St. Scholastica announces campaign co-chairs in advance of public announcement

From my friends at The College of St. Scholastica:

In advance of a public campaign announcement on Nov. 30, The College of St. Scholastica today announced the appointment of Thomas (Tom) and Michelle (Mimi) Stender of Duluth and Chris (’01) and Ryan (’09) Dolan of Maple Grove, Minn. as co-chairs of A Second Century of Saints Campaign.

Both couples bring extensive professional and volunteer experience to the campaign leadership roles.
The College of St. Scholastica President Barbara McDonald is enthusiastic about the work of the co-chairs and the campaign committee.

“For the last two years, even through the pandemic, much work has been done to position St. Scholastica for the present and future,” she said. “There is still so much more to do. We are fortunate to have supporters and volunteers like the Stenders and the Dolans who see the value in strengthening this institution to meet the needs of students in a tangible way.”

The Stenders are no strangers to St. Scholastica. Tom’s father, Bruce Stender, is a past president of the college and The Stender School of Business was recently named in his honor. Mimi — Founder and President of Duluth Aging Support, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of older adults and caregivers in the Northland through outreach, awareness, advocacy and collaborative partnerships, is a current member of the St. Scholastica Board of Trustees. 

“Mimi and I strongly believe in the mission of the college and are excited to be a part of this transformative campaign that will enhance the student experience,” Tom said. 
Chris and Ryan Dolan remain connected to the St. Scholastica community and have served as key volunteers in the Twin Cities.

Chris, a 2001 undergraduate alumnus, is a partner at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP in Minneapolis, where he specializes in environmental and natural resources litigation, regulatory engagement, enforcement, permitting and sustainability matters. He is a Trustee Emeritus and former chair of the St. Scholastica Board of Trustees.

Ryan, a 2009 graduate alumnus, is a Data Scientist at the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division. Both Chris and Ryan attribute their professional success to opportunities provided to them through higher education and are committed to increasing access for more students to develop these opportunities at the college.

“We have a fantastic group of campaign volunteers who are committed to ensuring the future of St. Scholastica,” Chris said. “Ryan and I are excited to be co-leading this effort with the Stenders and we are committed to its success.”

The public announcement of the campaign is scheduled for Nov. 30. At that time, college officials will be announcing bold new initiatives for the future of St. Scholastica.


Yard Waste Compost Site closing for the season Monday

The Western Lake Superior Sanitary District’s Yard Waste Compost Site is open for the final weekend of the 2021 season today through Monday, Nov. 22.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., residents may dispose of leaves, pumpkins, garden leftovers and other yard debris for free. Brush and branches may also be disposed of for $10 per cubic yard of material.

WLSSD’s Yard Waste Compost site is located just off of I-35 at 27th Ave. West, and facility access is unimpeded as construction on the Twin Ports Interchange Project continues.

“We’ve had a great season at the yard waste site and remind folks to complete yard tasks before the snow flies in earnest,” said Tim Lundell, WLSSD supervisor of solid waste services. “Your leaves and branches will become high quality Garden Green® compost over the winter.”

WLSSD’s Yard waste compost site opens briefly in December and January for holiday tree disposal. The facility will reopen in April 2022, or as weather permits.

Western Lake Superior Sanitary District provides award-winning wastewater and solid waste services to residents, businesses and industries within its 500 square mile legislative boundaries in southern St. Louis and northern Carlton counties, and is a nationally recognized leader in pollution prevention.


St. Louis County board schedules two public meetings to get input on budget

The St. Louis County board will hold two public meetings to receive comments on its 2022 proposed tax levy and operating budget.

The first meeting is Monday, November 22, at 7 p.m. in the St. Louis County Courthouse in Virginia, lower-level conference room.

The second meeting will be Monday, November 29, at 7 p.m. at the St. Louis County Government Services Center in Duluth, in the Lake Superior Room on the second floor.

Both meetings will be open for the public to attend in person.

The November 29 meeting will also include a live stream option for people to watch and provide comment virtually. A link to join the meeting virtually will be posted at stlouiscountymn.gov.

Both meetings will include a presentation about the budget and levy, and an opportunity for citizens to address the board with questions or comments.
Staff from the Auditor’s Office will be available at both meetings to meet one-on-one with anyone who has questions or concerns specific to their proposed property tax statement. People are reminded they can contact the Auditor’s Office any time with questions about their property tax statement by calling (218) 726-2383, extension 2; or email PropertyTax@stlouiscountymn.gov.

The 2022 budget will total approximately $437 million. This would include $156.5 million collected through the levy, an amount preliminarily approved by the county board in September. The 2022 levy amount would be a 5.94% increase compared to this year’s levy, with much of the increase offset by the 4% growth in the county’s property tax base. So the actual impact of the levy increase will be less than 2%.

As an example, this would mean the owner of a home valued at $200,000 would pay approximately $18 more in property taxes next year.

Citizens unable to participate in either of the public meetings are also welcome to provide input at any county board meeting, or by contacting commissioners directly. Contact information can be found at stlouiscountymn.gov/countyboard. The board is scheduled to vote on the final levy and budget at its December 14 meeting.