SOUTH METRO

Transit authority names new executive director

The Minnesota Valley Transit Authority has named its next executive director: Luther Wynder, who will start work April 4. Wynder comes from Delaware, where he was chief performance officer for Delaware Transit Corp., the state agency that provides bus, paratransit and commuter rail service. Wynder led a staff of 45 and managed a wide range of transit technology projects, including automated passenger counters, real-time passenger information and maintenance management systems. He also directed planning and oversaw operational performance. Wynder replaces Beverley Miller, who retired in January after guiding the MVTA as the organization’s first and only executive director for 25 years. The MVTA provides bus service in eight suburbs south of the Minnesota River in Scott and Dakota counties.

TIM HARLOW

Inver Grove Heights

City weighs new rules for rentals

The Inver Grove Heights City Council is considering new regulations for rental properties including apartments, townhouses and houses.

Under a proposed ordinance, property owners would have to obtain a city license every two years. They’d also have to comply with standards for maintenance, light, ventilation, pests, garbage collection, plumbing, mechanical, electrical and fire safety outlined in the International Property Maintenance Code. Complaints would be investigated by city staff.

Emma Nelson

South St. Paul

Mayor Baumann to retire in December

South St. Paul Mayor Beth Baumann announced in her State of the City address last month that she plans to retire in December.

Baumann has been mayor since 2003, when former Mayor Kathleen Gaylord moved to the Dakota County Board.

During her time as mayor, Baumann formed the Mayor’s Youth Task Force to get students involved in their community and prevent underage drinking and smoking. She also worked to bring businesses and development to the city.

BEATRICE DUPUY

SHAKOPEE

$5.3M overhaul for Vaughan Field

Vaughan Field, the Shakopee High School football stadium, will undergo a $5.34 million renovation project beginning this spring, with completion scheduled by late August.

The Shakopee school board approved a contract last week with Maertens-Brenny Construction Co., that includes a new track and turf field and expanded plaza. Other features will include more bleacher seating and parking, a new scoreboard and press box and an additional team room.

NATALIE DAHER

LAKEVILLE

Art exhibition to highlight students

The Lakeville Area Arts Center is marking Youth Art Month with an exhibition of art by Lakeville students that will open with a reception from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The exhibit will include over 100 artworks displayed in the Arts Center galleries, manager Joe Masiarchin said. They will be on display through March 25 at the Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Av.

For more information, call 952-985-4640.