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Each week I send out an FYI Update to City Council and staff on the latest happenings within the City of Maplewood.  I would like to share this information with the residents of Maplewood, as well. 

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Aug 17

August 14, 2020

Posted on August 17, 2020 at 10:53 AM by Chad Bergo


Meetings and Announcements:   

  • The next City Council meeting will be held next Monday, August 24th.  We will have an EDA Meeting prior to the City Council meeting. The EDA meeting will begin at 6 pm. In addition, we will have an update on the 2021 Budget at 6:30 pm.
  • Reminder to return your Task Force score sheets to Lois by 9 am on the 19th, next Wednesday, to get the results in the Council Packet. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact me or Lois. Thank you.
  • Here are the updates from various departments below.

Updates from Staff and Council:



Amazingly, the 2020 Primary is in the books. We struggled with getting enough precinct judges, we had reserve judges for the first time, the amount of PPE supplies the judges had to set up were cumbersome and daunting yet in the end, all was accomplished. Polls opened on time, all judges reported to their precinct and voters came to vote. The large push for mail absentee voting substantially increased the overall number of Primary voters yet in-person AB and Election Day voters were similar to expected pre-COVID numbers. That said, a new trend emerged. Typically, only 12% – 25% of votes are cast before Election Day, this time over 63% came through the AB process.

For purposes of some comparison, here are some voting statistics for past election cycles.  The 2016 Primary was comparable to 2020 for non-city races, there were no city positions on the 2016 ballot.

Thank you letter:

Good afternoon Mayor Abrams and City Administrator Coleman,

I wanted to personal say that St. John’s Hospital truly appreciates Maplewood’s consideration of our Coronavirus Relief Fund allocation request. The City’s approval of funding to help our hospital is tremendously appreciated!  

Please find a letter of thanks attached.

We look forward to working with you to finalize the agreement. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me if you need additional information.

Again, THANK YOU!!!

Laura Keithahn | VP Hospital Operations

M Health Fairview | St. John’s Hospital

1575 Beam Avenue | Maplewood, MN 55109
lkeithahn@healtheast.org |  mhealthfairview.org
Office: 651-232-7335 | Cell or pager: 651-983-1657
Employed by Fairview Health Services

School Supplies Donation

City employees led by the Police Department, are partnering with the Maplewood Y to collect funds and supplies for our schools and Maple Pond Apartments. We are using a donation from Maplewood Mall to help purchase much needed supplies for kids who are in need of backpacks and supplies for the coming school year. City employees will be able to donate cash or supplies. I will be sending out more specific information early next week. The Y will need our contributions by August 29th.

This another example of the power of partnerships: with the Y and the Maplewood Mall. I want to thank Police staff for their leadership to get this project started. 


New bakery in the former Tim Horton’s 

La Delicious Bread brings authentic French cuisine to Maplewood 

By Carter Jones  – Digital Producer, Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal

51 minutes ago

A father-son team opened a bakery last weekend that is bringing authentic French cuisine to the Twin Cities.

Tieng Vang and his son Brandon opened La Delicious Bread, which combines the family's Hmong, French and American backgrounds to serve everything from classic baguettes to bahn mi, a Vietnamese sandwich packed with meat and pickled vegetables.

The bakery, located in a former Tim Horton's in Maplewood, uses ingredients imported from France for its fresh baked bread and pastries.

The road to opening La Delicious Bread was a decades long journey for the Vangs, The Sahan Journal reports.

Tieng was six when his family relocated to France after leaving Laos during the Vietnam War. Upon arriving in Paris, Tieng's parents placed him for adoption with a French family to learn French and adapt to the lifestyle faster.

While growing up in France, Tieng fell in love with the French baguette and its signature textures.

After his dad asked him to partner up on the bakery, Brandon went through four years of training to become a certified baker. He spent two years working in Seattle with the French baker Patrick Morin, at La Parisienne French Bakery. Later, he received certification from the French baking school, École Boulangerie de Paris. 

“We are expecting feedback on one thing and only one thing — our bread,” Tieng told Sahan Journal. “Even with fresh banh mi bread sandwich, it’s been dead on.” 

La Delicious Bread is located on Rice Street and Highway 36, and is open Tuesday through Sunday 6:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


These are the reports for this week.  As always, please call if I can address any questions or concerns. I hope that you have a great weekend. Thank you.