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The Roseville Housing and Redevelopment Authority and the Family Housing Fund recently received a 2013 Twin Cities Development Award for their Green Remodeling Plan Book. The award was presented by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation and the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers. Roseville received praise for its work to promote sustainable living and housing preservation. The Green Remodeling Plan Book provides homeowners with information about what to consider before remodeling their home. It offers green strategies and information about environmentally sustainable materials to consider when updating a home.
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The City of Duluth has been named a bronze-level Bicycle-Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. The organization presented the award to Mayor Don Ness on Oct. 17. Ness said the community can take pride in the award, but bike efforts will have to shift into a higher gear to reach the gold award. “We have a lot of room for additional progress on our complete streets and making sure that bicyclists and motorists can share the roads appropriately,” Ness said. “That’s a long-term commitment for our city and I think will be key to moving from a bronze designation to a silver and eventually a gold.”
The City of Coon Rapids has been designated a Heart Safe Community by the Minnesota Department of Health and the American Heart Association. The Heart Safe Communities program has two goals—to ensure that automated external defibrillators (AED) are more readily available in the community in places such as schools, workplaces, businesses, and athletic facilities, and to make sure the public is educated and trained to not only recognize sudden cardiac arrest, but also in the use of an AED and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The Coon Rapids Heart Safe program has trained over 1,200 people in the community, identified 106 AEDs in the city, and has trained employees from 40 individual businesses in CPR and AED use.
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(Source: ABC Newspapers)
Minnesota State Fire Marshal Jerry Rosendahl presented the Hopkins Fire Department with the 2012 Life Safety Achievement Award at the Oct. 1 Hopkins City Council meeting. The Hopkins Fire Department was one of 117 departments nationwide and one of 17 in Minnesota to receive the award from the National State Fire Marshals and Grinnell Mutual Insurance. This award is given to departments that have achieved zero fire death in the previous year and also recognizes that the department has a reduction of 10 percent in fire fatalities. Additionally, the Hopkins Fire Department demonstrated an active and effective fire prevention program and a commitment to reducing the number of home fires.
(Source: Sun Sailor)
The City of Rochester ranks at No. 6 in a new list of the 100 best places to live in the U.S. St. Paul is ranked 66th in the 2014 list, compiled by livability.com. Palo Alto, Calif., is ranked No. 1. In ranking the cities, the site says it considered economics, health care, housing, social and civic capital, education, amenities, demographics, and infrastructure.
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) awarded $2.7 million in redevelopment grants for seven projects that are expected to create 244 jobs and retain another 800 jobs. The recipients must provide matching funds. The grant recipients were:
Michael “Mike” Meillier, former Faribault city councilmember, passed away on Oct. 16 at the age of 63. Meillier moved to Faribault with his wife Josephine in 1981 and he served on the Faribault City Council for 11 years. He also served on the Faribault Heritage Days Committee and was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the “MUMS” Mini Cooper Club. He was the administration assistant of Pleasant Manor Nursing Home from May 1981 to August 2013.
(Source: Faribault Daily News)
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