Subway Memoirs: Shakopee River Bank Erosion Gets Federal Funding

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A project to stabilize the eroding banks of the Minnesota River in Shakopee has received $3.5 million in federal funding.

Representatives from the city, Scott County, Three Rivers Park District and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux community met earlier this month on the shore with Democratic U.S. Rep. Angie Craig, who represents the area and has lobbied for federal funding.

Officials pointed to a manhole covering an exposed stormwater tank – once firmly planted in Huber Park on solid ground – that is now underwater because the river banks have worn away for several decades .

The federal funding was provided as one of Craig’s submissions for the federal omnibus bill, which was signed into law earlier this year, according to David McGonigal, spokesman for the MP.

“I’m really proud of how this community and this project have come together,” said Craig.

The price is about half of what the first phase of a stabilization project will cost, according to Shakopee city officials.

Officials said the entire riverbank stabilization project, along with plans to create trails and a cultural corridor near the river to celebrate the area’s history as a transportation hub and place dating, will cost $12.5 million.

Officials are still trying to determine the exact cost of the multi-phased project, said Steve Lillehaug, city engineer and director of public works. Officials also said they hope the legislature will provide additional funding for the project in this session’s bail bill.

Erin Adler

Blaine

The City appoints a new member of the municipal council

Tom Newland will be sworn in as the new member of Blaine City Council at Monday’s meeting.

Newland will represent Ward 1, which covers the southern part of the city. He will replace Jason Smith, who recently stepped down when he left Blaine.

Newland, who ran for the seat in 2020, was one of seven people who applied to fill the vacancy and the only candidate to receive a ranking from all of Blaine’s other board members. He will represent the ward until the end of 2022, and the seat will be on the ballot in a special election in November.

Newland previously served on the City Park Board of Directors, the Blaine Public Safety Association, the MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce, and the Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View Fire Department.

Tim Harlow

Still water

Stillwater firefighters turn 150

The town of Stillwater will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its fire department at a ceremony next month.

The department will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon June 3 at the Stillwater Fire Station, 250 Maryknoll Drive N.

Stillwater Town Council voted unanimously on May 28, 1872 to establish the fire department. The first official meeting was held on June 3, 1872, where the founding members of the department elected officers and approved the official name of the organization: the Stillwater Steam Engine Company, No. 1.

The anniversary event is free, but registration is required for planning purposes.

Shannon Prather

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