Laurie Blake

Reporter | South Metro
Phone: 952-746-3287
Laurie Blake covers communities in northern Dakota County, including Inver Grove Heights, Mendota Heights, Rosemount, South St. Paul and West St. Paul.

Recent content from Laurie Blake

City Hall volunteering is strong and expanding

Trying to make the budget go further and extend services, communities tap into willing unpaid workers, especially in Dakota County.

Updated: March 07, 2014, - 09:41 PM

Burnsville sets legislative priorities

A request to handle property enforcement itself tops the city’s legislative wish list.

Updated: March 04, 2014, - 12:48 PM

Lebanon Hills Regional Park decision pushed back

Responding to hundreds of comments opposing a paved trail, county commissioners postponed adoption of the park master plan and invited...

Updated: February 18, 2014, - 01:23 AM

Audubon opposes trail paving at Lebanon Hills

Large public turnout for comments on master plan showed support for protecting park and limiting future development.

Updated: February 01, 2014, - 02:04 PM

Cedar Red Line seeks new stop in Eagan

To keep Cedar Avenue bus rapid transit ridership growing, officials want to spend $14.6 million to redo the station in...

Updated: January 31, 2014, - 06:17 AM

West St. Paul: Animation offers view of $22 million Robert Street makeover

Seeing options in three dimensions can help the council decide whether it’s worth the money, he said.

Updated: January 30, 2014, - 07:03 PM

Fences, fauna and fumes: The south metro's legislative wish list

In a year that could bring a large bonding bill, local interests are making their case to bring home a...

Updated: January 21, 2014, - 01:37 PM

Dakota County to reward healthy workers

This wellness program is a first for public entity in state. The county will pay $264,000 to myHealthCheck, a Life Time Fitness company, to run the program.

Updated: January 20, 2014, - 08:28 AM

Park memorial guidelines under consideration in Burnsville

Memorial benches, plaques and trees in parks have proliferated so much that the city is considering a policy regulating them.

Updated: January 18, 2014, - 02:09 PM

Brutal Twin Cities temps led to deaths, spike in frostbite

A four-day stretch of frigid weather has taken its toll, with at least two deaths and dozens of cases of frostbite and hypothermia linked to the brutal cold in and around the Twin Cities.

Updated: January 09, 2014, - 01:33 PM

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