City News


The City of Roseville has received the Minnesota Blue Star Award for its efforts to protect local water quality. The award is sponsored by a partnership between state agencies, watershed districts, engineering firm Emmons & Olivier Resources, and nonprofit group Friends of the Mississippi River. It is part of a statewide program honoring clean water communities by recognizing municipal efforts to keep runoff pollution from degrading nearby lakes, streams, and wetlands. Roseville received Blue Star’s fifth-highest score in an assessment of stormwater management practices administered through the award program. The award recognized Roseville’s efforts to mitigate runoff through a combination of natural resource preservation, stormwater management standards, pollution source controls, and other activities that exceed state requirements.


Savage Communications Manager Amy Barnett has been appointed to the board of directors for the International Association of Business Communicators’ (IABC) Pacific Plains Region. The 11-member board supports the leadership of 18 IABC chapters in 18 states. Barnett is serving as the board’s communications director for a two-year term that began July 1. She has been a judge for the organization’s local and regional awards programs for many years, and has been the judging coordinator for IABC Minnesota’s Bronze Quill Awards for the past three years. She also is a board of education director for Tri-City United Schools, a newly consolidated public school district located south of the Twin Cities. Barnett has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin at River Falls. She worked as a reporter and editor for several daily and weekly newspapers prior to joining the City of Savage.


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is giving the City of Duluth $400,000 worth of grants to assess the status of brownfield sites within the city that may contain hazardous materials, pollutants or contaminants, as well as create cleanup plans. Half of the grant money will be used to plan cleanup for seven sites within Duluth. The other half will focus on sites that may contain petroleum-based materials. “These grants mark an important step in cleaning up valuable land within Duluth for future projects to generate jobs and economic development, as well as for the sake of a cleaner, healthier environment for everyone who lives, works, and enjoys this great city,” said Congressman Rick Nolan.

Staff News

The City of Eden Prairie has promoted Julie Klima to the position of city planner. Klima moved into the role after the retirement of Mike Franzen, who was city planner for 30 years. Klima began her employment with the city as senior planner in June 2013. Before working in Eden Prairie, she worked in planning for the City of Shakopee for more than 18 years. “I am very excited for the opportunity to work with the community to help shape Eden Prairie’s future,” said Klima. She earned her bachelor’s degree in local and urban affairs from St. Cloud State University and a master’s degree in urban planning from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She earned her professional certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners.


St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman has appointed Jonathan Sage-Martinson to be the city’s director of the Planning and Economic Development Department. Sage-Martinson, 44, is a St. Paul resident who has more than 15 years of community and economic development experience, including serving as director of the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, according to a press release. Sage-Martinson replaces Cecile Bedor, the city’s economic development director for the past eight years, who left in May to oversee operations and serve as executive vice president of Greater MSP, a St. Paul-based regional economic development partnership. Sage-Martinson spent the last six years at Central Corridor Funders Collaborative promoting development along the Green Line light rail transit project. He also has served as executive director of SPARC, a community-based nonprofit development corporation focused on the Midway area, and as associate director of the Green Institute, a former Minneapolis nonprofit.
(Source: Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal)