Greater Minnesota cities look to the Legislature for replacing aging water systems

The Associated Press interviews Dennison Mayor Jeff Flaten about the southeastern Minnesota town’s need for a new wastewater treatment facility: “Flaten has asked Gov. Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Legislature for $726,000 this year to build an above-ground lift station. The city, population 190, proposes to chip in another $48,000, funded in part with a new $25 monthly water fee on residents, to complete the project… The village is one of hundreds of small cities in rural Minnesota with diminutive tax bases that are struggling to find money to replace aging wastewater, stormwater and drinking water systems or upgrade them to meet changing environmental standards.”

Local constables nick bank filcher and Bob’s your uncle. Elizabeth Mohr at the Pioneer Press reports the “British Bandit” has been arrested at a St. Paul motel and is also not British: “When police interviewed John Fredrik Hess after finding him at a St. Paul motel with dye-stained money and a journal detailing several robberies, it was clear he was local.”

Coming to a Whole Foods near you. Andre Eggert at Twin Cities Business has the scoop on Minong, Wisconsin-based Jack Link’s Protein Snacks purchasing the meat snacks division of Colorado-based Grass Run Farms: “’We know many consumers are seeking out grass-fed, locally and responsibly raised beef,’ Jack Link’s CEO Troy Link said in a statement. ‘Grass Run Farms has built a strong foundation of trust with its consumers and they can rest assured there will be no changes in how Grass Run Farms beef products are raised or produced.’”

Sam Cook of the Duluth News Tribune has a feature on Duluth native Leah Gruhn, who took fifth place among seven women bicycling the Iditarod Trail Invitational, a 350-mile race from near Anchorage to McGrath in Alaska: “‘It’s an amazing and empowering feeling to be reminded that we set our own limits based on our hopes and dreams rather than negativity and fears,’ Gruhn said. ‘At this point for me, I’m finding the pursuit of my limits to be a bit addictive and intoxicating — identifying an adventure that seems impossible, but with enough planning, hard work, determination, and luck being able to succeed.'”

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The Boulevard of Broken Dreams leads the, um, pack. Howard Sinker at the Star Tribune compiled some of Twitter’s more notable suggests for renaming the blocks of Chicago Avenue that pass by the new home of the Minnesota Vikings.

In other news…

Copper thief makes a haul from St. Paul’s Midway Target roof. [Pioneer Press]

Watch NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest winner Gaelynn Lea perform two songs with fellow Duluth musician Alan Sparhawk of Low. [NPR]

Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart is a fan of the Herbivorous Butcher‘s vegan cheese. [City Pages]

The Walker’s Internet Cat Video Festival goes over the Rainbow Bridge. [Walker Art Center]

Jostens to create New York Mets 2015 National League Championship Ring [h/t Business Take]

Photo gallery from the opening day of the 2016 legislative session. [Minnesota House]

The Minnesota DNR announce customer service improvements to state parks and recreation areas this summer. [Minnesota DNR]

How to detect a credit card cloner at the gas pump. [City Pages]

Design renderings of the proposed 15 stations along the Southwest LRT/Green Line Extension. [Metropolitan Council]

Kudos. The UpTake wins the Freedom of Information Career Achievement Award. [TheUpTake]

Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Bill Willy on 03/11/2016 - 02:57 pm.

    Water treatment prediction

    I predict House Republicans will introduce a bill that will help the citizens of Dennison get the $726,000 they need to keep their water safe by agreeing to the expenditure on condition that the Mayor and citizens of Dennison agree to a $776,000 reduction in Local Government Aid.

    • Submitted by Henk Tobias on 03/11/2016 - 08:31 pm.

      LGA? Ha…

      Pawlenty and his merry band of men cut that long ago, no Republicans will be happy to help out these folks, they are their people after all. Also too there is the added bonus of making us heathens in the cities of Mpls/St Paul pay for it. After all we pay all the taxes in this state, the outstaters might hate us, but we pay their bills. Maybe that why they hate us, eh?

  2. Submitted by Jeffrey McIntyre on 03/13/2016 - 06:36 am.

    Sewer and Water

    Municipalities need to start factoring in both the operating and capital cost into their monthly rates…the state can’t be bailing every town in Mn out…it will go broke.

  3. Submitted by Frank Phelan on 03/14/2016 - 06:02 am.

    Do As I Say

    These small towns have elected politicians who rail against LGA. It’s the same crowd that says that large cities don’t deserve federal help because they are “mis-managed by Democratic politicians”.

    Need I mention that the larger cities have significantly higher minority populations? If you want state aid, vote for candidates who are in favor of state aid, otherwise take hike! If you worship at the alter of local control, pay your own way.

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