Awards, recognition, projects, celebrations, staff changes, and other news about Minnesota cities around the state.
Awards & Recognition
Rising Star Award goes to Roseville employee
Roseville Community Development Director Kari Collins has been awarded with the Public Service Rising Star Award. Hamline University Women in Public Service Conference gives out this award to women in public service with 10 or fewer years of service who are already making their mark in working toward the public good.
Since Collins started at her position in March 2016, she has taken on many city projects, including expanding economic development efforts and focusing on quality-of-life issues in Southeast Roseville. Collins has also helped Roseville navigate several land acquisition cases and served as part of a multi-jurisdictional task force advocating for the revitalization and reinvestment of the Rice/Larpenteur corridor.
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)
Maple Grove awarded for water fluoridation quality
The Minnesota Department of Health announced that the City of Maple Grove has been awarded a Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The award recognized those communities that achieved excellence in community water fluoridation by maintaining a consistent level of fluoride in drinking water throughout 2015. During that year, a total of 1,510 public water systems in 30 states received these awards, including 105 of 967 possible community systems in Minnesota.
St. Paul philanthropist donates $100,000 for Eagan’s historic town hall
The City of Eagan recently received a $100,000 donation to rebuild and expand its historic town hall, which was nearly destroyed by arson in 2013. The donation comes from John Nasseff, St. Paul philanthropist and former senior executive at West Publishing, and his wife, Helene Houle. The town hall, which was built in 1914, has been a museum maintained by the city and run primarily by the Eagan Historical Society since the 1990s.
Nasseff gave this donation in honor of Tom Hedges, Eagan’s first city administrator, who Nasseff recalls as being instrumental in creating the relationship between Eagan and West Publishing (now part of Thomson Reuters). Hedges’ “work ethic and can-do approach” were integral reasons why the legal-publishing company relocated from St. Paul to Eagan, Nasseff says. The Eagan City Council plans to build a plaza outside of the hall that will be named after Hedges who served the city for 36 years before he retired in 2013. Part of the donation will also go toward the history displays located inside the hall.
(Source: Pioneer Press)
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.