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Jeff Knutson was named Festmeister ahead of the annual St. Peter Ambassadors Oktoberfest. (Courtesy of St. Peter Ambassadors)

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Hallett's Pond development to bring new businesses to St. Peter

Edward Jones Financial Advisor Bart Weelborg is developing a new commercial space near Hallett’s Pond which will house his new office and two or three other businesses. (Carson Hughes/

Construction on the 6,600-square-foot commercial development near Hallett’s Pond is nearing the final stages and may be ready to open its doors to three or four potential new businesses by the end of the year.

Just north of Hy-Vee, adjacent to Hallet’s Pond on Old Minnesota Avenue, Project Lead and Edward Jones Financial Advisor Bart Weelborg considers the site a prime location for retailers, medical and professional services or even some new restaurants.

Edward Jones is the one confirmed occupant at this stage in development. Once construction is completed around November and December, Weelborg will move out of his current office near Gustavus, an 1,800-square-foot section on the south side of the development.

Hallett's Pond Development

Construction of the new property began in June after Weelborg received a proposition from a buyer interested in the current Edward Jones building. The Hallett’s Pond parcel offered more than enough space for an individual office, so the project was expanded into a multi-tenant building with 1,800-square-foot sections on both ends and a 3,000-square-foot middle section that could be occupied by a single tenant or divided into two separate commercial spaces.

The 3,000 square foot middle section of the new development could be occupied by a single business, like a restaurant, or split into two different businesses. (Carson Hughes/

Currently, the building is composed of a wooden frame made up of timber supplied by St. Peter Lumber and a fresh concrete floor poured over the weekend, but the structure is about to change rapidly in the next few weeks. Lager Construction will begin laying a brick facade over the next three weeks and paving a new parking lot following that.

Weelborg is envisioning a flat-topped brick and stone building surrounded by greenery that would look at home in St. Peter’s downtown aesthetic.

“We’d like to build a community here that works with the neighborhood, works with the city. We want to be good neighbors,” said Weelborg. “So we’re trying to take a little extra care and build a nice building that’s all brick and something that has the vintage feel of being part of the historic heritage this town has.”

There is a large expansive space behind the new Hallett’s Pond building, which remains undeveloped. Bart Weelborg said the area could be used to build a back patio and outdoor seating. (Carson Hughes/

In addition, the large open space behind the building could be used to build a back patio and outdoor seating for other businesses.

“I think {Hallet’s Pond] is an area that’s a growing part of town in the next few years,” said Weelborg. “We have a lot of stuff going on right now and want to be a part of it.”

The 2022 SPHS Homecoming candidates includes: front row (l to r), Anders Dixon, Ben Taylor, Will Elias, Marty Anderson, David Marlow; back row, Anna Boomgaarden, Audra Bixby, Piper Ruble, Claire Meyer, and Karen Bocanegra. (Photo courtesy of St. Peter HS/Kurt Hildebrandt)


Council backs Old Minnesota/Julien roundabout design, Park Row feasibility study
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The St. Peter City Council moved forward on several street projects, financing an engineering bid to design a new roundabout on the intersection of Old Minnesota Avenue and St. Julien Street and a feasibility study on proposed improvements to Park Row Street.

A $128,000 bid by Bolton & Menk to prepare final design specifications for the roundabout-conversion of the the four-way stop at the Old Minnesota-Julien intersection was approved at the Sept. 12 City Council meeting.

The proposed roundabout near McDonald’s and Speedway has been in the works over the past nine years. Efforts to move the project along were accelerated by nearby business development and $1.24 million federal funding awarded to the project last year by the Minnesota Department of Transportation District 7 Area Transportation Partnership.

The City Council initially commissioned a design of the roundabout in 2013, but work on the specifications was only around 75% complete before the project was stalled in 2014.

Issues securing all of the land parcels needed for right of way prevented the project from moving forward until 2019, when the city obtained the fourth and final parcel.

While the city may use the 2014 study as a guide, Director of Public Works Pete Moulton wrote “It will still be necessary to prepare new roadway/curb and gutter profiles and an updated surface model and to review the roundabout footprint for compliance with current design standards.”

Needed updates to the design include traffic control, storm sewer, lighting and a sanitary sewer line that will be connected to the strip mall under development near at Hallett’s Pond. The installation of sanitary sewer would also enable development on the vacant lots adjacent to Old Minnesota Avenue.

Access to businesses like McDonald’s and Speedway would be maintained throughout construction. Approximately three quarters of St. Julian Street was repaired during a previous construction project, and those portions of the roadway will remain open — drivers to enter both businesses. Speedway’s entrance on Old Minnesota Ave. will also remain accessible.

Park Row improvements

At the same council meeting, members approved an up to $13,300 bid from Bolton & Menk to study the feasibility of improving the street, curb and gutter, sidewalk, sanitary and storm sewer and water utilities on Park Row Street between S. Third Street and S. Washington Ave.

The study will evaluate the cost of the project and prepare preliminary assessment rolls of around 28-30 benefiting properties and report to the City Council on Oct. 10, according to a preliminary timeline.

Should the City Council move forward, the governing body could open bids for the project as early as Feb. 2.

Funding for the project would be sourced from assessments and utility funds.