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



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

Updated Library and Community Center Hours

Starting Monday, March 2, the Library and Community Center will be open the following hours:

  • Monday: 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday - Thursday: 3:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday - Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Tree Trimming Taking Place

Public Works will be trimming trees throughout the City in the next couple weeks. Please watch for City personnel in your area and warn your children to keep away from the work areas.

2nd Annual Park Photo Contest - Winter Submittals due March 31st

The Park Board will be conducting its second annual Newport Park Photo Contest in 2015. The Contest will be open to all Newport residents. Adult and Youth (under 18) Divisions will compete in two Categories: Best Black and White Shot and Best Color Shot. Click here for more information.

City Council Approved Utility Rates for 2015

In 2013, the City hired Ehlers to conduct a study of its utility rates including water, sewer, storm water, and street lights. Ehlers found that current rates were not sufficient enough to generate revenue to pay for items such as depreciation, capital, and maintain an adequate reserve. As such, the City Council approved two resolutions to increase the utility rates in 2013 and 2014. The first resolution was approved at its August 15, 2013 meeting and established storm water and street light rates through 2018. The second resolution was approved at its December 4, 2014 meeting and established water and sewer rates through 2017. Click here to view the 2015 rates.

South Washington Watershed District Cost-Share Program

The South Washington Watershed District provides a cost-share program to residents for regional water quality improvement projects. Click here for more information.

Ice Safety

Due to recent activities, the City would like to remind everyone to use the ice skating rinks at Loveland and Lions Parks instead of the Mississippi River for recreational purposes. With the weather changing every week it's difficult to tell if the ice on the Mississippi River is safe to go on. Per the DNR, the strength of ice is measured by appearance, age, thickness, temperature, if it's covered with snow, size of the water body, depth of water underneath, and currents and there is no sure answer if it is safe. Click here to view more information from the DNR on ice safety.

The warming houses at both parks are open Monday - Friday from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday - Sunday from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Newport Athletic Association Looking for Board Members

The Newport Athletic Association is looking for Board members. The terms are 2 years long. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Bonnie Karas at (651) 303-9670 /

The Newport Athletic Association (NAA) represents and supports the Newport community by providing organized athletic programs for youth to teach fundamentals, and to develop and instill characteristics of good sportsmanship, competitiveness, team spirit and pride!

Newport Transit Station Now Open

The Newport Transit Station, located on Maxwell Avenue across from Newport-St. Paul Cold Storage, is now open. The transit station offers express bus service between Newport and downtown St. Paul and features an indoor waiting area and large parking lot for commuters. Route 364 provides three express trips each weekday morning and afternoon. Click here to view the schedule.

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. Since September, the DNR has analyzed the comments and is currently wrapping up a final round of revisions. 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.

2015 Dog Licenses on Sale Now

Annual dog licenses are currently 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.


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Newport Event Calendar 

Thu - Mar 05
City Council @ 5:30 p.m.

Thu - Mar 12
Planning Commission @ 6:00 p.m.

Wed - Mar 18
Heritage Preservation Commission @ 5:30 p.m.

Thu - Mar 19
City Council @ 5:30 p.m.

Wed - Mar 25
Library Advisory Committee Meeting @ 5:30 p.m.

Click on the link above to request a service, submit a concern or report a pothole.


Click on the link above to pay your utility bill online. You can also call 1-877-885-7968 to pay your utility bill. Please note that you will be charged a fee of $2.99 each time you pay online or by the phone.

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