Press and News http://pressnews.com Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:45:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Rockford seeking warming house attendants http://pressnews.com/2015/02/27/rockford-seeking-warming-house-attendants/ http://pressnews.com/2015/02/27/rockford-seeking-warming-house-attendants/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:45:17 +0000 http://pressnews.com/?p=136758 The city of Rockford spent several months planning and preparing for an ice rink and warming house near Riverside Park. At Rockford’s last City Council meeting, council and staff heard from City Administrator Dan Madsen regarding the project’s progress. After hearing accounts of rambunctious activities taking place at the newly designed rink and warming house, Madsen suggested council consider hiring part-time workers, at a rate of $10 hourly, to monitor and care for the warming house.

The council also discussed the next steps in the city’s search for a new public works director. The city’s current public works director, Dennis Peterson, announced his intentions to retire effective May 1 of this year.

WARMING HOUSE

The warming house and skating rink at Riverside Park is up and running. And, according to staff, is seeing much activity.

“The warming house is open and the rink is getting a lot of use by people of all ages,” Madsen said. “It came to our attention that there were some kids playing around there. It wasn’t anything serious, but it did raise the concern of damage and supervision there.”

Madsen encouraged the council to discuss the possibility of starting to add skating rink attendants to monitor what goes on at the newly designed park amenity.

“We had hoped that we wouldn’t need to do this, this year,” Madsen said. “We were hoping it could be a structure that would just be opened, closed and supervised by the neighborhood, but given the concern of horse play, it may make sense to try to start looking for people to work there.”

After doing some research, Madsen suggested starting pay for the warming house attendants to be set at $10 per hour, with hours to be set around 4-9 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends. The warming house would remain open, but as the city hires staff, workers would attend and manage the warming house when available.

The council discussed the hours and expressed interest in opening and closing the warming house at earlier times, but the city administrator suggested working within the parameters that were already put in place. Mayor Renee Haften requested a run down of the project and how much has been spent — and on what — thus far.

“So we spent approximately $35,000 to set up everything down there with the warming house, the liner, the netting, the dirt that was brought in, is that about right?” Haften asked.

“Yes, the first project was taking out the old house foundation,” Madsen said. “It was a safety hazard. That project was roughly $6,000 to $7,000. Then we had the grading; that was a lot of staff time and labor. We then ran the electric to light the trees and to get the light on the rink to supply the warming house, then we bought the warming house. So, all in, we figure we’re at about $33,000 to $35,000 with about $15,000 remaining for future grading, hockey boards or developing a rink in a different location. There’s a lot of options, and we’ll be reviewing those over the summer.”

After discussing the specifics regarding rink attendant’s pay and hours, the council felt it was in the budget for the project to staff the warming house for the remainder of the year. Haften made a motion to hire part-time staff to man the warming house at $10 per hour in the hours that staff was able to fill. The motion passed 4-0.

Public Works Position

The city accepted Peterson’s announcement to retire. With this information, staff began discussions with the council seeking direction regarding the next steps to hire for the position.

“Dennis has served the city for 26-plus years and he’s going to be very difficult to replace,” Madsen said of Peterson’s position.

The council recently directed staff to move forward with an external posting for the position and staff brought before the council a draft of the job description and provided salary parameters.

“Over the last couple of months, we’ve been looking at what we’re going to do with the replacement of the public works director position in the near future,” Madsen said. “Our current public works director is retiring May 1. Upon approval tonight, if the council supports it, we would post the position with a first review of applications being done Friday, March 6, at 4 p.m. We would then begin reviewing them and setting up interviews. We’re hoping to have first interviews done by the week of March 9 and second interviews to be done the week of March 16, and the City Council could appoint somebody to the public works position late March, early April.”

The mayor and council approved the job description and salary for a public works director and directed staff to post the job opening on The League of Minnesota Cities page, in the Crow River Newspaper and on the city’s website.

Other

The mayor and council also:

HEARD from Eric Hallberg, the secretary of Rockford’s Masonic Lodge, regarding the lodge’s intentions to match dollar-for-dollar donations made to the RiverWorks Food Shelf.

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Hanover hears new proposal for ball fields http://pressnews.com/2015/02/27/hanover-hears-new-proposal-for-ball-fields/ http://pressnews.com/2015/02/27/hanover-hears-new-proposal-for-ball-fields/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:44:22 +0000 http://pressnews.com/?p=136756 Athletic association wants to partner with city

The Hanover City Council heard that the Hanover Athletic Association has a new idea to construct two fields at city-owned property just east of the fire hall.

The council also heard of a tentative funding agreement for the Hennepin County Rd. 19 trail project.

FIELDS

City administrator Brian Hagen updated the council regarding the city-owned 10-acre parcel south of Fifth Street and directly east of the fire hall.

At the Jan. 20 council work session, the council directed staff to conduct soil samples in two approximate locations for future buildings. Hagen said the soil sampling has not taken place yet.

“Additionally, the athletic association has approached city staff with an idea of how to construct ball fields on the 10 acres,” Hagen wrote in his report.

He said two proposed projects — one at Settlers Park (by city hall) and the other at the 10-acre site) — have not happened due to an inability to reach an agreement.

Staff sent the association a letter stating the city is willing to continue the partnership and that the association can approach the city if it has new ideas.

“The new idea that has been brought to staff is for the city to construct two fields at the 10 acres, and in turn the athletic association would provide donations to help supplement costs.”

Included in the council’s agenda packet was information related to some of the city’s bond debt. Hagen said that in the past it was mentioned this debt might be able to be paid off, and in turn use the same annual debt payment toward a new bond for a future public works facility.

That facility is also proposed for the 10-acre site.

“We’re still trying to figure out the best long term use of that property,” Hagen said. “The option is out there, a public works facility, ballfield or possibly some other form of development like industrial.”

He said the athletic association would like to see two additional fields but needs to figure out if two could fit.

“Maybe the best use is a shared setup, public works and ball field,” Hagen added.

The next step is to do the soil samples to see what corrections would be needed to construct a building there.

No further action was necessary, as the item was for discussion only.

TRAIL

In other matters, the council was updated regarding the funding shortfall for the Hennepin County Rd. 19 trail that will extend from Crow-Hassan Park Reserve to the Historic Bridge.

The trail is jointly proposed between the city, Hennepin County and Three Rivers Parks District. Because the latest bid was $275,000 above the engineer’s estimate, the three parties met Feb. 13 to discuss what to do next.

“We came to a tentative agreement,” city administrator Hagen said. “Each party will bring that to the decision makers. We’re looking to split the shortfall a variation of three ways and provide additional funding.”

He said all three parties recognize the time, effort and money already invested into the project and want the project to continue this summer.

Due to federal money in the project, the parties have until early summer to begin construction and submit an invoice, or risk losing the federal grant. Thus, there is no time to rebid the project.

“Hopefully we’ll have 3 Rivers, Hennepin County and the city’s decision on an amended agreement by March 3,” Hage said. “Then we could get going and take that next step to start the project.”

Hagen said the parties are hopeful for substantial project completion by fall.

In other action, the council:

DISCUSSED the Hanover Hills neighborhood survey regarding a proposed stop sign at Third Street and Kadler Avenue. Residences that were polled regarding the stop sign were mostly in favor, with 12 “yeses” to seven “nos.” No decision was made now, with more discussion anticipated at a future meeting.

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Verdict in Councilor Sargent case overturned in appellate court http://pressnews.com/2015/02/27/verdict-in-councilor-sargent-case-overturned-in-appellate-court/ http://pressnews.com/2015/02/27/verdict-in-councilor-sargent-case-overturned-in-appellate-court/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:41:40 +0000 http://pressnews.com/?p=136664 The Minnesota Court of Appeals has overturned the decision regarding Maple Grove City Council Member Leann Sargent. New sentencing has been ordered in the case against Sargent.

According to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, the “judge had been too lenient” last year with Sargent’s sentencing.

In February 2014, Sargent pleaded guilty to one count of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult. According to Freeman, this is a felony and under the sentencing guidelines, Sargent should have received probation with 36 months in prison if she violated her probation.

Sargent’s father, Robert E. Bobleter Sr., lived with her from February 2010 until his death in March 2012. She had power of attorney over her father’s finances. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office said Sargent and her father had a written agreement that Sargent would provide her father with room, board and personal care for $2,000 a month. According to Freeman, Sargent took $107,000 from her father’s estate.

In April 2014, Sargent was found guilty of a gross misdemeanor in Hennepin County Court for financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult. At sentencing time, Hennepin County District Court Judge Luis Bartolomei agreed with Sargent’s request, in part to keep her job on the city council, and sentenced her to a gross misdemeanor and 120 days in the county workhouse.

In July of last year, a notice of appeal by the prosecuting attorney was filed in district court.

The Appellate Court said the decision to overturn the gross misdemeanor verdict was because the record demonstrates that Sargent’s conduct was not significantly less serious than the conduct involved in the typical felony-level offense of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult.

“Because the district court’s stated reasons for the departure are improper and there is insufficient evidence in the record to justify the departure, the district court abused its discretion,” the appeals court said in its ruling.

The appeals court found that giving her a lesser sentence so she could keep her council seat, and thus pay restitution, is not a valid reason for that downward departure. In fact, the appeals court noted that Bartolomei undercut his own goal of having her pay back more than $120,000 she took by ordering her to pay only $78 a month. At that rate, it would take more than 125 years to make restitution.

“We believe that all citizens found guilty of a felony crime, whether a public official or not, whether a white-collar crime or not, should be sentenced according to the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines, unless there is a profound reason not to do so,” Freeman said. “In the case of Council Member Sargent, the Minnesota Court of Appeals agreed with us that there was no reason to give her a lighter sentence and we are pleased she will be resentenced.”

Sargent has 30 days to decide whether to appeal. The case now goes back to Hennepin County District Court for resentencing. No court date has been set for her new sentencing as of Feb. 20.

 

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MGSH’s Anthony Bogachev named National Merit Finalist http://pressnews.com/2015/02/27/mgshs-anthony-bogachev-named-national-merit-finalist/ http://pressnews.com/2015/02/27/mgshs-anthony-bogachev-named-national-merit-finalist/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:01:48 +0000 http://pressnews.com/?p=136699 Anthony Bogachev, senior at Maple Grove Senior High, has been named a 2015 National Merit Finalist. To earn this honor, finalists score in the top one percent on the PSAT among 1.5 million test takers. Finalists are eligible for one of more approximately 7,600 National Merit Scholarships.

Anthony Bogachev from Maple Grove Senior High School has been named a National Merit Finalist for 2015.

Anthony Bogachev from Maple Grove Senior High School has been named a National Merit Finalist for 2015.

Bogachev is the captain of Maple Grove Senior High’s debate, speech and Model United Nations teams. He is also a member of the National Honor Society and tennis team. He has also contributed to community through a number of volunteer projects. He competed in the state speech tournament in 2014. He and his debate partner, Aditya Pidaparti, competed at the Debate Nationals in 2014 and have qualified to return for the 2015 Nationals.

He plans to pursue a college education in a STEM field.

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MGSH recognizes early registration for senior all-night Party http://pressnews.com/2015/02/27/mgsh-recognizes-early-registration-for-senior-all-night-party/ http://pressnews.com/2015/02/27/mgsh-recognizes-early-registration-for-senior-all-night-party/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:59:46 +0000 http://pressnews.com/?p=136696 MGSHpartyWinnersR15E Above Rock The World. Maple Grove Senior High School students from Ms. Gillis’ foundation class were awarded a Panera party for being the class with the most students registered for the Maple Grove Senior High All-Night Party. In addition Marah Nightingale, Ty Lindley, Emily Dehn and Nicholas Ladell were winners of gift cards from Noodles, Chipotle, Chick-fil-A and Subway. Keep the registrations coming. There will be more prize drawings as the year continues.

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Maple Grove resident enjoys Winter Jazz Blast http://pressnews.com/2015/02/27/maple-grove-resident-enjoys-winter-jazz-blast/ http://pressnews.com/2015/02/27/maple-grove-resident-enjoys-winter-jazz-blast/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:57:51 +0000 http://pressnews.com/?p=136693 In January, McNally Smith College of Music hosted its third annual Winter Jazz Blast, which is a non-competitive festival for middle and high school jazz bands in the Twin Cities and Upper Midwest. Thirteen different groups had the opportunity to perform on McNally Smith’s downtown St. Paul campus, and receive critical feedback from both peers and professional adjudicators. Participating bands also got to record their songs in McNally Smith’s McKern studio complex.

Area middle and high school jazz bands participate in the third annual Winter Jazz Blast. Five soloists were recognized for outstanding performances. McNally Smith College of Music, Brass and Woodwinds Department Head Pete Whitman stands with soloists Lucas Larson (Trumpet – Eau Claire High School), Uzoma Ngwu (Vocal – Valley Middle School), Trey Houston (Drums – Eden Prairie High School), Will Schmid (Guitar – Minnetonka High School and Maple Grove resident) and Varun Nandyal (Alto Sax – Eden Prairie High School).

Area middle and high school jazz bands participate in the third annual Winter Jazz Blast. Five soloists were recognized for outstanding performances. McNally Smith College of Music, Brass and Woodwinds Department Head Pete Whitman stands with soloists Lucas Larson (Trumpet – Eau Claire High School), Uzoma Ngwu (Vocal – Valley Middle School), Trey Houston (Drums – Eden Prairie High School), Will Schmid (Guitar – Minnetonka High School and Maple Grove resident) and Varun Nandyal (Alto Sax – Eden Prairie High School).

While Winter Jazz Blast is a non-competitive event, five soloists were recognized for their outstanding performances. One of those soloists was Maple Grove resident Will Schmid on guitar who attends Minnetonka High School. Other recognized soloists were: Varun Nandyal on alto sax from Eden Prairie High School, Uzoma Ngwu on vocal from Valley Middle School, Lucas Larson on trumpet from Eau Claire High School and Trey Houston on drums from Eden Prairie High School.

Each Outstanding Soloist received a commemorative trophy, a full tuition scholarship to McNally Smith’s Summer Workshops, and an invitation to sit in with the McNally Smith Jazz Orchestra at the Winter Jazz Blast evening concert. An additional 40-plus students were presented awards of excellence and half-tuition scholarships to McNally Smith’s Summer Workshops.

Throughout the day, Winter Jazz Blast attendees participated in workshops and clinics led by McNally Smith faculty. Woodwind and brass players were able to test drive new instruments, courtesy of Schmitt Music.

Students also enjoyed a special masterclass presented by renowned trumpet player and composer/arranger Ingrid Jensen, whose backing band featured McNally Smith’s Pete Whitman (Department Head, Brass & Woodwinds ) and Gordy Knudtson (Department Head, Percussion) on saxophone and drums, respectively, as well as Laura Caviani (piano) and Chris Bates (bass).

Winter Jazz Blast 2015 concluded with an evening concert, kicked off by an inspired performance from McNally Smith’s Jazz II Ensemble. Comprised of current students, alumni and faculty, the McNally Smith Jazz Orchestra delivered a diverse and rousing set that featured special appearances from Ingrid Jensen, the McNally Smith Hornheads Tribute, and Winter Jazz Blast’s outstanding high school soloists.

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Higher Estate Taxes: Bad Idea http://pressnews.com/2015/02/27/higher-estate-taxes-bad-idea/ http://pressnews.com/2015/02/27/higher-estate-taxes-bad-idea/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:35:00 +0000 http://pressnews.com/?guid=166e080a538263d9ac8752407ec3536e Boosting the tax on inherited wealth is a perennial goal of some politicians. And while the White House’s latest plan to boost the levy on estates faces a dim future in a GOP-controlled Congress, the concept will continue to pop up. There’s a lot wrong with this idea.

President Barack Obama’s budget wants to see an increase in the rate of what some call the death tax from 40% to nearly 60%, when you apply his proposed higher capital gains tax of 28% to what’s left after paying the death levy.

Under current law, when you inherit an asset and wish to sell it, you figure out what’s called your basis. When your parents, or whoever bequeathed you the asset, were alive, the basis was what they originally paid for it. If you inherit your parents’ home, you can bet it’s worth more upon their death than they paid for it. For you as the heir, current law says the basis rises to the property’s fair market value – what it would sell for today.

But under the new proposal, when you inherit an asset, your basis will simply be the decedent's original basis.

Example: Dad buys a house for $10,000. He dies and leaves it to you. The fair market value on the date of death is $100,000, which is the new basis. You sell it for $120,000. Under current law, you have a capital gain of $20,000 (sales price of $120,000 less step-up in basis of $100,000).

Under the Obama plan, you have a capital gain of $110,000 (sales price of $120,000 less original basis of $10,000). If you live in a state with high property values, this could result a substantial tax burden. In California, a state with very high home prices, the average beneficiary would probably be forced to sell their parents' home just to pay the taxes due.

I believe this proposal has very little chance of becoming law. Change that to I hope this proposal has very little chance of becoming law.

The Obama plan contains exemptions for some households, but an enormous number of people still would get slammed. The whole reason we have step-up in basis is because we have a death tax. If assets are liable for tax when Dad owned them, it’s unfair to treat them as liable for tax again when the inheritor sells it. This adds yet another redundant layer of tax on savings and investment. It's a huge tax hike on family farms and small businesses.

This is like a second tax. The first one has a top tax rate of 40% and a standard deduction of $5.3 million ($10.6 million for surviving spouses). Conceivably, an accumulated capital gain could face a 40% death tax levy and then a 28% capital gains tax on what is left. That equals an integrated federal tax of just under 60% on inherited capital gains.

Note that Dad’s original purchase of stocks, bonds and property with after-tax dollars. In other words, Dad earned money and paid taxes on those earnings. With the money he had, after he paid Uncle Sam, he (and perhaps Mom) bought the asset the beneficiary now must pay taxes upon Dad’s death. I know, it’s capital gain taxes. However, when I sell asset that has appreciated, I pay capital gain taxes.

If this proposal – or something like it – becomes law, and my wife and I die, my daughter confronts a very large tax burden.

When I choose to sell an asset, I normally pay capital gain taxes. I can do some tax planning accordingly. Under the Obama proposal, my daughter cannot take advantage of any planning options to attempt tax reduction that would be available to me, if alive.

Follow AdviceIQ on Twitter at @adviceiq.

Phillip Q. Shrotman is founder and president of Principal Planning Service, Inc. in Long Beach, Calif. He was a professor in the Business Division at Long Beach City College for over 29 years, where he held the position as Coordinator for Financial Planning and Insurance for the college. He holds a Community College Instructors Credential from the University of California at Los Angeles and a master’s from the University of San Francisco. He also holds the profession designations of General Securities Principal of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Series 7 and 24. He has appeared as a guest on KABC Talk Radio and various television and radio programs.

AdviceIQ delivers quality personal finance articles by both financial advisors and AdviceIQ editors. It ranks advisors in your area by specialty, including small businesses, doctors and clients of modest means, for example. Those with the biggest number of clients in a given specialty rank the highest. AdviceIQ also vets ranked advisors so only those with pristine regulatory histories can participate. AdviceIQ was launched Jan. 9, 2012, by veteran Wall Street executives, editors and technologists. Right now, investors may see many advisor rankings, although in some areas only a few are ranked. Check back often as thousands of advisors are undergoing AdviceIQ screening. New advisors appear in rankings daily.

 

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Boosting the tax on inherited wealth is a perennial goal of some politicians. And while the White House’s latest plan to boost the levy on estates faces a dim future in a GOP-controlled Congress, the concept will continue to pop up. There’s a lot wrong with this idea.

President Barack Obama’s budget wants to see an increase in the rate of what some call the death tax from 40% to nearly 60%, when you apply his proposed higher capital gains tax of 28% to what’s left after paying the death levy.

Under current law, when you inherit an asset and wish to sell it, you figure out what’s called your basis. When your parents, or whoever bequeathed you the asset, were alive, the basis was what they originally paid for it. If you inherit your parents’ home, you can bet it’s worth more upon their death than they paid for it. For you as the heir, current law says the basis rises to the property’s fair market value – what it would sell for today.

But under the new proposal, when you inherit an asset, your basis will simply be the decedent's original basis.

Example: Dad buys a house for $10,000. He dies and leaves it to you. The fair market value on the date of death is $100,000, which is the new basis. You sell it for $120,000. Under current law, you have a capital gain of $20,000 (sales price of $120,000 less step-up in basis of $100,000).

Under the Obama plan, you have a capital gain of $110,000 (sales price of $120,000 less original basis of $10,000). If you live in a state with high property values, this could result a substantial tax burden. In California, a state with very high home prices, the average beneficiary would probably be forced to sell their parents' home just to pay the taxes due.

I believe this proposal has very little chance of becoming law. Change that to I hope this proposal has very little chance of becoming law.

The Obama plan contains exemptions for some households, but an enormous number of people still would get slammed. The whole reason we have step-up in basis is because we have a death tax. If assets are liable for tax when Dad owned them, it’s unfair to treat them as liable for tax again when the inheritor sells it. This adds yet another redundant layer of tax on savings and investment. It's a huge tax hike on family farms and small businesses.

This is like a second tax. The first one has a top tax rate of 40% and a standard deduction of $5.3 million ($10.6 million for surviving spouses). Conceivably, an accumulated capital gain could face a 40% death tax levy and then a 28% capital gains tax on what is left. That equals an integrated federal tax of just under 60% on inherited capital gains.

Note that Dad’s original purchase of stocks, bonds and property with after-tax dollars. In other words, Dad earned money and paid taxes on those earnings. With the money he had, after he paid Uncle Sam, he (and perhaps Mom) bought the asset the beneficiary now must pay taxes upon Dad’s death. I know, it’s capital gain taxes. However, when I sell asset that has appreciated, I pay capital gain taxes.

If this proposal – or something like it – becomes law, and my wife and I die, my daughter confronts a very large tax burden.

When I choose to sell an asset, I normally pay capital gain taxes. I can do some tax planning accordingly. Under the Obama proposal, my daughter cannot take advantage of any planning options to attempt tax reduction that would be available to me, if alive.

Follow AdviceIQ on Twitter at @adviceiq.

Phillip Q. Shrotman is founder and president of Principal Planning Service, Inc. in Long Beach, Calif. He was a professor in the Business Division at Long Beach City College for over 29 years, where he held the position as Coordinator for Financial Planning and Insurance for the college. He holds a Community College Instructors Credential from the University of California at Los Angeles and a master’s from the University of San Francisco. He also holds the profession designations of General Securities Principal of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Series 7 and 24. He has appeared as a guest on KABC Talk Radio and various television and radio programs.

AdviceIQ delivers quality personal finance articles by both financial advisors and AdviceIQ editors. It ranks advisors in your area by specialty, including small businesses, doctors and clients of modest means, for example. Those with the biggest number of clients in a given specialty rank the highest. AdviceIQ also vets ranked advisors so only those with pristine regulatory histories can participate. AdviceIQ was launched Jan. 9, 2012, by veteran Wall Street executives, editors and technologists. Right now, investors may see many advisor rankings, although in some areas only a few are ranked. Check back often as thousands of advisors are undergoing AdviceIQ screening. New advisors appear in rankings daily.

 

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Mayor Poppe is Broker of the Year http://pressnews.com/2015/02/27/mayor-poppe-is-broker-of-the-year/ http://pressnews.com/2015/02/27/mayor-poppe-is-broker-of-the-year/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:39:05 +0000 http://pressnews.com/?p=136660 “It was a total surprise that I won the award and that my family was there that night,” Osseo Mayor Duane Poppe said.

Mayor Poppe was recently awarded as the Broker of the Year from the Minnesota Commercial Association of Real Estate. According to Poppe, this award is the equivalent to a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Osseo Mayor Duane Poppe and his family are with him as he receives the Broker of the Year Award.

Osseo Mayor Duane Poppe and his family are with him as he receives the Broker of the Year Award.

The Minnesota Commercial Association of Real Estate’s Broker of the Year is chosen based on five criteria, Poppe said. The award is based on: a high level of professional conduct, an outstanding contribution to the commercial real estate profession, a lifetime of achievement within the industry/community and in service to others, participation in MNCAR and other real estate related associations as well as participation in civic and community activities.

“Since 1995, the award has grown to become the Highest Honor in our industry, with an impressive list of distinguished recipients,” Poppe said.

Brokers from all different companies submitted nominations of people they felt “embodied this award.” Poppe said a selection committee then reviewed the nominations and selected a winner.

“They mentioned at the awards ceremony that of all the years of this award they haven’t seen one person nominated by so many different companies,” he added. “They said that my name was submitted by multiple people and brokerage companies.”

Obtaining this award was one of Poppe’s career goals because it is such a prestigious award.

“I am very humbled by this award,” he said. “As I was up on stage I looked around the room at all the great brokers in the market and felt honored to be nominated by my peers and included in such a prestigious group of previous winners.”

The city of Osseo has been working over the past several years to bring new development and redevelopment to the city. Mayor Poppe said he thinks his career has helped bring redevelopment to the city. “As I look around the city at the different development opportunities, I go out and talk with many people in the development community and tell the Osseo story and what is possible here,” he said.

Poppe said he wanted to thank everyone that nominated him and his family for all they do. “Also, as I tell my kids, ‘Leave the world a little better than you found it,’” he added.

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Medina Police http://pressnews.com/2015/02/27/medina-police-28/ http://pressnews.com/2015/02/27/medina-police-28/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:35:02 +0000 http://pressnews.com/?p=136743 Monday, Feb. 9

Mail taken from a mailbox at 1500 block of Hunter Drive.

Thursday, Feb. 12

Vehicle stuck off road just off the walking path.  Driver was issued a citation for careless driving.

Friday, Feb. 13

Jennifer McAllister, age 34, from Elk River, arrested at County Rd. 116 and Hackamore Road on suspicion of driving under the influence, released pending test results.

Saturday, Feb. 14

John Creighton, 26, of Corcoran, was arrested for canceled driver’s license at County Rd. 101 and Evergreen Road.

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West Hennepin Public Safety http://pressnews.com/2015/02/27/west-hennepin-public-safety-29/ http://pressnews.com/2015/02/27/west-hennepin-public-safety-29/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:34:09 +0000 http://pressnews.com/?p=136741 The following are some of the incidents mentioned in the activity report from West Hennepin Public Safety dated Friday, Feb. 13 to Thursday, Feb. 19. WHPS serves Independence and Maple Plain. The incidents below took place in Independence, unless otherwise noted.

Friday, Feb. 13

WHPS responded to the 5900 block of Highway 12 in Maple Plain for a male having chest pains. The male was transported by North Memorial Ambulance to the hospital.

WHPS received a complaint of the railroad arms down and no train present at Townline Road in Independence. It was found a train had just cleared and the railroad arms were back up.

Saturday, Feb. 14

WHPS responded to a 911 hang up call from the 1500 block of Wyman Avenue in Maple Plain. WHPS officer found a female that had tried to call her home, she couldn’t hear and hung up. The female was fine, did not need police, she had misdialed.

Sunday, Feb. 15

At County Line Road and Highway 12 a vehicle stopped on the side of the road in front of the WHPS squad car and put their emergency flashers on. The taxi driver was concerned that his customer was not giving him a valid Delano address and was not going to pay for his taxi fee as he did not have his wallet with him. The taxi fee was at $80+. Wright County Sheriff’s Officer responded to assist with payment at the Delano address.

A motorist called in a traffic complaint of passing and tailgating at Highway 12 and Nelson Road in Independence. WHPS then received a second call of one who had passed and was tailgating and flashing its lights. Both vehicles were stopped, their complaints were discussed and neither driver wanted to press charges.  Both motorists were warned on their driving conduct.

WHPS officer observed broken shelving in the Rainbow Park warming house in Maple Plain. It looked like someone had kicked the shelving as half of it was broken. An estimated loss is $400. The case is under investigation.

Monday, Feb. 16

WHPS responded to an abandoned vehicle in the parking lot of a business in the 5600 block of Highway 12 in Maple Plain. The vehicle registered to a relative that worked at the business.

WHPS responded to the Rainbow Park parking lot in Maple Plain for a complaint of a vehicle that was doing donuts. A vehicle was stopped and the driver stated he made one turn as he pulled into the lot and the car slid sideways. The parking lot was very icy and the officer did not see evidence of donuts. While speaking with the driver, it was observed that there was a “No Parking” sign in the back seat. The driver stated his girlfriend did not want it anymore and gave it to him. The surrounding area was checked where there are known “No Parking” signs and they were all there.

WHPS was asked to escort an employee to their vehicle in the 1500 block of Howard Avenue in Maple Plain. The employee had a problem with an upset customer prior to closing and wanted to be escorted to their car.

WHPS officer responded to the parking lot of a business in the 1500 block of Howard Avenue, Maple Plain for keys locked inside a vehicle. The officer opened the vehicle for the owner.

Tuesday, Feb. 17

WHPS officer responded to Bryantwood Drive and Joyce Street in Maple Plain for a barking dog complaint. Upon officer arrival the dog was no longer barking. It was unknown the specific area where the barking was coming from and the dog was not found.

WHPS responded to Vinland Center, 3675 Ihduhapi Trail in Independence for a female who had chest pains and pain radiating down her arm.  Loretto Fire and North Memorial Ambulance paramedics assisted in assessing her.

Wednesday, Feb. 18

WHPS responded to the 5200 block of Bryantwood Drive in Maple Plain to assist a person who wanted his personal items back. The home owner refused to release the personal items and a court order would be needed to get them.

WHPS responded to a gas drive off at Olson’s Market at 5240 Highway 12 in Maple Plain. The motorist filled the tank with $32.04 of gas and drove off without paying. The vehicle license plate was noted and the registered owner of the vehicle was located. The case is currently under investigation and charges pending.

WHPS officer responded to Bryantwood Drive and Joyce Street in Maple Plain for the second complaint of a barking dog. The dog was located behind a garage in a kennel in the 5300 block of Joyce Street in Maple Plain. The dog owner was advised of the disturbance of his dog barking and this was the second time WHPS has been to the area in two days. The dog owner stated he would make sure the dog would not bark anymore.

Thursday, Feb. 19

A resident in the 1500 block of Howard Avenue in Maple Plain called stating the smoke detector was sounding in an unoccupied apartment. There were no signs of smoke or fire. Maple Plain Fire assisted WHPS officer and found one of the smoke detectors batteries were dead, causing it to alarm.

WHPS officer responded to an abandoned vehicle in a business parking lot at 5135 Oak Street in Maple Plain. The vehicle was parked in front of the main entrance doors and had a flat tire. Upon officer arrival the vehicle owner was putting air in the tire. He had gone home to get an air pump to fill it up.

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