by Dawn Feddersen-Poindexter
SUN PRESS Newspapers
The Rogers City Council agreed to proceed with a project to extend a trail and add lighting along Rogers Drive from South Diamond Lake Road to 141st Avenue North.
A feasibility study for the project was completed in 2011 and the council gave its approval to move forward. The city received an estimate from Xcel Energy7 to install the lighting that came in two-and-a-half times what was originally budgeted so the project was put on hold.
New estimates from two different vendors are expected to be much more reasonably priced and keep the entire project at about $480,000, which is close to original estimates from 2011.
The Council agreed to conduct a public hearing for the project at their regular meeting June 11 in order to proceed and potentially finish the project this year.
The trail extension would provide a connection to the existing trail system to accommodate pedestrian and bicyclists who wish to access the business district and Rogers Middle School and High School.
Also a the meeting, Chief Jeff Beahen presented a Departmental Commendation to Officer Daniel Rose for apprehending three serial burglars who are believed responsible for more than 40 burglaries in the metro area and many more throughout western Minnesota.
In the early morning hours of May 8, Rose heard a warning on his radio to local law enforcement agencies that a Verizon Store in Albertville had just been burglarized and that surrounding communities should be on the lookout. Rose thought it would be a good idea to drive over to Rogers Wine and Spirits. There he noticed a dark colored SUV. The SUV immediately drove away and Rose initiated a traffic stop.
Wright County arrived at the scene and it was determined that the driver and two passengers were the burglary suspects being sought. A search of their vehicle uncovered safes, cash, electronics, and other evidence.
“His efforts resulted in the arrest of three serial burglars. Officer Rose deserves credit for a job well done,” Beahen said proudly.
It is believed that the suspects may be responsible for up to 100 burglaries.
In other matters, the Council approved a move to promote Officers Darren Bohlsen and Brandon Wegner to Patrol Sergeant. The move comes after the Officers began a lengthy process of training and study that started last fall. The process was initiated to ensure that there were enough supervisors available to staff every shift.