Nora Slawik is sworn in as mayor of Maplewood by city clerk Karen Guilfoile Jan. 6 at the Maplewood Community Center.
Taking the oath of office for the Maplewood City Council are Kathleen Juenemann, above, and Marylee Abrams, below.
When Will Rossbach became Maplewood’s mayor four years ago, he asked for a new gavel - “a fresh start” -- to use during city council meetings, marking the opening and closing of each one.
In his first minutes as the former mayor on Jan. 6, Rossbach handed the same gavel as well as his key to the city to Mayor Nora Slawik, who took the oath of office moments earlier during the swearing-in ceremony at the Maplewood Community Center. But the wooden hammer was a little different -- Rossbach had three pink stripes painted on it, signifying the new, but not the first, female majority on the Maplewood City Council.
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Last week, voters reelected three incumbents to serve new four-year terms on the Mounds View Area School Board.
Challenger John Hakes received 18.82 percent of total votes cast, but was roughly 1,100 votes shy of obtaining a seat on the board.
The Falcon Heights City Council will remain intact come January.
Incumbents Pam Harris and Keith Gosline retained their spots on the council. According to unofficial results from last week’s election, Harris received roughly 46 percent of the votes and Gosline had roughly 39 percent, defeating challenger Michael Thomas who received about 14 percent of the total votes.
On Election Day, School District 623 was one of many school districts across Minnesota to receive voter approval of a levy referendum.
About 68 percent of those who cast ballots voted in favor of the levy request, according to unofficial results. The eight-year operating levy will generate $1,505 per student in the district and will increase annually with the rate of inflation. The current operating levy, which generates $1,575 per pupil, will expire in June of next year.
When Chue Vue moved to the U.S. at the age of 10, he didn’t speak a word of English.
Now, with the help of public schools, he’s not only a fluent English speaker but also an attorney and the newest member of the St. Paul School Board. He will be the only Asian-American onboard.
The 45-year-old East Sider won one of three open school board slots, taking 30.8 percent of the votes, on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Come January, 15-year-old students at Henry Sibley High School won’t be the only freshmen in the district.
Voters in West St. Paul, Mendota Heights and Eagan elected three first-time members to the District 197 school board, while the sole incumbent candidate on the ballot collected the fewest votes.
It may not have been an overwhelming show of support, but the slim 127-vote margin by which Inver Grove Heights residents voted in favor of the school district’s bond referendum was enough to yield some big fixes for community schools.
The $24.8 million bond referendum received 1,761 yes votes in the Nov. 5 election, or 52 percent of the total vote, compared to 1,634 votes against.
Nora Slawik is Maplewood’s next mayor, beating former leader Diana Longrie by an overwhelming margin in Tuesday's election.
The mayoral and council races became three against three after the primary, which left two mayoral candidates and four council candidates decidedly on different sides of the fence.
Nora Slawik will be Maplewood’s next mayor, beating former leader Diana Longrie in Tuesday's election.
About 67 percent of votes went to Slawik. Longrie, 55, a local attorney who held the position from 2006-09, took just shy of one third of votes, according to unofficial results.