No deer hunting within Alexandria city limits this year



At the Alexandria City Council meeting on Monday, Mayor Bobbie Osterberg said council heard from Alexandria Police Chief Scott Kent in a working session ahead of the meeting and that concerns had been expressed on how to protect the hunt. By general consensus, the council felt that the process of drafting a deer hunting ordinance should not be rushed when safety is an issue.

For this reason, Osterberg said, the hunt would not take place in 2021.

Meet Alexandria’s New Policeman

Members of the Alexandria Police Department show their support for new patroller Abigail Mumme (center). Chief Scott Kent (standing next to Mumme) was sworn in at the Alexandria City Council meeting on Monday. (Al Edenloff / Echo Press)

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A new officer has joined the ranks of the Alexandria Police Department.

Abigail Mumme was sworn in at Monday night’s meeting. The occasion drew one of the busiest board meetings in over a year. At least 18 members of the department were in attendance, along with many of Mumme’s family, including her parents, David and Glenda Mumme.

Mumme grew up in Waterville, in the southeastern state, and graduated from Alexandria Technical and Community College in the spring of 2021.

In college, she was elected as her squad’s troop commander, Police Chief Scott Kent said.

Mumme will begin her training process on the field on Tuesday morning.

The position is not new. An opening in the department was created when Sergeant Tina Lake retired.

The process of integrating a police officer is a long one, Kent told the council. The Town Police Civil Service Commission and Kent published and received 40 applications and conducted two rounds of interviews.

Then background checks were carried out to find out more about the applicants to make sure they were the best match for the department and city, Kent said.

Mumme met all the requirements for the job – medical exam, psychological exam, physical condition exam and licensing exam, Kent added.

Abigail Mumme's father, David, pins his uniform as her mother, Glenda, and Police Chief Scott Kent look on.  (Al Edenloff / Echo Press)

Abigail Mumme’s father, David, pins his uniform as her mother, Glenda, and Police Chief Scott Kent look on. (Al Edenloff / Echo Press)

Site manager selected for the RCC project

The council voted to proceed with hiring a construction manager – RJM Construction of Golden Valley – to oversee the $ 10 million expansion of the Runestone Community Center.

The city received seven proposals. The RCC commission, board member Roger Thalman and staff reviewed them and interviewed three finalists. The committee then voted unanimously to continue an agreement with RJM.

Some of RJM’s projects listed on its website include the remodeling of the League of Minnesota Cities building in St. Paul, the Westwood Hills Nature Center in St. Louis Park, the Nordic building in the North Loop neighborhood in the center. City of Minneapolis and the HERO Center which provides regional training services for police, fire and emergency medical services in Woodbury and Cottage Grove.

City staff have been ordered to prepare an agreement with RJM and it will be presented to council at its July 12 meeting.

The Minnesota legislature included the expansion of the RCC in its bail bill. The state has agreed to provide about half the cost, $ 5.6 million.

The city, which will likely use tax rebate bonds and private funds raised by groups that use the facility, is expected to cover the rest of the costs.

In addition to adding a third rink to meet the growing demand for more ice time, the expansion will allow the RCC to host dry-ground events in the expansion area, freeing up rinks for skating. and curling.

The city of Alexandria is in good financial health, according to Abdo, Eick and Meyers, who reported to the council.

The city has a fund balance of $ 5.32 million at the end of 2020.

Revenue increased by $ 854,369 to $ 10.53 million, compared to the original final budget of $ 9.68 million.

Expenses, however, also increased, by $ 209,447, and totaled $ 10.12 million. This left the city with a balance of $ 644,922. Other sources of funding contributed $ 9,250, which increased the fund balance to $ 654,172 for the year and, added to the previous fund balance, left the city $ 5.32 million in the dark.

Most of the income, about $ 5 million, came from taxes. Intergovernmental revenues, such as federal coronavirus grants and aid from local state governments, have contributed nearly $ 3 million. The remainder came from paying ALP Utilities instead of taxes, charges for municipal services and other miscellaneous sources.

The flawless audit did not identify any gaps in internal controls that Abdo, Eick and Meyers considered to be material weaknesses.

The council issued three special event permits:

  • Feed the 5,001 will take place on Saturday, August 14 at the Common Ground Coffee House from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. The free event includes food, music, children’s activities, and a car show. Part of Hawthorne Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues will be blocked for the event, as well as part of the parking lot next to Common Ground.

  • The Church for the Harvest block party is scheduled for Thursday, August 26 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Part of West 41st Avenue will be blocked between 42nd Avenue and Iowa Street.

  • The Faith Rose 5K will take place on Saturday October 2 from 7 am to 1 pm, with the actual event starting at 10:30 am The annual event raises awareness about pregnancy and infant loss. It was organized by Maria Lopau and other women who were touched by the loss of a baby. The run will start and end at City Park using the trail leading to the Central Lakes Trail.


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