Briefs: South St. Paul voters OK $10 million for parks

  • Updated: February 15, 2014 - 6:16 PM

Voters in South St. Paul on Tuesday approved $10.1 million in bonds to pay for improvements at the city’s ice arena and other parks projects.

The vote tally was 921 in favor and 684 against, according to the city.

The city plans to remodel the 51-year-old Wakota Arena, build new sports fields, and turn 87 open acres along the Mississippi River into a hallmark park with baseball and softball fields as well as non-sports recreation such as a performing arts building and areas for playgrounds and picnics.

The parks projects are expected to cost about $98 a year, or about $8 a month, for the owner of a home valued at $150,000.

Planning and some building work are expected to begin within months, and most of the work should be done in about three years. The city hopes to start work on the ice arena in May, and wants to finish by the end of the year.

The voter turnout of 1,605 was less than one-sixth of the votes cast in the city during the 2012 general election, when nearly 10,000 people voted for South St. Paul mayor. The city has about 20,400 residents.


Women in business event set for March 13

The Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual “WomEn’s Conference” from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 13 at the Lost Spur Golf and Event Center in Eagan.

This the fourth year for the event, which designed to connect professionals with one another while enriching their personal and professional lives.

Last year’s conference drew almost 200 women — and a handful of men — plus more than 35 exhibitors displaying their products and services.

The capital “E” in the name, according to the chamber’s website, stands for “energizing, educational and empowering.”

Topics for this year’s panels include the art of negotiating, navigating generational differences and developing leadership skills.

Tickets are $129 for chamber members who register by Feb. 28 and $149 for nonmembers. The price is $149 for everyone beginning March 1.

For more information, contact Jessy at 651-288-9202 or

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