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Rosemount’s new fire chief may help police and fire departments work together more closely — he’s a sergeant of investigations with the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office.

The Rosemount City Council on Tuesday appointed Richard Schroeder as the new fire chief, effective immediately.

Schroeder is a 15-year veteran of the fire department, most recently serving as captain. He replaces retiring fire chief Scott Aker, who will continue to serve through the end of the month. Aker worked for the fire department for 31 years.

The council has set a farewell reception for Aker for 2-4 p.m. April 26 at City Hall.

Schroeder, in addition to his police and fire work, operated a lawn care business for 15 years.


Tentative agreement on City Hall mediation

Disputes about the construction and remodeling of Inver Grove Heights City Hall are still in mediation between the city, architects and the construction company.

A tentative agreement will be presented to the City Council on Monday. The details are not yet public and have been discussed in closed sessions with attorneys.

In June 2009, the city broke ground on a new public safety building and renovation of City Hall. The general contractor, Shaw Lundquist (SLA), and architect, BKV Group, completed the work in late 2011.

“A few deficiencies were discovered,” said Jenelle Teppen, assistant city administrator. The three parties went over the terms of the contracts to resolve disputes through a mediator, a process that’s been going on for a few months.


Sign up now for garden plots

Woodhill Urban Agriculture will open community garden registration to the public from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

The cost for a 20-by-15-foot plot is $40 for the season.

Woodhill, a research and education center, is at 1512 Woodhill Road. It may be reached at or 612-568-6580.

The community garden contains 99 plots for local Kenyan, Russian and Hispanic immigrants. A large hill section was swaled and bermed for use as a field crop area and perennial fruit orchard.

Hydrant flushing may lead to water change

Burnsville will begin flushing city-owned fire hydrants on April 15 and plans to be finished by May 24.

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