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David Peterson

Reporter | East Metro and Demographics
phone: 651-925-5039
David Peterson covers suburban Ramsey County; suburban growth and development issues in the metropolitan area in general; and demographics, including reports from the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Falcon Heights wants to hit State Fair, U campus with franchise fee

Falcon Heights wants to hit State Fair, U campus with franchise fee

Tax-exempt entities could add about $130,000 to its cash-strapped budget.
Vadnais Heights council member admits to disorderly conduct

Vadnais Heights council member admits to disorderly conduct

Terry Nyblom of Vadnais Heights feels vindicated despite disorderly conduct admission.
Sports Center has a $250 million plan – and concerns about whether it will pay off

Sports Center has a $250 million plan – and concerns about whether it will pay off

A sudden surge of sprawling suburban sports behemoths nationwide is creating a tricky competitive environment.
'Town-and-gown' tensions are hitting Roseville, too

'Town-and-gown' tensions are hitting Roseville, too

After Arden Hills, neighboring suburb is next to resist expansion of a Christian college.

New faces ready to take over in Falcon Heights

Voters in Falcon Heights were opting for new faces at City Hall on Tuesday in the wake of the fatal shooting within their borders of…
Deep wells in nearby suburbs linked to lower White Bear Lake

Deep wells in nearby suburbs linked to lower White Bear Lake

Tapping by a few cities around White Bear Lake accounted for much of the drop in the lake's level, the DNR says; lawn watering is less of a culprit.
Twin Cities school districts seeking millions from voters

Twin Cities school districts seeking millions from voters

Districts want to go on building spree to meet growing enrollment and replace outdated facilities.

New Ramsey Co. portal gives public easy access to data

Even the bad news gets an airing, with the help of a simple, user-friendly web surf.
Factions square off in volatile New Brighton lineup

Factions square off in volatile New Brighton lineup

After a yearlong delay, election exposes the heated conflicts at City Hall.

Falcon Heights candidates face a transition period

Council candidates confront shooting aftermath, tax hike.
Ann Dickey, 47, dies shortly before Edina Athletic Hall of Fame induction

Ann Dickey, 47, dies shortly before Edina Athletic Hall of Fame induction

She won seven letters as a member of state championship soccer and golf teams. But she was involved with getting girls involved in sports to the end.
Ramsey County's bid for new Amazon HQ is more about being noticed

Ramsey County's bid for new Amazon HQ is more about being noticed

County leaders would love to win the headquarters prize. But if that doesn't happen, their sites still are sure to draw attention.
Minnesota to appeal landmark White Bear Lake ruling

Minnesota to appeal landmark White Bear Lake ruling

DNR questions the science and warns of dire consequences from court's decision, including years of watering bans.
First McDonald's to open in Minnesota celebrates 60th birthday

First McDonald's to open in Minnesota celebrates 60th birthday

Baker recalls 1957, when restaurant opened on Snelling Av. in Roseville.
Ramsey County's Amazon HQ bid adds St. Paul riverfront to ammo site

Ramsey County's Amazon HQ bid adds St. Paul riverfront to ammo site

Riverfront site in downtown St. Paul is added to proposal.
Race for new Amazon HQ is altering TCAAP plans in Arden Hills

Race for new Amazon HQ is altering TCAAP plans in Arden Hills

Opportunity to get the huge employer has TCAAP team "working 24/7."
As it turns out, Woodbury does have a history — on display soon

As it turns out, Woodbury does have a history — on display soon

A self-guided tour takes place next weekend as part of the city's 50th anniversary celebrations.
Plaza in St. Paul to honor Larry Cohen, former judge and politician

Plaza in St. Paul to honor Larry Cohen, former judge and politician

The project represents a reboot for what is now a flagpole-and-flowers public space outside the combined St. Paul City Hall and Ramsey County Courthouse.
Local Minnesota officials who often cast the lone dissenting vote talk of 'life on an island'

Local Minnesota officials who often cast the lone dissenting vote talk of 'life on an island'

They agreed the majority is eager for agreement and to avoid a public fuss.

Roseville adopts sanctuary policy, if not name

Officials stressed that they want all living within the city limits to feel free to seek police protection without worrying about what their immigration status is.
Ramsey County's retiring Judge Margaret Marrinan left her mark on and off the bench

Ramsey County's retiring Judge Margaret Marrinan left her mark on and off the bench

She will be remembered for her style, work ethic and humor.
Judge rules state failed to protect White Bear Lake, aquifer

Judge rules state failed to protect White Bear Lake, aquifer

A Ramsey County district judge ruled in favor of White Bear Lake homeowners, who argued that the state was at fault for the unsustainable aquifer use.
Hiccups are weighing on Arden Hills' Rice Creek Commons project

Hiccups are weighing on Arden Hills' Rice Creek Commons project

Leaders remain hopeful that solar energy for the 427-acre Rice Creek Commons 'can still happen.'

Ramsey County Board braces for 'sticker shock' on proposed taxes

In some poorer areas, rising home values could mean bumps of 10 to 20 percent.

Arden Hills will allow organic waste site

City rejected the proposal when approached in 2014.
League of Women voters pushing for affordable housing in metro suburbs

League of Women voters pushing for affordable housing in metro suburbs

Roseville got a pitch last week as it ramps up toward a new long-range plan.
Disassembled Roseville house feeds a market for timber with a story

Disassembled Roseville house feeds a market for timber with a story

Rather than raze the residence, Roseville chose to take apart a small home piece by piece and sell off the components — many a century old.

Arden Hills neighbors raise stink over garbage idea for park

City Council may decide the issue later this month.

Arden Hills edges closer to battle with expanding colleges

Officials concerned over colleges' weaker economic punch, loss of tax base to tax-exempt institutions.
Minnesota subdivisions designed for the Instagram age

Minnesota subdivisions designed for the Instagram age

Developments in Lake Elmo, Rochester and Medina stress great design, communal features and vast stretches of protected nature.
Joseph J. Garamella, pioneer in open-heart surgery, dies

Joseph J. Garamella, pioneer in open-heart surgery, dies

Tiffany Slayton relishes the oft-told story about the day her father, shopping at Byerly’s, helped save the life of a stranger felled by a heart…
Makeover with a twist for a junk space in White Bear Lake

Makeover with a twist for a junk space in White Bear Lake

Statewide award goes to city for effort to clean up key civic space, save money and recycle waste.
Ramsey County approves new deer cull to curb overpopulation

Ramsey County approves new deer cull to curb overpopulation

Archers will be authorized to take up to 115 deer to bring population down.

On the defensive, Ramsey County Board votes to raise pay by nearly 3 percent

But commissioners say they are being transparent.
Northwestern, Bethel University growth plans have Arden Hills concerned

Northwestern, Bethel University growth plans have Arden Hills concerned

City fears for its bottom line as the colleges seek to expand.
For just a day, gavel echoes again in 150-year-old Stillwater courtroom

For just a day, gavel echoes again in 150-year-old Stillwater courtroom

Minnesota's oldest standing courthouse came back to life, if only briefly.
Arden Hills megaproject delayed by underground pollution

Arden Hills megaproject delayed by underground pollution

New town center on 427 acres may be pushed back as far as 2019.
Fuse is lit for Roseville being state's first 'sanctuary suburb'

Fuse is lit for Roseville being state's first 'sanctuary suburb'

The City Council has agreed to take up the subject this summer, the result of a citizen engagement effort focused on issues of race and ethnicity that produced a strong turnout and a forceful push to support immigrants.
Once shrinking White Bear Lake is on the verge of overflowing

Once shrinking White Bear Lake is on the verge of overflowing

White Bear Lake, the most dire of mudholes within vivid memory, is now rising so high that it's threatening to stream out through overflow pipes. Legal issues still remain, but locals are hopeful that they will finally have their beaches back.
Fine dining keeps expanding in a onetime 'desert' of White Bear Lake

Fine dining keeps expanding in a onetime 'desert' of White Bear Lake

Mizu, in White Bear Lake, arrives in June as the latest entry.
New subdivision at Lake Elmo golf course raises questions of affordability

New subdivision at Lake Elmo golf course raises questions of affordability

The latest skirmish in a decades-old battle between Lake Elmo and the Metropolitan Council led to a recommendation Monday to green-light another upscale development in…

Bump in sheriff's staff spurs Ramsey County debate

Before granting $1.3 million, the Ramsey County Board questions impact on taxpayers, use of county jail.
Minnesota jurisdictions struggle over how many deer are enough

Minnesota jurisdictions struggle over how many deer are enough

Sickly animals raise questions about culling as DNR studies issue.
Roseville's $250 million plan to upgrade schools nears final decision

Roseville's $250 million plan to upgrade schools nears final decision

School officials say maintenance needs can be bonded, but building additions require a referendum.
Homeowners' water use on the line in White Bear Lake case

Homeowners' water use on the line in White Bear Lake case

During the March trial over who or what is to blame for White Bear Lake's radical drop in elevation, lawyers for lakeshore owners and their allies laid out a case which, if they win, threatens to create years of turmoil and anger and cost huge sums to fix.
Appeals court won't intervene to stop Stillwater school closings

Appeals court won't intervene to stop Stillwater school closings

Judges ruled district was free to shutter three elementary sites despite community opposition.
Obituary: Bishop John J. McRaith, Minnesota native, voice for farmers in church

Obituary: Bishop John J. McRaith, Minnesota native, voice for farmers in church

The Rev. John Jeremiah McRaith, bishop emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of Owensboro, Ky., was towed to his rest behind a tractor, on a dusty…
White Bear Lake water trial ends in acrimony over elevation drop

White Bear Lake water trial ends in acrimony over elevation drop

Judge's ruling over cause of elevation drop is not expected for months.
Housing advocates accuse Met Council of laxity in affordable housing

Housing advocates accuse Met Council of laxity in affordable housing

At issue is the 427-acre TCAAP megaproject in Arden Hills.
Sensitivities over Indian issues delay renaming of Washington County lake

Sensitivities over Indian issues delay renaming of Washington County lake

A popular move to change the name of Halfbreed Lake in Washington County is being deferred so locals can seek consensus on a new name, with some residents calling for a moniker that takes account of the area's Indian heritage.
Chisago County Board approves permit for Muslim cemetery

Chisago County Board approves permit for Muslim cemetery

Facing a likely legal battle, the board voted unanimously to reverse an earlier decision.
Roseville bans dog, cat sales at pet stores; first Minn. city to do so

Roseville bans dog, cat sales at pet stores; first Minn. city to do so

Proponents of the ban said it was needed to protect consumers from unknowingly purchasing troubled animals reared in poor conditions.
Under pressure from feds, Chisago County Board set to reconsider Muslim cemetery

Under pressure from feds, Chisago County Board set to reconsider Muslim cemetery

All sides reticent about what's coming, especially in wake of injuries to one county commissioner.
Washington County sheriff departs for statewide post

Washington County sheriff departs for statewide post

Bill Hutton will tackle issues of guns, court security and mentally ill jail inmates as executive director of the Minnesota Sheriffs' Association.
Was state to blame in White Bear Lake's decline?

Was state to blame in White Bear Lake's decline?

An oblivious state government was behind the slow-motion disaster that struck White Bear Lake, the recreational jewel of the east metro area, a legal team representing lakefront owners alleges.
All aboard from the east? Wisconsinites plot rail to Twin Cities

All aboard from the east? Wisconsinites plot rail to Twin Cities

A push is on for privately financed passenger rail service from Eau Claire to St. Paul's Union Depot, with a stop in Stillwater.
Metro libraries hesitate to lend internet hot spots

Metro libraries hesitate to lend internet hot spots

Take-home internet has extra costs, wait times.
Gold Line busway gets millions toward a 2024 opening

Gold Line busway gets millions toward a 2024 opening

Ramsey, Washington counties pitch in several million each, pushing past start-up phase.

'No, don't:' Roseville cancels contract for 'Speak Up'

A digital involvement tool that cities and counties are using fell flat in the suburb, the City Council agreed.
Lake Elmo: New council majority, same uproar

Lake Elmo: New council majority, same uproar

Staffer's firing has two members "appalled," mayor talking of colleague's "silliness."
Megaproject in Arden Hills: Environmental model, or hazard?

Megaproject in Arden Hills: Environmental model, or hazard?

Transformation of old ammo plant site includes environment, and image.
Roseville Armory controversy: Council aims for homes on site

Roseville Armory controversy: Council aims for homes on site

Rather than preserving the building, it appears likely the armory will come down and the site redeveloped for housing.
Snelling busway gets strong start; don't count on extension soon

Snelling busway gets strong start; don't count on extension soon

Unlike the south metro's Red Line, at least so far, the A Line from south Minneapolis to Roseville is reporting solid ridership results.
In a glitzy era for libraries, core mission shows signs of decline

In a glitzy era for libraries, core mission shows signs of decline

In an era of extensive building and remodeling, the state Department of Education reports drops in the number of visits, registered users and loans of material.
Shoreview library, soon to open, completes its master plan

Shoreview library, soon to open, completes its master plan

Since 2005, the Ramsey system has been renewing, expanding, building: Now there's one more.
Low-salt diet for roads aims at keeping drinking water from tasting briny

Low-salt diet for roads aims at keeping drinking water from tasting briny

Minnesota cities want to prevent drinking water from tasting briny.
Obituary: Sylvia Rector, 'tough editor' in Twin Cities who became beloved food critic in Detroit

Obituary: Sylvia Rector, 'tough editor' in Twin Cities who became beloved food critic in Detroit

Joe Kimball remembers it as a tense period in his career at the Star Tribune: The time when his paper squared off against the rival…
Twin Cities passenger rail traffic climbs back on track

Twin Cities passenger rail traffic climbs back on track

Advocates of a second daily train to Chicago say the turnaround reinforces their case that there's a demand out there for rail service.

Megaproject plan clears Ramsey County, but questions linger

Differences remain on housing density and transit plans, but agreements reached on basic framework.
Dec. 14, 2016: Roseville could be first city in state to ban sales of bred pets in stores

Dec. 14, 2016: Roseville could be first city in state to ban sales of bred pets in stores

Complaints after federal animal inspector's visit to HarMar PetShop prompt city to consider oversight. The owner calls criticism of so-called "puppy mills" unfair.
Arden Hills megaproject gets city's OK amid strife

Arden Hills megaproject gets city's OK amid strife

Two members of next year's City Council fought the proposal, but the final vote was 4-1 in favor.
Roseville weighs collecting sunshine on civic campus

Roseville weighs collecting sunshine on civic campus

It may be a way to save money on energy, but much remains unknown about the pros and cons of such a project.
Arden Hills megaproject approved by city planners

Arden Hills megaproject approved by city planners

Public hearing was the last big step before the City Council's vote on the old Army site.
Ex-state health chief takes top St. Paul-Ramsey position

Ex-state health chief takes top St. Paul-Ramsey position

After serving as a state health commissioner and in Human Services, Anne Barry will head St. Paul-Ramsey Public Health Department.

Roseville schools lay groundwork for major building program

District's high school is over capacity and the list of physical needs is long, officials say.
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