North news briefs: Maple syrup session on tap at Lino Lakes nature center

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 5, 2013 - 2:33 PM

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Maple syrup session on tap at nature center

The Anoka County Parks system is hosting a maple syrup celebration from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Wargo Nature Center in Lino Lakes.

Participants will learn about gathering maple sap and the cooking process to make syrup and sugar.

Preregistration is required. The cost is $4 a person. Register online at or call 651-429-8007.


Anoka County offers an online “Budget Explorer” that allows users to look at the annual budget in detail. It includes a breakdown of funds by program, for example, as well as how the dollars have been allocated year-by-year.

You can use the Explorer by going to .



Outside firm to select city manager finalists

Outside consultants are now reviewing 46 applicants for the Fridley city manager position and will narrow the list to as many as eight finalists later this month.

The City Council is expected to certify that list in late March or April and make those names public. The city hopes to start interviews in April.

The city hired Slavin Management Consulting, an Atlanta-based executive search firm, to conduct a national search.

Fridley’s longtime city manager, William Burns, retired in February after 24 years of service.

Community gardens offered again

The city once again is offering community garden plots for vegetable or flower gardens. The plots are 15 feet by 20 feet and are in Locke Park.

Returning gardeners who live in Fridley have until March 15 to reserve the plot they had last year. New gardeners who live in the city or returning resident gardeners who would like a change of plot may begin registering March 18. Returning gardeners who do not reside in Fridley may rent plots beginning March 25, and new non-resident gardeners may begin renting plots beginning April 1.

Cost for a 15-by-20-foot plot is $28 for residents ($22 if over 55) and $45 for non-residents.

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