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Minnesota memoir: Benson rejects city leadership candidates

The City of Benson has reopened its search for a new city manager after rejecting two candidates.

At a meeting earlier this month, the city council discussed a timetable for finding candidates, but acknowledged that “there are no people applying for positions at the moment. there isn’t a pool,” said Mayor Terri Collins.

City manager Rob Wolfington retired last month and council rejected the two finalists he interviewed for the job. Chief Financial Officer Glen Pederson has been named interim director until the position is filled, likely not until the fall.



Residents want vehicles out of yards

There are too many vehicles parked in yards, according to Little Falls residents, and too many stop signs in motion. That’s according to Mayor Greg Zylka, who flagged the complaints at a recent city council business session.

Meanwhile, the Planning Commission will propose an ordinance to allow alcohol in city parks. The animal control officer picked up five dead animals last month and confiscated 15 others.



Council member doesn’t like roundabout plans

As Eveleth considered adding a roundabout to serve schools near Progress Parkway, opposition came from Councilman Jim Perpich. According to minutes from a recent council business session, Perpich said he didn’t think a roundabout would make things safer for students.

Vic Lund, traffic engineer for St. Louis County, explained that roundabouts are designed to limit speed to 15-20 miles per hour and reduce the number of high-speed accidents. Perpich wondered how large trucks would cross the roundabout, and Lund said it would be dual-track and capable of accommodating trucks.

The city will finalize plans for this intersection and two others over the next few months. Funding is expected to come from a federal grant by the state, but it has not yet been approved.



City to Create New and Improved Fine Arts Commission

Winona is about to disband its fine arts commission and create a new one based on a strategic plan for arts and culture in the city.

Winona has long recognized the importance of arts and culture in helping the city thrive, and the new commission would expand its work to include areas such as tourism, culinary arts, creative economy and community leadership.

The proposal also calls for the creation of a public arts program and shifts the city’s role in the arts from a direct provider of services to support and leadership of community efforts.

The city council is due to vote on the proposal at its regular meeting on Monday. If passed, a task force will be appointed to draft a new ordinance creating the commission.