Sergeant Promotion

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At their November 3, 2014 meeting, council approved the promotion of Officer Tanya Petz to the rank of Sergeant. Sergeant Petz was formally introduced at the November 17, 2014 council meeting. Congratulations!

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Homestead Application Deadline – Monday, December 15, 2014

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Please contact the Maple Grove Assessor’s Office to file a homestead application on or before December 15, 2014; if one of the following situations applies to you:

  • You purchased a residence in Maple Grove in the past year and you or a qualifying relative occupy the property for homestead purposes on December 1, 2014; or
  • You or a qualifying relative occupy a Maple Grove residence for homestead purposes on December 1, 2014 and the property was previously classified as non-homestead.

The homestead status of your property may have property tax implications, please feel free to contact the assessor’s office if you have any questions related to the homestead status of your property.

If you should sell, move or for any reason no longer qualify for the homestead classification on your property, you are required to notify the assessor’s office within 30 days of the change in your homestead status.

City of Maple Grove
Assessing Department Contact Information:

Street Address: 12800 Arbor Lakes Parkway, Maple Grove, MN 55369
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1180, Maple Grove, MN 55311-6180
Phone Number: (763) 494-6250
E-mail Address: assess@maplegrovemn.gov

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Angel of Hope Candlelight Memorial

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Angel of Hope Candlelight Memorial

On Saturday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m. a candlelight memorial will be held at the Angel of Hope statue in Maple Grove. The public is invited to attend this short, simple ceremony. Candles will be provided. You are invited to bring a white flower to leave at the base of the statue in memory of loved ones. The Angel of Hope statue is located in the Maple Grove Arboretum at 9400 Fernbrook La N. For more information, call Debbie at 763-494-6535 or email dcoss@maplegrovemn.gov.

After the candlelight memorial, the Friends of the Angel (www.friendsoftheangel.comAngel of Hope) invite you to join them for further remembrance and refreshments inside the Arbor View Early Childhood Center, 9401 Fernbrook La N.

History of the Angel of Hope Statue

The Maple Grove Christmas Box Angel of Hope is located in the Maple Grove Arboretum just north of County Road 30 at 9400 Fernbrook La N.  A grieving grandmother, Rosemarie Rosengren, donated the angel in memory of her grandson, Andrew. Rosemarie wanted to leave a memorial where mourning parents and families could find a place of solace. This angel was dedicated on May 6, 2001 and is one of five Christmas Box Angels located in Minnesota.

The Christmas Box Angel of Hope was first introduced to the world in the 1993 international bestselling book and hit television movie “The Christmas Box,” written by Richard Paul Evans. The original Angel of Hope statue, inspired by the book, was dedicated on December 6, 1994 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Since the placement of this first statue, it has become known as a place of hope and healing for anyone who has suffered the loss of a child. Each year, individuals and agencies in support of grieving parents sponsor new statues to be placed throughout the world.

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Heroin Town Hall Meeting – Press Release

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“Heroin and illegal prescription medications destroy lives and families. The Maple Grove Police Department will continue to prioritize enforcement efforts. We are asking residents, schools, and community groups to participate in prevention and education efforts so that we are working together to combat drug abuse,” said Maple Grove Police Chief Eric Werner.

Thank you to those who came to the Town Hall meeting. We appreciate your taking the time to educate yourselves about this growing concern.

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Looking to Update Your Job Application Materials?

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Job applicants commonly wish to update application materials with additional employment or educational entries. You may do this by logging into your governmentjobs.com account at any time to update your core application. Keep in mind that when you are updating your master profile via “My Account” these updates DO NOT automatically translate into previously submitted applications. Rather, the updates are in place on your core profile for use as a foundation the next time you submit an application. Should you need to update/edit your application once it has been submitted for a specific position, you will need to submit the information to the Human Resources Department to upload it to your application for you.

If you are applying for various jobs with the City of Maple Grove or other Government entities using NeoGov, please remember to continually update your information as needed. Make sure the information you are editing is applicable to the job that you are applying for. Too many times applicants may be applying for multiple cities and forget to edit the application to reflect that, typically the Human Resources Department will find this in the objectives section where the city or job applying for is something totally different than the position you are actually applying for.

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Captain Dan Wills

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At their October 6, 2014 meeting, council approved the promotion of Sgt. Dan Wills to the rank of Captain. Captain Wills was formally introduced at the October 20, 2014 council meeting. Congratulations!

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New Police Officers

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Recently, five new officers took the oath of office as Maple Grove Police officers! Congratulations S. Geisler, B. Peetz, T. Condon, A. Valerius, and M. Kathan!

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Halloween Safety Tips for Kids

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Costumes should be short and snug:
Baggy sleeves, big capes, puffy skirts can trip you up and catch fire if they brush against
Jack-o-lanterns or candle flames.

Proper sized shoes:
Big Floppy shoes (clown shoes, adult shoes) that are hard to walk in may make you fall.

Flexible costume props:
Costume props can hurt you badly if you fall. Make sure swords, knives, etc. are made of flexible plastic or rubber.

Eye holes in masks are wide enough:
Make sure if you wear a mask that it fits you properly and the eye-holes allow you to see fully. Don’t wear a mask that is too loose; it can slop and block your vision. Even better, paint your face instead of wearing a mask. Make-up is a better option over masks.

Can a driver see your costume in the dark?
Be original with a glow in the dark costume by attaching some reflective tape and stickers. Attach glow sticks to your costume.

Trick or treating in a group:
Don’t go alone while trick or treating. If kids are under the age of 13, make sure you go with an adult. Older kids should always go with buddies.

Crossing the streets at crosswalks and intersections:
Stop at street corners. Look left, right and left again before crossing, and don’t cross between parked cars! Remember, never step into the street without looking to see if a vehicle is coming.

Make sure parents checks treats before kids eat them:
Pick only wrapped candy when you trick or treat. Ask your parents to check all treats to make sure they are safe.

Curfew Laws for Hennepin County
Under 12: Home by 9:00pm on a weekday; 10:00pm on Fridays & Saturdays.
12-14: Home by 10:00pm on a weekday; 11:00pm on Fridays & Saturdays.
15-17: Home by 11:00pm on a weekday; Midnight on Fridays & Saturdays.

Be Safe & Have Fun!

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Heroin Town Hall Meeting – October 27

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Heroin Town Hall

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Assessing Department Activities

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In October staff appraisers from the Assessing Department will begin the process of reviewing property improvements associated with outstanding building permits that were issued over the past year.  Any new improvements or remodeling will be valued for the 2015 assessment, property taxes payable in 2016.  If work related to a building permit is not complete, it may be partially assessed until the work is fully completed.  When our staff appraisers conduct field inspections and visit homes or businesses, they possess and will display a City issued photo identification.

Tim Mitchell, City Assessor

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