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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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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…

Maplewood fireworks fizzle due to safety concerns

There was no grand finale for Maplewood’s July 4th fireworks on Monday night. Shortly after the show began, officials say, city staffers noticed that pieces…
Tired of waiting at busiest stoplights? Someone's gauging your pain

Tired of waiting at busiest stoplights? Someone's gauging your pain

Inventory of major roads with stoppages is meant to create priorities for future spending as money becomes available.
Obituary: 'Mr Wonderful' Byron Bradley was quiet giant on state's art scene

Obituary: 'Mr Wonderful' Byron Bradley was quiet giant on state's art scene

An authoritative account of Grand Marais’ rise as a North Shore artist colony mentions the flamboyant Birney Quick about three times as much as his…
Met Council pushes for racial equity in parks use

Met Council pushes for racial equity in parks use

The Metropolitan Council's initiative to move toward racial equity in metro-area parks — closing the gap in park usage between whites and people of color — has raised suspicions best captured two years ago, when a suburban member of the council publicly asked: "Will [Theodore] Wirth Park get all the money because it's next to north Minneapolis? I mean, how does this play out?"
White Bear Lake's rising again, but locals still push for a fix

White Bear Lake's rising again, but locals still push for a fix

The lake has risen 3 feet from its low point three years ago. But nothing has changed when it comes to the rhetoric and politics at play.
Edina's building boom the latest sign of a shift

Edina's building boom the latest sign of a shift

The fully built-out suburb of Edina is managing to find stray corners in which to pack an extraordinary number of new living units. And its success suggests a new wave of urbanized suburbia could be on the way.
Transit planners regrouping on Gold Line busway after taking hits

Transit planners regrouping on Gold Line busway after taking hits

Transit planners are regrouping on plans for a Gold Line busway, after citizen blowback in Oakdale and Lake Elmo’s decision to withdraw altogether. But officials…
Backers say 'monster' questions still face Arden Hills megaproject

Backers say 'monster' questions still face Arden Hills megaproject

But "monster questions" still hang over plans for Rice Creek Commons.
Arden Hills megaproject takes a big step forward

Arden Hills megaproject takes a big step forward

Minneapolis-based Alatus was chosen as the developer for the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition plant site for its "vision," "quality."
Roseville outreach effort turns messy, brings calls of 'bullying'

Roseville outreach effort turns messy, brings calls of 'bullying'

Attempt to create new channels of communication is igniting strife between City Hall and existing neighborhood groups.

Tax bill dropped after Roseville suspects county was trying to pull fast one

Backers of the bill said that poor communication raised suspicions.
Met Council study plumbs Twin Cities' racial divide

Met Council study plumbs Twin Cities' racial divide

Study finds some factors other than race are behind state's economic gap.
Land O'Lakes seeks $1.5M tax deal to expand in Arden Hills

Land O'Lakes seeks $1.5M tax deal to expand in Arden Hills

In return for tax break, company says it will create 200 jobs.
Ramsey parks plans range from 'going ape' to manufacturing snow

Ramsey parks plans range from 'going ape' to manufacturing snow

High points for 2016 include completion of a major trail and the opening of a Hmong play area.
Metro counties hit 3 million, grow faster than rest of state

Metro counties hit 3 million, grow faster than rest of state

The growth is fueled by births, not migration. The Met Council cited the stats in its quest for a big boost in Twin Cities transportation funding from the Legislature.

Parents seek court intervention on Stillwater school closings

A group of parents fighting the closing of schools in the Stillwater district is asking the courts to intervene. “This is a quasi-judicial decision, which…
Roseville's $19 million parks makeover nearly complete

Roseville's $19 million parks makeover nearly complete

City has tackled 77 projects, including picnic shelter fixes and playground replacements.
Minnesota cities are on the hunt for an ocean of lost water

Minnesota cities are on the hunt for an ocean of lost water

Crackdown begins as state's wells edge closer to depletion. Faulty meters, overuse and aging pipes are blamed.
Ex-megachurch in Arden Hills nearing its last service

Ex-megachurch in Arden Hills nearing its last service

North Heights Lutheran, which once drew several thousand, has fallen victim to internal strife.
Obituary: Jamie Gaviser, surgeon who helped others after his career was cut short

Obituary: Jamie Gaviser, surgeon who helped others after his career was cut short

When a series of medical reverses of his own left Dr. James Gaviser unable to practice surgery, he could have retreated into bitterness. Instead, say…
Trends threaten future of largest network of ice arenas in Minn.

Trends threaten future of largest network of ice arenas in Minn.

The Ramsey County Board is expected in coming months to devise a plan that, if a trend of declining use continues, could end up closing one or more of the county's 11 ice arenas.
Washington County busway gets OK with some dissent

Washington County busway gets OK with some dissent

The Red Rock Corridor, from Hastings to downtown St. Paul, is still years away, but key decisions are being made.
Minnesota cities' spending jumps after years of slowdown

Minnesota cities' spending jumps after years of slowdown

Capital outlays by large municipalities grew by $200 million in 2014.
Minnesota DNR tags cost of refilling White Bear Lake at $100 million plus

Minnesota DNR tags cost of refilling White Bear Lake at $100 million plus

The estimate to pipe in and possibly treat water was disputed by homeowners.
Fast-growing numbers of blacks in Minnesota widen income gap

Fast-growing numbers of blacks in Minnesota widen income gap

Rapid growth in Minnesota's black population, with many from other countries and states, may well explain what appeared at first to be a sudden drop in that group's prosperity.
Ramsey County Board OKs housing plan for old Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant in Arden Hills

Ramsey County Board OKs housing plan for old Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant in Arden Hills

The master plan for a new town center on one of the state’s major development sites was approved Tuesday, but not without dissent. The Ramsey…
S. Wash. board tackles 'emotional' issue of attendance boundaries

S. Wash. board tackles 'emotional' issue of attendance boundaries

The school board defers decision on future of Valley Crossing school.
Lake Elmo, anti-sprawl suburb, opts out of east metro transit plan

Lake Elmo, anti-sprawl suburb, opts out of east metro transit plan

Lake Elmo, the Twin Cities’ poster child for resistance to sprawl, is opting out of a major transitway that had been counted on to propel…
Gary Flakne, former Hennepin County attorney, dies at 81

Gary Flakne, former Hennepin County attorney, dies at 81

Bjarnie Anderson will always ask himself whether the case that made his boss notorious also ended a career in politics that could have taken him…

New 'farm' won't bring tractors to Roseville streets, council told

City leaders are wary of the details in Calyxt's plan.
East metro transit planners reject a faster, cheaper Red Rock busway

East metro transit planners reject a faster, cheaper Red Rock busway

Panel has its reasons but will seek public comment on Hastings-St. Paul transit route.
Met Council grants place affordable units in suburbs, market-rate in poor areas

Met Council grants place affordable units in suburbs, market-rate in poor areas

Projects include Habitat homes and market-rate integration.
Amtrak sees big drop in riders through Twin Cities

Amtrak sees big drop in riders through Twin Cities

Revenue in Twin Cities, state is down substantially, in part due to delays caused by oil trains from N.D.
Affordable units in Blaine near $400K homes get Met Council subsidies

Affordable units in Blaine near $400K homes get Met Council subsidies

Grants go to controversial Habitat for Humanity homes in Blaine, but also to market-rate housing units in poor parts of St. Paul.
Obituary: Elayne Aiple, who sold massive land parcel for park on the St. Croix River

Obituary: Elayne Aiple, who sold massive land parcel for park on the St. Croix River

As a real estate agent, Karin Housley practically drooled when she was shown a magnificent parcel of property fronting thousands of feet of shoreline along…
Obituary: Crane Bodine built family's music business into Twin Cities chain

Obituary: Crane Bodine built family's music business into Twin Cities chain

Wherever Crane Bodine went for a time in the 1970s and ’80s, he drew a crowd of music lovers. “We have a picture of Dad…
Minnesota's married rate about to slip below 50 percent

Minnesota's married rate about to slip below 50 percent

Minnesota has one of the nation's highest rates of marriage, but it's sliding along with the rest of the country.
November water loss surprises scientists studying White Bear Lake

November water loss surprises scientists studying White Bear Lake

New research says evaporation is an issue in November, not just summer months.
State's big firms land near top in gay-friendly rankings

State's big firms land near top in gay-friendly rankings

Minnesota was called a "bastion of leadership" for its inclusive policies, with companies like 3M, Ameriprise and General Mills getting perfect scores.
Afton, other affluent exurbs denied state broadband funds

Afton, other affluent exurbs denied state broadband funds

The state of Minnesota awarded $10 million worth of grants this month to help subsidize broadband in poorly served remote locations. Once again, affluent exurban areas came up empty.
Woodbury reaches tentative deal to fill its cavernous, empty sports center

Woodbury reaches tentative deal to fill its cavernous, empty sports center

A tentative deal has been reached to fill two big empty spaces inside Woodbury's new fieldhouse, which was added in 2014. And the city is close to finishing the playground nearby, a costly venture that is well behind schedule after fundraising languished.

State considers sensitive issue of limiting water drawn from ground

Issue of setting a threshold for lakes, streams is highly charged.

Blame flies in all directions as Newport orders inquiry into police department

Report on department's shortcomings leads to an emotion-packed meeting.
Northeast metro put on notice over water use

Northeast metro put on notice over water use

Area covering all of Ramsey, Washington counties part of new management area.
Management of Newport police was in disarray, Washington County sheriff writes in scathing report

Management of Newport police was in disarray, Washington County sheriff writes in scathing report

Evidence room management was way 'out of whack,' sheriff says.
Most libraries close the book on coffee shops

Most libraries close the book on coffee shops

When Dakota County asked people in Eagan what they wanted in a remodeled library, the No. 1 item on the wish list had nothing to…
After the shock subsides, officials have high hopes for Shoreview library

After the shock subsides, officials have high hopes for Shoreview library

Construction is underway for a major new regional installation, the county's third, serving northern-tier suburbs
White Bear Lake theater group halfway to goal of new performing arts center

White Bear Lake theater group halfway to goal of new performing arts center

A popular theater company in White Bear Lake has reached the halfway mark in its campaign to raise $6.2 million for a new performing arts…
Donation creates a place for all to share Czech heritage in New Prague

Donation creates a place for all to share Czech heritage in New Prague

A privately funded addition to New Prague's library is meant to honor a Czech immigrant and the city's heritage, and provide a serene spot to read.
In wealthy exurbs, money can't buy you broadband

In wealthy exurbs, money can't buy you broadband

People are learning there's a price to life in wealthy, countrified enclaves of large-acreage estates surrounding the Twin Cities: the 21st century has silently melted away.
Schmooze cruise's message: Cottage Grove craves businesses

Schmooze cruise's message: Cottage Grove craves businesses

Two sparkling hours on the Mississippi sought to convey a new philosophy for the suburb.
Dancing a native prairie into life in White Bear Lake

Dancing a native prairie into life in White Bear Lake

Students at a White Bear Lake elementary school turned a weedy back lot into a science project.
Swede Hollow Park supporters keep up pressure over transit plans

Swede Hollow Park supporters keep up pressure over transit plans

Advocates for Swede Hollow Park are fighting to take it off the table as a possible path for the Rush Line transitway.
St. Paul lifting some Highland Park golf debt off its shoulders

St. Paul lifting some Highland Park golf debt off its shoulders

St. Paul a decade ago borrowed, through tax-exempt bonds, $4.5 million to renovate its 18-hole Highland National course.
An exceptional golf year in Twin Cities, thanks to exceptional weather

An exceptional golf year in Twin Cities, thanks to exceptional weather

Great weather, renovations have helped the market rebound.
Ramsey County Board poised to further restrict e-cigarettes

Ramsey County Board poised to further restrict e-cigarettes

New rules would fall in line with cigarette restrictions.
$42 million I-694 project will open blocked artery

$42 million I-694 project will open blocked artery

Work starts on I-694 next year, but there's an open house in Shoreview this month to prepare folks for what's coming.
Barnyard weddings boom with yearning for 'how we used to live'

Barnyard weddings boom with yearning for 'how we used to live'

It's a trend that some find enchanting, others perplexing and still others — notably, the longtime neighbors who got there first — find downright maddening.
St. Paul neighbors mobilize to fight transit route through Swede Hollow park

St. Paul neighbors mobilize to fight transit route through Swede Hollow park

St. Paul neighbors fear the Rush Line plan threatens reclaimed Swede Hollow Park.

Ramsey, Washington counties agree on price for recycling plant

Purchase of Newport site will save jobs, options for Ramsey, Washington.
Family of St. Paul man fatally shot by Woodbury police files suit

Family of St. Paul man fatally shot by Woodbury police files suit

The complaint says the unarmed man was trying to flee a hostage situation.

Gold Line busway may end in Lake Elmo, not Woodbury

A proposed Gold Line route change to a planned east metro bus line could cut project costs and, eventually, commuter travel times.

Maplewood fire chief, 5 others placed on leave after nursing home death

City officials mum but say they hope to conclude a preliminary investigation this week.

Woodbury creates unease by moving to redo cable deal

A neighboring mayor asks what the end game is, but Woodbury says it just wants a fair deal.
Splish, splash — and squander? Popular splash pads scorned by some for wasting water

Splish, splash — and squander? Popular splash pads scorned by some for wasting water

Splash pads take some heat for use of millions of gallons of water each season.
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