Thursday, March 28, 2013
Eagan residents Steve and Deb Machacek opened the Cedar Grove Laundromat on March. 13
Apartment tenants can renege on rent, damage a unit or bring in unwanted pets. But laundry machines never give you any trouble. That's one lesson Steve and Deb Machacek learned after years spent owning and leasing units in apartment buildings across the metro area. The pair of Eagan residents are no longer landlords. Now, they own and operate five laundromats in the southern metro—including a newly-opened facility in Eagan's Cedar Grove area. "As the economy went bad, people couldn’t pay rent," Deb Machacek said wryly. "We had washers and dryers in our buildings. They never gave us any trouble; you just kept collecting money." The Machaceks opened the 2,300-square-foot Cedar Grove Laundromat in the The Shoppes at Cedar Grove on March 13. …
Friday, March 22, 2013
Two young autistic men landed jobs as walking and waving signage for Little Caesar's, but the city of Eagan put an end to the practice by finding it in violation of a local ordinance.
Two autistic Little Caesar's employees say they love their job holding Little Caesar's signs and waving at passing motorists. But a enforcement of a a city of Eagan ordinance has—at least temporarily—put the kibosh on their advertising efforts near the local Little Caesars location, according to a WCCO TV news story by Bill Hudson. At first, Christian Young and Nengi Clement put on sandwich board signs and waved to passing motorists on Diffley Road. When Little Caesar's was informed that violated city code regard commercial signage, managment tried multiple other approaches. They tried moving the men into their parking lot, then onto the sidewalk outside the store, and finally as door greeters. Each time the city found Little Caesar's in …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
After being forced to spend 45 minutes of a Delta Air Lines flight separated from her young child, an Eagan Mom is angry about how the airline treated the two of them.
An Eagan mom and her 6-year-old son were forced to sit in different parts of the plane on their recent Delta Air Lines flight to Disney World, according to a KARE-11 report. VIEW THE KARE-11 NEWS SEGMENT Single mom Jennifer DeYoung of Eagan booked the flight through Orbitz for both her son Avery and herself, but when they checked in at the airport they found out they were assigned seats in different parts of the plane. Things didn't get any better after they boarded. DeYoung said flight attendants were rude and suggested she take another flight the following day, and that's when she started crying. About 45 minutes into the flight, a passenger in the back of the plane offered up a seat so the mother and son could sit together, but DeYoung …
Monday, March 18, 2013
The owner of Zest Bar & Grille is facing a felony charge of attempted theft by false representation stemming from a dispute over county funds involved in the installation of a new surveillance system.
Frustrated by bureaucratic red tape and faced with mounting debts, the owner of Zest Bar & Grille in Eagan is now facing criminal charges after allegedly attempting to defraud a Dakota County agency. Alejandro Luebbert, who opened Zest in late 2011, is facing a felony attempted theft by false representation charge, according to a criminal complaint from the Dakota County Attorney's Office. If convicted, Luebbert could face a maximum of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Police say Luebbert received "significant" relocation funding from a Dakota County agency prior to and following the opening of Zest, which is located at the corner of Hwy. 3 and Diffley Road in Eagan. During that process, Luebbert allegedly submitted to the agency a…
Thursday, March 7, 2013
The new restaurants will open later this spring at 2000 Rahncliff Road, according to a local developer.
A new sandwich shop and hair stylist have already opened at a new commercial development along Cliff Road in Eagan—and two more restaurants are on their way, according to a local developer. Noodles & Company plans to open its second location in Eagan at 2000 Rahncliff Rd. in April, according to Noodles representative Melanie Bagley. Noodles' arrival will likely be followed by the opening of a Yogurt Lab, Oppidan Vice President of Development Paul Tucci told the Eagan City Council on Tuesday. Last year, Oppidan unveiled plans to demolish a vacant gas station on the 2.8-acre property and build a 7,150-square-foot multi-tenant commercial building with outdoor dining. Already this winter, a new Sport Clips hair stylist and Which Wich sandwich …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Michael Rahman was selected for a highly competitive College Works Painting internship. The program puts students at the helm of a small business for a single summer.
Follow Eagan Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter | Blog for us Michael Rahman may only be one year removed from Eagan High School, but that isn't keeping this young entrepreneur from running his own business. Rahman, a 2012 EHS graduate, is a freshman business student at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. This spring, he'll be backing up those classroom lessons with some real world experience, thanks to a highly selective internship with College Works Painters. Rahman was one of roughly 2,000 interns across 19 states hired this year to manage a team of young painters, marketers and other employees operating in Eagan. The company provides its college interns with painting supplies, a budget and extensive …
Sunday, February 17, 2013
SCORE, a non-profit business counseling and mentoring organization, is hosting a counseling event on Feb. 20.
Follow Eagan Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter | Blog for us Stop in from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 20 at the Wescott Library for free, confidential small business counseling from SCORE. SCORE is a non-profit business counseling and mentoring organization. At the counseling event, which will be held at the Wescott Dakota Room, an experienced SCORE counselor will help you navigate all aspects of planning or operating your small business. Click here for more information regarding this and other local library events.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Developer warns the redevelopment of the 47-acre property in central Eagan must be "market-driven" to be successful.
Follow Eagan Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter | Blog for us Eagan City Council members reaffirmed their interest in a pedestrian-friendly, attractive development with a mix of retail businesses, office space and potentially residential housing at the former Lockheed Martin property on Tuesday night. The council heard from representatives from CSM Corporation—the developer that owns the 47-acre property in central Eagan—and a consulting firm during a two-hour, focused discussion regarding the future of the property. CSM purchased the Lockheed Martin site in 2011 after Lockheed Martin announced it would shutter the roughly 620,000-square-foot facility by 2013. The developer proposed building a large-…
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Last year, Eagan officials commissioned a $15,000 study to help them identify a vision for the former Lockheed Martin site, now owned by developer CSM Corporation.
Follow Eagan Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter | Blog for us The Eagan City Council will convene at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday night at City Hall to hold a special meeting. Here's a preview of a selection of agenda items the council is expected to discuss. For a full agenda, click here.
Friday, February 8, 2013
The two groups, represented by SEIU Local 26, will decide whether to give their bargaining committees the power to call a strike, if necessary, in the lagging contract talks.
Hundreds of Twin Cities-area union janitors and security officers are slated Saturday morning to vote on whether to give their bargaining committees the right to call strikes in the stalled labor negotiations. Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 26 said it has been bargaining for months for new contracts for its more than 6,000 members who are janitors and security officers, and that the groups have been working since Dec. 31 without new contracts. The union said both of the labor bargaining committees have recommended a "yes" vote for a strike authorizstion. The union workers, who will take their strike authorization vote at 11 a.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center, are "facing the threat of reduced hours and …