Weekly Memo 8-5-2011

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I am drafting this abbreviated memo from the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities Summer Conference in Grand Rapids.  The local highlight will be the presentation of the Jack Murray award to the family of Dick Grassel for Dick’s continuous dedicated service to the organization and to East Grand Forks.  The Jack Murray award is the Coalition’s highest honor.

Finance Director

The City will hold Finance Director interviews on Monday, August 8.  The Civil Service Commission will conduct interviews in the morning.  I will review the Commission’s recommendations and potentially hold a second round of interviews in the afternoon between the candidates and me.


Library, Charlotte Helgeson

Our weekly Marvels at the Library program has concluded with a grand success.  Last year our attendance was 202 children, this year we registered over 400 children for the weekly program.  We also ran 2 successful writers groups for middle school and high school kids and still have the Campbell Picnic on August 17th to conclude our summer activities.  Our programming was sponsored in part by a NW MN Arts Council Grant.

Mike Spence from Kraus Anderson’s Quality Control is on vacation for 2 weeks and will focus our roof after his return.  Our water spots on the meeting room floor continue to expand without an explanation.

Despite the issues with our large meeting room, it is regularly scheduled.  “Tame the Computer Monster!” class has started and will be held weekly through October.  There is no fee for the class that is sponsored by a grant from the US Dept of Commerce to the Blandin Foundation in partnership with the MN Intelligent Rural Communities (MIRC) Project.

Parks and Recreation, Dave Aker

We had a real good end to the baseball season.  There was Championship night at Stauss Park on Monday night, we fed all the kids and parents hotdogs, chips and a beverage.  The place was packed and everyone had a good time.  We held the 13 year old State Tournament last Thursday to Sunday, we where the host team and ended up winning the whole tournament.  The 14 year olds went to Hi Tower for the State Tournament and won the first game and then got beat by a good Hi Tower team that won the tournament.  This week our 15 year olds traveled to Richmond for the State Tournament and won their first game.

The campground is busy again with campers and people from all over.  We are holding a dedication to Dick Grassel on Saturday, August 13, at 9:00 am, hope to see you there!