Ideas in Action

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.

Sep-Oct 2020

City of Northfield Makes Race Equity a Priority

Northfield has instituted programs and policies designed to make the city a more inclusive place.

Jul-Aug 2020

Monticello Gets Residents Involved in Sprucing Up Downtown

A community art contest to design Monticello's lightpost banners drew enthusiasm for downtown revitalization and bolstered community identity.

May-Jun 2020

Shoreview Program Helps Residents Conserve Water

Shoreview's Community Water Conservation Program was the winner of the League of Minnesota Cities and Minnesota GreenStep Cities 2019 Sustainable…

Mar-Apr 2020

New Treatment Plant Ensures Water Quality

The city of St. Anthony Village's advanced oxidation water treatment plant project was the winner of a League of Minnesota…