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City of Newport
596 7th Avenue
Newport, MN 55055
Phone: (651) 459-5677
Fax: (651) 459-9883

Hours: Monday - Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.



Welcome to Newport!

Newport is primarily a residential community and its strength is the people who live within the city. Newport is a small river community with residential streets bordered by large trees, which wind their way along the river's edge and the blufflands. Newport's small town persona is retained within its people and its physical environment even though it is within a 15 minute commute to St. Paul and Minneapolis. With a population of 3,435, Newport continues to encourage growth and development within the community.

Newport News & Announcements

City Offices Closed February 15, 2016

City Offices will be closed on Monday, February 15, 2016 in honor of of Presidents' Day. Thanks to volunteers, the Library and Community Center will be open.

People's Choice Award - 2015 Park Photo Contest

The City would like to thank everyone who submitted a photo for the 2015 Parks Photo Contest. As part of the contest, there will be two overall best photos from the five winners, one chosen from the judges and one chosen from a People's Choice Award.

Click here to vote on the People's Choice Award. Voting will be open until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 18th. The winner will receive a cash prize.

Water Conservation Rebate Program

The City of Newport, in conjunction with Washington County and the Metropolitan Council, is offering rebates for residents and business owners to promote water conservation. This program includes rebates for Energy Star clothes washing machines, WaterSense labeled toilets and WaterSense labeled Irrigation Controllers.

The rebate is 50% of the cost of the item, up to a maximum of $100 for an Energy Star washer; $50 for each WaterSense labeled toilet (maximum of two toilets per property); and $100 for WaterSense labeled irrigation controllers.

Click here to learn more about the program.

Serving on a Board or Committee

The Newport City Council is seeking applicants who are interested in serving on the Newport Park Board or Library Advisory Committee. Click here to learn more about each vacancy.

City Accepting Applications

The City is currently accepting applications for the following positions: Seasonal Park Maintenance, Summer Rec Assistant Director, fill-in Library and Community Center Coordinator, and Election Judges. Click here to learn more about these positions.

Caucus Finder

Click here to find out where your 2016 precinct caucus will take place on Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

Library and Community Center Events

  • Valentine's Day Craft Project - The Library and Community Center will be hosting a craft project for Valentine's Day on Thursday, February 11th from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.. Attendees can come and make a robot out of candy. Click here for more information.
  • PAWS to Read - This program teaches individuals how to be safe around dogs, how to tell the difference between a stray dog and a pet, and how dogs communicate their needs and feelings. At the end of the program, children will be invited to read to Jazmin and Maggie, the registered therapy dog for the program. Children will be given 15 minute time slots to read to the two dogs. The next two P.A.W.S. to Read programs are Thursday, February 25th at 6:00 p.m. and Thursday, March 24th at 6:00 p.m.
  • Historic Preservation Discussion - Robert Vogel will be discussing the history of the Mill Pond on Wednesday, March 9th at 6:30 p.m. at the Library and Community Center.
  • St. Patty's Day Craft Project - The Library and Community Center will be hosting a craft project for St. Patty's Day on Saturday, March 12th from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Warming Houses Now Open

Warming houses at Loveland and Lions Parks are now open for the season. The hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Warming house sites will be closed when it is in the best interest and safety of the community. Situations where the warming houses may be closed include: when warm temperatures have softened the ice, the wind chill is –18 degrees or colder, when heavy snowfall has not been cleared, or if there are too few skaters.

Citizen Pruners Class - Saturday, February 27th

Newport and St. Paul Park are partnering with the University of Minnesota Forest Resources Department on a pilot program that engages citizens in community forestry. The class costs $25 per person and will take place on Saturday, February 27th from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Oakdale Discovery Center, 4444 Hadley Avenue North, Oakdale, MN.

Community volunteers are trained in small tree structural pruning, and during events scheduled throughout the year help maintain trees on publicly-owned property.

Citizen Pruner’s are trained in tree identification, biology, and pruning techniques. Tree pruning requires not only an understanding of how to prune but also an understanding of the tree’s biology to prevent the spread of certain diseases.

If you enjoy being outdoors, love trees and your community this is an opportunity you need to check out. Course material will be taught by University of Minnesota Forest Resources Department staff along with staff from the cities of Newport and St. Paul Park.

Citizen Pruners are responsible for submitting 10 volunteer hours a year.

Go to to register to become a Minnesota Citizen Pruner. For more information about volunteering please contact Valerie at

Dog Licenses on Sale

Annual dog licenses are now on sale at City Hall for $20 per license. Newport residents must renew licenses for their dogs annually. An updated rabies vaccination certificate is required at the time of purchasing the dog license. Requiring a dog license helps to ensure that all dogs in the city are vaccinated for rabies and serves as a resourceful tool to police officers in returning your dog, should they pick him or her up from running at large in the city.

Additionally, any household that has four or more dogs or cats must obtain a kennel license. A kennel license is approved by the City Council and expires December 31 of each year. The fee for a kennel license is $50.

Please contact Renee Eisenbeisz, Executive Analyst, at (651) 459-5677 / for more information.

South St. Paul Odor Complaint Form

Due to a number of odor complaints in the last couple years, South St. Paul has created an odor complaint form for individuals to fill out when noticing a strong odor. Newport residents can also fill out this form when noticing a strong odor coming from across the River. Click here to view South St. Paul's website. 

Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area Review

The MN DNR has been working on draft rules for management of land use and natural resources in the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area (MRCCA) since June 2014. The DNR requested that local governments within the MRCCA provide comments on the draft rules. The City sent a letter to the DNR in September 2014 regarding the draft rules.  The DNR has been revising the rules based on the comments received, and expects to publish a notice to adopt the rules and hold public hearings in Fall 2015.  The DNR expects to adopt the new Critical Area rules in Spring 2016.   Click on the links below for more information on the draft rules and MRCCA. Please contact Sherri Buss, City Planner, at (651) 292-4582 / for more information or questions.


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Newport Event Calendar 

Mon - Feb 15
City Offices Closed due to Holiday

Thu - Feb 18
City Council @ 5:30 p.m.

Thu - Feb 25
P.A.W.S. to Read @ Library and Community Center @ 6:00 p.m.

Thu - Feb 25
Park Board @ 6:30 p.m.

Thu - Mar 03
City Council @ 5:30 p.m.

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