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"State of the City" Video Blog

October 8, 2021 Video Blog - In this edition of State of the City, City Administrator Prafke discusses the Workshop from Monday October 4, Sales Tax Vote, Energy Star Rebates, Community Conversations and our Local Election being held on November 2nd. So get out there and vote!!!!!
Here are some links he promised and a few more:
Sales Tax - https://www.saintpetermn.gov/499/Local-Sales-Tax-Option;  
Energy Star Rebates - https://www.saintpetermn.gov/216/Saint-Peter-Utility-Customer-Rebates;
HOTSHEET (weekly digital newsletter) - https://www.saintpetermn.gov/Archive.aspx?AMID=40;
Community Conversations (page 10) - https://www.saintpetermn.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_09202021-636;
Voting Information - https://www.saintpetermn.gov/364/Where-to-Vote.

September 29, 2021 Special Video Blog
This Special Edition of State of City (SOC) is about the “Sales Tax Question” that will be on the November 2, 2021 Ballot. You can also find more information on this topic at https://www.saintpetermn.gov/499/Local-Sales-Tax-Option

Don’t forget there will be two open houses at the current Fire Hall at 227 West Mulberry Street to learn more about the sales tax.  Open Houses will be on Wednesday, October 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, October 9 from 9 a.m. to noon.

September 3, 2021 Blog:  This week City Administrator Prafke talks Budget/Taxes, Sales Tax Vote and Housing. You may want to check this one out. Here are some links he promised: Latest Budget/Tax info - https://www.saintpetermn.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_09072021-630, Sales Tax Vote -  https://www.saintpetermn.gov/499/Local-Sales-Tax-Option and Weekly Newsletter  https://www.saintpetermn.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/515 

August 19, 2021 Video Blog - City Administrator Prafke discusses some "Factoids" on the local sales tax option for the new Fire Station in his latest blog. He also talks about the workshop from Monday night, the pool, Financial Reports, Rivers Edge Hospital and Transit (MRVT) for preschool and other transportation needs.
Here are the links he mentions:
Workshop Meeting: https://www.saintpetermn.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_08162021-623
Transit - MRVT: https://www.saintpetermn.gov/332/Preschool-Bus-Transportation-Service
Audit reports for 2020: https://www.saintpetermn.gov/494/2020-Annual-Financial-Reports
Rivers Edge Hospital: https://riversedgehealth.org/

August 10, 2021 Video Blog - State of the City is a bit different this week in that the City Administrator is not discussing what happened at a meeting. He is talking about some of the things that have been going on or will go on around our great town.  Seal Coating, Night to Unite, Summer Celebration and others are on his list. Here are some links he promised too.  Rivers Edge - https://riversedgehealth.org/;  Council meetings - https://www.youtube.com/c/CityofSaintPeterMinnesota;  Electric Rebates - https://www.saintpetermn.gov/216/Saint-Peter-Utility-Customer-Rebates;   an extra important bonus link is the City 2020 Financial Statements -  https://www.saintpetermn.gov/210/Annual-Financial-Reports.

July 12, 2021 Video Blog - This State of The City is about a visit from our State Legislators and a bunch of the other great tidbits.  Here are some of the links City Administrator Prafke promised: Workshop Packet - https://www.saintpetermn.gov/AgendaCenter; Board and Commission sign up -  https://www.saintpetermn.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1158/ADVISORY-BOARD-APPLICATION; City of Saint Peter YouTube Channel -   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWK7-GhXlmDfaSTNs7yvwgw ;  Minnesota Valley Regional Transit  - https://www.saintpetermn.gov/322/Minnesota-River-Valley-Transit

June 23, 2021 Video Blog - In this edition of “State of the City”, City Administrator Prafke talks about the latest workshop, Council values, solar power, the 4th of July and more. Here are links that provide some additional information:  Workshop Agenda  https://www.saintpetermn.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_06212021-601; Council Values https://www.saintpetermn.gov/337/City-Council;  Solar Choice https://www.saintpetermn.gov/212/Community-Solar-Program; 4th of July https://www.stpeterchamber.com/.

May 19, 2021 Video Blog - This week City Administrator Prafke talks about SOLARCHOICE Solar Power Program, Hospital Finances and he answers the questions "What is Stormwater? and What will rates be?" He promised some links so here they are: SOLARCHOICE - https://www.saintpetermn.gov/212/Community-Solar-Program; Workshop Packet - https://www.saintpetermn.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_05172021-591; Electric Rebates -   https://www.saintpetermn.gov/216/Saint-Peter-Utility-Customer-Rebates  or https://Saveenergyinsaintpeter.com; Weekly Newsletter, HOT SHEET, for information on Police Chief Hire Process - https://www.saintpetermn.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/498

May 5, 2021 Video Blog - State of the City is a short one this week! That might be a good thing :).  City Administrator Prafke promised to provide the following links: Council Packets - https://www.saintpetermn.gov/AgendaCenter/City-Council-6; Email us to learn more about Boards and Commissions to barbaral@saintpetermn.gov;  Board and Commission application, Recreational Fire Rules and the Hot Sheet.

March 31, 2021 Video Blog - Today’s State of the City (SOC) covers the “Goal Session”, Compost Site Stickers, Hot Sheet and some really good stuff about what in the world is the purpose of a “Goal Session”. Todd promised you some links so here they are: Goal Session packet - https://www.saintpetermn.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_03292021-572  “List of Vital Importance” page 66 (labeled page 65); Green Steps sustainability - https://greenstep.pca.state.mn.us/city-detail/12430; and HOT SHEET weekly newsletter - https://www.saintpetermn.gov/Archive.aspx?AMID=40

March 17, 2021 Video Blog - City Administrator O’Prafke discusses two four letter words “snow” and “plow”.  He also covers the last Council workshop including the Police Chief Recruitment process.   As always here are some links to share:  Workshop Packet  https://www.saintpetermn.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_03152021-564;  Rivers Edge Hospital  https://riversedgehealth.org/;  Electric Rebates https://www.saintpetermn.gov/216/Saint-Peter-Utility-Customer-Rebates;  Solar Choice https://www.saintpetermn.gov/212/Community-Solar-Program;  Save Money on Home Building Lots https://www.saintpetermn.gov/181/Traverse-Green-Subdivision  

March 4, 2021 Video Blog - In this State of the City, City Administrator Prafke shares information on the last Council Workshop from March 1st and "shout outs" to Mary Ann and Susan.  Here are some links he promised: Recycling Right -  https://www.saintpetermn.gov/234/Recycling; Board & Commission Applications - https://www.saintpetermn.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1158/Advisory-Board-Application;   Council Packets - https://www.saintpetermn.gov/AgendaCenter/City-Council-6; and Electric Rebates - https://www.saintpetermn.gov/216/Saint-Peter-Utility-Customer-Rebates. 

February 2, 2021 Video Blog - This edition of State Of the City (SOC) focuses on the Council Workshop from 02/01/2021. The workshop included a meeting with Senator Nick Frentz, Green Steps Program Update (sustainability efforts) and Beekeeping. Not to mention Hospital CEO and Recycle “right”.  Below is a link to the stuff you can recycle in Saint Peter.  Jeez it might get cold the next few days….ufda, don’t cha know. https://www.saintpetermn.gov/DocumentCenter/View/735/Recycling-Calendar-2021-PDF?bidId=

January 21, 2021 Video Blog - City Administrator Prafke talks about the Council workshop held Tuesday, January 19, 2021, Council meeting schedules, how you can attend a virtual Council meeting, Police use of force “training” for the City Council, where you can find a Council packet and our potential partnership with the local Soil and Water Conservation District to help keep our drinking water clean. He promised some links: Council Agendas:  https://www.saintpetermn.gov/AgendaCenter and Items of Vital Importance:  https://www.saintpetermn.gov/337/City-Council

January 5, 2021 Video Blog - We start out the New Year with a bang in this edition of "State of the City". Administrator Prafke talks plans for 2021, Transit, and the reduction in our carbon footprint by over 1,000 metric tons. Email him with topic ideas at barbaral@saintpetermn.gov. He also mentions some links:
Green Steps: https://greenstep.pca.state.mn.us/city-detail/12430;
River's Edge Hospital: https://riversedgehealth.org;
Transit (MRVT):  https://www.saintpetermn.gov/322/Minnesota-River-Valley-Transit;
Council's Vital Issues: https://www.saintpetermn.gov/337/City-Council

July 22, 2020 Video Blog - This week City Administrator Prafke promised a bunch of links so here they are: Absentee voting: https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/ABRegistration/AB RegistrationStep1.aspx; Council Workshop Packet for information on Public Works: https://www.saintpetermn.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_07202020-461; Street Crack Sealing info: https://www.saintpetermn.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=66; Pool Rules: https://www.saintpetermn.gov/civicalerts.aspx?aid=58;  HOT SHEET Newsletter: https://www.saintpetermn.gov/Search?searchPhrase=HOTSHEET

July 6, 2020 Video Blog - In this edition of State of the City, City Administrator Prafke covers Food Waste, Green Steps and a bit about Solar energy and the Pool Opening. You can find more about these topics at: Food Waste:  https://www.saintpetermn.gov/244/Food-Waste-Composting, Solar Choice:  https://www.saintpetermn.gov/212/Community-Solar-Program, Weekly Email Newsletter (HOT SHEET): sign up at barbaral@saintpetermn.gov, Pool Opening: https://www.saintpetermn.gov/civicalerts.aspx?aid=58

May 20, 2020 Video Blog - In this week’s State of the City (SOC), City Administrator Prafke talks Dog do do, Rebates, Pool and where to see the HOT SHEET. Here are some links he promised.  Hot Sheet - https://www.saintpetermn.gov/Archive.aspx?AMID=40; Rebates - https://www.saintpetermn.gov/216/Saint-Peter-Utility-Customer-Rebates; Parks Information - https://www.saintpetermn.gov/238/Parks; Transit Free Rides - https://www.saintpetermn.gov/322/Transit

May 5, 2020 Video Blog - City Administrator Prafke talks Census, Hospital, Summer Recreation and Dog Poop in this edition of State of the City. Here are some links that he may have mentioned.  Council Workshop and Special Council Meeting Packets https://www.saintpetermn.gov/AgendaCenter/City-Council-6;  Energy Rebates https://www.saveenergyinsaintpeter.com; Link to our YouTube Channel  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWK7-GhXlmDfaSTNs7yvwgw

April 22, 2020 Video Blog - In this edition of State of the City (SOC), City Administrator Prafke talks COVID-19, a mess at the Recycling/Compost site, a job description and more. Here are some links that he references.  Recycling https://www.saintpetermn.gov/234/Recycling,  COVID Business Information https://www.saintpetermn.gov/451/COVID-19-Business-Resources, and our Parks Master Plan  https://www.saintpetermn.gov/DocumentCenter/View/270/Parks-Master-Plan-PDF.

March 18, 2020 Video Blog - Today City Administrator Prafke talks about the City and COVID-19. Some of the local things that are going on are discussed and some links that he hopes can help us all during what is really an unprecedented time in our history. Since we are in this together take care of yourself, help your neighbors, shop local if able and call your mom. Here are some of the links he promised.

Minnesota Department of Health https://www.health.state.mn.us/ ; Saint Peter Schools https://www.stpeterschools.org/; City of Saint Peter https://www.saintpetermn.gov/ ; City Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CityofSaintPeter;  Saint Peter Chamber of Commerce https://www.stpeterchamber.com/.

Call the City of Saint Peter Library at 507-934-7427 for help with getting a Library Card, you may need to leave a message. (The Library building is closed to the public March 17 – 28.)

March 4, 2020 Video Blog - City Administrator Prafke does a “Lighting Round” edition of State of the City (SOC) this week. Let’s just say he talks pretty quickly in this one. He promised some links and also gives a shout out to Clay, an avid watcher, who he bumped into at the grocery store the other day!
Here are the links: Recycling https://www.saintpetermn.gov/235/Recyclable-Materials ; Food Waste https://www.saintpetermn.gov/244/Food-Waste-Composting ;  Electric Rebates https://smmpa.com/members/saint-peter ;  Census  https://2020census.gov/en/how-to-help.html ;   Rivers Edge Hospital YouTube Channel for videos about the new construction https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCww5b5SijGJd9L4xCD1uN6g

February 6, 2020 Video Blog - City Administrator Prafke tries to make a really short VLOG but finds there is too much to talk about. Hard to believe :)? He talks Transit, South Hwy 169/22/99 Intersection with some great graphics and Dr. Kyle S. and the Robot at River’s Edge Hospital. Here is the MRVT Transit link he promised https://www.saintpetermn.gov/328/Minnesota-River-Valley-Transit

January 24, 2020 Video Blog - In this week’s State of the City VLOG City Administrator Prafke talks Fire Hall Sales Tax, Hwy 169 / Hwy 22 South Intersection Planning and Handicap Accessibility Grants for Downtown Businesses.  Read more about the sales tax at www.saintpetermn.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_01272020-306 page 27, email russw@saintpetermn.gov for more information on Handicap Accessibility Grants.

January 9, 2020 Video Blog - In this week’s State of the City (SOC), City Administrator Prafke talks about Census 2020, the first Workshop of the New Year featuring the Lego Team “RoboBros”, LED Lighting and Carbon Reduction, already underway in our community.  If you want to know more about the Census click https://www.census.gov/;  if you want to sign up for Food Waste Composting email Sally at sallyv@saintpetermn.gov;  if you want to sign up for the Weekly Emailed Newsletter “Hot Sheet” email us at barbaral@saintpetermn.gov.

December 31, 2019 Video Blog - City Administrator Prafke promotes some resolutions for the New Year that can help you save money, improve our community and ”just plain” make you feel good tips!  Links for: Food Waste Composting  http://www.saintpetermn.gov/food-waste-compost;   Saving Energy Rebates  http://www.saintpetermn.gov/saint-peter-utility-customer-rebates; Affordable housing  http://www.saintpetermn.gov/news/traverse-green-subdivision;   Weekly Newsletter http://www.saintpetermn.gov/weekly-hot-sheet. Happy New Year from all of us at the City of Saint Peter!

December 16, 2019 Video Blog - City Administrator Prafke talks Carbon Footprint, Census, No recycling of Christmas Wrapping Paper and Council Meetings are on hiatus for the next new few weeks. Check out this edition of State of The City.

December 6, 2019 Video Blog - A new State of the City is ready for you. If you caught the “thumbnail” image it looks like City Administrator Prafke is pretty crabby. We can assure you, that is not the case.  He is happy to talk planning for the future, taxes, census, recycling and more. Find out more information by visiting our website at www.saintpetermn.gov.

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