Independence City Council

The Maple Plain and Loretto Fire Departments are looking for buildings that can be set on fire and used to give firefighters hands on training in real life situations. Earlier this year, the two fire departments thought they had a likely structure. Stephen and Mary Lindholm, of Clarkfield offered a vacant home on property they [...]

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Independence City Council caught in dispute  The Independence City Council is finding itself in the middle of a dispute between a couple who live on Lake Independence and two fire departments that want to burn down a house next door and give firefighters hands-on experience in the process. Mark and Sharyl Fischer, of 3162 Independence [...]

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Study offers cost-effective ideas  The cost of improving water quality in lakes Independence and Sarah is looming like a dark cloud over cities in the Pioneer Sarah Creek Watershed District, including Independence, Loretto, Medina and Greenfield. A cleanup plan for each lake — called a total maximum daily load plan, or TMDL — spells out [...]

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The Independence City Council, Tuesday, March 25, expressed its support for a Three Rivers Park District master plan for a proposed regional trail between Carver and Baker Park Reserves. Council support came in the form of a joint resolution with the city of Maple Plain. After the meeting, Independence City Administrator Toni Hirsch said that, [...]

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The Independence City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 25, decided to support the city of Maple Plain on the issue of proposed alignments for a regional trail between Baker Park and Carver Park. The council now is waiting to review a joint resolution by the two cities before it is sent to the Three Rivers Park District. [...]

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The Independence City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 11, approved a seven-year contract with Randy’s Environmental Services for single-sort residential recycling. Contacted after the meeting, City Administrator Toni Hirsch said the contract will save the city money, and as a result, will save taxpayers money. In Independence, the city pays recycling fees using general fund money. Residents [...]

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City working with Maple Plain on ideas A committee from the cities of Independence and Maple Plain has been looking at potential ways for sharing services, and now the issue is in the hands of the two city administrators, Toni Hirsch and Tessia Melvin. The Independence City Council, Tuesday, Jan. 14, approved a report from [...]

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To the Editor: I am sure that most of you have read the Independence City Council and Planning Commission meeting minutes about the number of dogs on my property. In the 10 years that I have owned these dogs I have only had one official complaint about barking which occurred on Aug. 8. I had [...]

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