Ideas in Action

Sep-Oct 2022

Pine City Collaboration Redevelops Recreation Area

Pine City has long had a growing youth hockey program, but until recently it didn’t have enough quality ice to…

Jul-Aug 2022

Ramsey’s ‘Path-to-Yes’ Program Smooths Out Development Process

The City of Ramsey's Path-to-Yes program streamlines the development process, and fosters collaboration between city staff and developers.

May-Jun 2022

St. Louis Park Builds ‘Net-Zero Energy’ Nature Center

St. Louis Park’s initiative was the winner of the League of Minnesota Cities 2021 Sustainable City Award, given in partnership…

Mar-Apr 2022

North Branch Meets Demand for High-Speed Internet

North Branch leaders found a way to bring broadband to their large underserved area.

Jan-Feb 2022

Spring Grove Partnership Provides Outdoor Classrooms

Spring Grove and the school district worked together to make the outdoor classroom a reality and give the K-12 school…

Nov-Dec 2021

South Metro Fire Department Makes Mental Health a Priority

PAR360 Mental Health Initiative is a program to help firefighters manage their mental health issues and keep them and their…

Sep-Oct 2021

Sartell Winter Road Program Saves Money, Reduces Runoff

The City of Sartell received a 2021 League of Minnesota Cities City of Excellence Award for its winter road pretreatment…

Jul-Aug 2021

Mankato Improves Firefighter Recruitment and Retention

The City of Mankato launched an innovative initiative in the 1990s to attract more firefighters to the fold — a…

May-Jun 2021

Eagan’s New Fire Department Model Brings Great Results

Cities feeling the effects of a declining volunteer staffing pool should create a fire department staffing road map for the…

Mar-Apr 2021

Shakopee Ordinance Reduces Gift Card Fraud

A new Shakopee ordinance reduced fraudulent activity, and the initiative was the winner of a League of Minnesota Cities 2020…