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Continued: Dakota County news briefs: Burnsville offers behind-the-scenes look at PD

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The old sign, purchased in 2005, is worn with obsolete software that has resulted in outages and errors. The software issues have limited messages to one a day.

City officials said the new sign will be more attractive with updated technology that will allow the display of multiple messages a day.

Dakota County

Historical Society names new director

The Dakota County Historical Society has hired a new executive director.

Lynn Gruber began her new job as head of the organization last week. She succeeds Chad Roberts, who left to become president of the Ramsey County Historical Society earlier this year.

Gruber spent more than 30 years at several nonprofit health care concerns, including heading the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association, the state’s high-risk insurance pool for people who have been turned down in the private market because of pre-existing conditions. In 2011 she started Summit Solutions Unlimited, a health care consulting firm.

Gruber also has been a volunteer for the Wayzata Historical Society, serving as a board member and president.

The Dakota County Historical Society was formed in 1939. It provides more than 75 public programs annually at a variety of sites, including the Lawshe Memorial Museum in South St. Paul, the LeDuc Historic Estate in Hastings and the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, and at county libraries and government centers.

West St. Paul

City settles on a new city manager

Matthew Fulton, who served as the city manager of New Brighton for 13 years and was Coon Rapids city manager for six years, has been selected by the West St. Paul City Council to fill the post in their city.

No starting date has been set for Fulton, who is in negotiations over the terms of his contract. West St. Paul has been without a city manager for a year and a half. The position has been filled by acting City Manager Sherrie Le.

One of the first issues facing Fulton is how the city will proceed on City Hall improvements. Earlier this year the council put the matter on hold until the new administrator is on board.


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