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City announces next steps in police chief recruitment

updated: Friday, September 30, 2016

The city has since retained the executive search firm of Waters & Company, based in St. Paul, Minn. The search firm will be developing a position profile with input from St. Louis Park Police Department staff and other internal city staff, as well as from external stakeholders. The position profile will be used to recruit and evaluate applicants...

City of St. Louis Park receives Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

updated: Tuesday, October 25, 2016

For a 33rd consecutive year, the City of St. Louis Park Finance Division has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form...

Re-imagining the Walker-Lake area of St. Louis Park

updated: Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Do you live, work, attend school, do business or visit the Walker-Lake area of St. Louis Park? Then the City of St. Louis Park wants to hear your thoughts, ideas and hopes for the future of this area of St. Louis Park. What do you like best about the Walker-Lake area today? What are its strengths? How would you like to see the area evolve? What...

Recent rainfalls prompt reminder to check sump pumps

updated: Thursday, September 29, 2016

Given the recent unseasonable and heavy rainfalls, you may have concerns about elevated levels of groundwater saturation as well as water levels in Minnehaha Creek. The City of St. Louis Park, in coordination with the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, is monitoring the creek water levels. The current creek level is well below 2014 levels, and...

St. Louis Park Police Chief John Luse announces his retirement; deputy chief also retiring

updated: Thursday, August 18, 2016

Chief Luse was hired as a police officer in 1977, promoted to sergeant in 1991 and then to police chief in 1997. As sergeant, Luse led the project team in designing the current St. Louis Park police station, built in 1993. Over the years, Chief Luse has implemented partnerships with businesses; provided support of youth in the parks, programs and schools...

Thinking again and again and again (Sun Sailor column, August 18, 2016)

updated: Wednesday, August 17, 2016

For several months, I've been planning to speak with you all today about how cities are places where big things happen and watching the world’s reaction over the deaths of 49 people in Orlando, Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, of Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, five police officers in Dallas and the murder of a two-year-old in Minneapolis got...

City of St. Louis Park maintains the highest credit rating from Standard & Poor\'s

updated: Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Standard & Poor’s Rating Services, one of the nation’s leading credit rating agencies, assigned its “AAA” rating to the City of St. Louis Park, Minn.’s series 2016A general obligation (GO) bonds. At the same time, Standard & Poor’s affirmed its “AAA” rating on the city’s existing...

Construction Management Plan

updated: Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Construction Management Plan – Effective November 15, 2014

The city recognizes that many households are looking for larger homes. As a result, significant additions and/or tearing down of existing homes and rebuilding larger homes is becoming more common. Because St. Louis Park is a fully built community, these major additions and construction of new homes impacts the surrounding neighbors.

Effective November 15, 2014, major additions (second story additions or additions of 500 square feet or more), demolitions and new construction will need to comply with a Construction Management Plan (CMP) per City Code 6-71.

Major additions, tear downs and new construction will be required to send a written neighborhood notification to neighbors within 200 feet of the property. Demolitions and/or new construction will also require a neighborhood meeting and signage.

The purpose of the CMP is to provide neighbors with information about what is happening at the property and contact information on who to call if they have concerns during construction. View the CMP Packet here or on the Permit Forms page.

FAQs about St. Louis Park water meter replacement project

updated: Thursday, September 22, 2016

A:    Old water meters are being replaced with two new pieces of equipment. The currently existing water meter inside the home is being replaced with a new water meter. A second piece of equipment, a radio read device called an R900 transmitter from Neptune Technology Group, is being installed on the outside of the home. Both pieces...

Free Compost Available from Organics Recycling Program

updated: Friday, October 07, 2016

The city has a limited supply of high quality compost from the Organics Recycling program available for organics recycling participants to use in their gardens and on their lawns! Each participating household is allowed to take up to five-5 gallon buckets worth of compost.

Where to get compost
Compost is available at the brush drop-off site, located at 2501 Edgewood Ave. S., at the intersection of Cedar Lake Road & Colorado Avenue South.
The site us open through October 30, 2016 during the following hours:

  • Saturdays: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Sundays: Noon – 4 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The high quality compost, provided by The Mulch Store, is different from the compost and mulch that is located at the entrance year-round. The Mulch Store compost is located past the entrance gate, follow the signs.

What to bring
  • Proof of participation - The finished compost is available on a first-come, first-serve basis to organics recycling participants. Organics recycling customers must bring postcard or show email notification to receive compost.
  • Containers and shovel - You are responsible for loading your own compost.

After October 16, 2016, compost is available to any St. Louis Park resident, until the site closes for the season. The same five bucket limit still applies.

Not an organics recycling participant? Learn more about the program and sign up at
If you have any questions, please call Public Works at 952.924.2562.

Give Smart in the Park

updated: Monday, August 01, 2016

We know St. Louis Park residents are generous, but did you know that handing out money to panhandlers can’t meet the long-term needs of those in need of assistance? The St. Louis Park Police Department is trained in the best practices for enforcement options for panhandling and what types of behavior our officers need to watch for, but at the...

Health in the Park Champions

updated: Monday, October 10, 2016

Do you have an idea of what could make our community healthier by supporting physical activity, nutrition or mental health? Do you have a healthy activity that you want to bring to your neighborhood, or do you want to see the city or school district make changes to support a healthy community? If so, apply today to be a City of...

Health in the Park update

updated: Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Health in the Park (HIP) started as a grassroots initiative to create connections, conversations and actions to make the City of St. Louis Park a healthier and more active community. HIP was led by volunteer residents and focused on three health topics: better eating, active connections and wellbeing (mental health). Since 2013, HIP worked to inspire...

Hennepin County Offers Grants to Businesses to Increase Recycling

These grants can help with the purchase of containers, equipment purchase and installation, hauling service charges and minor improvements to loading docks and waste enclosures. Having a strong recycling program conserves natural resources and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, can help a business’s bottom line and demonstrates their commitment...

Human Rights Award Nominations Sought

updated: Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Congratulations to the St. Louis Park High School organization, Students Organizing Against Racism (SOAR) for winning the 2015 Human Rights Award! The Human Rights Award recognizes individuals, groups, organizations or businesses that have made an outstanding contribution toward increasing understanding and cooperation between people of different...

Hwy. 169 project starts January 2017

updated: Monday, October 10, 2016

Work on Hwy. 169 from Golden Valley to Edina is scheduled to start in January 2017 and is expected to be complete in late-September. This is a change from a planned start of November 2016. 
The project will close a stretch of Hwy. 169 between Bren Road and 7th Street.
• Northbound detour: Eastbound Hwy. 62, northbound Hwy. 100, westbound I-394 to Hwy. 169
• Southbound detour: Westbound I-394, southbound I-494 to Hwy. 169
Project summary
• Replacing the Hwy. 169 bridge over Nine Mile Creek in Hopkins, Minnetonka and Edina. The bridge will be replaced with a causeway, which is a raised road across a low or wet ground.
• Reconstructing more than six miles of pavement on Hwy. 169 between Hwy. 55 and just north of Hwy. 62
• Constructing acceleration and deceleration lanes on Hwy. 169 at Cedar Lake Road
• Removing access to and from southbound Hwy. 169 at 16th Street in St. Louis Park
• Repairing noise walls
• Replacing concrete barrier
• Improving pedestrian accessibility
Visit for details and to sign-up for project email updates.
Questions? Contact Dave Aeikens, MnDOT Communications, at 651.234.7511.

MyStLouisPark Mobile App

updated: Monday, October 10, 2016

St. Louis Park community members have another way to connect with the city to make service requests or receive important information from the city. The City of St. Louis Park launched MyStLouisPark, a civic engagement platform allowing residents to connect with their local government using a smartphone application or online at www.mystlouispark....

PACE Property Assessed Clean Energy

updated: Thursday, October 06, 2016

Green Business? Looking to make energy improvements? Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is an innovative way to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to buildings.

What is PACE?
A new program in St. Louis Park through a partnership with the St. Paul Port Authority (SPPA) that provides funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to buildings, from smart energy efficiency upgrades to roof-top solar power systems.

  • Energy efficiency improvements: Lighting, mechanical systems, window upgrades, temperature controls, HVAC equipment, new elevators, new insulation, etc.
  • Renewable energy systems: Solar Water Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Geothermal Electric, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Geothermal Direct-Use
  • Electric vehicle charging systems: New and upgraded circuits and related equipment to enable vehicle charging

Who can apply?
Commercial, industrial and multi-family residential property owners.

How does it work?
Building owners who use PACE financing for their energy improvements pay back the financing through property taxes, as a voluntary special assessment.

For more information, contact Julie Grove, Economic Development Specialist at, phone 952.924.2523 or Pete Klein, Vice President of Finance St. Paul Port Authority, at

St. Louis Park Continues Graffiti Crackdown

updated: Wednesday, September 07, 2016

St. Louis Park has seen dramatic decreases in the amount of graffiti in the community since it began tracking incidents in 2007. The department credits the public for its response and help reporting the graffiti as well as its custom-designed computer application that allows city departments and other agencies to track and compare data related...

Tips for draining your swimming pool before winter

updated: Thursday, October 20, 2016

It's the end of the summer season and most likely, time to drain your outdoor swimming pool. To help protect water quality and the environment, please follow these tips before closing your pool for the winter:

  • Don't add chlorine for a minimum of three days prior to draining pool water.
  • Don't drain pool water directly into a surface water like a pond or wetland.
  • Do direct drainage to green spaces, such as your lawn, and not to hard surfaces like the street or driveway.
  • Do control drainage to prevent erosion.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) offers Swimming Pool and Hot Tub Water Discharges Best Management Practices. You may also contact Erick Francis, water resources engineer, City of St. Louis Park, at 952.924.2690 or 

Thank you for helping to project the environment and our water resources!

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