Awards, recognition, projects, celebrations, staff changes, and other news about Minnesota cities around the state.
The Chatfield Center for the Arts was selected to receive the 2018 Greater Rochester Arts Ardee Award from the Rochester Arts and Cultural Trust. A vibrant arts and cultural scene is essential to the quality of life and economic growth of a community. For the last six years, the Rochester Arts and Cultural Trust has been recognizing those organizations, businesses, individuals, and events that make our cultural scene what it is through the Ardee Awards. Named in recognition of Rochester Mayor Ardell F. Brede’s enduring support of the arts in the Rochester community, the Ardee Awards honor the very best in the visual and performing arts and the humanities and those whose support through leadership, education, and collaboration have had a significant impact on these endeavors.
Source: Fillmore County Journal
With the retirement of his predecessor James DeMann, Deputy Chief Greg Weber has become the seventh Chief of Police in Eden Prairie history. A 28-year veteran of the department, Weber started his career as a patrol officer in 1990. He has served as a field-training officer, patrol corporal, patrol sergeant, liaison sergeant, ERU team leader and team commander, support lieutenant, patrol lieutenant, investigations lieutenant, and captain. He was promoted to deputy chief in 2017.
Weber earned a bachelor's degree in law enforcement from Minnesota State University-Mankato, a master's degree in police leadership, administration and education from the University of St. Thomas, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
In other Eden Prairie Police Department news, Lieutenant Bill Wyffels was promoted to the position of captain. Wyffels is a 30-year veteran of the Department and has served as a patrol officer, field-training officer, narcotics officer, detective, digital forensics specialist, patrol sergeant, support sergeant, investigations sergeant, support lieutenant, patrol lieutenant, and investigations lieutenant.
Wyffels earned an associate's degree in law enforcement from Alexandria Technical College and a bachelor's degree in police science from St. Mary’s University.
Vernon Monroe Owens, Floodwood city councilmember, died on Sept. 30, 2018, at the age of 61. He grew up in San Diego and graduated from Santanna High School. He moved to Floodwood in 1996.
Owens had been a member of the Floodwood City Council since 2008 and was in his third term. He previously served in the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, and Navy. He was active in Floodwood’s veterans community and was commander of the Floodwood VFW.
"Owens should first be remembered as a veteran who served his country," said Floodwood Mayor Jeff Kletscher. "He continued his commitment to civil service by running for City Council. Vern was a dedicated councilmember who rarely missed a meeting, was engaged in the community, and was always willing to step up to assist others."
Source: Star Tribune
Dan Eugene Elwood, former Spring Valley city administrator, passed away on Oct. 8, 2018, at the age of 70. Elwood was born in Estherville, Iowa, and was a graduate of Estherville High School and Central College in Pella, Iowa. After college, he eventually moved to Spring Valley, where he settled and raised his family. He later lived in Madison, Minnesota, until he found his way back to Estherville, Iowa, where he has made his home for the last 18 years.
Elwood was a city administrator for 20 years, 15 of which were in Spring Valley. He was also a past board member of the League of Minnesota Cities and past president of the Minnesota Association of Small Cities. After his retirement from city administration and his move back to Estherville, he continued to do some consulting work for small cities in Minnesota. He then went to work at Forest Ridge Youth Services in Estherville for a few years before he fully retired. He enjoyed his work at Forest Ridge and found joy in talking to and helping the young girls at the facility.
Source: Bluff Country Newspaper Group