Looking North, towards West Broadway (Courtesy of Urban Design Associates) A light rail train pulls into the station and commuters hop out. They are greeted with a tree lined plaza and a walkway leading straight to downtown Robbinsdale, with restaurants, a brewery and tap room, the State’s best butcher shop, a locally owned furniture shop, and an antique consignment store a short walk away. The walkway, or “promenade”, extends across West Broadway to the “back door” of Nonna Rosa’s and Pig Ate My Pizza and extends both the downtown area and the possibility of even more small businesses popping up within walking distance of the light rail stop.

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There has not been a lot of public information about the water main break since the second giant hole appeared on County Road 9 several weeks ago. This last week finally provided some answers on a number of fronts. The Joint Water Commission (a legal entity formed by the cities of Golden Valley, Crystal and New Hope) owns the pipe that broke and is responsible for the repair and maintenance of the pipe.

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Each spring a group of kids from Christo Rey High School roll into businesses across the Metro area for a great opportunity in hands on learning. A portion of every week is spent in classrooms and traditional topics and learning. Then once or twice a week they spread out to 90 different companies for their Corporate Work Study program. There are a broad range of industries represented including technology, law firms, hospitals, insurance companies, utilities and many more.

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Every spring the emails start popping up, and the Facebook posts start appearing. “Cars are driving too fast down my road!” Or, “Cars never stop at that stop sign!” And sometimes, both. It is the number one complaint during the summer, since it is such a visible and naturally concerning issue. Almost all of us live in a residential neighborhood, and we watch as cars speed by and roll through stop signs.

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On a sunny Thursday morning in early April – that one day the sun was out, before it snowed again and then again – I drove up to a quiet neighborhood in South Minneapolis. On the corner a well-kept three story apartment building stood among the single family homes on the rest of the block. I met Mayor Murphy on the sidewalk just outside the building and, after being buzzed through the security door, we went up half flight of stairs.

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For years I have heard predictions that the two District 281 high school hockey teams would combine. My friends with kids in the Armstrong/Cooper Youth Hockey Association have seen this coming for many years, and have been discussing and arguing when it would eventually happen. It seems the time has arrived. The number of players continues to drop and the school district has been holding meetings concerning how to combine the two programs for the 2014⁄2015 school year.

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My wife walked in the door and before she even set down the shopping bags asked “What’s going on at 35th and Grimes, right by Tim’s house?” As much as I like to think I know everything, I was at a loss this time. As she described the police cars, ambulance and crime scene tape the concern and questions immediately started. And knowing the speed of Facebook, Twitter and the old fashioned grapevine I headed out to see if I could get some info before the news hit and the rumors started.

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Pat Backen

The People, Issues and events of Robbinsdale

Council Member and Software Engineer

Robbinsdale MN