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Awards, recognition, projects, celebrations, staff changes, and other news about Minnesota cities around the state.

Awards & Recognition

Goodview’s finance department awarded certificate for excellence
The City of Goodview Finance Department has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). The department was recognized for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2015. This award is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.


Rochester mayor honored with wellness award
Walgreens has selected Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede as a Happy and Healthy Communities Champion Award recipient for his promotion of health and wellness in Rochester. The award “recognizes civic leaders who cultivate health and wellness lifestyles in their communities as well as their effort to promote good local business and community partners,” according to a Walgreen’s press release.

Brede’s support of business in the community, leadership with the Destination Medical Center initiative, and his role in making Rochester a global destination for health and wellness were key reasons he was recognized with the national drugstore chain’s award.
(Source: Rochester Post Bulletin)


Goodview receives Water Fluoridation Quality Award
The City of Goodview has been awarded the Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Goodview was recognized for consistently adjusting its water fluoride content to the optimum level for oral health for an entire year. Goodview has ensured the benefit of preventing tooth decay by providing a consistent level of fluoride in its city’s water. According to the Water Fluoridation Reporting System, Goodview’s fluoride adjustment represents a high level of operator care and accomplishment.

In memory

Remembering former Hopkins mayor
Jerre Austin Miller, former Hopkins lawyer, councilmember, and mayor, passed away on Jan. 23, two days before his 85th birthday. Miller was a lifelong resident of Hopkins, and he dedicated himself to the city throughout his life.

In 1962, Miller became a partner to the Hopkins law firm of Vesely & Otto, where he spent his entire career. Aside from his law career, he served the local Hopkins Junior Chamber of Commerce committee, Rotary, Knights of Columbus & Elks and as chairman of the city’s Raspberry Festival, March of Dimes, Heart Fund Drive, and the DSA Committee.

Miller was elected to the Hopkins City Council in 1969, and served as the city’s mayor from 1975 to 1981. As mayor, Miller created the Mayor's Downtown Council leading to the revitalization of the downtown. Following his three terms as mayor, Miller worked as the city attorney for Hopkins & Medicine Lake from 1984 until his retirement. Along with his love for Hopkins, Miller also loved his family deeply. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ginny, and their four children Michael, John, David, and Stephanie.

Long-term service

City of Centerville thanks long-serving mayor for years of public service
Mayor Tom Wilharber stepped down from office at the end of 2016 after 38 years of service to the City of Centerville. It all started in 1973, when he was appointed to the Centerville Planning & Zoning Commission. He stayed with the commission until 1990, and was appointed to the City Council in 1991. Wilharber was then elected to the Council later that year.

The long-serving head of the city served as a councilmember until he was appointed as mayor in 1995. He was elected mayor later that year and served through 1999. After a short break, he returned to serve on the Planning & Zoning Commission from May 2001 to December 2004. And then he did another stint as mayor from 2010 to 2016. Centerville’s accomplishments during Wilharber’s tenure range from the building of a new City Hall and fire station in 1992 to the reduction of the debt from $10 million to $6.9 million in 2016.

The Centerville City Council passed a resolution to show its gratitude for Mayor Wilharber’s dedication and commitment to service, and Mayor-elect Jeff Paar declared Dec. 14 as “Thomas D. Wilharber Day.”


Maple Lake city councilmember steps down after over 30 years
The City of Maple Lake would like to recognize and thank City Councilmember John Northenscold, Sr. for his 30-plus years of service. Northenscold, who decided not to run for re-election in 2016, was instrumental in many projects during his tenure, most notably his work with the city’s industrial park.