Sunday, March 31, 2013
Also in this week's review: Apple Valley council strikes a chord with Spoon and Highway 3 problems on the horizon in Northfield.
Take a trip around Dakota County and the south metro with this week's rundown of top news. For the original story, simply click on the link in the headline. Apple Valley-Rosemount Apple Valley Council Strikes a Conciliatory Tone with Spoon Just two months after shutting down alcohol sales at the restaurant, council members reissued the restaurant's beer and wine licenses. Rosemount Firefighters Get a Pay Raise Firefighters compensation will go from $6 per call to $10 per call under a plan approved by the Rosemount City Council. Surprise Discovery May Complicate Rosemount Park-Building Efforts Rosemount city staff found something unexpected while taking soil samples at the 57-acre site of a proposed athletic complex. Eagan Back to …
Friday, February 22, 2013
What is the most scenic or special spot along the Mendota Heights and Inver Grove Heights riverfront for you?
Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 is the deadline to submit your favorite places for viewing the Mississippi River to the National Park Service's Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. Visit the "My Mississippi River Views" web page to add your most choice riverside spots to MNRRA's map. You'll be asked about how often you visit the viewpoint, how long you stay there, how you reach the area and why you feel it is scenic. As of early Friday, three locations in or abutting Mendota Heights and Inver Grove Heights were on the map: Lion's Levee Park, a look-out near Highway 13 and the 494 bridge and several near Pike Island and Fort Snelling. What river spot did you submit to "My Mississippi River Views"? Leave a comment below and share a photo by…
Monday, December 5, 2011
Sediment taken during the dredging would be used to create a new, man-made island in the river.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
More than 100 emergency responders will take part in a simulated plane crash on the Mississippi River Tuesday evening.
The Inver Grove Heights Fire Department will be one of several emergency response agencies participating in a simulated plane crash Tuesday evening. As part of a multi-agency training exercise, more than 100 emergency responders will be involved in the drill, a staged crash of a commercial airliner into the Mississippi River near Fort Snelling, according to a press release issued by Hennepin County. Organizers of the training exercise include the Metropolitan Airports Commission, the Upper Midwest Area Maritime Security Committee, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and the South Metro Water Rescue Workgroup, which is comprised of law enforcement, fire departments, emergency medical technicians, the Minnesota Department of Natural …
Friday, July 8, 2011
Police have asked the public for help identifying the body of a middle-aged black male.
The Dakota County Sheriff's office and the Inver Grove Heights Police Department have asked the public for help identifying a badly decomposed body found along the Mississippi River on Tuesday. A worker cutting grass located the body lying underneath an old dock and other debris, Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows said. Investigators believe spring flood waters carried the body to the location of the discovery before receding. "[The worker] saw what appeared to be a pair of tennis shoes protruding from underneath the dock," Bellows said on Friday morning. The body is that of a middle-aged black male, according to a press release issued by the sheriff's office on Friday. The Dakota County Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy, but…
Monday, April 4, 2011
On April 11, The Mississippi River level is expected to crest again at 697.4 feet above sea level — more than six inches above the March 30 crest.
The Mississippi River is expected to rise again this week, thanks in part to rain that National Weather Service forecasters are predicting will fall on Tuesday and Thursday this week. City officials now believe the Mississippi River at 64th Street in Inver Grove Heights will crest at 697.4 feet above sea level on April 11, more than six inches above the March 30 crest of 696.7 feet above sea level. While higher, the second crest is still safely below the height of the city's earthen levee, which ranges in elevation from 702 to 704 feet above sea level. According to a press release issued today by the city, 64th Street east of Concord Boulevard will remain closed until further notice. City staff also plan to monitor the levee and the water …
Thursday, March 31, 2011
City officials believe the river will peak at 697.3 feet. The river level in St. Paul is already dropping.
The first round of flooding in Inver Grove Heights is expected to hit its high point today, according to city officials. City Engineer Tom Kaldunski predicts that the river will crest at 697.3 feet above sea level — roughly five feet below the river's 100-year-flood level. Already, National Weather Service measurements show that the river level in St. Paul — a few miles upstream of Inver Grove — has dropped slightly after peaking at 702.63 feet above sea level early this morning. The river level has risen more than six feet since last Tuesday, according to the city's measurements, which are made daily by city crews along 64th Street in Inver Grove Heights. The elevation of the river varies as it runs down the length of the city, Kaldunski …
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
The Mississippi River level in Inver Grove Heights rose to 696.9 feet on Tuesday — just five feet below the 100-year-flood level.
The Mississippi River level in Inver Grove Heights rose to 696.9 feet on Tuesday — just five feet below the 100-year-flood level. The rising waters prompted the city to sandbag along a levee protecting the Doffing Avenue neighborhood in Inver Grove and have forced businesses between the river and the levee to close until the waters recede.
The riverside restaurant and bar is one of several businesses in Inver Grove Heights that have been adversely affected by flooding.
If you want to get to the Mississippi Pub in Inver Grove Heights, take a boat, waders or, if all else fails, a front end loader. That's how pub owner Joe Harms and his employees got to their flood-stricken business on Tuesday afternoon. The rising Mississippi River has turned the Mississippi Pub into an island — shutting down the riverfront restaurant and bar. City officials believe the river will crest on Thursday at an elevation of 697.3 feet above sea level. The water level in Inver Grove Heights on Tuesday was 696.9 feet above sea level, according to City Engineer Tom Kaldunski.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Since March 25, the Mississippi River at St. Paul rose roughly four feet, according to the National Weather Service.
City officials estimate the Mississippi River level in Inver Grove Heights has hit 696.6 feet above sea level — roughly five feet below the lowest elevation of the city's levee, which stands at 702 feet. That means the river level has risen more than six feet since last Tuesday, according to the city's measurements, which are made daily by city crews along 64th Street in Inver Grove Heights. The National Weather Service's Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service recorded similar increases at its flood gauge in St. Paul. There, the river level currently stands 702.12 feet. The discrepancy in the measurements from that gauge and the estimated river level in Inver Grove Heights can be accounted for by the different elevations of the two cities…