City News

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

Awards & Recognition

Eagan receives national safety award
Eagan recently received a national Voice of the People award for Excellence in Public Safety. The award is based on public opinion research and responses to the National Citizen Survey™. Compared with all other participating jurisdictions, Eagan residents rated safety higher in their community than national benchmarks and ratings for hundreds of other cities nationwide. The safety category includes perceptions of police and fire services, protection from danger or risk, resident and commercial area crime, animal control and emergency preparedness.

According to the National Research Center (NRC), the Voice of the People awards are “only given to top performing jurisdictions that best listen and act for the benefit their communities.” Eagan’s 2016 residential survey, conducted by NRC, revealed:

  • An astounding 98% of Eagan residents feel safe in their neighborhoods.
  • Police and fire services, including fire and crime prevention efforts, all rank in the 90th percentile, as they have for nearly two decades now.
  • Nearly 9 out of 10 residents in the random sample survey reported they had not reported a crime in the last 12 months.

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APWA-MN announces 2017 award winners
The American Public Works Association Minnesota Chapter (APWA-MN) recently honored several city public works professionals with awards. The winners were:

  • Craig Eldred, City of Waconia: Director of the Year
  • Michael Lusian, City of St. Paul: Supervisor of the Year
  • Ray Hanson, City of Mound: Superintendent of the Year
  • Joshua Dix, City of Roseville: Maintenance Person of the Year

In addition, the the Project of the Year was awarded to the City of Cottage Grove for their Interim Water Treatment Facilities. Projects in Hastings and Lake Elmo received honorable mentions.

Grants

Minnetonka: Engaging people with dementia
The Minnetonka Center for the Arts recently received a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board for nearly $50,000. The center will use the money to enhance the City of Minnetonka’s Dementia-Friendly City Initiative by engaging adults with dementia and their loved ones with professional artists in a variety of arts activities.

In Memory

Former New Hope City Manager Dan Donahue passed away on Nov. 6 at the age of 74. Donahue’s long record of service included 25 years as city manager of New Hope and four years as city administrator of Corcoran. He served as President of the Minnesota City/County Managers Association in the mid-1990s. Prior to becoming a local government manager, Donahue was a ranking member of the New Hope Police Department He continued his public service into retirement by serving as a League of Minnesota Cities ambassador.

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Henning Mayor Jim Hermanson died unexpectedly on Nov. 3 at the age of 68. He had served as mayor since 2007. Prior to becoming mayor, he had served as a Henning city councilmember since 1976. In addition to his leadership role with the city, Hermanson was involved in several community organizations, including MRES (Missouri River Energy Services), the Tri-County Hospital Advisory Board, and the Tri-City Living Organization. He was also a part of the nonprofit, Save The Trinity, a group dedicated to saving the Trinity Building in Henning and making it an asset to the community. City Clerk Gina Ellingson told The Daily Journal newspaper that she felt Hermanson went above and beyond what most mayors do. “He was probably one of the most devoted small-town mayors,” Ellingson said. “He treated this position as his priority.”