Closing another chapter

Taking a look back at 2013 in Maple Grove, Osseo

The year 2013 was a busy year for Maple Grove and Osseo. The following is a summary of what happened in 2013.

The final 2-mile stretch of Highway 610 received funding in November. This last segment of roadway will connect Highway 610 where it ends at County Road 81 to Interstate 94 in Maple Grove. Construction is set to start this year.

Rep. Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, gave a brief speech at his gubernatorial candidacy announcement in Maple Grove. (Photo by T.W. Budig)

Rep. Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, gave a brief speech at his gubernatorial candidacy announcement in Maple Grove. (Photo by T.W. Budig)

Representative Kurt Zellers announced that he would be running for governor of Minnesota in 2014.

Ground was broken on the Five Central project, a 71-unit apartment building, in Osseo this past July.

The ground has officially been broken on the Five Central project site in Osseo. On Tuesday, July 9, Osseo city officials and members of the Beard Group were on hand to pick up shovels to get the project started. The Five Central project will be a 71-unit apartment building with underground parking located on the Block 6 redevelopment site, between First Avenue N.W. and Central Avenue and Fifth Street N.W. and Sixth Street N.W. The apartments will be market rate units, complete with full furnishings and amenities. Pictured at the ground breaking event, left to right, are: Dean Lundski, Beard Group; Paul Gamst, Beard Group; Bill Beard, Beard Group; Riley Grams, Osseo City Planner; Duane Poppe, Osseo Mayor; Mark Schulz, Osseo Councilor; Rick Weber, Osseo Councilor; Douglas Reeder, Osseo City Administrator; Kevin Rebman, Economic Development Authority President; Larry Stelmach, EDA member; and  Harold Johnson, EDA member. (Sun staff photo by Alicia Miller)

The ground has officially been broken on the Five Central project site in Osseo. On Tuesday, July 9, Osseo city officials and members of the Beard Group were on hand to pick up shovels to get the project started. The Five Central project will be a 71-unit apartment building with underground parking located on the Block 6 redevelopment site, between First Avenue N.W. and Central Avenue and Fifth Street N.W. and Sixth Street N.W. The apartments will be market rate units, complete with full furnishings and amenities. Pictured at the ground breaking event, left to right, are: Dean Lundski, Beard Group; Paul Gamst, Beard Group; Bill Beard, Beard Group; Riley Grams, Osseo City Planner; Duane Poppe, Osseo Mayor; Mark Schulz, Osseo Councilor; Rick Weber, Osseo Councilor; Douglas Reeder, Osseo City Administrator; Kevin Rebman, Economic Development Authority President; Larry Stelmach, EDA member; and Harold Johnson, EDA member. (Sun staff photo by Alicia Miller)

The Fischbach farm on the border of Osseo near the intersection of Highway 169 and County Road 30 was taken down to make way for the new interchange. The farmland had been in the family for over 100 years.

The Osseo City Council approved a conditional use permit on the Osseo Gun Club in June. The 20-lane firearms shooting range with attached firearm retail space located at 32 Fourth Street N.W. and 316 First Avenue N.W.

Maple Grove’s Home Base Theatre presented the first off-Broadway performance of “Shrek the Musical” in July and August.

In January, Pat McGrane was appointed fire chief in Osseo. He had been the Acting Fire Chief since April 2012.

Maple Grove City Councilor Leann Sargent was charged with two counts of perjury and one count of financial exploitation of an adult in January. The two charges of perjury were dropped.

The Osseo Area School District heard from teachers and their concerns about standards-based grading. A meeting in January was standing room only.

The city of Osseo had an increase in the ISO (Insurance Services Office) rating for its fire department. The rating change also could help the city with lower insurance costs.

Main Street Pharmacy in Osseo opens its doors and soda shoppe fountain one last time to customers Wednesday, June 26. Owner Randy Hohbein has retired after 25 years and sold everything to CVS in Brooklyn Park. (Sun staff photo by Alicia Miller)

Main Street Pharmacy in Osseo opens its doors and soda shoppe fountain one last time to customers Wednesday, June 26. Owner Randy Hohbein has retired after 25 years and sold everything to CVS in Brooklyn Park. (Sun staff photo by Alicia Miller)

The Maple Grove City Council approved the FedEx Smartpost project, which includes a 276,000-square-foot package sort and distribution facility located south of 85th Avenue (Weaver Lake Road) and east of Revere Lane. The building is scheduled to be open this spring or summer.

During a March city council meeting, the city of Maple Grove’s Building Department received the 2012 Building Department of the Year Award.

Maple Grove Hospital had its 10,000 baby delivered there in May.

The city of Maple Grove had its first fire-related death since the 1800s.

The North Metro Range, formerly known as the Law Enforcement Training Facility, in Maple Grove was opened to the public for shooting this past spring.

The Maple Grove Rotary Music Park opened in June in the Town Green. The park features sound sculptures and stationary instruments.

Also in June, Main Street Pharmacy and Sode Shoppe closed its doors in Osseo after 25 years. Owner/pharmacist Randy Hohbein retired.

The Maple Grove Historical Preservation Society opened its new museum in July. On display were a 1930s kitchen, area schools, old cameras and radios as well as a military uniform and memorabilia display.

This past July, the city of Maple Grove officially became a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Community. A Yellow Ribbon Community unites all areas within a community to create a network that connects and coordinates resources to support service members, Veterans and military families.

Large machinery rests at the base of the new County Rd. 30 bridge spanning over Hwy. 169. Under construction since April, the project is scheduled to be completely open Oct. 31. (Sun staff photo by Aaron Brom)

Large machinery rests at the base of the new County Rd. 30 bridge spanning over Hwy. 169. Under construction since April, the project is scheduled to be completely open Oct. 31. (Sun staff photo by Aaron Brom)

Osseo gave a reason for why Mark Lynde was removed as fire chair in 2012. A statement said, “In April 2012 the Osseo City Council exercised its decision as an at-will employer to remove Mr. Lynde from the position of Fire Chief. The council action to remove Mr. Lynde was not based on any issues of performance, professional misconduct, or personal misconduct. Instead, the action expressed the will of the council to move the fire department in a different direction than the vision expressed by Mr. Lynde. In an at-will employment situation, either the employer or the employee can end the employment relationship at any time.” Lynde responded back stating, “The lawsuit against the city was never about the money. The lawsuit was only to protect my name. I didn’t want any wrong accusations to be misleading. It was a joint outcome between me and city. Everyone gets to move on and I get to clear my name.”

A man in a wheelchair vandalized Pilgrims United Church of Christ on several occasions with eggs and referencing homosexuality. The man was identified as Lonny Lloyd Roseland, 45, of Maple Grove. He was charged with third degree damage to property- bias and disorderly conduct- offense/abusive/noisy/obscene.

The new Maple Grove Skate Park Plaza at the Maple Grove Community Center opened to the public in August. The park is made of concrete and includes features of a “mini taco,” stairs, banks, grind rails, hubba ledges and manual pad. There is also a seating area for skateboarders to hang out and spectators to sit and watch.

In September, the former Osseo Elementary building was reopened by the Osseo Area School District. The building is now used for the ACHIEVE special education program.

Maple Grove resident Montia Marie Parker, 18, pleaded guilty to three prostitution-related counts for sex trafficking a 16-year-old cheerleading teammate.

The Osseo City Council had discussions in October and November regarding possible locations to move the Osseo Police Department to. Options include the former pharmacy building, Five Central project first floor, remodeling the current building, the Osseo Sports Building or building a new station on the current location.

The Osseo Council also considered options for the North Water Tower. After a public hearing in October to gain citizen input on the North Water Tower, the Council directed staff to get bids to remove the tower, but also to determine the availability of grants to repair the tank in order to keep it if it were designated on the Historic Register.

The new interchange at Highway 169 and County Road 30 (93rd Avenue N.) opened in the fall on the border of Osseo and Brooklyn Park.

Voters in the area approved two Osseo Area Schools referendum questions on the November election ballot. Both the operating levy and the technology levy passed.

 

Anniversaries

There were also several anniversary and celebration events in 2013.

The Maple Grove Lions Club is honored by the Maple Grove City Council at the Feb. 19 council meeting. (Photo courtesy of the Maple Grove Lions Club)

The Maple Grove Lions Club is honored by the Maple Grove City Council at the Feb. 19 council meeting. (Photo courtesy of the Maple Grove Lions Club)

The Maple Grove Lions Club celebrated its 50th anniversary in March. The club originally started with 30 members.

This year marked the 10th anniversary of the Maple Grove Farmers Market. The market has grown from 40 vendors to 65 vendors to the current 49 vendors. The market also sees increases in the number of shoppers each year.

It was 10 years ago that Rebecca Nelson died in a tragic fatal hit and run accident at the Maple Grove Community Center. The accident happened in February 2003.

The Maple Grove Community Organization celebrated its 25th anniversary this summer. The organization brings to the community Maple Grove Days, Pierre Bottineau Parade, Breakfast/Lunch with Santa, Sounds of Summer and more.

 

 

 

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