Author Archives: Scott Neal

Farewell

October 28, 2010, will be my last day as Eden Prairie’s city manager. So before I go, I thought that I’d share a few thoughts about my tenure here. I started working here in April of 2002. Speaking only for … Continue reading

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Blog Feedback

Since my days of doing this blog are starting to wind down, I thought that I’d trot out one of my readers’ tried and true favorites: actual reader feedback. Here’s a random mixture of it, with names and other identifying … Continue reading

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XFINITY

XFINITY is “more of everything you want,” according to Comcast. XFINITY is a new service platform from Comcast which will enable them to sell you not only more cable television services, but also sell you home telephone and broadband Internet … Continue reading

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Property Tax Confusion

Since property tax payments are due at the end of this week, I thought that I’d take a few moments to talk about exactly who taxes property within the City of Eden Prairie. There are more entities taxing your property … Continue reading

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Calling All Potential BAC Members

The City has a number of citizen advisory commissions. These commissions are really important to the overall functioning of city government. Commission members provide staff with valuable insights and information about living in Eden Prairie. They provide the Council with … Continue reading

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Good Stuff from (Really) Good Staff

One of my favorite things about this blog is that I get to bring attention to the excellence among the employees that I see all around me here everyday. Here are three good examples: That woman with the handgun (which … Continue reading

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Typical Government in Eden Prairie

So when you hear the start of the phrase, “typical government….,” what do you think of? Typically, I’ll bet, something not so good. It’s a negative image, right? Particularly during campaign season, it’s difficult to find anyone of any party … Continue reading

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The Barn Is Saved

This is a great story of how a unique historic property in Eden Prairie was saved by a private benefactor. A very nice outcome for all concerned. http://www.startribune.com/local/west/102656144.html?elr=KArks:DCiUBDia_nDaycUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aULPQL7PQLanchO7DiUr

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Change of Venue

I have been blogging in this space since March 2003. At that time, there weren’t nearly as many bloggers as there are today. There were no other city managers doing it. But I’ll be winding my blog down over the … Continue reading

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Two Takes on Suburban Transit

I am a regular reader of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune newspaper.  Generally, I think the paper does a good job of covering news from across the Twin Cities and throughout the state. Sometimes, however, it seems to me that the paper goes … Continue reading

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Take A Hike With Kate Havelin

Twin Cities Author Kate Havelin is coming back to Eden Prairie on Saturday, October 23 to take what she referred to in a 2009 interview on NPR’s “All Things Considered” as the Best Hike in the Twin Cities with the … Continue reading

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The Field Is Set, Probably

The last day to file to be on the official ballot for this fall’s City election was Tuesday, August 17 at 5:00 pm. At that time, the following people had filed: Mayor Jon Duckstad Nancy Tyra-Lukens City Council Kathy Nelson … Continue reading

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Goodbye Dona

We lost one of our really good employees, and a really, really good person this past Saturday with the passing of Dona Rowland. Dona worked in the City’s Support Services Division for the past 12 years. Her job here was … Continue reading

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Eden Prairie in the American Legion World Series

Hey, this is a Big Deal: Eden Prairie remains unbeaten in Legion World Series By STAFF and NEWS SERVICES Last update: August 16, 2010 – 1:51 AM Eden Prairie remained unbeaten in the double-elimination American Legion World Series by rallying … Continue reading

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Department of Energy Blog

The City’s 20-40-15 initiative received some very nice recognition last week from the U.S. Department of Energy. They lauded the initiative in their official agency blog. Here’s what they said: Making the “Best Place to Live” Even Better Posted by … Continue reading

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