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League of Minnesota Cities honors four cities, selects new prez

The League of Minnesota Cities has honored Breezy Point, Sartell, Luverne, and Woodbury as “City of Excellence” award winners for 2008. Another missive from the LMC announced that Apple Valley Mayor Mary Hamman-Roland was elected the League’s president for 2008-09.
Most folks around the state have only vaguely heard of the League, but its presence can be felt around the Capitol during a legislative session — often advocating on behalf of municipalities large and small. According to its own description, the LMC has 830 “member cities” and is “a nonprofit, membership organization dedicated to helping cities throughout Minnesota build quality communities through effective advocacy, expert analysis, trusted guidance, and collective action.”
What do you do to win an award? In Breezy Point’s case, it was establishing a new paramedic program, so the town of 1,600 full-time residents could deal with as many as 10,000 during the summer season. Sartell started a rainwater gardens program. Luverne created a medical training program for job growth and to meet increasing need for health care professionals in southwestern Minnesota. Woodbury created a task force to restructure its police, fire and emergency medical services.
Judges for the competition were Dr. Beth Heidelberg-Wielde, professor of urban studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato; Dane Smith, former journalist and current executive director of Growth & Justice, located in St. Paul; and Dr. David Sturrock, professor of political science at Southwest State University in Marshall.

As for the new prez, she has been active in Apple Valley for more than a decade: “Hamann-Roland has served as Mayor of Apple Valley since 1998 and, prior to that, served for six years on the school board,” according to the press release announcing her election.  “As Mayor, she currently serves on the city’s Economic Development Authority, Economic Growth Partnership Committee, Foundation, and Fire Relief Association Board.”

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