Ideas in Action

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…

Jan-Feb 2021

Hopkins Fire Program Boosts Safety for Kids and Families

The Sound Off program revitalized the fire safety education programs of the Hopkins Fire Department and engaged teachers in providing…

Nov-Dec 2020

Organics Recycling Is a Hit in Columbia Heights

Columbia Heights' new yard waste and organics recycling program is the winner of the League's 2020 Sustainable City Award.