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On May 18, 2015, DARE Students enjoyed celebrating their grand prize win — lunch with Chief Werner and DARE Officers Carroll and Modeen! Well done kids!

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National Police Week

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Sunday marked the first day of National Police Week, which continues a tradition of more than 50 years of honoring the dedicated men and women who serve, have served, or paid the ultimate sacrifice to keep their communities safe. Through a proclamation signed by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, May 15th was designated as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. In honor of Minnesota’s fallen officers, The Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association (LEMA) hosts a “Standing of the Memorial Guard” event each year on May 15th. Officers from across the state post guard around our Peace Officer’s memorial located on the State Capitol grounds. Standing of the memorial guard commences at 8:00 p.m. on the evening of the 14th and continues until 7:30 p.m. on May 15th. At 7:30 p.m. on May 15th, LEMA will host the 2015 Police Officers Memorial Day Candlelight Vigil at the Police Memorial. The vigil is followed by a light meal hosted by MPPOA that will be served at the St. Paul National Guard Armory located across the street from the memorial. Officers are encouraged to bring their families to this event.

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Officer Recognition

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Officer Jesse Mathwig and Hennepin County Deputy Matt Hagen were presented with a Lifesaving Award at the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association Executive Training Institute Annual Awards Banquet Tuesday, April 21, in St. Cloud, MN.

The award was in recognition for their efforts in pulling a victim from a burning vehicle on January 30, 2014, on Highway 169 just north of I-694. It was an honor to see Officer Mathwig and Deputy Hagen recognized in the presence of their families and among many other agencies and officers from throughout the state.

Congratulations to Jesse and Matt!

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Police Explorer State Conference

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The Maple Grove Police Explorers returned home after competing in the 40th Annual Explorer State Conference in Rochester, Minnesota. Our Explorers handled themselves with integrity and dignity, while representing our police department, city, and community with professionalism.

The advisors were proud to announce the Explorers won the following awards:
– 3rd Place Domestic Crisis Intervention
– 3rd Place Interview and Interrogation
– 5th Place Shooting – Team Aggregate Score

Individual awards were also awarded to:
– 5th Place Shooting – Timed Fire – Troy Hoffarth
– 4th Place Police Exam – Jake Pawlowski

Congratulations, MGPD Explorers!

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Summer Fun and Volunteer Opportunity!

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Summer Parks and Recreation Brochure now available!
Ready for summer fun? Maple Grove Parks and Recreation offers many activities available for ages two to 102 and beyond. The brochure lists all summer offerings and is available online. Registration for some activities begins April 29 so check it out now!

Dirty Hands Wanted!
If you have a few hours to spare on Saturday, May 16, we could use your help. For more than 10 years, volunteers have spent a few hours on a Saturday morning to plant flowers in the medians of Weaver Lake Road and Elm Creek Boulevard. Plants, planting plans and safety vests are provided. Volunteers need only bring a small garden trowel for planting and a willingness to dig in the dirt. This is a great opportunity for individuals, groups and families; supervised children age 10 and up are welcome. You must register to participate. Call 763-494-5956 or email dcoss@maplegrovemn.gov to register or for more information.

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Distracted Driving Awareness

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DistractedDriving-CardCommon distractions Distracted driving is a growing problem. From 2010-2014 in Maple Grove, driver distraction contributed to 31% of all crashes.

Get your thumbs off the phone and your eyes on the road!

Extra distracted driving enforcement will be taking place statewide April 13-18.

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Firefighter Recruitment: Neighbors Helping Neighbors

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Did you know that the majority of fire departments in Minnesota are staffed by citizens who live in their community? There are more than 20,000 firefighters in Minnesota and most of them are on-call volunteers who protect their community by delivering emergency services when they are needed. These firefighters are often part-time employees of their community who typically carry a radio pager to alert them when their help is needed. For over 40 years, Maple Grove has depended on part-time firefighters to respond to fires and other emergencies. This summer we will be looking for additional people interested in serving their community by joining the Maple Grove Fire Department.
There are many reasons why people become a Maple Grove firefighter. The ability to help their community is right at the top of the list and being a firefighter provides the chance to assist their neighbors in times of trouble. Although this is true any time of day, it is especially true during the day. Maple Grove needs people that are available and interested in serving their community as firefighters. Best of all, new firefighters don’t require any experience in firefighting, because all needed training is provided after being hired.

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Becoming a Maple Grove firefighter is a job that comes with many rewards. Maple Grove firefighters are paid when they respond to emergency calls and also when they attend training. Initial training includes certification as a Minnesota Firefighter and Emergency Responder. After completing initial firefighter training, Maple Grove firefighters attend regular training drills on the 2nd and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Ultimately, being a firefighter provides a chance to be part of a team that provides a vital community service to the citizens of Maple Grove.
The window for Firefighter applications will open this May, with interviews scheduled for this summer in August.

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2015 Local Board of Appeal and Equalization Process

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If a property owner believes the 2015 estimated market value and/or classification of their property has been determined incorrectly, they have the right to make an appeal.  Inquiries concerning valuation or property class should first be directed to the City of Maple Grove Assessor’s Office.  This is an important first step in the appeals process.

If you believe your value or classification is incorrect and you are not satisfied with the resolution offered by the Assessing Department, you may bring your case to the Maple Grove Local Board of Appeal and Equalization.  You may appear in person, by letter, or be represented by an authorized agent.  It is required that you first attend the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization prior to attending the County Board of Appeal and Equalization.

Maple Grove Local Board of Appeal and Equalization

  • Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2015
  • Time: 7:00 P.M.
  • Location: Maple Grove Government Center – City Council Chambers, 12800 Arbor Lakes Parkway, Maple Grove, MN 55369

If you would like to formally appeal your value and/or classification, applications are requested no later than Friday, April 3, 2015.  To submit an application, click on the following link:

2015 Local Board of Appeal and Equalization Application

Any questions, please contact the City of Maple Grove Assessor’s Office at (763) 494-6265 or by e-mail at assess@maplegrovemn.gov.

Tim Mitchell, City Assessor

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2015 Valuation and Classification Notice Mailing

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On March 17th the City of Maple Grove will begin mailing the “2015 Valuation and Classification Notice” to property owners.

The notice provides information regarding the estimated market value and property classification for property taxes payable in 2016.

Minnesota law requires that all property be appraised at an estimated market value for property tax purposes. The market value represents a reasonable estimate of what your property may sell for on the open market.

If a property owner believes the 2015 estimated market value and/or classification of their property has been determined incorrectly, they have the right to make an appeal. Inquiries concerning valuation or property class should first be directed to the City of Maple Grove Assessor’s Office. This is an important first step in the appeals process.

Please contact the Maple Grove Assessor’s Office at (763) 494-6265 or by e-mail at assess@maplegrovemn.gov if you have any questions or concerns related to the 2015 assessed value or the classification of your property. The valuation notice and the city’s website contain specific instructions for formal appeal options.

Tim Mitchell, City Assessor

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