April 8, 2013 in Worthington Daily Globe
$750 million bonding bill creates 21,000 jobs, he saysST. PAUL Minnesota would borrow money for relatively small projects, such as $775,000 to improve Clara City streets, to a massive one that all Minnesotans would notice, a $109 million Capitol building renovation, under the governor’s public works funding proposal. Continue Reading
April 3, 2013 in Worthington Daily Globe
ST. PAUL Minnesota communities have plenty of suggestions for how to spend state dollars borrowed for public works projects. In fact, they have too many. Continue Reading
February 19, 2013 in The Dickinson Press
With a price tag of nearly $17 million, ground will be broken later this year for a new public works building that will consolidate three city buildings into one campus on Broadway Street in Dickinson. Continue Reading
October 26, 2012 in Worthington Daily Globe
WORTHINGTON As the newbie on the Worthington Street Department in late 1970, one of Jim Laffrenzen’s first tasks was to walk in front of what was then the city’s sole snowblower, directing its path and that of the drivers who were hauling off the snow.
“It was cold, and you had to dodge ice chunks, but it was a job,” he recalled. “Those first seven winters, I probably spent 15 to 18 hours straight every time it snowed out in front of that blower.” Continue Reading
October 18, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald
While an emergency water supply isn’t an urgent need just yet, the months-long drought and low river levels low “trickle” levels in some cases are reminders of just how fickle the local water supply can be. Continue Reading
July 12, 2012 in Alexandria Echo Press
How many engineers does it take to hire an engineer?
The Alexandria City Council tussled with the idea at its meeting Monday night.
It eventually voted 5-0 to appoint Douglas County Engineer Dave Robley to an interview committee that will consider applicants for the city engineer/public works director. Continue Reading
July 11, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton plans to make the final call on construction projects benefiting from a $47.5 million development fund that sparked intense competition. Continue Reading
July 10, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald
More Minnesota communities will be disappointed than happy as state officials look to divide $47.5 million for public works projects. The Department of Employment and Economic Development received 90 requests worth $288.4 million — more than six times the amount of money legislators gave for projects. Continue Reading
May 17, 2012 in Alexandria Echo Press
The person in charge of the crews that maintain streets, fix potholes, plow away snow and tackle other jobs to keep Alexandria’s traffic flowing smoothly, is stepping down.
Bryan Bjorgaard, public works coordinator for the city of Alexandria for the last five years, submitted his resignation, effective June 27, to the Alexandria City Council Monday night.
He’s moving to Idaho Falls where his wife recently landed a job. Continue Reading
May 8, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald
The Minnesota Legislature sent Gov. Mark Dayton a nearly $500 million public works borrowing bill that will allow state funds to go to needs throughout the state. The governor is expected to sign it. The House voted 97-33 Tuesday to agree with some changes to the bill the Senate made when members approved it 45-22 Monday. Continue Reading