TwinWest Chamber names new president

The TwinWest Chamber of Commerce has named Bruce Nustad as its new president.

Nustad, who will assume his new role March 4, served as president and CEO of the Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce since 2005. Before that, he was vice president of membership development for the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce.

Nustad received his bachelor's degree in public policy from Concordia University in St. Paul and a master's in public policy from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

TwinWest serves the communities of Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Medicine Lake, Minnetonka, New Hope, Plymouth and St. Louis Park. For more information, go to www.twinwest.com.

Cities get funds to clear contamination

The Metropolitan Council has awarded environmental cleanup funds for projects in Bloomington, Plymouth and St. Louis Park, along with several other projects in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

West-metro projects include:

• Bassett Creek Office Center II in Plymouth, where $200,000 will go for air monitoring and soil cleanup involving materials containing asbestos at 6th Avenue N. and Hwy. 55, where illegal dumping once occurred.

• Erv's Garage in St. Louis Park, where $100,000 will go to clean up soil and asbestos contamination at a site north of W. Lake Street and Monitor Street. An automotive and small-engine repair business once operated there.

• The Penn American District in Bloomington, where $84,100 will go to test and clean up contaminated soil and any asbestos found on the site of a former auto dealership, repair and washing facility.

• The Corners/Bloomdale in Bloomington, where $75,000 will be used for asbestos cleanup on a site formerly used by a gas station and dry cleaner.

The Council received 16 applications for these "brownfield" cleanup awards.

Gift will preserve wildlife habitat

Nearly 200 acres will be preserved as wildlife habitat between the cities of Delano and Independence on Hwy. 12 as a result of a gift to the state Department of Natural Resources.

The new Robina Wildlife Management Area includes wetlands and wooded uplands with old hardwoods and more than a mile of undisturbed shoreline on Robina Lake.

The property, valued at more than $4 million, was donated to the DNR by the Robina Foundation, founded by the late James H. Binger, a former Honeywell chairman and theater entrepreneur, who died in 2004.

The area will be open to the public for hunting, hiking, birding and cross-country skiing.