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Economic framework provides path to federal funds

A broad swath of organizations in the metro area, including local governments, will soon have access to federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) funds, thanks to a regional partnership.

Date: Monday, July 27, 2020

Council sets 2021 wastewater rates

The overall municipal wastewater charge for 2021 is $240.3 million, just 2% more than 2020. The sewer availability charge will remain flat at $2,485 for the seventh consecutive year.

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020

Regional park visits reach new high in 2019

Visits to regional parks and trails continued to trend upward in 2019, climbing to an estimated 63.3 million visits. The estimate is the highest on record and represents a 6.3% increase over 2018.

Date: Monday, July 6, 2020

Orange Line construction kicks into high gear

When it opens late next year, the METRO Orange Line bus rapid transit will provide frequent, all-day service between Minneapolis, Richfield, Bloomington, and Burnsville along I-35W.

Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Wastewater may yield clues to COVID-19 infection rates

Samples of Metro Plant wastewater are being researched to determine if SARS-CoV-2 genetic material can be reliably quantified and related to the prevalence of COVID-19 in the plant’s service area.

Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2020

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