Category Archives: Events

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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Friday Report for July 2, 2010

Here’s my Friday Report to the Mayor and City Council for today, July 2, 2010: OFFICE OF THE CITY MANAGER½Friday Report DATE: July 2, 2010 TO: Mayor and City Council FROM: Scott H. Neal, City Manager RE: Friday Report for … Continue reading

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The 4th is Near!

  Eden Prairie puts on a great event every year for the 4th of July. Our Hometown Celebration attracts more than 20,000 people to Round Lake Park for a day of fun and entertainment, and of course for the spectacular … Continue reading

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Art Center News

We are wrapping up our first year of operating the Eden Prairie Art Center. As we wrap up Year 1, the numbers are in on the revenue performance of the Art Center, and the numbers look good. Our 2009 Art … Continue reading

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Airport Zoning Public Hearing: Not Much Action

The Joint Airport Zoning Board (JAZB) for Flying Cloud Airport held a public hearing last Thursday night in the City Council Chambers to hear public comments about the proposed airport zoning ordinance. The JAZB is a multi-jurisdictional commission with membership … Continue reading

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Sponsorships

We have a successful system here of soliciting private donations and sponsorships for city sponsored programs and facilities. In fact, in 2008, the City of Eden Prairie was the recipient of over $570,000 in cash gifts and sponsorships in the … Continue reading

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Eden Prairie Reads

The City of Eden Prairie is a proud sponsor for the Eden Prairie Reads organization/event. We’ve been a sponsor as far back as I can remember. Former Mayor Nancy Tyra-Lukens was an early and strong supporter of Eden Prairie Reads. … Continue reading

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Sooner Than We Think?

Who would have thought that when former Gov. Jesse Ventura began his term as our Governor on January 8, 1999, that we would be riding a new light rail train connecting downtown Minneapolis to the Mall of America just five … Continue reading

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Off and Running in a New Year

The City Council held its annual organizational meeting last night. The annual organizational meeting is typically a quick one, and last night’s meeting was no exception – 35 minutes. The Council uses its organizational meeting to make a number of … Continue reading

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Police and Fire Fighter Training

I had the opportunity last week to attend the debriefing session of a recent police training session at the South Metro Public Safety Training Facility. The South Metro Public Safety Training Facility is a facility in Edina that is owned … Continue reading

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Friday Report for December 11, 2009

For today’s post, here’s my December 11, 2009 Friday Report to the City Council. Enjoy! ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ OFFICE OF THE CITY MANAGER½Friday Report   DATE: December 11, 2009 TO: Mayor and City Council FROM: Scott H. Neal, City Manager RE: Friday … Continue reading

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Preparing for the Pandemic

What would city government in Eden Prairie be like if 1/3 of our staff were sick with the flu, another 1/3 were home taking care of a family member sick with the flu, and another 1/3 were well and able … Continue reading

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Minnesota Taxpayer’s Association

The Minnesota Taxpayer’s Association is a good source of non-partisan information about government operations and spending in Minnesota’s state, county and local governments. Sure, there are other advocacy groups that claim to represent the interest of taxpayers, but I think … Continue reading

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Hitting The Market Just Right

There was a good article in yesterday’s Star Tribune by Laurie Blake and Mary Jane Smetanka cleverly titled “Minnesota cities jumping on the bond wagon.” Nice title. Informative article. Eden Prairie wasn’t mentioned in article, but we also did a … Continue reading

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Vino Classico 2009

Vino Classico: Eden Prairie Uncorked It’s time once again for the Eden Prairie A.M. Rotary Club’s annual Vino Classico wine tasting fundraiser. The event will be held on Saturday, October 24 from 6:30-9 pm at the Eden Prairie Community Center, … Continue reading

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