Minnesota Cities Magazine

Ideas in Action

Ideas in Action: Belle Plaine Boosts Safety with ‘Tiger Watch’ Program March 2017

A simple, but effective new program in Belle Plaine makes public safety everyone's business.

Ideas in Action: Oak Park Heights Turns Fly-Ash Pit into Fun Park January 2017

The project received a 2016 City of Excellence Award from the League of Minnesota Cities.

Ideas in Action: Hastings’ ‘Riverfront Renaissance’ Brings New Vitality November 2016

The project was the winner of a League of Minnesota Cities 2016 City of Excellence Award.

Ideas in Action: Collaborative Effort Brings Fiber-Optic Broadband to Rural Region September 2016

The RS Fiber Cooperative received a 2016 City of Excellence Award from the League of Minnesota Cities.

Ideas in Action: Elk River Finds Its Way to Smoother Roads July 2016

Elk River started charging franchise fees in 2013 to pay for road projects, and the move has resulted in many benefits for the city and residents.

Ideas in Action: Oakdale Saves Money While Working to Save the Planet May 2016

Oakdale's work in sustainability earned it the inaugural Sustainable City Award in 2015.

Ideas in Action: Eden Prairie Takes Snow Removal Program from Good to Great March 2016

This project received a 2015 City of Excellence Award from the League of Minnesota Cities.

Ideas in Action: Happy Trails—Paynesville Brings 30-Year Vision to Life January 2016

This project received a 2015 City of Excellence Award from the League of Minnesota Cities.

Ideas in Action: Alexandria’s Public Involvement Key to Street Project Success November 2015

Alexandria successfully completed a complex reconstruction of its main street with the help of an equally ambitious stakeholder process.

Ideas in Action: On Target—Belle Plaine Builds Archery Park September 2015

Belle Plaine's resourceful approach to a unique amenity was recognized with a League of Minnesota Cities’ 2015 City of Excellence Award.

Ideas in Action: City of Edina—There’s an App for That! July 2015

A mobile app developed by the City of Edina is changing the way the city and residents communicate about services.

Ideas in Action: Royalton—Small City, Big Sustainability Efforts May 2015

Royalton is a small city taking on sustainability in a big way.

Ideas in Action: Eagan Engages Residents with Televised Budget Review March 2015

Eagan's Virtual Open House was the winner of a 2014 City of Excellence award.

Ideas in Action: Coon Rapids Invests in Residents’ Remodeling Dreams January 2015

The City of Coon Rapids was honored with a 2014 City of Excellence Award from the League of Minnesota Cities for a program that has spurred investment in the city's housing stock.

Ideas in Action: Medina’s Space Expansion Success November 2014

The City of Medina was honored with a 2014 City of Excellence Award from the League of Minnesota Cities for their resourceful expansion project.