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Board hires architect for public works shop
Washington County will work with Hagen, Christensen and McIlwain (HCM) Architects, a Minneapolis firm, for engineering and design services to plan improvements to the public works north shop.
HCM’s work can’t exceed $202,500, the County Board decided when it approved the contract Oct. 15.
Commissioners have reviewed the condition of the shop, which is in Stillwater Township and houses public works offices, garages for the county’s heavy equipment, and space used by the Sheriff’s Office.
The public works staff has asked HCM Architects to provide an existing wastewater system evaluation and action plan; preliminary design for remodel, re-use, and expansion of the shop, final design report and package. The work should be completed in early 2014.
Police accepting applications for Explorer programs
The Woodbury Police Department is looking for applicants for its Police and Fire Explorer programs, aimed at young people interested in a career in law enforcement or fire service.
The classes, which meet twice a week, will provide “hands-on training on the purposes, mission, and objectives of law enforcement,” officials said. The deadline to submit an application is Oct. 31 at 4:30 p.m.
A volunteer application can be downloaded from the city’s website. For more information, contact the Administration Department at 651-714-3500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open house shows off healthier food choices
Valley Outreach is celebrating a renovated building that will offer its clients healthier food choices on its Food Shelf and streamlined shopping for its Clothing Closet. The renovation will be on display during an open house on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 4-7 p.m.
The improvements were made possible with grants from the Pohlad Family Foundation and Greater Twin Cities United Way, and in-kind help from PowerUp, a youth health initiative of the Lakeview Foundation.
Christine Tubbs, executive director of Valley Outreach, said the organization is working toward a goal of ensuring that 70 percent of the items on its food shelves represent healthy food choices. “We know that many of our clients would like to have a greater selection of fresher foods, such as fruits and vegetables, along with the traditional packaged foods they are used to,” she said.
For more information, visit www.valleyoutreachmn.org or call Kris at 651-342-5558.
KEVIN GILES, LIBOR JANY