Thursday, December 27, 2012
Inver Grove Heights city leaders debated the issue throughout the summer. Patch polled readers on June 18.
Follow Inver Grove Heights Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our free newsletter As the end of the year approaches, Patch recaps the biggest stories of 2012—both in terms of pageviews and impact on the Inver Grove Heights community. The Patch poll originally posted June 18, 2012. Here are additional articles on the topic that posted on Patch. Click on the headlines to read the stories. • (Aug. 28) IGH City Councilman Flip-Flops, DNR Gun Safety Program Gets Green Light • (Aug. 24) POLL: City Council to Reconsider Gun Safety Program • (Aug. 14) City Council Shoots Down DNR Gun Safety Program • (July 24) Stage Set for City Council Vote on Firearms Program • (July 12) City OKs Second Reading of Gun Safety Program, Residents …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Pilot project at Lake Carlos State Park north of Alexandria could have a big impact on Lake Minnetonka. Effectiveness in open water settings will be a focus.
- Jay Corn
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Editor's note: Lake Minnetonka Patch ran an extensive feature story on Zequanox back in late May. That post can be read in its entirety by clicking here. The following information was provided by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources: A research project, using a natural product called Zequanox, is underway at Lake Carlos State Park in an effort to discover an effective and environmentally safe means to control zebra mussels and protect aquatic ecosystems, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced. The DNR's invasive species program is working with the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) and New York State Museum's Field Research Laboratory on the project. Zequanox is a natural product that was approved by the Environmental…
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
In the end, the council could not agree that a limited term was necessary for the gun safety program.
After another marathon meeting Monday night, the Inver Grove Heights city council voted against a DNR-sponsored gun safety program on the property of longtime resident Vance Grannis, Jr. The council first voted against a conditional use permit that would allow the gun safety program to operate on a permanent basis. Mayor George Tourville and councilman Bill Klein voting against it. Klein then motioned for an interim use permit—one that would allow for a 12-month trial run of the program—which was supported by Tourville but opposed by councilpersons Dennis Madden and Rosemary Piekarski Krech. As was his obligation, councilman Chip Grannis abstained during all of the voting. During the public comment phase of the meeting, Vance Grannis, Jr. …
Monday, August 13, 2012
All city council meetings are open to the public, held at City Hall and begin at 7 p.m.
1. CALL TO ORDER 2. ROLL CALL 3. PRESENTATIONS 4. CONSENT AGENDA: All items on the Consent Agenda are considered routine and have been made available to the City Council at least two days prior to the meeting; the items will be enacted in one motion. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a Council member or citizen so requests, in which event the item will be removed from this Agenda and considered in normal sequence. A. Minutes – July 23, 2012 Regular Council Meeting B. Resolution Approving Disbursements for Period Ending August 8, 2012 C. Resolution Reallocating Remaining Proceeds of the City’s $4,885,000 General Obligation Improvement Bonds, Series 2010B D. Final Pay Voucher No. 11, Final Report, …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
The City Council will decide on Aug. 13 whether to allow residents to be able to fire .22 caliber rifles and to allow a DNR-sponsored gun safety program on the Grannis/Lindberg properties.
The Inver Grove Heights City Council on Monday night passed the second reading of an ordinance amendment that would allow IGH residents to discharge firearms within city limits. The ordinance—identical to the rezoning decision to allow for a DNR-sponsored gun safety program on the Grannis/Lindberg properties—limits any discharge of firearms to .22 caliber rifles and any ammunition to be of the non-lead variety. City attorney Tim Kuntz explained at Monday night’s meeting that the ordinance amendment is a “companion” to the rezoning decision and that the council was hearing it in order “to link up” the two pieces of legislation—both of which will be decided upon at the Aug. 13 city council meeting. “Mr. Mayor, I’d like to move (to pass) the …
Monday, June 18, 2012
After nearly six hours of debate in the Inver Grove Heights Planning Commission and City Council, the issue remains locked in an intense debate.
The Inver Grove Heights Planning Commission spent three hours on June 5 trying to decide whether or not to recommend a DNR-sponsored firearms safety program in Darvan Acres, a huge plot of land owned by Vance Grannis, Jr. After much discussion, the Planning Commission recommended the program be allowed. The City Council spent a similar amount of time debating the same issue during Monday night's council meeting. The Council ultimately voted in favor of an interim use permit for the site, which, in theory, grants permission for the class to happen for an as-yet undetermined number of years. Monday night's vote was the first in a series of readings of the issue, so nothing has been decided yet. Issues still being debated include noise …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
DNR Lt. Alex Gutierrez stressed that the program would not constitute an active gun range.
The Inver Grove Heights Planning Commission approved 5-3 an amendment to a city ordinance that will allow the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to conduct a series of firearms safety courses inside city limits. In a marathon meeting that eclipsed the three-hour mark Tuesday night, commissioners Whipperman, Maggi and Elsmore voted down a proposal to use a 250-acre plot of land in the city to host the classes. The property, which spans from Barnes Ave. to South Robert St. and from Courthouse Blvd. to 96th St., belongs to longtime IGH resident Vance Grannis, Jr. The approved proposal also includes the following conditions: The issues of noise and notice turned out to be contentious ones throughout the meeting. A neighbor living in the…
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Patch is your one-stop-shop for everything you need to know before heading out this weekend.
Minnesota has seen more than its fair share of cold, wet and windy fishing openers, but it doesn't look like 2012 will be one of them. Forecasts call for clear skies with morning lows in the upper 40s and afternoon highs in the high 70s. The fishing season officially began at the stroke of midnight, and Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are expecting anglers to find a good bite throughout the state. Read the metro area fishing outlook here. Minnesota is the nation’s leader in fishing participation (28 percent of residents age 16 or older buy a license). About 500,000 anglers typically hit the water on opening day, and about 1.4 million people buy Minnesota fishing licenses each year. Minnesota's general fishing opener is …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will lift burning restrictions on Apr. 27 after much needed rain arrived.
Editor's Note: The following content was provided by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources: The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will officially lift burning restrictions in 13 Minnesota counties beginning at 8 a.m. Friday, Apr. 27. The DNR is lifting restrictions in areas where green-up is occurring and wildfire conditions are easing. The following counties will be removed from burning restrictions April 27: Dakota, Anoka, Benton, Chisago, Douglas, Hennepin, Isanti, Pope, Ramsey, Stearns, Sherburne, Washington and Wright counties. Although the state burning restrictions are lifted in these counties, local areas, counties or municipalities may have specific regulations or restrictions that affect burning …
Friday, June 24, 2011
From state parks to invasive species inspections, Department of Natural Resources hammering out contingency plans.
- Jay Corn
Friday, June 24, 2011
A shutdown of state government would suspend virtually all services and divisions within Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources. All 74 state parks, recreational areas and camp grounds, visited by millions of people every year, will close. Conservation and enforcement operations will also cease, and ecological monitoring will come to a halt. “We don’t have an agency master list of services affected by the potential shutdown,” said Colleen Coyle, a communications and outreach specialist with the department. “We are still in the midst of contingency planning, and the court has not yet ruled which of our services will be considered essential.” Each DNR division director is being asked to foresee and lay out the effects of a potential …