Repairs needed on Upsala pumper truck

After the Emergency Apparatus Maintenance in Lino Lakes inspected the Upsala Fire Department’s pumper truck, several valves were found to be leaking.

Fire Chief Jay Baggenstoss told the Council that because of the type of water that Upsala has, some of the valves on the pumper truck had started to erode.

“We could probably live with those things leaking when we’re out doing operations. But if it is just sitting in the hall, leaking, then we’re not going out of the hall with a full truck and it’s not being efficient,” Baggenstoss told the Council.

Baggenstoss said that even though the Fire Department has had the pumper truck for 13 years, it wasn’t until two or three years, annual tests were done.

Baggenstoss told the Council he had previously suggested that annual tests be performed by Emergency Apparatus Maintenance. The inspection costs about $1,000.

“It should be done and is really a good way of keeping up maintenance,” Baggenstoss said.

Baggenstoss said one way to help prevent erosion of the valves is to drain the valves periodically, to keep water from sitting.

“If we do this, we shouldn’t have to do this (repair or replace the valves) for a long time again,” Baggenstoss said.

Even though there are some valves that are leaking, the pumper truck has passed the inspection, Baggenstoss said.

“We’re very happy with this truck, have no beef whatsoever with it, but this is just one of these maintenance things,” Baggenstoss said.

To maintain the pumper truck at this time, the pump intake gauge will need to be replaced, as well as some of the valves need to be replaced or repaired. The total cost for the repairs and replacements will be $3,686.

“When it comes to the valves leaking, the reality is that this is the true lifeline for a lot of the guys that are on the other end of the hose. If these things are not working properly, then we are not doing our citizens any good,” Baggenstoss said.

The Council approved the total repair and replacement costs.

Baggenstoss said Emergency Apparatus Maintenance will be in the Upsala area in about a month. The pumper truck will then be repaired.

 

Upsala City Council Briefs

In other business Monday, the Upsala City Council:

  • Approved Misty Myers with the National Joint Powers Alliance as its city attorney;
  • Heard from maintenance man, Frank Koopmeiners, that a farm hydrant by the baseball field was turned off since it kept running. Since it was shut down, the monthly usage of water has decreased significantly;
  • Heard from Koopmeiners that the lift station is back up and running as it should be. A new pump was installed recently;
  • Heard from Garrett Doucette with the Rescue Squad that they recently learned that they needed someone to be present at the Council meetings. Doucette told the Council he had been appointed as representative; and
  • Discussed possibly getting a server for City Hall, so that documents can be accessed easier. Currently documents are only available on the computer the city clerk uses.

The Upsala City Council’s next regular meeting will be Monday, April 3, at 7 p.m. at the Fire Hall.

ECM Publishers has acquired the Sun Newspaper Group

ECM Publishers Inc. has acquired the Sun Newspaper Group from American Community Newspapers II, combining two large Minnesota newspaper groups.

Signing the agreement for ECM, Friday, Dec. 30, were Publisher and Chief Executive Officer Julian Andersen, President and Chief Operating Officer Marge Winkelman, and Chief Financial Officer Rod Garbe. ECM is based in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. American Community Newspapers II is based in Dallas, Texas.

The newly acquired newspaper group will be called ECM-Sun Group LLC.

The combined company will now include 500 associates and 55 publications, reaching 700,000 homes weekly.

“The merger of the Sun Group into ECM Publishers continues the growth of ECM, combining two strong, well-managed Minnesota media organizations,” Andersen said. “This combination creates opportunity and capability to enhance services provided to both readers and advertisers, to be active partners in an extended group of Minnesota communities, and to provide many associates the chance to step up to bigger responsibilities.”

“We are excited about this new opportunity to expand our footprint in the Minneapolis- St. Paul market as ECM-Sun Group, LLC,” Winkelman said.

“ECM Publishers, Inc., is continuously transforming the way we operate and continues to improve our ability to meet the challenges of the changing newspaper industry. By combining our award- winning publications, strong community websites, and adding digital and social media to the mix, we will be able to communicate to our readers and deliver advertisers’ messages in a timely and effective manner.”

“I am very excited about the future of our new company and the opportunities to grow and expand the business,” said Jeffrey Coolman, General Manager of the ECM-Sun Group. “Combining the strengths of both companies will create one of the best community newspaper groups in the country. It is the people who strengthen our ability to succeed.”

Both ECM and the Sun Group are comprised of newspapers, shoppers, and websites. ECM publishes 15 newspapers and six shoppers with total weekly circulation of 155,000 and 191,000, respectively. The Sun Group publishes 32 newspapers and two shoppers with total weekly circulation of 357,000 and 38,000, respectively. ECM websites attract 1 million page views a month, and Sun Group websites attract 461,000 page views per month.

ECM was created in 1976 by Elmer L. Andersen, who started this newspaper company after a successful career as businessman, state legislator, and Governor. The company began when Andersen bought competing weekly newspapers in Princeton and combined them into the Princeton Union-Eagle. Subsequently, ECM added a commercial web printing plant and acquired an independent delivery company that now operates as a division of ECM. In a sequence of transactions over the past 30 years, ECM acquired additional newspapers.

Andersen, son of the late former governor, said ECM believes many Minnesotans agree with investor Warren Buffet who said recently, after acquiring his hometown newspaper – – the Omaha World Herald: “There are still a lot of things newspapers can do better than any other media. I’m not comfortable without an honest-to-God newspaper in my hand.”

Dirks, Van Essen & Murray, a newspaper merger and acquisition firm based in Santa Fe, NM represented American Community Newspapers in the transaction.

ECM Sun

 

ECM Publishers of Coon Rapids agrees to acquire Minnesota Sun Newspapers

ECM Publishers, a media company based in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire the Minnesota Sun Newspapers from American Community Newspapers II located in Dallas, Texas. While ACN has accepted the Letter of Intent, purchase agreement negotiations are ongoing.

“This potential combination promises vital hometown journalism for scores of suburban communities,” said Julian Andersen, CEO and Chairman of ECM. “Both of these newspaper groups are staffed and led by talented and effective associates, who will bring vim and vigor to the opportunities and responsibilities of a larger media enterprise.”

“ECM is always looking for ways to grow as an information company,” said Marge Winkelman, president and chief operating officer. “ECM has grown over 35 years from a weekly newspaper in Princeton, Minn., to a company with 21 publications delivered to more than 300,000 Minnesota homes.” “Opportunities of this magnitude rarely happen and ECM is looking forward to working with all the associates at the Sun Newspaper Group and to continue to provide quality newspapers and an online presence to all the communities that we serve”, Winkelman emphasized that no final agreement has been reached with ACN, but hopes a signed agreement will happen before the end of this year.

Jeffrey Coolman, vice president and group publisher for Minnesota Sun Newspapers states “The greatest resource we have are the people who work for us, the merger will bring our talented staff from both companies together to create one of the strongest community newspaper groups in the region. The future will bring us great opportunities to serve our readers and advertisers, grow our market share, and develop new print and digital products. Both companies have a very strong commitment to community journalism and combined will add tremendous synergy to the marketplace.”

Both ECM and the Sun Group are composed of newspapers, shoppers, and websites. ECM publishes 15 newspapers and six shoppers with total weekly circulation of 155,000 and 191,000 respectively. The Sun Group publishes 32 newspapers and two shoppers with total weekly circulation of 357,000 and 38,000 respectively. ECM websites attract 1,000,000 page views a month, and Sun Group websites attract 461,000 page views per month.

ECM was created in 1976 by Elmer L. Andersen, who started this newspaper company after a successful career as businessman, state legislator, and governor. The company began when Andersen bought competing weekly newspapers in Princeton and combined them into the Princeton Union-Eagle. Subsequently, ECM added a commercial web printing plant in Princeton and acquired an independent delivery company that now operates as a division of ECM. In a sequence of transactions over the past 30 years, ECM acquired additional newspapers.