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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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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.

Rush Line light-rail options shrink, clearing path for buses

As the options narrow, several public meetings are coming in the next three weeks to discuss what's happening with the proposed Rush Line transitway on the East Side.

After election feud, the rancor is running deep in New Brighton

New Brighton schedules "team-building" session, but members still airing disputes.

Arden Hills megaproject appears headed for City Council approval

Council worked Monday to resolve lingering misgivings about density and costs.
White Bear Lake area bracing for lake-sparing impacts

White Bear Lake area bracing for lake-sparing impacts

State officials have warned leaders of suburbs close to White Bear Lake that they may have to order homeowners to let their lawns wilt for lack of water.
City-owned 'munis' take a nearly $3M hit in liquor profits

City-owned 'munis' take a nearly $3M hit in liquor profits

City liquor stores hurt by big-box competition.
White Bear Lake is poised to lock in last piece of lakefront project with restaurant

White Bear Lake is poised to lock in last piece of lakefront project with restaurant

Long-sought restaurant overlooking the lake comes with a price and some risk.

Megaproject developer offers concessions as Arden Hills balks

Arden Hills officials worried about density.
Long-awaited suburban megaproject churns tensions in Arden Hills

Long-awaited suburban megaproject churns tensions in Arden Hills

Handling of the TCAAP site remains unclear.
Caution is byword for proposed 'Red Rock' busway in east metro

Caution is byword for proposed 'Red Rock' busway in east metro

The plan is to start slowly, build ridership and go Full Busway when actual usage calls for it.

Roseville to hire sharpshooters to cull deer in city parks

After years of complaints about an “unsustainable” number of deer in Roseville, the city will hire sharpshooters for the first time to thin the herd.…
Lake Elmo's election a referendum on its past, future

Lake Elmo's election a referendum on its past, future

Candidates for city offices reflect a deep divide.

Roseville opts for 'baby steps' in dispute over neighborhood plan

Effort to create citywide network sparked heated confrontations
Roseville City Council rejects bid to dissolve police department, hire sheriff

Roseville City Council rejects bid to dissolve police department, hire sheriff

A Roseville City Council member’s startling proposal to save up to $3 million a year by dissolving the city’s police department was denied late Monday…
Twin Cities east metro twists back spigot on water use

Twin Cities east metro twists back spigot on water use

Cities fear another case like White Bear Lake.
Obituary: The Rev. Stephen Goold, 68, led New Hope megachurch

Obituary: The Rev. Stephen Goold, 68, led New Hope megachurch

After the gay nightclub shootings in Orlando last June, the senior pastor of a conservative evangelical church in New Hope recalls standing before his congregation…

Taxpayers in Hennepin, Ramsey counties can brace for a rate hike next year

Leaders in the state's most populous counties get their first look at 2017 budgets.
Controversial parks plan to attract underserved populations moves to Met Council

Controversial parks plan to attract underserved populations moves to Met Council

Metro-area communities may be required spend up to 10 percent of their share of state parks Legacy funds to attract more youth, new immigrants, and racial and ethnic minorities to regional parks under a proposal approved Monday by a committee of the Metropolitan Council.
Major collegiate expansion in Arden Hills gets frosty reception

Major collegiate expansion in Arden Hills gets frosty reception

In Arden Hills, University of Northwestern wants med-tech firm's old space.
Major new Ramsey County library nearing completion but short of moolah

Major new Ramsey County library nearing completion but short of moolah

The Shoreview branch will reopen Jan. 28, following two months of moving from the old facility next door. Private fundraising goes on.

Feisty Roseville couple prove you can fight City Hall

First it was the dog in the emergency room. Then it was the exploding toilets. Liz and Irv Cross of Roseville twice have felt victimized…
Roseville's 'civic engagement' outreach has folks spitting mad

Roseville's 'civic engagement' outreach has folks spitting mad

A city-led push for civic action bred only division.

As older workers are edged out, productivity slows

All else being equal, a study finds that their experience helps them do more with their time. But if they're not on the job …
New biking trail to be fast track from Hopkins to south of Mall of America

New biking trail to be fast track from Hopkins to south of Mall of America

The portion of the trail in east Edina is to be done by 2017. The west portion, out for bid shortly, should be finished by 2018.
New Brighton elections called off after judge rules city acted improperly

New Brighton elections called off after judge rules city acted improperly

Judge says city improperly switched to even-year elections, wrongly rejected a challenge.

City, developer wrestle over density on TCAAP site

"We're not downtown," said Council Member Fran Holmes said after developer Alatus rolled out a vision that included hundreds more units than the city planned on the site.

Gold Line busway may end up in Woodbury

Lake Elmo's objections force a re-evaluation.

Developer's vision for Arden Hills mega-site gets pushback

"Please don't throw things at me," Alatus developer Bob Lux said, as he asked Arden Hills to move its City Hall to the former TCAAP site and to allow residential buildings as high as 12 stories.
East metro officials worry as jobs, people migrate west

East metro officials worry as jobs, people migrate west

Civic leaders on the east end of the Twin Cities metro area increasingly worry that the latest wave of economic development and growth is sweeping…

Lake Elmo threatens to sue 3M over unusable city well

The company denies it's at fault, and the city acknowledges polluted well was never put in use.

Lake Elmo disputes over gag order, spreadsheets endure

The City Council sparred over a gag order and number discrepancies.
$2M state PR campaign seeks to build support for St. Croix bridge

$2M state PR campaign seeks to build support for St. Croix bridge

State PR campaign seeks to build public support for St. Croix bridge

Minnesota's diversity brings diversity across the state, new estimates show

Minnesota’s most diverse places are becoming more and more diverse, really quickly. That’s the lesson from the latest round of county race and ethnicity estimates…
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