ Essay Contest Winners January 2015

See the winners of the League of Minnesota Cities’ (LMC) second annual “Mayor for a Day” essay contest.

When a Resident Files for Bankruptcy January 2015

It's important for cities to understand the process and what the city can and cannot do.

Planning Ahead for Successful Engineering Projects January 2015

The story of Thief River Falls’ Greenwood Street Corridor is a great example of the importance of planning for the future.

Strategic Planning: Building a Roadmap to Success November 2014

Many Minnesota cities have executed well-designed, tailored strategic plans, and have stayed committed to them.

Ensuring Success in Succession Planning November 2014

Succession planning is about more than preparing to replace long-time management and leadership positions.

Credentialing of the Professional Police Chief November 2014

CLEO certification provides a roadmap for assessing the knowledge and skills it takes to be successful as a police chief.

Mayor Coleman’s Year as NLC President November 2014

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman recounts the year he has spent as president of the National League of Cities.

The Results: Strategic Plan Documents November 2014

After meeting, planning, and discussing, both Carver and Hopkins end up with a written strategic plan document that provides guidance for city officials moving forward.

Water, Water Everywhere: Get the Funds to Protect It September 2014

More than 1,200 projects have been funded through the Legacy Act.

Celebrating City Champions September 2014

Meet the 2014 C.C. Ludwig and Leadership award winners—Dave Kleis and Tom Harmening.

2014 Property Tax Report September 2014

After years of decline, cities are starting to see some increase in property values.

2014 Annual Conference in Review: The Future Looks Bright September 2014

See photos from the League of Minnesota Cities (LMC) 2014 Annual Conference, “Shaping the Future."

More Ways Cities Show Love for Veterans July 2014

Monuments and memorials are among the most common ways for cities to honor veterans and express gratitude for the great sacrifices they have made.

Cities Honor Veterans July 2014

Cities across Minnesota honor veterans through memorials, special services, and more.

Diversify Revenues With Franchise Fees July 2014

Franchise fees are an often overlooked alternative for Minnesota cities to diversify their revenue streams.

Interviewing for Emotional Intelligence July 2014

Many organizational psychologists and management experts agree that trying to select for emotional intelligence through the interviewing process can be a smart way to hire.

Engaging Future City Leaders July 2014

Many Minnesota cities have taken steps to get their teenage residents involved in city government.

City Branding: Keep It Emotionally True May 2014

Emotional truth feels different from technical truth or marketing spin.

Creating Vibrant 21st Century Cities May 2014

Explore trends and learn strategies to help build strong, vibrant 21st century cities at this year's Annual Conference.

Lessons in FLSA Wage and Overtime Laws May 2014

Mosquito Heights Mayor Buzz Olson learns about payroll practices for public safety employees.

Tips for Successful Government Collaboration May 2014

Drive government innovation with collaborative solutions.

Parks & Rec For All! March 2014

You might be surprised about how you can improve accessibility to programs and facilities without breaking the budget.

Technology Trends: ‘BYOD’ and the City March 2014

cities need to find solutions to "BYOD" that will protect them from liability while still allowing employees the flexibility and access that they’re asking for.

Local Governance Made Easy March 2014

Ask the right questions while in office and build a solid foundation from which to defend your decisions.

The Freedom of Responsibility March 2014

When Maplewood officials took the lead on a major transportation project, they realized multiple benefits.

Legislators’ Perspectives On the State-City Partnership January 2014

The financial viability of Minnesota cities relies on a strong relationship with the state.

New Funding Source for City Streets January 2014

The League-sponsored legislation for street improvement district authority would provide a funding mechanism that is fair.

Transportation Funding: We Need Some New Ideas January 2014

Entering the 2014 legislative session, the state will be looking for innovative ideas for new sources of transportation funding.

Centennial Corner: LMC's 'Mayor for a Day' Essay Contest January 2014

If the League of Minnesota Cities’ (LMC) “Mayor for a Day” essay contest is any indication, the future of Minnesota’s cities is in good hands!

State Building Code Considerations for Cities January 2014

Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of adopting Minnesota's State Building Code.

Seeking to Restore Civility November 2013

Remember the days when people said “please” and “thank you”? That kind of civility seems to be a thing of the past in government, including at city council meetings. But many Minnesota cities and the League are working to bring it back.

LMC Centennial Year in Review November 2013

The League of Minnesota Cities’ (LMC) centennial year is winding down, but before we launch into the next 100 years, let’s take a step back and look at all the fun and interesting ways we celebrated this milestone.

5 Labor Arbitration Trends Worth Noting November 2013

Check out the League’s Arbitration Award Summaries database at www.lmc.org/arbitration.

Taking Flight: Good Plans for Great City Airports November 2013

City airport owners need a plan for their airport that supports and complements community growth, and identifies a proper sequence for future airport projects.

League Honors City Leaders September 2013

The 2013 C.C. Ludwig and Leadership Awards were presented to Independence Mayor Marvin Johnson and Shoreview Finance Director Jeanne Haapala.

Centennial Celebration Highlights September 2013

Photos capture special moments from the Centennial Celebration held June 19 at the Union Depot in St. Paul.

2013 Property Tax Report September 2013

The 21st annual property tax report reviews recent market value and tax capacity trends, as well as current property tax policy issues.

Balancing Rights to Street Right of Ways September 2013

When it comes to balancing the city’s rights with the rights of residents who own property along a street, things can sometimes get complicated.

Funding Stormwater Management July 2013

Finding a stormwater funding strategy that can sustain public support in your community is critical.

Stormwater Reuse and Beyond July 2013

Water reuse facilities will become a cost-effective means to manage stormwater runoff and protect our groundwater resources.

Cities Take On the Foreclosure Crisis July 2013

Some municipalities, dealing with “foreclosure fatigue,” are creating proactive policies to address the problem.

Centennial Corner: LMC Research—Answering Your Questions for 100 Years July 2013

For 100 years and counting, Research greatly values your questions and requests for information. Keep calling, writing, and emailing us.

Navigating Health Care Reform July 2013

If you’re a large employer under PPACA, you need to make some decisions now to avoid “pay or play” penalties.

Sidebar: One City’s Health Care Reform Journey July 2013

Apple Valley is a large employer under PPACA, and city leaders have been getting ready to comply with the new law for some time.

Sidebar: Top Five Questions for Elected Officials July 2013

Cities need to consider these questions as they prepare for health care reform.