Pothole Reporting in St Paul & Minneapolis Metro Area and on MN Highways

Potholes are a nuisance in the Twin Cities Metro Area

Potholes are everywhere in Minnesota where there is an asphalt surface.  They can form at any time of the year, but usually after Winter in the Springtime when a general thaw is in process.

We citizens complain about them, but if you don’t notify the proper city, county or state officials about a pothole you’re just as much the problem as the pothole is.  We admit from the numerous potholes out there the Public Works crews in St Paul and other parts of the state can’t know where all the potholes are at all times.  That is why your help is so vitally needed.

While we would love concrete roadways on priority streets everywhere in the State of Minnesota, concrete roads have issues too, just not always in the area of a pothole. They have cases where a slab of concrete will buckle upwards and ruin someone’s day.

Usually the pothole crews can fill in the potholes within a week after reporting them.  Remember to fill out the proper form at the links provided, however if you are reporting St Paul potholes you need to say the closest address the depth of the pothole and photos help when you send an email to the address provided below.

Here are some resources below to do that in Hennepin and Ramsey Counties, Saint Paul, Minneapolis, and along MN State Highways and Interstate freeways.


Potholes Reporting

Make a note of where exactly the pothole is (street address, highway & nearest mile marker), what the shape of it is, how deep it is.  If you can you can send a photo of it (if the web form allows you to send a photo).

  • MNDOT (Minnesota Department Of Transportation)

www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/maintenance/potholes.html


  • St Paul Public Works

Phone:  651-266-9700

Email:  Potholes@ci.stpaul.mn.us


  • Ramsey County

www.ramseycounty.us/residents/roads-transit/report-problem


  • Minneapolis

www.minneapolismn.gov/report-an-issue/pothole


  • Hennepin County

www.hennepin.us/residents/transportation/report-a-roadway-problem


How Does a Pothole Form?


Pothole reporting is something you can do when you go on walks around your neighborhood, or after you just hit a memorable pothole. If you do report it after you just drove over one, please pull to the side of the road then fill out the form, please do not drive and text.

2022 CD4 Republican Convention April 23 9am Registration, 10am to 4pm

What:  Minnesota Fourth Congressional District Republican Convention (CD4 GOP)

When:  Saturday April 23rd, 9:00 am Registration, 10:00 AM Gavel Start, 12:00-12:30 pm Lunch, 4:00 pm Adjourn

Where:  Advent Lutheran Church, 3000 Hamline Ave N, Roseville MN 55113 Map

Cost: Pre-registration $25 + $5.00 for Lunch, At the door cost $35 with no ability to request a lunch.  Pre-registration ends Wednesday April 20th at 11:59 pm.

Misc:  As of this posting the SPRCC Convention will be after the CD4 Convention, though if you are a St Paul BPOU delegate or alternate contact Chair Hann (chair@mngop.com) to complain about the time and location of the SPRCC convention.

See CD4-mngop.com for more details


There are 4 levels of organizational meetings in the Republican Party of Minnesota.  The first 2 levels are at the BPOU, or as some call it the Local Party Unit (our chair likes to call it a Neighborhood Party Unit) level which are the Precinct Caucuses, and BPOU Convention.

Neighborhood Party Unit

  1. Precinct Caucuses (February 1st)
  2. BPOU Convention (March 19th)

Congressional District

3. Fourth Congressional District Convention (April 23)

State Party Convention

4. Republic Party of Minnesota State Convention (May 13-14)

While some say you need extensive training, there is no experience necessary to be engaged at every level, though these conventions especially at the 3rd and 4th level are thick with political hobbyists, meaning people who always get elected to convention largely to hobnob and network with people.  If you don’t get elected at any level as a delegate/alternate you can still attend as a guest.

What to expect at the MN 4th Congressional District Convention

  • State & Federal Legislators, and Candidate Speeches
  • Networking with elected leaders, candidates, affiliate groups, non-profit organizations, delegates/alternates from other areas in CD4.
  • Platform Resolutions Debate (at some point it has to happen), there will be some consolidation of resolutions from all the Bpous.
  • Reports from various Convention Committees: Rules, Nominations, Credentials, Constitution, Resolutions, as well as the CD4 Treasurer’s report.
  • Expect a long day beginning in the morning at 9 am when registration starts and ending in the afternoon at the latest 4 pm. Though if you are thinking of being part of the St Paul Republican City Committee you’ll have to stay even later to attend that convention (seems wrong that people of St Paul can’t decide on their own when to have their convention or where).
  • Endorsement of a Fourth Congressional District Candidate. So far Mikki Murray, May Lor Xiong, and Jerry Silver are running for the endorsement (click on their names to visit their website).
  • Election of Fourth Congressional District Officers Chair, Deputy Chair, Vice Chairs, and Secretary for a 1 year term which ends in 2023. In the odd years these Executive Committee Officers are elected to 2 year terms.  You don’t need to be a delegate or alternate to the Convention to be elected, however if you’re not a delegate or seated alternate you will not be able to vote for your candidacy (if you are a delegate or alternate you don’t  have this problem).

 

What’s Next After Precinct Caucuses?

So you’ve been to the Precinct Caucuses, you’ve become a delegate or alternate, and possibly a Precinct Officer in your St Paul Precinct in the Legislative District of House District 66B.  Congratulations, you’ve taken the first step in being involved in the Neighborhood Party Unit aka BPOU.

What’s Next? When is Our BPOU Convention?

In a non-Redistricting year, or every even year there is the Precinct Caucus usually in February then a BPOU Convention the following month of March, a Congressional District Convention in April and the State Convention in May.  You would have known the place, date and time of the Convention at the Caucus.  This year is much different as it is a Redistricting Year.

A Redistricting Year is in the second year after the Nationwide Census. So previous years if you have lived here and have caucused and stayed active in the BPOU would have occurred in 2002, 2012, and this year 2022.

The Boundaries have changed over the years and sometimes the number or letter has changed as well. For instance in 2010 the main area of the current HD 66B was called HD 66A, and where part of the current HD 66A is was called HD 66B, the Roseville part was HD 54A.  Yeah it’s kind of confusing. So from here on out the pre-redistricting boundaries and organization will be called Old HD 66B, and the redistricted boundaries and organization will be called New HD 66B.

As a delegate or alternate and precinct officer you’ll be that until 2024 regardless of Old or New HD 66B, unless you decided not to, or move out of the precinct or out of HD 66B entirely. You have to live here to be part of the organization, unlike some years ago in SD 65 where the BPOU chair moved out of the area and those in the SD 65 BPOU kept him as their chair, which is a violation of their own Constitution as well as the CD4 & MNGOP ones as well.

Redistricting = Reorganization

The map boundaries have changed (See our Maps page for the Bright Red Map links for the new legislative and Congressional District boundaries), and so must the leadership change. Those BPOU Officers elected to the Old HD 66B Republican Executive Committee in 2021 only had one year to serve before redistricting.

In the odd years in the Neighborhood Party Unit (BPOU) Executive Committee Officers are elected to serve a 2 year term.  Because of Redistricting there were some precincts removed and some were added.  This is where the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution comes in where the consent of those governed is required in order for a government to be formed. So the Old HD 66B Republican leaders can not assume their 2 year term from 2021 because we’ve added and subtracted delegates, alternates and Precinct Officers this year starting February 15, 2022.

So the BPOU Convention of New HD 66B Republicans has to elect officers to a one year term ending next year in 2023 at the BPOU Convention. However this might not happen, as some people might want to organize as a Senate District 66 BPOU.  In another post we’ll describe what’s the differences between a House District and Senate District BPOU.

The next step in the Redistricting Process is covered in the Reapportionment Training Manual, you can download the handbook link (click here).  The MNGOP has both sides meet in a Senate District 66 Convention, this is NOT forcing us into a Senate District (SD) BPOU, it is just a convention with the A & B Sides coming together for some business.  After Convention Agenda and Rules are established a vote will take place on whether to remain as House Districts A & B sides, or organize as a Senate District BPOU.  After that depending on the vote results Constitutions, BPOU Officers, and CD4/State Delegates will be voted on.

This year at some point after this Convention we have to meet to endorse a Senate District 66 Candidate for the rare open seat in our area. Senator John Marty is still our senator until inauguration day next year. He is running in New Senate District 40 (Arden Hills, Northern Roseville, Shoreview, Mounds View) for re-election which will take him to his 40th year in the Legislature.  Endorsements of candidates for the legislature can take place at a BPOU Convention, but it is more important to decide on who are the leaders and what your constitution will be.

There will be Committees in which one can serve on for the convention. Here are some that usually are in a redistricting year: Constitution, Resolutions, Rules, Nominations, and Convention Arrangements.  Resolutions from those in Old HD 66B Ward 4 Precincts 12 & 13 will follow those delegates who proposed them into New HD 66A. As will Resolutions from the new precincts we acquired.

Statewide Candidates & Special Guests Speak

Conventions are a great place to network. The Online Conventions of 2020 were not as fun as people were not given the opportunity to mingle and discover interesting organizations that like to set up at conventions. Meeting new people in your neighborhood and across the new Legislative District is a plus.

Often times Statewide Candidates will try to attend your convention. Yet it is very tough on them to attend many of them as BPOUs tend to have them on Saturday mornings  or from noon on.  This is why we have posted the Caucus Letters of the Statewide Candidates, so you know what their core values are.  In that article each candidate’s website is linked to their name, so click on candidates names to go to their websites.

So even if you do not plan to run for a BPOU Officer role, please feel welcome to come out to the BPOU Convention in March.

Be a Block Captain in Your Precinct

At the 2022 BPOU Convention in March 19, 2022, please consider being a Block Captain in your precinct. The lowest level of an organized political unit is at the block level. In order for a Local Party Unit (bpou) to operate well it needs functional precinct activity. To have functional precinct activity you need Block Captains.

Duties of a Block Captain

Here are some duties a Block Captain can do.

  • Know who lives on your block in terms of political leanings, hobbies, if they have children, do they request political yard signs, other affiliations
  • Help the Precinct Officers put together precinct activities
  • Help put up yard signs
  • Help with Neighbor-to-Neighbor activities
  • Put together a Block Club
  • Learn about local issues affecting the neighborhood and or precinct
  • Organize a neighborhood watch group
  • Do neighbor activities to help out neighbors (cut grass, shovel sidewalks, do gardening)
  • Do civic duties such as clean the fire hydrants and bus stop locations free of snow
  • Pick up trash in your block
  • Report potholes to St Paul Public Works
Block Captains can clean off snow from bus stops, shovel sidewalks for neighbors who can’t. Essentially live your beliefs, be a good neighbor, be a good citizen, and be the friendly face of the HD 66B Republicans.

You can do some of those activities by enlisting others to help you. If you’re doing them all that would be above and beyond fantastic. If you do some of them that would be enough. The idea is you don’t need to be elected to do this, unless there are more than one person on your block, if so share the responsibilities.

You don’t have to wait until the BPOU Convention, or a specific date to become a Block Captain/Leader. Just contact mnhd66brepublicans@gmail.com with the subject line “Block Captain” in order to be a Block Captain of your block or Apartment Complex, or to ask questions about it. We’ll honor Block Captains by mentioning them at the Convention.

Thank you ahead of time for enlisting to help on the block level.

Tom Polachek

HD 66B Republicans Chair

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