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Jury finds Janet Delmore not-guilty
George Fairbanks - news editor Roseville Review
Tuesday, August 05, 2008

A little more than a year after she was first accused by the Roseville Police Department of failing to obey the order of a police officer, a violation of a city ordinance, Janet Delmore was found not guilty last week in Ramsey County District Court in St. Paul. 
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Roseville Public Schools / Board will get at least 2 new members Only 1 incumbent in race with 3 open seats
Doug Beldon - Pioneer Press
November 1, 2007

Roseville Area School District will gain at least two new school board members Tuesday. Only one current member of the six-member board, Tom Ring, is running for re-election. There are three seats open, and the top six vote-getters in the Sept. 11 primary are competing in the general election.  Ring finished second in the primary to Lisa Edstrom. Third was Shari Dion, followed by Todd Anderson, Bruce Martin and Jeanne Kelsey.  At a recent candidate forum, the candidates' similarities were more evident than any differences.  All are parents and Roseville residents, and they hold similar views on issues ranging from the importance of early education and lifelong learning to the need to address the district's achievement gap to the deficiencies of the federal No Child Left Behind law.  Click here to read the rest of the article.

Roseville / City hires Ramsey development chief
Officials praise Trudgeon despite project disasters during his tenure

Shannon Pratter - Pioneer Press
October 26, 2007

The city of Roseville has hired away the city of Ramsey's community development director.  Patrick Trudgeon starts as Roseville's community development director Nov. 26. Trudgeon leaves Ramsey as the city is struggling to resuscitate an ambitious plan to create a downtown and housing development off U.S. 10. Much of the 322 acres remains undeveloped following the bankruptcy and death of the primary developer, Bruce Nedegaard, who envisioned a $1.3 billion, 2,800-home mixed-use project.  A Pioneer Press series this summer chronicled how the Ramsey Town Center's collapse included questionable financing, hundreds of thousands of dollars in Swiss bank accounts, and federal investigators looking for answers. Creditors lost millions of dollars.  Roseville's city manager and the mayor said they knew about the Ramsey Town Center project but still felt comfortable hiring Trudgeon.  Click here to read the rest of the article.

Roseville Public Schools / Odd-year elections provoke protest Tuesday's vote will cut field of 12 in half 
Doug Belden - Pioneer Press
September 8, 2007

The crowded field for Roseville school board will be cut in half after Tuesday's primary. Twelve candidates are in the race for three seats, and six will advance to the general election.  One of the candidates, former Roseville Mayor John Kysylyczyn, raised eyebrows in July when he said he would not serve if elected.  Kysylyczyn, who presided over a stormy period in city government as mayor from 2000-04, said he filed for the seat - along with political allies Bryan Olson, Eugene M. Bahnemann Sr. and Joe Machyowsky - solely to draw attention to the need for the school district to switch to even-year elections.  Click here to read the rest of the article which includes candidate profiles.

Police: Commissioner interfered with stop
George Fairbanks - Roseville Review
August 07, 2007

What looked like a routine traffic stop turned into a heated verbal exchange between a member of a voluntary city advisory commission and a Roseville Police officer. Now it could even lead to criminal charges.  Janet Delmore, the chair of Roseville's Human Rights Commission, has been accused by the Roseville Police Department of causing a disturbance during a traffic stop July 24 near Hamline Avenue North and Oakcrest.  Both parties agree Delmore was not directly involved in the traffic stop as either a driver or passenger.  As of the Review's deadline, the Roseville City Attorney was still considering possible charges against Delmore.  Click here to read the rest of the article.

Twelve file for Roseville school board
Paul Rignell - Sun Focus
July 30, 2007

Twelve residents of Roseville Area School District 623, including only one incumbent, have filed to be placed on the ballot this year for three available School Board seats.  Tom Ring, of Roseville, is the lone incumbent seeking re-election. Board members not seeking re-election include Linda McLoon and Cecilia Warner.  Of the 11 other candidates to be considered on the ballot, some have filed simply for wanting to see District 623 change its elections policy as much as (if not more than) actually wanting election to the board.  Click here to read the rest of the article.

Here's one way to run for school board: Promise not to serve
Ex-Roseville mayor tries to make a point about off-year elections

Doug Belden - Pioneer Press
July 19, 2007

Roseville's former mayor is running for school board, but he doesn't want the job.  John Kysylyczyn said Thursday he doesn't intend to serve if elected. He said he filed for the office, along with three political allies, to draw attention to the need for the school district to switch to even-year elections.  Click here to read the rest of the article.

Kids beware: former Roseville mayor runs for school board
Paul Demko - City Pages Magazine Blog
July 19, 2007


Perhaps the most interesting name to pop up in the ranks of candidates for office this year in Ramsey County is John Kysylyczyn. The former Roseville mayor has filed to run for the Roseville school board. He's one of 12 candidates vying for three seats. Kysylyczyn was elected mayor in 1999 and served a contentious (to put it charitably) four-year term. His tenure was marked by personal attacks and unusually combative city council meetings that often dragged on into the wee hours of the morning.  Click here to read the rest of the story.

Splitting up lots creating ill will

Tougher restrictions could slow the rush to divide older, large single-family lots.

Mary Lynn Smith - Star Tribune
April 12, 2007

Art Mueller has meticulously tended his wooded 2 acres in Roseville since he built his house there in 1949. But his plan to carve out a cul-de-sac along Acorn Road so he can divide his property into four lots has some neighbors up in arms.   Mueller says he wants to make the most of his property's prime real estate value, but his critics say he will destroy the rural setting of their neighborhood. "It's created some bad feelings," said Mueller, 82, a plain-spoken real estate developer who will keep one of the four newly created lots for his house and sell the other three. "People just don't like change.".... Click here to read the rest of the article.

[Click here to see a drawing showing the lot at 2201 Acorn Road and the neighborhood in question - RCL Webmaster]

Panel to study lot splits
George Fairbanks - Roseville Review
March 20, 2007

The issue of splitting single-family housing lots into multiple lots, thereby increasing population density in residential neighborhoods, is one that has confronted suburban Twin Cities communities for many years.  Now Roseville's planning commission, along with an appointed panel of citizens charged with focusing on lot splits, is ready to hear from Rosevillians about the issue..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

Steve Scott, Pioneer Press

November 29, 2006

Developers have pulled out of one of the Twin Cities' largest redevelopment projects, leaving nearly 280 acres of unturned earth and an unclear future for the Twin Lakes area of northwestern Roseville.  Click here to read the rest of the article.

For mayor, Klausing; for council, Schaffer
Editorial Board, Pioneer Press [2006 Roseville Mayor & Council Endorsement]

The Twin Lakes development saga has dominated Roseville politics for half a decade, and all indications are it will keep doing so. In conversation with candidates for the Roseville city elections, virtually every question returned to this central issue..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

City might rename county roads
B, B2, C and D sound too rural, some complain

Steve Scott, Pioneer Press

Alphabet City may be a trendy address in New York's East Village, but some folks in Roseville complain the roads in their city named simply B, C and D conjure up nothing more than alphabet soup.  "National retailers call Rosedale Center and say, 'Sorry, sir, but your shopping center sounds like it's rural; you're located off County Road B,' " Roseville tourism official Lois Sinn Lindquist said. "It's an uphill battle to explain we're part of the urban core of a metro area.''  That's why the Roseville Visitors Association is encouraging the city to change the names of its prominent east-west roads: Ramsey County Roads B, B2, C and D.  Although the county operates the roads, the city can name them as they choose, likely without county interference..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

Roseville candidates discuss issues in debate
George Fairbanks, News Editor, Roseville Review
October 24, 2006

The four candidates seeking office this fall in Roseville met Oct. 19 at Roseville City Hall for a League of Women Voters sponsored candidate forum. Mayor Craig Klausing and his challenger, current Council Member Amy Ihlan, were on-hand, as were Dan Roe and Karen Schaffer, who are seeking to fill the Council seat of the retiring Dean Maschka.  The Council chamber was nearly full with curious residents, many of whom participated in the forum by submitting written questions that were read to the candidates..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

It's time for truth in property taxation
Edward Lotterman, Pioneer Press

The tax on real estate that is used to pay for schools and other local government is a bad one for several reasons, but one flaw becomes particularly evident in an election year because the tax practically invites public misunderstanding and less-than-honest statements by politicians.  Public misunderstanding stems from how amounts of tax relate to values of taxed properties. Many people think that if the value of their home goes up, the amount of real-estate tax they owe somehow must go up, too. This isn't true, but some politicians are overly willing to perpetuate the misunderstanding.....  Click here to read the rest of the article.


Voting on a school levy? Here's a line of inquiry
Pioneer Press, Larry Dowell (guest editorialist)

This fall, many school districts will ask voters to support levy referendum questions on the ballot. Deciding whether to support or oppose a referendum that boosts school funding through property tax increases can be difficult.  Education funding is so complicated in Minnesota that the running joke is that only two or three people understand it.  But for many people, school funding is an emotional issue because they have children or grandchildren in the system.  As the local Chamber of Commerce for the St. Paul/east metro area, our organization has been asked by many to weigh in on the important issue of school-tax issues. Rather than support or oppose the various levy referendums, we decided to develop questions that will help taxpayers clarify why the request is being made and what the money will fund. Our goal is to help community members engage in a meaningful conversation with leaders of their local school districts. Some questions we suggest:....  Click here to read the rest of the article.

Can't we all just get along? City officials, experts weigh in
When City Council members disagree, it can come at a cost of progress and public respect. 

Sarah Moran, Star Tribune

With a string of city councils making news for their dysfunction in recent months and years, north-metro residents might wonder: What's next? At times, councils in Anoka, Maplewood, Oak Grove and Roseville have digressed to the point that city business can't progress.  While many of the situations have improved, officials say that in general problems within local government seem to be escalating..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

Citizens League eschewing obfuscation
Mary Lynn Smith, Star Tribune

Two groups in Ramsey County have incorporated its name into theirs. The original group wants this stopped.  Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but it also can prompt a call to the lawyers.  The Citizens League, a statewide, nonpartisan public policy group, recently asked two Ramsey County groups to scratch the Citizens League title from their names. The three groups have no formal ties to one another and the state organization doesn't want people to mistake the Roseville Citizens League and the Maplewood Citizens League for affiliates of the state group..... Click here to read the rest of the article.   

[The article goes on to state that "the two local groups are using the Citizens League name without permission...."  Before changing our name in 2004, I contacted the Executive Director of the Citizens League to ask if they had any objections to our adoption of the name Roseville Citizens League.  I was told that they had no objections.  - Dick Lambert - RCL Board member]

3 City Council candidates making case to voters
Steve Scott, Pioneer Press

Three candidates are actively seeking to replace longtime Roseville City Council Member Dean Maschka, who is not seeking re-election.  Roseville also has a hotly contested mayor's race, but that won't be on Tuesday's primary ballot because the two candidates, City Council Member Amy Ihlan and incumbent Craig Klausing, will square off only in November's general election.  Tuesday's primary, however, will narrow the field for the council vacancy to two. The candidates include Dan Roe, Karen Schaffer and Mary Vidas, all seeking their first elected post. Joe Machyowsky is listed on the primary ballot but said he will announce today that he is discontinuing his candidacy because of health concerns.....  Click here to read the rest of the article.

City appeals Twin Lakes ruling
Word from high court could take months

Steve Scott, Pioneer Press

The city of Roseville and a team of developers will ask the Minnesota Supreme Court to review a lower court's decision that has held up the controversial Twin Lakes development in the city's northwest corner.  With the retail and housing project apparently in limbo, the City Council voted 3-2 Monday night to ask the state's high court to review the case, but such action is far from a certainty.  "The Supreme Court does not accept review in very many cases,'' said Scott Anderson, legal counsel for the city.  It could take several months for the court to decide whether to hear the Twin Lakes case and several more months to render a decision if it does..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

Renewal efforts hit snag
Court: Big-box retail violates city plan

STEVE SCOTT, Pioneer Press

The state's Court of Appeals has dealt a potentially serious blow to construction of a retail and housing redevelopment in Roseville, one of the biggest industrial revitalization efforts in the region.  "If you believe in something enough and you know in your heart it's right, you can fight city hall and win,'' said Joy Anderson, president of Friends of Twin Lakes, a group of about 40 people.  She said her group isn't opposed to redeveloping Twin Lakes, an area that now includes several abandoned truck terminals and warehouses and is considered an environmentally contaminated "brownfield.'' But they oppose the amount of proposed retail in the area, favoring more homes..... Click here to read the rest of the article [

Kough suffers stroke, expected to make full recovery
George Fairbanks, Roseville Review, News Editor

Roseville City Council Member Tom Kough, 75, suffered a stroke July 20 that has left his speech impaired.  "I'm doing pretty good," he said during an interview last week. "I'm up walking around." The stroke occurred while his band, the Banjo Bandits, was performing a music gig. He was strumming his banjo when suddenly his arm felt paralyzed, he couldn't sing and his instrument tumbled onto the floor.... Click here to read the rest of the article.

Roseville City Council moving forward in city manager search
George Fairbanks, Roseville Review, News Editor

The Roseville City Council held a brisk and harmonious meeting July 24 in which it instructed Eldona Bacon, the city's human resources director, to continue moving forward with a search to find a replacement for former city manager Neal Beets who resigned his position July 21 to take the same position in Federal Way, Wash.  At its July 17 meeting, the Council named Chris Miller, the city's finance director, as interim city manager.  On a 4-0 vote the Council approved a budget of $12,000 to allow city staff to move forward with Council direction to establish a "staff and external stakeholder committee to develop a profile and detailed timeline with Eldona Bacon as the project lead.".... Click here to read the rest of the article.

Chris Miller steps in for Neal Beets
George Fairbanks, Roseville Review, News Editor


On a 5-0 vote, the Roseville City Council named Chris Miller, the city's current finance director, as acting city manager at its July 17 meeting. The action took effect at 5 p.m. July 21.  Miller was appointed to temporarily replace Neal Beets, who resigned to become the city manager in Federal Way, Wash.  Miller, who has been the finance director for more than four years and was a staff accountant in the city in the early 1990s, is eager to get started in his interim position..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

Klausing and Ihlan to square off for mayor's seat
George Fairbanks, Roseville Review, News Editor

Two candidates have filed for the fall mayoral election and both are well known to Roseville residents.  Mayor Craig Klausing has decided to seek re-election and will be challenged by current Roseville City Council Member Amy Ihlan.  Klausing and Ihlan have frequently found themselves at odds at City Council meetings, with Klausing often falling into a voting block with Council Members Tammy Pust and Dean Maschka while Ihlan is often aligned with Tom Kough.....  Click here to read the rest of the article.

Maschka will not run for fifth term
George Fairbanks, Roseville Review, News Editor

The announcement that Dean Maschka has decided not to seek re-election to his Roseville City Council seat guarantees at least one new face on the council next January.  Maschka described his four terms on the council as an enjoyable experience but noted he felt it was time to do other things.  "I've been there 16 years, and that's probably long enough," Maschka said. "I want to travel a little more, write a little more, work a little harder.".... Click here to read the rest of the article.

Roseville City Council deals out new alcohol punishments
George Fairbanks, Roseville Review News Editor
July 18, 2006

The Roseville City Council voted at its July 10 meeting to impose the mandatory minimum punishment on three businesses that violated the city's alcohol ordinance last summer.  Mayor Craig Klausing and Council Members Amy Ihlan and Tom Kough all voted to impose a one-day liquor license suspension on the Green Mill. Council Members Tammy Pust and Dean Maschka dissented.  Klausing, Ihlan and Kough voted to also impose the one-day suspension on Old Chicago, with Pust and Maschka voting no.   Klausing, Ihlan and Maschka voted to impose the one-day suspension on VFW Post No. 7555, with Pust and Kough voting no.  Click here to read the rest of the article.

City manager resigns for job on West Coast 
Also, city hires new development director

Pratik Joshi, Pioneer Press
July 1, 2006

Roseville City Manager Neal Beets resigned his position Friday to take a similar job in Federal Way, Wash., a town of 86,000 on Puget Sound between Seattle and Tacoma.  The Federal Way City Council voted 7-0 on Thursday to select Beets over four others, including the former Maplewood city manager, Richard Fursman.... Click here to read the rest of the article.

Beets issues Kysylyczyn 'cease and desist' demand 
Police reports, allegations fly

George Fairbanks, Roseville Review news editor
June 27, 2006

Is it civic duty or slander? Free speech or harassment? A legal warning or fodder for a police report? The latest confrontation between former Roseville mayor John Kysylyczyn and current City Manager Neal Beets may end up with the courts having to decide.... Click here to read the rest of the article.

Roseville City Council acts on ethics ordinance, commission 
George Fairbanks, Roseville Review News Editor
June 20, 2006

After numerous discussions and lengthy debate, the Roseville City Council enacted a new code of ethics for city employees and also moved to re-establish the city's ethics commission at its June 12 meeting. The new ethics code passed on a 3-2 vote with Mayor Craig Klausing and Council Members Tammy Pust and Dean Maschka voting in favor and Council Members Tom Kough and Amy Ihlan voting in opposition. The resolution to re-establish the ethics commission passed on a 4-1 vote with Kough voting no. In an interview last week, Klausing explained the measure taken June 12 essentially takes the city's code of ethics and raises it to the level of a city ordinance. The code goes into great detail as to what constitutes unethical behavior..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

City Council creates ethics commission
Steve Scott, Pioneer Press
June 17 2006

The city of Roseville has adopted a revised ethics code to govern the behavior of public officials and has created a new ethics commission.  The guidelines, which were approved this week by the City Council, will cover the mayor, City Council members, the city manager, city department heads and assistant department heads, as well as anyone appointed by the City Council to a commission, board or task force..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

Leslie Brooks Suzukamo, Pioneer Press
May 31, 2006

Minnesotans will have a new weapon to protect themselves against the fast-growing crime of identity theft, thanks to a bill signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Tim Pawlenty.  Beginning Aug. 1, Minnesotans can stop credit bureaus from releasing their personal financial information without their permission by requesting a "security freeze" be placed on their names.  A freeze prevents identity thieves from using stolen information to open new financial accounts. Often, victims don't know their identity has been stolen until banks and creditors start hounding them about unpaid bills..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

Two lawsuits, same result
Judges side with city, developer in Twin Lakes cases

Roseville Review 4/4/06
Jon Lentz, news editor

Two separate court rulings relating to the Twin Lakes redevelopment project — one about environmental concerns, the other dealing with eminent domain — came down in favor of the city of Roseville and the project developer last week. 
On March 27, a Ramsey County judge ruled that the citizens group Friends of Twin Lakes failed to show that the Roseville project would cause pollution and destruction of a natural resource under the Minnesota Environmental Rights Act.... Click here to read the rest of the article.

Judge rejects Twin Lakes challenge
Steve Scott, Pioneer Press
March 30, 2006

A Ramsey County judge has ruled that a Roseville citizens group that sued the city over the Twin Lakes redevelopment failed to show the project would violate state environmental laws.... Click here to read the rest of the article.

Click here to read the judge's decision.

Beets complaint dismissed 
Roseville city manager cleared of criminal allegations

Jon Lentz, Roseville Review
March 28, 2006

Roseville City Manager Neal Beets has been cleared of any criminal misconduct in reducing the penalties of three liquor establishments caught selling alcohol to minors during a compliance check last summer..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

Kysylyczyn accuses Beets of wrongdoing 
Jon Lentz, Roseville Review

Roseville City Manager Neal Beets exceeded his authority in reducing the penalties of three liquor establishments caught selling alcohol to a minor during a compliance check last summer, former mayor John Kysylyczyn claimed in a criminal complaint filed last month.....  Click here to read the rest of the article.

Ex-mayor points finger
Kysylyczyn prompts inquiry of resolution of alcohol enforcement violations

Pioneer Press 2/9/06
by Steve Scott

John Kysylyczyn is more than two years removed as mayor of Roseville but still has the city on its guard, this time over his contention the city manager overstepped his authority in easing penalties for businesses caught serving alcohol to minors.... Click here to read the rest of the article.

Ihlan, Pust, Roe
Pioneer Press Editorial 10/31/05

To mention redevelopment of the Twin Lakes area at a meeting with Roseville City Council candidates is to light a rhetorical fire. Although the financing and development contract for the first phase of the Twin Lakes project were approved last summer after years of contention, the underlying issues are imbedded for future political leadership to manage in the large first-ring Ramsey County suburb.  Voters will choose a significant part of that leadership, choosing three City Council members on Nov. 8. Six candidates are competing for the three seats, two incumbents and four challengers. One member of the current council is not seeking re-election.  We recommend the election of Amy Ihlan, Tammy Pust and Dan Roe to the Roseville City Council.....  Click here to read the rest of the article.

Property owner sues over project - Offer for Twin Lakes land called 'low ball'
Pioneer Press 10/29/05
by Steve Scott

A property owner in Roseville has sued the city and developers for making a "low-ball" offer to purchase its properties in the planned Twin Lakes redevelopment, alleging that is a tactic that would lead to an improper use of eminent domain.  Minnesota Industrial Ventures owns two office buildings and a distribution warehouse on 6.5 acres within the 80 acres designated for the first phase of the Twin Lakes project....Minnesota Industrial Ventures contends if it doesn't accept what it calls an inadequate offer by Rottlund, the contract would allow the city to use eminent domain to acquire the property. The suit alleges condemnation should not be used to acquire property for a private use.....  Click here to read the rest of the article.

Twin Lakes suit challenges eminent domain
Susan Feyder, Star Tribune
October 28, 2005

A company that owns property in the proposed Twin Lakes redevelopment area in Roseville has sued the city and the developers, arguing that they are using the threat of eminent domain to force down the value of its business. 
The suit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, stands to be among a growing number of legal challenges to communities' use of eminent domain after the recent controversial U.S. Supreme Court ruling that affirmed cities' right to take land for commercial use. In its suit, Minnesota Industrial Ventures claims it has a "cloud of condemnation" over its business because of an agreement that allows the developer, Roseville Twin Lakes, to have the city use eminent domain to secure property for the project if it can't be acquired on the open market. Besides seeking to prohibit the city and developers from using eminent domain, the suit also asks for monetary damages.....  Click here to read the rest of the article.

Positions on Twin Lakes key in Roseville race
Star Tribune October 25, 2005
by Sarah McCann

The Twin Lakes debate isn't over. Especially not for the six candidates running for three Roseville City Council seats.  The first phase of the controversial redevelopment project was approved in a 3-2 vote last January, but decisions remain on financial details, possible eminent domain and two remaining phases of the 270-acre project.  On Nov. 8, residents will pick who makes the remaining choices.....  Click here to read the rest of the article.

A step closer to emergency center consolidation
Pioneer Press 9/18/05

We're happy to report that St. Paul, Ramsey County and a number of suburbs are a step closer to an agreement on consolidating 911 emergency call services. The log that apparently broke the jam was the chart [Click here to see the chart] that accompanies this editorial, which was presented at a countywide meeting of elected officials a few weeks ago. Suburban mayors overwhelmingly supported the 40-60 plan for sharing costs of a consolidated center (each city's share would be determined 40 percent by tax base and 60 percent by call volume).... Click here to read the rest of the article.  

Cities' shared 911 center advances
Board agrees on funding formula

Pioneer Press 9/14/05
By Laura Yuen

Plans for a consolidated Ramsey County emergency dispatch center took a big step forward Tuesday as the Board of Commissioners agreed on a new funding formula that appeared to satisfy many of the county's suburbs.   Commissioners hope the move will cap more than a year of serious, and often contentious, deliberations that most recently came down to who will pay and how much.  In a couple of breakthrough meetings last week with County Manager David Twa, several city mayors and administrators said they were willing to settle on a center to be financed by a combination of county property taxes and a fee based on each city's call volume.....  Click here to read the rest of the article.

Council election draws 8 in fray
Twin Lakes project is prominent topic

Pioneer Press 9/7/05
By Steve Scott

Roseville residents frequently enliven City Council proceedings with the slings and arrows of outrage, adding to spirited debate at public meetings.  So, it's little wonder this fall's election has drawn a diverse, eight-person field of candidates vying for three open seats on the council. Next Tuesday's primary will narrow the field to the top six vote-getters, who will square off in the general election Nov. 8.  The field includes two incumbents, three candidates running again after previous election setbacks and three residents making their first try at public office..... Click here to read the rest of the article. 

911 center's financing disputed
County Board votes to reopen talks; suburbs object to funding via property taxes
Pioneer Press 8/24/05
by Tim Nelson

The plan to consolidate Ramsey County's four 911 answering points hit another snag Tuesday, as the County Board voted to reopen negotiations over the merger's financing.  With work on the project expected to begin soon, St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly expressed frustration over Tuesday's decision.  "We have, in good faith, worked on this for two years," Kelly said. "We are through negotiating.".....  Click here to read the rest of the article.

Mayors want 911 vote delayed
Pioneer Press 8/22/05

A group of suburban mayors who don't like Ramsey County's plan for funding a new, consolidated emergency dispatch center have asked the county board to postpone Tuesday's planned vote on the proposal.  The mayors claim the county's funding scheme is unfair and charges their cities more than what they should pay. They say they've come up with a plan that is more equitable to the communities involved in the center, which handles 911 calls.....  Click here to read the rest of the article.

911 Funding Plan Unfair to suburbs
Pioneer Press 8/17/05
Letter to the Editor
by RCL Chairman Roger Toogood

Currently St. Paul, Ramsey County, and several suburbs all operate their own 911 emergency call centers that are becoming obsolete. The Ramsey County Board has wisely voted to authorize an updated center that would consolidate all existing centers into one. The proposed agreement has St Paul, which is responsible for 73% of the calls, paying only 45% of the cost while the suburbs, which are responsible for 27% of the calls, would pay 55%. A suburbanite, therefore, will pay twice as much per call as someone in St Paul. 

Ramsey County Commissioners Tony Bennett (who represents Arden Hills, Gem Lake, Mounds View, North Oaks, Shoreview, Vadnais Heights, and White Bear Township) and Victoria Reinhardt (who represents Maplewood, North St Paul and White Bear Lake) voted for the resolution authorizing this payment system.  If you live in one of the suburbs listed above, and you think that it’s unfair for you to be asked to pay twice as much for a 911 call as St. Paul residents, I recommend that you contact commissioner Bennett or Reinhardt. Complete contact information for them can be found here.  The County is set to have a final vote on this at their 8/23/05 meeting.

Twin Lakes delay rejected
by Steve Scott
Pioneer Press 8/16/05

A Ramsey County district judge declined to halt Roseville's Twin Lakes redevelopment, instead rejecting a citizens group's request for further environmental review.  But Judge M. Michael Monahan, in a decision released Monday, allowed the Friends of Twin Lakes to pursue a portion of their suit against the city of Roseville and the developers. He refused to dismiss allegations that the proposed residential and retail development might violate the Minnesota Environmental Rights Act.  If that portion of the suit goes to trial, the court would be asked to determine whether the project headed by the Rottlund Cos. poses significant environmental threats to the area surrounding Langton Lake.  Click here to read the rest of the article.

Dispatch consolidation still on hold 
Suburban mayors want ‘plan B’

Roseville Review 8/16/05
by Jackie Fritzke
Lillie Newspapers - staff writer

In Ramsey County’s efforts to consolidate emergency dispatch services, at least nine mayors in the county’s suburban cities fear St. Paul will be the only winner.  Mayors Sue Gehrz of Falcon Heights, Sandy Martin of Shoreview, Tom Watson of North Oaks, Bev Aplikowski of Arden Hills, Bill Blesener of Little Canada, Steve Larson of New Brighton, Sue Banovetz of Vadnais Heights, Bill Sandberg of North St. Paul, Craig Klausing of Roseville and Paul Auger of White Bear Lake all recently signed and submitted a letter to a daily paper in response to its editorial that criticized Maplewood Mayor Bob Cardinal’s recent vote to delay consolidation with Ramsey County and St. Paul.....  Click here to read the rest of the story.

Mayors see dispatch center cost issue differently
Pioneer Press 8/4/05
By the Mayors of 10 northern Ramsey County suburbs including Craig Klausing of Roseville

Your July 27 editorial criticizing Maplewood Mayor Bob Cardinal's recent vote to delay consolidation of that city's dispatch center with Ramsey County and St. Paul was inaccurate on key issues. Cardinal was right to raise some important questions about the county's proposed plan for the consolidation. Your statement that the issue of "who would pay for new services … was hammered out between the parties" was not accurate. Most of the suburban cities were not included in these negotiations which, under the plan endorsed by the city of St. Paul, pass most of St. Paul's current dispatching costs onto the suburban Ramsey County cities.  Click here to read the rest of the article 

Council OKs $257,000 for repair of the Oval
Guidant gift will return rink to world status

Pioneer Press 6/21/05
by Steve Scott

Months of fretting over the future of the John Rose Minnesota Oval turned to optimism Monday as the city of Roseville — buoyed by a $1 million gift — agreed to repair the rink's refrigeration system in hopes of restoring a full ice season this winter.  "This was just a great, great day,'' said Nancy Nelson, member of a city-appointed Oval task force. "Now, there's a big task ahead of us.''  The Oval's future received a huge boost Monday afternoon when the Guidant Foundation made official its pledge of $1 million to the speed skating, bandy and hockey rink. The worldwide heart device manufacturer, based in Indianapolis but with operations in Arden Hills, gave $500,000 for immediate repairs.....  Click here to read the rest of the article.

Twin Lakes project gets go-ahead
Council OKs tax-increment financing for retail, housing

Pioneer Press 6/21/05
by Steve Scott

A 25-year financing proposal committing future property taxes to a major retail and housing project in northwestern Roseville got City Council approval Monday night, as the long-debated Twin Lakes redevelopment moved forward.  By establishing a tax-increment financing district on nearly 80 acres of the site property, the council — on a 3-2 vote — cleared the way for construction of 730 housing units, 225,000 square feet of office space and 325,000 square feet of shops and restaurants.....  Click here to read the rest of the article.

Company to pledge $1 million for Oval
Guidant gift would fix ice skating facility
Pioneer Press 6/17/05
by Steve Scott

A major heart-device manufacturer will pledge $1 million to repair the John Rose Minnesota Oval in Roseville and establish an endowment for upkeep of the internationally known speed-skating track.  The donation by the charitable foundation of the Guidant Corp. is believed to be the largest single gift ever made to the city of Roseville.  Guidant's name may be added to the facility, which also is used for bandy and hockey.  The Oval, regarded as the largest sheet of refrigerated ice in the Western Hemisphere, couldn't fully operate last winter because of a leaking chiller system. The most-recent repair estimates have ranged from $300,000 to $500,000.....  Click here to read the rest of the article.

Grant to smooth way for ice oval
Star Tribune 6/17/05
by Bill McAuliffe

A $1 million grant from the Guidant Foundation is expected to bring skaters back to the John Rose Oval in Roseville this winter. The speedskating, hockey, bandy and recreational skating rink had since 1993 been the world's largest sheet of refrigerated ice until a chiller broke in October, resulting in a short, natural-ice-only season.  The grant from Guidant Corp.'s charitable arm is the largest gift ever given to the city of Roseville, said Mayor Craig Klausing.  A portion of the grant will cover the estimated $300,000 repair bill and maintenance; the balance will be used to help establish an endowment for the oval. With artificial ice, the oval's season runs from about mid-November to early March.....  Click here to read the rest of the article.

Plan lays out strategy for Oval
Task force hoping to at least reduce the city's subsidy

Pioneer Press 6/12/05
by Steve Scott

A long-range plan to cut financial losses at the John Rose Minnesota Oval will be presented Monday to the Roseville City Council in an attempt to continue operations on the world-class outdoor ice sheet.  The speed-skating, hockey and bandy facility costs $1 million a year to operate, requiring a $100,000 annual subsidy from the city of Roseville.  Some residents think the city shouldn't bear the entire burden of a venue that attracts regional participation and world championships. A task force outlined a plan to make up at least $60,000 of the deficit in what it calls a "conservative projection.'' The rest would be considered a "city contribution to the public good.'' ..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

City Council favors expanding Highway 36
Roseville Review 5/31/05
Bethany Norgaard 

Not only does Highway 36 split Roseville right down the middle, but it seems to be having the same effect on the Roseville City Council. Prompted by a request from the Roseville Citizen's League to pursue expansion of the highway, Council Member Dean Maschka presented a resolution for the council's consideration last week. It passed on a 4-1 vote.....  Click here to read the rest of the article.

"Ihlan still hasn’t grasped the concept"
Roseville Review 5/31/05
Letter to the Editor from Roseville council member Dean Maschka

Roseville City Council member Amy Ihlan still hasn’t grasped the concept that the $40 million subsidy she keeps referring to [in her letter of 5/17/05] does not come into existence until there is a redevelopment project in place. She also fails to understand that the TIF is used to reimburse the developer (not Costco or WalMart), for the cost of roads, cleaning up the pollution, building roads and sewers on the site.....  Click here to read the rest of the article.

twin lakes subsidies
Roseville Review 5/17/05
Letter to the Editor from Roseville council member Amy Ihlan

In response to my recent letter, Roseville Council Member Dean Maschka [in his letter of 5/3/05] says he supports $40 million in public subsidies for the Twin Lakes big-box retail development because the developers will "pay all of the costs of the project" with no risks to the city. But if the developers are willing to bear all the costs and risks, then why are they coming to the city for subsidies in the first place?.....  Click here to read the rest of the article.

Roseville's Twin Lakes: Traffic trap or environmental fix? 
Star Tribune 5/11/05
by Chris Serres

As Tam McGehee sees it, Roseville is running short of one of its most precious commodities: peace and quiet.  McGehee, a retiree who has lived in Roseville since 1979, blames the Roseville City Council, which has approved more than 200,000 square feet of new retail space over the past year and appears to be on the verge of approving yet another major project: Twin Lakes, a 73-acre project with more than a half-million square feet of office and retail space and $40 million in subsidies.....  Click here to read the rest of the article.

Twin Lakes Financing
Roseville Review 5/3/05
Letter to the Editor from Roseville council member Dean Maschka

In response to Council member Amy Ihlan's recent letter [in the 4/19/05 Roseville Review].  I would like to explain, how I understand the financing on the Twin Lakes redevelopment project works and who will bear the risk and costs.   First of all, there is no 40 million pot of money out there that the city currently has. Nor do we have the opportunity to decide whether or not to use TIF dollars for a redevelopment project or instead use TIF monies: for the nature center, renovation of city hall or for the police and fire department, the Oval or a community center.  The laws regarding TIF simply do not allow us to use TIF dollars for these needs.....  Click here to read the rest of the article.

STEVE SCOTT, Pioneer Press
April 27, 2005

A proposed agreement for the first phase of Roseville's major Twin Lakes redevelopment passed the City Council on Monday night, part of a lengthy approval process praised by the project's supporters for its thoroughness but criticized as a "done deal" by its opponents....
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Pioneer Press 4/20/05
by Pratik Joshi

Roseville Police Chief Carol Sletner and investigator Erika Scheider will be honored today by the Minnesota Association of Women Police at its annual conference in Nisswa, Minn .....  Click here to read the rest of the article.

Council to Vote on twin lakes subsidies
Roseville Review 4/19/05
Letter to the Editor from Roseville council member Amy Ihlan

At our next "Town Hall" meeting at Central Park School on April 25, the Roseville City Council will vote on $40 million in public subsidies for the controversial Twin Lakes development (which includes a "big box" shopping center near Langton Lake.)  Should the city council give away millions to profit-making retailers and developers, or should we insist that public money be spent only for public goods and services? For example, $40 million would fund the Harriet Alexander Nature Center for over 400 years. It would buy more than 100 new chillers for the Oval. $40 million is four times the cost of Roseville's renovated city hall - it could build and run a first class community center, with money to spare. $40 million would allow the city to hire and keep more staff in key service positions (such as police, firefighters, and maintenance workers). It would provide long term funding for road replacement, park improvements, and maintaining our public facilities. ..... Click here to read the rest of this article.

ROSEVILLE: City, Target agree to details 
Pioneer Press 4/15/05
by Steve Scott

Construction of a SuperTarget on the site of the country's first Target store proceeded this week when the retailer signed a contract for site improvements with the city of Roseville. The Roseville City Council, which granted approval last fall for the new store, approved a deal Monday in which Target Corp. will pay about $400,000 for utilities, sidewalks, stormwater runoffs and traffic signals. The first Target store, which opened in 1962 at County Road B and Snelling Avenue, was demolished to make way for the 185,000-square-foot SuperTarget, which is to open in October. A display on the exterior of the SuperTarget will note the site of the original store. A Perkins restaurant was demolished and will be rebuilt as part of the project. Target Corp. also will contribute $60,000 to Roseville's parks and recreation improvement fund, a customary agreement in redevelopment deals.

City orders study of Oval
Pioneer Press 3/23/05
by Steve Scott

Already facing a deadline for next winter's skating season, Roseville will proceed with an engineering study to recommend the best remedy for the disabled John Rose Minnesota Oval.  City staffers pushed for weeks to get the City Council to hire engineers in time to allow for possible restoration of the speed-skating rink's faulty refrigeration system.  "Which route we go will determine whether we can be up and going by next season," said Parks and Recreation Director Lonnie Brokke. "We've gotten a lot of free advice, which we really appreciate. We're at the point now where we need to get somebody to commit to a possible solution".....  Click here to read the rest of the article.

Developer locks up Twin Lakes rights
Pioneer Press 3/16/05
by Steve Scott

The developer of the proposed 80-acre first phase of Roseville's Twin Lakes project has retained exclusive negotiating status with the city.  A 3-1 City Council majority, with Council Member Tom Kough absent, said the development team led by the Rottlund Cos. met the requirements by Monday's deadline.  Two members of the council, Amy Ihlan and Kough, have strenuously opposed most aspects of the proposed redevelopment, which would build housing, office, retail and restaurants on 280 acres northeast of County Road C and Cleveland Avenue. A citizens group has sued the city and Rottlund to force further environmental review of the contaminated site.  Monday's vote authorizes the city to work with Rottlund on developing a term sheet — an outline of key provisions of a potential final agreement — by April 25. A redevelopment agreement, or actual contract, would be completed by June 11.

Roseville: Neighborhood access to be studied
Pioneer Press 3/14/05
by Steve Scott

Roseville will study possible new ways for traffic to enter a neighborhood west of Snelling Avenue, buying some time for residents who say a recent turn-lane closure impedes access to their homes.  By a 3-2 vote Monday night, the City Council approved sending a letter to the Minnesota Department of Transportation saying it would study other access points into the neighborhood between county roads B2 and C.  In return, the city hopes MnDOT will temporarily reopen a median that has prohibited northbound traffic on Snelling from turning left onto Oakcrest Avenue.  MnDOT is not expected to allow left turns out of the neighborhood onto Snelling.  The only other access to the neighborhood is off southbound Snelling or from the west off Fairview Avenue.

Council has long talk about its issues -Priorities and meeting lengths were on agenda
Pioneer Press 2/23/05
by Steve Scott

The Roseville City Council began to discuss priorities and consider possible changes in its operating procedures, but no action was taken at a special meeting Saturday.  In a 3¾-hour discussion that Mayor Craig Klausing said was "rather diffuse," council members discussed several topics they deemed worthy of attention.  "We look forward at some point to getting direction from the council on the big issues on the horizon,'' City Manager Neal Beets said. "I think Saturday was not that direction and not setting those priorities. It was the beginning of talking about these issues.''  Beets said city staff was eager to have the council set priorities.....  Click here to read the rest of the article.

Twin Lakes plan offers Roseville multiple advantages
Pioneer Press 2/6/05
Editorial by Roseville Mayor Craig Klausing

First-ring suburbs face a number of challenges: declining commercial and industrial areas, polluted brownfields and an aging housing supply. The continued vitality of first-ring suburbs means reclaiming those industrial areas, renewing the commercial base and creating new housing opportunities. It is not often that a community has the opportunity to accomplish all of those goals through a single project. However, Roseville has just such an opportunity with the proposed redevelopment of Twin Lakes. Unfortunately, the "Taking Exception" column (Jan. 23) by Roseville City Council member Amy Ihlan was typical of the approach taken by the critics of this project. Their argument focuses on one portion of the project (the big-box retail), misstates its impact and ignores a host of benefits.....  Click here to read the rest of the article.

City Council will review procedures - Long, contentious meetings a concern
Pioneer Press 2/4/05
by Steve Scott

The Roseville City Council, which has had its share of contentious moments in recent years, will take time out on a Saturday soon to discuss how to conduct its business, including how best to receive public comment and become more efficient.  Click here to read the rest of the article.

Repairs at the Oval put on hold by council Task force to look at rink's funding
Pioneer Press 2/3/05
by Steve Scott

Roseville's City Council this week declined to hire a professional engineer to work on repairing the refrigeration system at the John Rose Minnesota Oval, waiting instead for a task force to discuss the long-term economic viability of the speed-skating rink.  Click here to read the rest of the article.

There's room for improvement at Roseville council meetings
Roseville Review 1/25/05
by News Editor Bethany Norgaard 

I can't help but feel a little sorry for Roseville Mayor Craig Klausing. While some residents may gripe that he is unable to keep council meetings under control, I often wonder who could.  Not only does Klausing have to listen to former mayor John Kysylyczyn read minutes and articles from years past to form a "flip-flopping" attack against him during meetings, but Council Members Amy Ihlan and Greg Schroeder have been butting heads lately, putting Klausing in the position of having to concentrate more on keeping the peace than moving the meeting agenda along.  Click here to read the rest of the article.

Twin Lakes proposal would add unneeded, unwanted retail
Pioneer Press 1/23/05
Editorial by Roseville Council Member Amy Ihlan

The editorial board recently applauded the three members of the Roseville City Council who support a controversial big-box retail development for the Twin Lakes area. Dismissing strong and reasoned public opposition as "out of touch," the editorial (Jan. 13) praised the plan as "smart" land use.  But there is nothing "smart" about it. And the editorial board betrays its ignorance of many important reasons the big-box proposal is such a bad idea for the city and residents of Roseville.  Click here to read the rest of the article.

Council favors Twin Lakes' smart land use
Pioneer Press 1/13/05

Applause, please, for the majority of Roseville City Council members who voted Tuesday to proceed with the Twin Lakes redevelopment plan for a blighted area of the city. On a vote of 3-2, the council advanced the first phase of the 280-acre project northeast of Country Road C and Cleveland Avenue. It's about time.  Opponents have had more than enough time over the past decade to try to talk Twin Lakes to death. Those still arguing for delay are really arguing that they don't care what makes sense for creating a vibrant area from this decrepit old pit of a dead industrial area.....  Click here to read the rest of the article.

Council OKs concept plan for Twin Lakes
Pioneer Press 1/12/05
by Steve Scott

Roseville residents remained vocal and resolute Monday night as the City Council gave its first official approval to a concept plan for the Twin Lakes redevelopment, one of the largest and thorniest land-use proposals in the Twin Cities.  "This is a blighted area, and this is one of the best proposals you've had before you in 15 years," resident Bob Willmus said.  The site now includes several abandoned truck terminals and warehouses and is considered an environmentally contaminated "brownfield."  "Everyone says this is a blighted area,'' Terry Moses told the council. "That's a matter of opinion. I'd rather it stay the way it is. That doesn't affect my life. Traffic from this project would.'' .... Click here to read the rest of the article.

Twin Lakes proposal advances 
Star Tribune 1/12/05
by Sarah Mc Cann 

Roseville is officially on its way to redeveloping Twin Lakes.  The City Council voted 3-2 Monday night to approve a mixed-use concept plan for the area in northwestern Roseville that's now filled with abandoned truck terminals and contamination.  As the vote reflected, the process has been divisive and frustrating for the council as well as city staff members and residents.   Mayor Craig Klausing and council members Dean Maschka and Greg Shroeder voted for the plan. Members Tom Kough and Amy Ihlan voted against it.....  Click here to read the rest of the article.

Group sues city to nullify [Twin Lakes] studY
Pioneer Press 1/5/05
by Steve Scott

A Roseville citizens group asking for a new environmental review of the Twin Lakes development filed suit Monday against the city in Ramsey County District Court ....
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Budget pains divide council -Taxes increased, jobs cut at meeting
Pioneer Press 12/29/04
by Steve Scott

Three days before an end-of-year deadline, Roseville set a tax levy increase of 9 percent and adopted a city budget for 2005 that eliminates three staff positions.
Many homeowners can expect a 15 percent to 20 percent increase in their property taxes, city staff predicted, with residential property values typically rising between 10 percent and 15 percent..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

Marathon meeting ends in acrimony -Twin Lakes, budget decisions postponed
Pioneer Press 12/22/04
by Steve Scott

Roseville city officials had to feel hung over Tuesday morning, but it wasn't from holiday festivity. Monday's marathon City Council meeting was anything but a party.  A nearly six-hour meeting ended acrimoniously shortly before midnight with two of the biggest agenda items, including the city's 2005 budget, unresolved. The council scheduled a special meeting for Monday, a decision as fractious as the rest of the evening.  The council did approve a concept plan for an expansion to the Rosedale shopping mall, but it held over discussion on a controversial concept plan for the Twin Lakes redevelopment until January and didn't take up the adoption of next year's budget..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

Skating Oval is at weather's mercy
Pioneer Press 12/22/04
by Steve Scott 

A key part of the refrigeration system at the John Rose Minnesota Oval can't be repaired as hoped, leaving the outdoor season at the speed-skating rink at the mercy of the weather.  The 110,000-square-foot rink is being flooded naturally because the leaking chiller unit that makes artificial ice can't be plugged sufficiently to hold pressure.  "We do have an excellent sheet on the Oval right now, thanks to Mother Nature,'' Roseville Parks and Recreation Director Lonnie Brokke told the City Council on Monday.  City staff next month will propose creation of a task force to discuss the Oval's long-term viability.  Weather permitting, the Oval could be used until about mid-February. The cooling system allowed the Oval, one of the key speed-skating and bandy venues in the United States, to use artificial ice through March.

Development, park can coexist
Star Tribune 12/22/04
Editorial by Dan Roe

I do not agree with Roseville Council Member Amy Ihlan's conclusion in her Dec. 8 commentary that "if the [Twin Lakes] developers' plans become reality, Langton Lake Park will never be the same again."  The developers' plans do not, in fact, make any change to the park boundaries or the park's contents, the habitat for the wildlife that Ihlan refers to. The park property is owned and controlled by the city of Roseville, not the developers. The developers are only proposing plans for land that is outside the park..... Click here to read the rest of the editorial.

Plan threatens rare and valuable nature
Editorial by Amy Ihlan
Star Tribune 12/8/04

.....[Langton] park's remarkable tranquility and seclusion is threatened by a proposed redevelopment including a big-box retail and shopping center just south of the lake. A new parkway drawing retail traffic directly off I-35W will skirt the edge of the narrow wooded buffer that currently protects the park. New three- and four-story condos will overlook the shore of Langton Lake.....  Click here to read the rest of the editorial.

Group vows project review -Court action planned over Twin Lakes approval
Pioneer Press 12/8/04
By Steve Scott

A citizens group failed to force a new environmental review of a planned retail-office-housing development in Roseville, but organizers say they will go to court to get Monday's City Council decision overruled.....  Click here to read the rest of the article.

Rosedale proposes major expansion
Pioneer Press 12/1/04
By Steve Scott

With a major vacancy to fill since Mervyn's closed at Rosedale Center, mall managers are proposing an expansion that would not only remodel the vacated department store but also add shops, restaurants and theaters..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

Events canceled after leak cripples ice rink 
Star Tribune 11/24/04
by David La Vaque 

The next ice age, as far as users of the John Rose Minnesota Oval in Roseville are concerned, can't come soon enough.  Leaks in the facility's cooling system, which allows the Oval to sustain outdoor ice in temperatures up to 50 degrees, have delayed the flooding of the 110,000-square-foot surface.....  Click here to read the rest of the article.

Leaks spoil skating oval - City's options include $300,000 in repairs, closing for season, flooding rink
Pioneer Press 10/29/04

Roseville's John Rose Minnesota Oval has more than a long name, an international reputation and the biggest sheet of artificial ice in the world.  It also has a chilling problem heading into its 12th winter — it won't open on time and maybe not at all.  Its state-of-the-art cooling system — which allows for outdoor ice in temperatures up to 50 degrees — is leaking the saltwater solution that freezes the 110,000-square-foot ice surface.....  Click here to read the rest of the article

Environmental concerns hold up Twin Lakes plan 
Star Tribune 10/27/04
Sarah Mc Cann 

A citizen petition on environmental concerns related to the Twin Lakes redevelopment delayed Roseville's City Council from voting Monday night on whether the plan will move forward.  To read the complete article click here.

Roseville rink relies on Mother Nature 
Star Tribune October 23, 2004
Jay Weiner

Lonnie Brokke, Roseville's director of parks and recreation, is hoping for an early, long and cold winter.  Brokke said the John Rose Oval, which has hosted international speedskating events and attracts about 80,000 skaters per winter, will use natural ice this winter and not the more consistent and longer-lasting refrigerated ice that always has covered its surface.   Click here to read the rest of the article.

Twin Lakes advances - Talks with developer team continue on 3-2 council vote
Pioneer Press 9/29/04
Steve Scott

Roseville is moving ahead in negotiations to convert 280 acres on the city's northwest side into a retail, office and housing development.  Proponents said a split City Council vote on Monday was a small step forward, allowing exclusive negotiations to continue with a team of developers who have proposed a $220 million project in Twin Lakes — the focal point of city deliberations for at least 16 years.  Opponents, including two council members and a disenchanted group of Twin Lakes neighbors, fear the city already has made up its mind to commit public money to a private project...... Click here to read the rest of the article.

Roseville: Award fallout irks council member
Pioneer Press 9/29/04
Steve Scott

Roseville City Council Member Greg Schroeder was so upset fellow council members skipped a recent city award ceremony that he proposed scrapping the award.  Former Mayor John Kysylyczyn received the Rose Award for past service on Sept. 18 at the open house for the renovated City Hall.  “We as council members and the mayor have to bite our tongues extremely hard and do things we don’t wish to do,’’ Schroeder said, implying the council members’ absence was due to political disfavor.  Some council members said they didn’t make it to the ceremony because they were involved in other activities at the open house.  “I apologize for not being there,’’ Council Member Tom Kough said. “It was an error on my part.’’  Schroeder’s motion to end the award died for lack of a second at Monday’s council meeting.

Twin Lakes deal faces initial council test
Many see the need to redevelop the area but question the financial strategy

Pioneer Press 9/25/04
Steve Scott

A team of developers and the city of Roseville have courted one another for months, with their eyes mutually gazing on the future of the city's long-deliberated Twin Lakes area.  According to a self-imposed deadline, the City Council must decide next week whether to keep going steady — or break off an exclusive negotiating agreement — with a group that would bring a $220 million retail, office and housing redevelopment to northwest Roseville.  Few residents seem wedded to the current Twin Lakes, where semi-trailers are strewn about old truck terminals surrounding Langton Lake like rusty station wagons on a neglected used-car lot.  Furthermore, pollutants are believed to have contaminated soil and groundwater at the site.  But opponents are skittish about the proposed financial plan, and others resist bringing in a major retailer such as Costco to anchor a possible redevelopment..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

Roseville should reject Twin Lakes proposal
Pioneer Press 8/8/04
Editorial by Amy Ihlan

In deciding whether to move forward on the proposed Twin Lakes redevelopment recently endorsed by the Pioneer Press, the Roseville City Council’s primary responsibility is to protect the public interest.  Roseville residents and business owners need to be aware that developers Rottlund Homes, Roseville Properties, and Welsh Companies are requesting more than $47 million in public subsidies, including tax increment financing.  Click here for the rest of the editorial

Time to act on Twin Lakes development
Pioneer Press Editorial of 7/26/04

Roseville seems poised to turn a corner on its long, twisting road toward redevelopment of the Twin Lakes industrial site in the northwest part of the city. But there's still cost to consider and lingering controversy as the Roseville City Council approaches a Sept. 30 deadline to decide whether to proceed with the first phase of the major project..... Click here for the rest of the editorial

Cleanup issue slows project
Pioneer Press July 16, 2004
Lenora Chu

..... Much is riding on the city's attempts to redevelop the Twin Lakes industrial area east of Interstate 35W at County Road C. City officials hope to create a community with retail and office space and hundreds of multi-family housing units...... But the project faces a number of obstacles, not the least of which is determining who will pay to clean up the roughly 100 acres of brownfields contaminated by industrial use..... Click here to read the rest of the article. 

Ex-mayor wins media dispute
Pioneer Press June 19, 2004
Lenora Chu

The man who single-handedly turned Roseville City Council meetings into must-see cable TV is back in the news again, this time in connection with a story about "juicy political scandals" in the "not-so-sleepy suburbs."  Two complaints filed by former Roseville Mayor John Kysylyczyn against Minnesota Law and Politics magazine were upheld this week by the Minnesota News Council, which works to resolve complaints from the public about media coverage and policies..... Click here to read the rest of the article. 

Pioneer Press March 21, 2004
Lenora Chu

A bill that would allow Roseville to use instant runoff voting in an upcoming City Council election was defeated in the Minnesota House last week. The Senate passed the bill in February. Advocates had hoped to use Roseville to demonstrate the virtues of instant runoff — which ensures the winner takes office with more than 50 percent of the vote — and eventually push for adoption of the method in nearly all elections in the state.  Analysis: It's an uphill battle for advocates of instant runoff, who face opposition not only from groups like Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life but from legislators who won office under the current election system. The issue is essentially dead for the session, except for a measure that requires new voting machines purchased in the state to be capable of handling alternative voting methods.

Roseville wants to try instant runoff election
Star Tribune February 27, 2004
Mary Lynn Smith 

In an experiment that could change the way Minnesota elections are won, Roseville residents may put instant runoff voting to a test in an April 20 special election.  The instant runoff plan, a method favored by minor parties seeking to enhance the credibility of their candidates, would eliminate the need for a primary election to narrow the field of five candidates seeking the single City Council vacancy created when Craig Klausing was elected mayor last November.....
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ROSEVILLE: Senate panel backs option for runoff vote
Pioneer Press 2/6/04
Lenora Chu
The Senate Elections Committee passed on a 5-2 vote Thursday a bill that would allow Minnesota cities the option of using alternative voting methods in municipal elections.  Supporters in Roseville hope the Legislature will quickly pass the bill so the city can adopt instant runoff voting — whereby voters rank candidates in order of preference — for an April 20 special City Council election..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE: Instant-runoff elections an idea worth considering
Pioneer Press 2/5/04
Roseville citizens have a well-deserved reputation for being informed and highly engaged in the local political process. They vote in great numbers, and they turn out for civic meetings and public hearings. Dozens of candidates file for city offices each year, giving voters a wide choice in almost every election.  Last spring, when city officials were toying with the idea of eliminating the primary election for city offices, hundreds of citizens turned out to raise Cain and succeeded in holding off the proposal. It was not the first election reform put forward by Roseville leaders in an attempt to save money and boost turnout. In 2002, the City Council moved city elections to even years beginning in 2006 to piggyback on bigger statewide and national votes.

Now city leaders are embarking on another bold election reform path that, like the proposal to eliminate the primary, would save the city's taxpayers some money. The plan, called instant-runoff voting, is worth a serious look. Give the city points for continuous electoral innovation if for nothing else..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

Roseville considers instant runoff
Pioneer Press 2/4/04
Leonora Chu
Ireland uses the process to elect its president, Australia its House of Representatives and London its mayor.  Roseville could be next to adopt instant-runoff voting, which supporters say eliminates the spoiler phenomenon of third-party candidates and costs less to administer than traditional elections.  And the state Legislature soon may weigh in on the issue. Advocates hope a special City Council election in Roseville will fast-track a bill to give Minnesota cities the option of instant-runoff elections.  Supporters in Roseville say the method is perfectly suited to the April 20 election for the council seat vacated when Craig Klausing became mayor..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE: Special election to fill council seat
Pioneer Press 11/25/03
Lenore Chu
The Roseville City Council voted Monday night to hold a special election to fill the council seat that will be vacated when Craig Klausing becomes mayor.  Klausing, a council member since 2001, won the mayor's office in the Nov. 4 election.  The Council passed an ordinance, which calls for a special election when a council member "assumes an incompatible office" and "more than six months remains in the unexpired term and the vacancy occurs more than six months before the next regular city election," on a 3-2 vote..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE: Mayoral hopefuls vow to restore civility
Pioneer Press 10/25/03
Lenore Chu
Both candidates for Roseville mayor are sounding themes of "restoring civility" to city government after four tumultuous years under Mayor John Kysylyczyn..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE: Chamber panel backs Klausing for mayor
Pioneer Press 9/30/03
Nancy Ngo 
The Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee on Monday endorsed Craig Klausing for Roseville mayor.... Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE: Recycling changes considered
Pioneer Press 9/25/03
Nancy Ngo
The Roseville City Council could decide Monday night whether to overhaul the city's current recycling system.  The council appears divided on whether to switch to a single-sorting system right away or participate in a one-year pilot program first.... Click here to read the rest of the article.

Roseville: [Kysylyczyn ] Ending on his own terms
Synopsis of events since 1999
Pioneer Press 9/12/03
Nancy Ngo
As the four-year term of Mayor John Kysylyczyn winds down, friends and many of his foes say he was a catalyst for positive changes.  Talk to people in Roseville about Mayor John Kysylyczyn's four years in office, and you'll get a variety of adjectives. Productive. Disastrous. Inspirational. Combative.  But whatever his long-term legacy, his presence on the primary ballot Tuesday — he lost a bid for City Council — is being credited with spurring record voter turnout.  About 26 percent of registered voters showed up at the polls, the most the city has seen since 1965, which is the farthest back the city tracks voting numbers.....
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Roseville mayor loses bid for council
Star Tribune 9/10/03
A record number of Roseville voters rejected controversial Mayor John Kysylyczyn's bid for a seat on the City Council Tuesday.  Kysylyczyn, elected as an outsider in 1999, decided not to run for mayor again but to challenge one of his key adversaries on the council, Dean Maschka. Maschka, who has served on the council since 1990, and Amy Ihlan, an attorney and professor who had been a member of the city's ethics commission when Kysylyczyn led an effort to disband it last year, advanced to the Nov. 4 general election.  Kysylyczyn, whose four-year term had been marked by ethics complaints and long, fractious City Council meetings, finished a distant third.  Council Member Craig Klausing was an easy winner in the mayoral race, outdistancing newcomer Tammy Pust, an attorney and former assistant state education commissioner. Council Member Tom Kough, a frequent Kysylyczyn ally, finished third..... Click here to read the rest of the article

Klausing, Pust to square off in Roseville
Pioneer Press 9/10/03
Nancy Ngo
Roseville Mayor John Kysylyczyn's current run in city government ends in 2003.  The mayor, whose tenure has been marked by a series of controversies, came in third Tuesday night in his primary bid for a City Council seat. The top two finishers — incumbent Dean Maschka and attorney Amy Ihlan — will advance to the general election Nov. 4.  In the battle for the mayoral position Kysylyczyn is giving up, City Council Member Craig Klausing, an attorney, brought in 3,119 votes, and Tammy Pust, also an attorney, got 1,480 votes. They will advance to the November election.....
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Roseville politics still anything but ho-hum
Star Tribune 9/5/03
Voters in Roseville will take the first step toward choosing a new mayor Tuesday, when they will select two candidates to advance to November's general election.  Many are hoping the outcome will restore a more civil tone to City Hall, where the politics in recent years has ranged from caustic to sometimes comic, and always attention-getting.  Last year, one woman got so angry watching a cable TV broadcast of a council meeting run into the late hours that she got out of her pajamas and drove to City Hall to speak to the council in person..... Click here to read the rest of the article

ROSEVILLE MAYOR: Klausing's experience gives him the edge
Pioneer Press 9/3/03
Editorial Board
.....Among the candidates for mayor — two council members; a citizen activist; a former assistant commissioner for the state Department of Children, Families and Learning; and a local businessman — Councilman Craig Klausing stands out for his experience in city government and vision for the future.....
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ROSEVILLE CITY COUNCIL: Maschka merits another term
Pioneer Press 9/3/03
Editorial Board
Four candidates — including the current mayor and a former councilman — are seeking to unseat a 12-year incumbent on the Roseville City Council.  But incumbent Dean Maschka is an experienced and knowledgeable council member who has earned another term.....
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ROSEVILLE: Kysylyczyn campaign claims draw criticism
Pioneer Press 8/29/03
Nancy Ngo
Roseville Mayor John Kysylyczyn's City Council campaign literature is stirring opposition from the fire chief and political opponents who say the claims he is making are misleading.  In his bid for City Council, Kysylyczyn's campaign flier and signs read that he is "firefighter endorsed."  In a statement issued in response to the campaign literature, Fire Chief Richard Gasaway wrote,  "Neither the fire department nor its auxiliary has endorsed any candidate for any position"..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE: City to pay for mayor's criminal defense
Pioneer Press 8/1/03
It was a close call, but the city of Roseville will foot the bill for Mayor John Kysylyczyn's criminal defense.  In a 2-1 vote Thursday night, the Roseville City Council voted to reimburse the mayor $17,802.91 for his legal bill stemming from charges of misconduct and conflict-of-interest..... Council Members Tom Kough and Greg Schroeder voted in favor of the payment; Council Member Dean Maschka dissented. Council Member Craig Klausing was absent..... Maschka said he opposed action when the full council wasn't present, and he questioned why the special meeting was called when Klausing was gone..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE: No public comment on budget schedule
Pioneer Press 8/1/03
Roseville will not have a formal public comment time for citizens during budget workshops scheduled for Monday, as well as Aug. 11 and Aug. 18.  "It makes absolutely no sense to have the public comment to the council on items that the staff has not even presented to the council or the residents,'' said Mayor John Kysylyczyn..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE MAYORAL RACE: Candidates mull job's status as part time
Pioneer Press 7/18/03
Does Roseville need a full-time mayor?  That was one of the key issues Roseville's five mayoral candidates discussed as the group met for the first time Thursday in what promises to be one of the most closely watched suburban races.  Current Council Member Tom Kough stood alone when he spoke in favor of making the job 40 hours per week..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE: Mayor to run for City Council seat
Pioneer Press 7/16/03
Will he or won't he run again? Try yes and no.  Speculation abounded in Roseville for months, but Mayor John Kysylyczyn kept people guessing until a few minutes before Tuesday's 5 p.m. filing deadline. Kysylyczyn, known for dramatic entrances and exits, quietly came to City Hall and filed for … City Council.....
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Roseville's mayor files for council seat
Star Tribune 7/16/03 (Mary Lynn Smith)
Roseville's controversial mayor, John Kysylyczyn, is bowing out of that office but hopes to unseat Dean Maschka for the single council seat up for election this year.
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ROSEVILLE: Council member will seek re-election
Pioneer Press 7/15/03
After 12 years on the Roseville City Council, Dean Maschka says he's still got plenty to do for the city.  Maschka filed for his fourth term Monday.  The 56-year-old financial planner, who has butted heads frequently with Mayor John Kysylyczyn, says the council needs his experience.  "I'm really the only holder of the history over there now,'' said Maschka. "By having that history, you understand the planning process that has gone on."  Maschka said he wants the council to work on public safety issues, including whether the city should shift to full-time firefighters, as well as improving the mix of housing for all ages...... Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE: Fourth candidate joins mayoral race
Pioneer Press 7/12/03 (Nancy Ngo)
An outspoken resident at Roseville City Council meetings is the fourth person to file for the mayoral race.  Tam McGehee, who has spoken before the City Council on several occasions — often asking that the council give advance notification to residents and include more citizen input before taking votes — filed for the Roseville's top elected post on Friday.....
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ROSEVILLE: Third candidate in mayoral race
Pioneer Press 7/10/03
A political newcomer to Roseville on Wednesday became the third candidate to file for mayor.  Tammy Pust (pronounced "poost"), a St. Paul attorney, said she wants a city government that "is responsive to citizens' needs.  I'm running because Roseville really needs a new mayor,'' Pust said. "We need to have some positive change here.  I really think that I represent a new perspective.''..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE: Twin Lakes proposal taking a new twist
Pioneer Press 7/7/03
In the long journey that has been the Twin Lakes project in Roseville, the latest turn has some asking what the future of this suburb will be: malls or neighborhoods? ...... Most recently, city leaders, in a 3-2 vote, approved a preliminary agreement that would allow developer Roseville Properties to potentially build about 430,000 square feet worth of office space, retail and big-box retail, including a movie theater. Housing also would be in the mix for the area, which is bounded by county roads C and C2 and Cleveland and Snelling avenues...... Click here to read the rest of the article.

Ex-councilor to give it old college try (again)
Pioneer Press 7/4/03
Former Roseville Council Member Al Kehr wants to give it another try [he is running for the council seat currently filled by Dean Maschka].  Kehr, 88, says he's so fed up with the behavior at City Hall that he's primed to come out of retirement.  "The last two years have been atrocious — atrocious, to say the least," said Kehr, who was on the council from 1978 to 1989. "It's absolutely embarrassing for the community."....
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ROSEVILLE: City Council rivals file for mayor's seat
Pioneer Press 7/3/03
Two Roseville City Council members made it official Tuesday that they will seek the chamber's center seat.  Tom Kough and Craig Klausing each filed for mayor on the opening day of filing. Both plan to hold on to their council seats while seeking the mayor's office.....In addition, Stuart Shwiff, a 39-year-old marketing consultant, filed for incumbent Dean Maschka's council seat. Shwiff said he wants to use his management experience to help calm the council's contentiousness. Maschka has said he plans to run again.....
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"Best Mayor"
City Pages 4/30/03
[Webmaster note: The following article is the basis for a citation in John Kysylyczyn's campaign literature saying "2003 Twin Cities Best Mayor - City Pages Magazine".  Judge for yourself what they meant by "best mayor."].....  Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE: Volatile mayoral race starts early
Pioneer Press 4/24/03
What promises to be one of the most closely watched suburban races officially got under way Wednesday when the first candidate threw his hat in the ring for Roseville mayor.   The filing isn't until July, but City Council Member Craig Klausing formally announced the launch of his mayoral campaign in this politically embattled city.  Klausing is the first to declare his candidacy, but several others said they also are mulling a run. Among them: Council Member Tom Kough and resident Tam McGehee. Incumbent  Mayor John Kysylyczyn said Wednesday that he remains undecided about seeking a second term..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE: Council delays action on primary
Pioneer Press 4/1/03
The City Council held off on an expected vote Monday night after much discussion about whether the item should have appeared on the agenda. The question of whether the city should abolish its primary has drawn much discussion in recent weeks.  Though some council members wanted to vote to keep the primary Monday, Mayor John Kysylyczyn,  who first raised the issue in January, said that he would give a 30-minute presentation before any vote was taken.  "The council does not have a handle on this issue,'' Kysylyczyn said. "The public does not have a handle on this issue. No one has a handle on this issue. We don't have all the information. It's like shooting in the dark.....'' Click here to read the rest of the article.

Roseville mayor is cleared
Pioneer Press 3/26/03
A Ramsey County judge dismissed official misconduct and conflict-of-interest charges against Roseville Mayor John Kysylyczyn on Tuesday......In her order, Judge Dorn wrote that a key point was that the mayor and the city did not have a contract for hiring the mayor's attorney. Because there was no contract, Kysylyczyn's participation in the vote might have constituted a "conflict of interest,'' but not a criminal one, Dorn wrote in the ruling..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

Conflict charges against Roseville mayor dismissed
Star Tribune 3/26/03

A misdemeanor conflict-of-interest charge against Roseville Mayor John Kysylyczyn was dismissed Tuesday, providing what's certain to be a major prop in this year's election campaign..... While saying Kysylyczyn may not have violated the law, however, Dorn wrote, "It is difficult to construe Kysylyczyn's vote as anything but in conflict with his duty as a public officer to refrain from acting on a matter in which he had a direct personal interest......"
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Read original two count Kysylyczyn criminal complaint
Ramsey County Court 9/4/02 (2 pages)

Read Judge Dorn's seven page ruling on two count Kysylyczyn criminal complaint
Ramsey County Court 3/25/03 (7 pages)

ROSEVILLE: Abolishing of primaries runs into opposition
Pioneer Press 3/25/03
Roseville is considering whether to break with 30 years of tradition by eliminating its city primary.  Although some argue that dropping primaries would save candidates and taxpayers money and mean fewer campaign signs, primary supporters contend that the election precursor ensures that the winner is chosen by a majority of voters and allows for more informed decisions.  Citizens have packed the City Council's chambers in recent weeks to debate the pros and cons of the move. In an unusual move, the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, which also represents Roseville, announced it opposed the primary's abolition..... Click here to read the rest of the article..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

Government by ambush?
Pioneer Press 2/8/03
.....Unexpected issues are common practice in neighboring Roseville, where items such as the abolition of the city's ethics commission; the elimination of the city newsletter and then its reinstatement following a public outcry; and the approval of a possible trip for Mayor John Kysylyczyn to attend a mayors' conference in Washington, D.C., were all actions taken without prior agenda notice..... Roseville Council Member Tom Kough said he generally doesn't like surprise items coming up at council meetings.  "I think John [Kysylyczyn] brings it up the most," Kough said. "Most things should be on (the agenda) in advance''.... Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE: Task force to study need for primaries
Pioneer Press 1/31/03
Roseville is assembling a task force of 150 people to study the need for primaries for key city elections.  The terms of Roseville Mayor John Kysylyczyn and Council Member Dean Maschka are up this year. Neither has announced whether he will run again.  In a 3-2 vote this week, the council approved the creation of a task force to consider the need for a primary, an issue that was raised by Kysylyczyn..... Click here to read the rest of the article..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE: Mayor's case turns on confidentiality
Pioneer Press 1/4/03
The defense and the prosecution faced off Friday afternoon in the criminal case of Roseville Mayor John Kysylyczyn over what will prove a pivotal question in the case.  At issue is whether Roseville's former city attorney, Joel Jamnik, may testify about advice he gave Kysylyczyn before a City Council vote.  In September, Kysylyczyn, 30, was charged with criminal conflict of interest and misconduct by a public officer for voting in June to pay his own legal bills in an unrelated matter..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

Lofty precedent cited in Roseville mayor's trial
Star Tribune 1/4/03
A Ramsey County district judge will rule early next month on two key motions raised Friday by attorneys in the conflict-of-interest case of Roseville Mayor John Kysylyczyn.  The mayor is facing a gross misdemeanor charge stemming from having voted to have the city pay more than $8,000 in legal fees he incurred fighting a previous ethics complaint. 
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ROSEVILLE: City Council OKs 2003 levy, budget
Pioneer Press 12/17/02
It took about three hours, several motions and much wrangling, but the Roseville City Council on Monday night approved a 2003 levy and budget.  The new levy is about $95,000 less than in 2002, bringing it to about $8.8 million.  The two key changes made to the proposed budget include: the elimination of new pathway construction (a $100,000 cut) for a year and a $5,000 donation to the Roseville Ambassador Foundation (a $1,000 increase over what the council approved earlier this year)..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE: Battle over city budget looming
Pioneer Press 12/13/02
The showdown over Roseville's proposed 2003 budget will come Monday night. Just what will happen is anyone's guess.  Most council observers agree it won't be pretty.  The question for taxpayers boils down to this: How much of a decrease do you want to see on your tax bill? Eight dollars? Sixteen dollars? That's the difference between two city staff proposals for the owner of a $175,000 home.... Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE: Bush picks fire chief for awards panel
Pioneer Press 12/12/02
President Bush has named Roseville's fire chief to the review board that decides which public safety officers are among the bravest in the nation.  The White House has appointed Roseville Fire Chief Richard Gasaway to the Medal of Valor Review Board, an 11-member group that recommends to the attorney general which public safety officers should receive the annual honor.  Gasaway, 41, was chosen for his dedication to fire service and commitment to Roseville, said Scott Stanzel, a White House spokesman..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE: Council continues budget battles
Pioneer Press 12/10/02
The debate over Roseville's proposed 2003 budget continues.  During Monday's night continued public hearing, city leaders heatedly discussed what's in the budget, what should come out of the budget and what the budget actually says.  The City Council also debated who gets to decide all of the above..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

Star Tribune 11/24/02
Resentment over how he was treated by City Hall over cars and parts in his driveway is what prompted John Kysylyczyn to run for mayor of Roseville in 1999.  Of course, a lot has happened since then -- including an ethics battle that has landed him in court.  But this week he got something done about his original gripe.  The council approved a measure -- actually a provision in a contract with a new prosecuting attorney -- letting the council, rather than a city community development department employee, decide whether some code violations should be prosecuted.  Kysylyczyn said it will allow for a healthy public hearing; City Council Member Craig Klausing argued that it politicizes a legal process.....Click here for the full article

ROSEVILLE: City Council to choose which code violators to charge
Pioneer Press 11/23/02
In a move that some government and legal experts describe as highly unusual and fraught with potential ethical problems, the Roseville City Council, not the city prosecutor, will now decide whether to file criminal charges against citizens for such eyesores as inoperable vehicles and yard trash.......Mayor Kysylyczyn launched his 1999 political campaign after several run-ins with city code enforcement officers over vehicles and debris in what was then his father's yard...... Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE: City's gateway survives effort to demolish it
Pioneer Press 11/19/02
In a 3-2 vote, the Roseville City Council voted Monday night to not do anything with the city gateway erected last year, at least for now.....  After it was clear Kysylyczyn was on the losing side of the vote, the mayor urged any citizens who have accidents there to take note that the council "knowingly'' took no action "if you want to take recourse against this council.''..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE: Mayor makes first court appearance
Pioneer Press 11/14/02
A Ramsey County judge Wednesday cautioned the prosecution and the defense in the criminal case against Roseville Mayor John Kysylyczyn about statements to the news media as the high-profile case gets under way.  Kysylyczyn was in court for the first time on charges of criminal conflict of interest and misconduct by a public official for voting to pay his own legal bills in June..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

WHITE BEAR LAKE: Roseville mayor's case said on track
Pioneer Press 11/13/02
White Bear Lake city prosecutor Doug Meslow said his election to the Minnesota Legislature isn't likely to hamper his prosecution of Roseville Mayor John Kysylyczyn, accused of official misconduct.  But the prosecution and defense may duke it out Wednesday over the scheduling of the next hearing, believed to be a pivotal one in the case. While Meslow would like the second hearing to take place before his work at the Capitol begins Jan. 7, the mayor's attorney was not ready to commit to a date Monday.  The mayor's first court appearance is set for 8:15 a.m. Wednesday at the Maplewood courthouse, 2785 White Bear Ave. At that time, Kysylyczyn may formally hear the charges..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE: Council's room off limits during business hours
Pioneer Press 10/22/02
Roseville city leaders banned Monday night the use of the City Council's chamber during business hours by non-government organizations.  In a 3-2 vote, the council decided that the chamber should be restricted to city-related business.  The move came in response to an Aug. 22 news conference held in the chamber by the Roseville Citizens Council for Fair and Open Government that called for the resignation of Mayor John Kysylyczyn.  Kysylyczyn denied that his opposition to the group's use of the chamber was related to its opposition of him, but rather what he called the "disruption'' to city staff..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE: Mayor's appearance in court postponed
Pioneer Press 10/22/02
Mayor John Kysylyczyn's first court appearance on charges of criminal conflict of interest and misconduct, scheduled for Wednesday, has been postponed to Nov. 13.....
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ROSEVILLE: Council rejects attorneys' services
Pioneer Press 10/15/02
In a series of confusing votes Monday night, Roseville city leaders did not renew agreements with the two separate firms handling the city attorney and city prosecutor services..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE: Welcome sign or traffic hazard?
Pioneer Press 10/14/02
A year ago Roseville officials hailed these ornate stone pillars as a prominent new gateway welcoming visitors to the first-ring suburb.  Now, city leaders are considering whether to tear down the six pillars erected last year at the northeast corner of Lexington and Larpenteur avenues..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE: Council votes to reimburse officials for legal bills
Pioneer Press 9/24/02
Roseville leaders agreed Monday night to changes in an ordinance that allows for the reimbursement of city officials' legal fees.  In a 3-2 vote, the City Council approved the revisions, stating that the city "provide defense or reimburse legal
fees'' for its elected and appointed officials. A group of "disinterested'' council members or individuals will decide any disputes about eligibility or the scope of coverage under the ordinance, according to the new language.  "It's not inconsistent with the state statute,'' said City Attorney Joel Jamnik.  The council has yet to discuss whether the city will pay for legal fees incurred from the criminal proceedings facing Mayor John Kysylyczyn, charged earlier this month with misconduct and conflict of interest for voting to pay his own legal bills..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE: Year that started with promise slips downhill
Pioneer Press 9/16/02
Promises of a "kinder, gentler'' Roseville abounded one year ago as the
largest pool of candidates in recent memory vied for three seats on the
embattled City Council.  But, if anything, Roseville's city meetings have grown testier and its leaders more divided since the election.  With the prospect of lengthy criminal proceedings looming over Mayor John Kysylyczyn, charged earlier this month with conflict of interest and official misconduct, city leaders face vital choices about the future of this already conflict-weary city, say political observers and experts..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

80-year-old [Lillian Chiarella] no stranger to City Hall challenges 
Pioneer Press 9/14/02
A Post-It note listing the Minnesota State Law Library's phone number hangs on Lillian Chiarella's kitchen wall, right next to her phone.  The 80-year-old Roseville resident — whose ethics complaint against Roseville Mayor John Kysylyczyn led to criminal charges of misconduct and conflict of interest — is hanging on to the number in case she needs it again. After all, this isn't the first time she's fought City Hall or those who work there.....
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ROSEVILLE: Client-privilege review sought in mayor's case
Pioneer Press 9/10/02
The Roseville City Council is considering whether to waive attorney-client privilege, enabling its city attorney to answer questions regarding the advice he gave Mayor John Kysylyczyn, charged last week with two gross misdemeanors alleging misconduct and conflict of interest by a public officer.  "It seems to me that there's nothing to be gained by hiding this information and everything to be gained by making it public,'' said Council Member Craig Klausing, who initiated the motion and is an attorney..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

VOTE ON LEGAL BILL: Roseville mayor's actions rightfully raise concerns
Pioneer Press Ron Clark's editorial 9/6/02
Not everything in Roseville is coming up roses these days. In fact, you don't have to look too closely to see a thistle. That's "thistle," and that sounds like the first two syllables of the mayor's last name.  Mayor John Kysylyczyn (pronounced kistleLISHun) this week was charged with two gross misdemeanors, each carrying a sentence of one year in jail or a $3,000 fine, or both. He is accused of criminal conflict of interest and misconduct by a public officer. The charges, made by White Bear Lake City Prosecutor Doug Meslow, both stem from a vote made by the 30-year-old mayor in June, as part of the City Council, to pay his own legal bill of $8,532..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

Roseville mayor faces misconduct, conflict charges
Pioneer Press 9/5/02
Roseville Mayor John Kysylyczyn has been charged with criminal conflict of interest and misconduct by a public officer for voting in June to pay his own legal bills.  After a five-week investigation by the Ramsey County Sheriff's Department, White Bear Lake City Prosecutor Doug Meslow charged Kysylyczyn, 30, with two gross misdemeanors Wednesday..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE CITY BUDGET: Council gets mayor's counter-proposal
Pioneer Press 9/4/02
Roseville city leaders will interrupt their month long recess for another special meeting in the next couple of weeks.  The late distribution of a 2003 budget counter-proposal by Mayor John Kysylyczyn at Tuesday night's special meeting prompted City Council members to ask for more time to learn more about the mayor's plan and its potential impact on city services and programs..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE: Diving into a leadership role
Pioneer Press 9/1/02
New member Tom Kough, voted acting mayor in January, calls himself 'the referee' on the notoriously contentious Roseville City Council.  As an acrobat in his father's circus in the early 1940s, Tom Kough never walked a tightrope.  "I'm just walking that now,'' Kough said.  One of two new council members on the Roseville City Council, Kough has emerged as the swing vote on one of the scrappiest government bodies around..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE CITY COUNCIL: Political chaos is diverting attention from real issues
Pioneer Press - Ron Clark's editorial 8/29/02
....A good example of the dysfunction occurred last week, when members of a Roseville citizens committee gathered to announce a campaign to pressure Kysylyczyn to resign. His four-year term ends in 2003. This was a perfectly responsible and appropriate method for disgruntled citizens to express their opinions about their government. But Kysylyczyn, 30, tried to make light of the event, even carrying a sign that read "Death to the Mayor." "This is entertainment at its best," he said, adding, "I'm joining in with the fun. I've got a good sense of humor."  He may have a good sense of humor, but his actions at the rally suggest he lacks good judgment about when to use it. In these times, there is nothing funny about a sign that says "Death to the Mayor," even when carried by the mayor. Nor is there anything funny about a sign born by one of Kysylyczyn's supporters suggesting that the Ku Klux Klan runs the anti-Kysylyczyn group..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE: Public comment is a work in progress
Pioneer Press 8/28/02
Nearly eight months after Roseville city leaders changed the format and time of the City Council's public comment period, city officials and residents are still trying to figure out the new system..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

Mpls. St. Paul Magazine (November 2002)

Roseville mayor John Kysylyczyn has endured a stormy tenure since his 1999 election. In August, dozens of citizens gathered at city hall to demand the mayor's resignation. Kysylyczyn himself attended the protest, waving a placard proclaiming, "Death to the Mayor" and "The Mayor is a Bard," which was reported in the Star Tribune by Bill McAuliffe..... Click here for the full article

Roseville mayoral ouster effort draws crowd
Star Tribune 8/23/02
More than 60 Roseville citizens turned out at City Hall Thursday to pick up petitions and lawn signs seeking the resignation of Mayor John Kysylyczyn. "This shows people are concerned about what's been going on," said former city finance director Ed Burrell, who presided over what had been billed as a news conference. "If he chooses to resign, a lot of people will be glad he does....." Click here for the full article

ROSEVILLE: Citizens' rally attracts its target
Pioneer Press 8/23/02
Some have called it a wrestling match. Others have likened it to a television soap opera.  But for those who follow Roseville city government, Thursday's fracas at City Hall was another chapter in the continuing saga of the city with the flower emblem.  About 150 residents gathered at Roseville's City Council chamber Thursday morning, most to push for the resignation of Mayor John Kysylyczyn, others to defend the embattled leader..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

Roseville citizens' group wants mayor to resign
Star Tribune 8/22/02
A group of Roseville citizens hopes to use a petition, lawn signs, videotapes and copies of e-mails to force Mayor John Kysylyczyn to resign.  Members of the Roseville Citizens Council for Fair and Open Government, a longstanding local advocacy group, asserted Wednesday that Kysylyczyn has engaged in "arrogant and bullying behavior" toward staff members and citizens and that he has brought about changes "effectively eliminating the democratic process."
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ROSEVILLE: Complaint against ethics chair dismissed
Pioneer Press 8/9/02
The Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility has dismissed without investigation Roseville Mayor John Kysylyczyn's complaint against the former chairman of the city's now-defunct Ethics Commission.  "Based on what we have been given, we have no reason to believe that a violation of any sort has occurred,'' said Pat Burns, senior assistant director with the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE: Mayor fires latest volley in ethics feud
Pioneer Press 8/1/02
Roseville Mayor John Kysylyczyn has filed a complaint against the former chairman of the city's now-defunct Ethics Commission.   In a letter addressed to the Roseville city prosecutor, the Ramsey County Attorney and the Minnesota Supreme Court's Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility, Kysylyczyn contends that former Ethics Commission Chairman Mark Battis may have violated state law when he sent a letter last week on ethics commission letterhead as chairman of a commission that no longer exists.  He alleges that Battis was "impersonating an officer" and that the letter was a "misrepresentation....." Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE: Mayor's accuser steps forward
Pioneer Press 7/30/02
The 80-year-old mystery woman who filed an ethics complaint against Roseville Mayor John Kysylyczyn appeared publicly for the first time Monday night, asserting she is not "a pawn for anyone.''  Lillian Chiarella, whose complaint was pending when the City Council abolished the Ethics Commission two weeks ago, said Monday the time had come to voice her concerns at City Hall..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE: Ethics panel seeks review of its demise
Pioneer Press 7/26/02
The now-defunct Roseville Ethics Commission has filed a complaint with the city, asking the city attorney to examine several issues related to its abrupt dissolution by a divided City Council last week..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

Council looks at making cuts in budget
First draft calls for 7.4 percent decrease

Pioneer Press 7/23/2002
If Roseville leaders maintain current services and programs, many residents are likely to see lower property taxes on the city portion of the bill, according to an early draft of next year's budget.   Roseville's finance director on Monday evening unveiled the first draft of its 2003 budget, which calls for a 7.4 percent decrease from last year. The total proposed budget is $34.8 million, down about $2.8 million from last year.  "This budget is largely a maintenance budget,'' said Roseville Finance Director Chris Miller, referring to the fact that the budget reflects how the city would maintain existing staff and services..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

Star Tribune 7/21/2002
Politicians work hard to get their names in the papers.  Roseville Mayor John Kysylyczyn went a little further last week, moving to have himself appointed editor in chief of the Roseville Wrap, the city's bimonthly newsletter......
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ROSEVILLE: Council, mayor vote to abolish city's ethics panel
Pioneer Press 7/16/02
The Roseville citizens' advisory group formed more than a decade ago to keep its political leaders in check was abruptly disbanded Monday night.  In a sudden move, the City Council majority aligned with Roseville Mayor John Kysylyczyn voted 3-2 Monday night to abolish the city's Ethics Commission.  The action came as the commission faced the prospect of reviewing a citizen's complaint alleging misconduct by Kysylyczyn..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

Roseville, church debate merits of street assessment
Star Tribune 7/16/02
After a long-running struggle between church and state, a small Roseville congregation won't be assessed $158,000 to pay for a rebuilt road.  The Roseville City Council voted 3 to 2 Monday night to change its city assessment policy and to excuse Advent Lutheran Church from being the only property owner on Josephine Road to have to pay an assessment.....
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ROSEVILLE: Church won't have to pay for road upgrade
Pioneer Press 7/16/02
After nearly 18 months, the red-bandanna-clad parishioners of Advent Lutheran Church got their wish in Roseville on Monday night.   In a 3-2 vote, Roseville city leaders enacted a new assessment policy that means the church, which has long opposed a proposed assessment for street improvements to Josephine Road, will not have to pay anything..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE: Complaint against mayor sent to White Bear Lake
Pioneer Press 7/13/02
The law firm that handles Roseville's city prosecutor duties will forward a complaint against Mayor John Kysylyczyn to White Bear Lake's city prosecutor.  Citing a conflict of interest, Jensen, Bell, Converse and Erickson, the law firm Roseville retains for its city prosecutor duties, has already sent the complaint to White Bear Lake City Prosecutor Doug Meslow, said Caroline Bell Beckman, Roseville city prosecutor..... Click here to read the rest of the article.
ROSEVILLE: Law firm gets ethics allegation against mayor
Pioneer Press 7/9/02
Roseville ethics commissioners agreed Monday night that the city prosecutor or another attorney must decide whether Mayor John Kysylyczyn broke the law.The commission unanimously decided to forward a citizen's complaint alleging a conflict of interest by Kysylyczyn to Jensen, Bell, Converse and Erickson, the law firm that handles Roseville's city prosecutor duties. Citing the mayor's position, the firm may decide to ask another community's city prosecutor to review the matter for charges, City Manager Neal Beets told commissioners..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE: Mayor's legal fees may be revisited
Pioneer Press 6/19/02
After a confusing Roseville City Council meeting Monday night, one Roseville City Council member says city leaders need to revisit their decision on whether the city should pay the mayor's legal fees.  Just what did the council vote on Monday night?  That was a question some council members were still trying to answer Tuesday.....
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ROSEVILLE: City will pay $8,532 for mayor's legal fees
Pioneer Press 6/18/02
Despite a vigorous debate late Monday night that included two votes, Roseville city leaders unanimously approved the payment of Mayor John Kysylyczyn's $8,532 legal fees incurred during last year's ethics probe into his alleged misconduct.  The mayor asked that the city pay his attorney, Keith Niemi, who represented him during the seven-month proceedings.  Though Council Member Dean Maschka wanted to pull the item from the agenda, the council unanimously — but two of them unknowingly — approved the expenditure. Then later, in a 3-2 vote, Kysylyczyn cast the deciding vote for the city to pay the legal fees.....
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ROSEVILLE: Mayor steps aside for now
Pioneer Press 5/3/02
Roseville's mayor has unexpectedly handed over his civic duties to the two newest members of the City Council and to the city manager "until further notice," according to a series of cryptic e-mails sent to city officials this week.  Mayor John Kysylyczyn, 30, also missed the regularly scheduled council meeting Monday without notice — a highly anticipated meeting where city leaders planned to vote on a controversial proposal to switch to even-year elections.   The moves have left city staffers, elected officials and the mayor's backers mystified.....
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City Hall regulars: few, proud, present
Pioneer Press 4/28/02
You might recognize them, these civic activists.  Perhaps you've seen them on television during the cable telecast of your local City Council meeting. Sometimes
they're being yelled at; sometimes they're doing the yelling. Other times they're sitting quietly in the back row..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE: Even-year elections still an open question
Pioneer Press 4/23/02
Roseville city leaders authorized the city attorney to draft an ordinance switching the city's elections to even years from odd-numbered years Monday, with exceptions..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE: Consultant hired to help City Council find 'karma'
Pioneer Press 2/20/02
Roseville city leaders have started working with a government guru called in to help the combative group find "consensus" and "karma.....'' Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE: Public comments are restricted at council meetings
Pioneer Press 2/18/02
Roseville may be the first East Metro city to end open-citizen forums at regular City Council meetings.   Other area cities have imposed time limits or changed the schedule of these open forums in an attempt to keep them from careening out of control in the age of televised meetings. Local officials and others interviewed for this story, however, say they know of no other that has banned them outright..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE: IF YOU GO: Public safety center may be put to voters
Pioneer Press 2/11/02
Roseville city leaders will consider tonight whether to ask voters this fall to pay for a new public safety center.   Mayor John Kysylyczyn said the timing is right for the city to put something on the ballot this fall. Some council members, however, want to discuss the needs of the police and fire departments and the project's cost before committing to a referendum..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE: City advisers asked to reapply for posts - New applicants eyed for volunteer commissions
Pioneer Press 2/6/02
Roseville is taking a closer look at the people who serve on city advisory commissions and asking those whose terms are expiring to reapply for their posts.  Previously, the City Council had reappointed commission members to another term if still eligible, unless there was dissatisfaction with the person's performance.    Mayor John Kysylyczyn and council members Greg Schroeder and Tom Kough voted to postpone the reappointments of current commissioners until the city seeks applications for the positions. Existing commissioners will need to re-apply as well..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE: Task force to review role of ethics panel
Pioneer Press 2/5/02
Roseville city leaders named a citizens' task force Monday night to review the role of the city's ethics commission.  In a 3-2 vote, the City Council named six people to the task force, based on the recommendations of Mayor John Kysylyczyn..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE: New rules to govern how city leaders work
Pioneer Press 1/9/02
Roseville city leaders approved new rules on how they conduct business this week.  In a 3-2 vote, the council approved the bulk of the changes, which many residents and two opposing council members said granted too much authority to Mayor John Kysylyczyn..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

The young guard
Pioneer Press 1/7/02
They're young, they're sometimes confrontational and they have little in common with their political counterparts of 30 years ago.  These four mayors and a county commission chairman-elect represent a new breed of leader coming of age in post-Jesse Ventura Minnesota. Some feel a strong connection with Ventura's maverick style. Others don't even want to be mentioned in the same breath as the former wrestler. They were born after 1965, have recently come into power and generally like attention..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE: City manager favors change if it "makes sense"
Pioneer Press 1/4/02
Roseville's city manager wants to know what's broken.  That was City Manager Neal Beets' reaction to a proposal by new Council Member Greg Schroeder, who has suggested a series of changes to how the city conducts business...... Click here to read the rest of the article.

ROSEVILLE: City Council has shaky transition
Pioneer Press 12/26/01
Roseville's political past and future met last week, and it wasn't pretty.  The meeting began with a warm farewell to two longtime, retiring City Council members. It ended with tempers flaring on the dais and fears that a new council majority would mean even more bitter battles than before..... Click here to read the rest of the article.

Ethics complaint against Roseville mayor is halted
Star Tribune 10/23/01
The Roseville Ethics Commission ruled Monday that it can't pin a breach of ethics on Mayor John Kysylyczyn, culminating a seven-month series of investigations, hearings and counter-complaints stemming from Kysylyczyn's lobbying on Roseville issues at the Legislature. For much of a 3 1/2-hour hearing, commissioners sparred with Kysylyczyn over whether he would answer their questions, which Kysylyczyn and his attorney said he had answered for an outside investigator and would not address again..... Click here for the full article.