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Franke, running unopposed, seeks second term as mayor.
Mississippi River, outdoors inspire 11-year-old’s drawing for festival button.
Summer in Newport means no school, warm weather and Pioneer Day, the annual citywide get-together at Pioneer Memorial Park. Celebrating its 126th year, the all-day festival kicks off Sunday with a parade beginning at 11 a.m. from the Newport Fire Hall, 155 20th St., down Second Avenue to 17th Street, then along Fourth Avenue before ending at the park. This year, Pioneer Day will have live music ranging from country to Americana folk and acoustic blends. From noon to 2 p.m., the Chad Edwards Band from the Twin Cities will entertain country music fans with hits from top artists.
Preliminary budgeting process lays out $14 million in expenses.
The filing period is open Tuesday, July 28 until 5 p.m. Aug. 11. The office of mayor and two council seats will be on ballot.
The city is drafting its 2016 budget and began last week by addressing the future needs of the most expensive department.
Inver Grove Heights man faces felony auto theft, fleeing peace officer charge after allegedly taking a MnDOT pickup truck in Hastings.
Access to the Mississippi River is a perk for St. Paul Park residents, but a popular boat landing is becoming a hotspot for vandals looking to spin their wheels. Public Works Supervisor Rob Weldon said the shoreline and steep hill leading Lions Levee Park visitors to the water’s edge has been continually torn up from vehicles trespassing. As a result, the natural beauty is being destroyed. “Cars and trucks have been driving up the hillside for several years, not just in the summers months but in the winter as well,” Weldon said.
The budget planning season in Newport got off to a positive start and initial figures are pointing to a surplus in 2016. Just over $13,000 is open for the city as the levy is likely to decrease slightly to about $2.41 million, City Administrator Deb Hill told the City Council July 16.
Investigating a crime scene, handling a police K-9 and manning a fire truck’s water hose are duties typically left to those in the public safety profession.