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High winds knocked over scaffolding on the G-Will Liquors site Thursday. (Bulletin photo by Emily Buss)

Wind takes out Cottage Grove G-Will Liquors' scaffolding

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Wind takes out Cottage Grove G-Will Liquors' scaffolding
Cottage Grove Minnesota 7584 80th Street South 55016

Wind gusts upward of 10 miles per hour caused the scaffolding at the construction site of the future G-Will Liquors store in Cottage Grove to come crashing down Thursday.

Cottage Grove police officer Dan Schoen said the incident happened between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m., when the wind in the area had begun to pick up. 

No one was injured, Schoen said, as crews were not on the job site because of the recent cold weather. 

Construction representatives said insurance adjusters were expected on the site, located on the corner of Hadley Avenue and 80th Street, sometime Thursday afternoon.

Crews broke ground on the site in early November and began installing brickwork and scaffolding in recent weeks. 

"We should be back to work Friday," a crew member said.

Construction on the 12,500-square-foot store, located on a 1.64-acre parcel directly across from the existing G-Will Liquors, is expected to be finished later this year. It will anchor a multi-use retail development tentatively named Norris Marketplace.

Emily Buss
Emily Buss joined the South Washington County Bulletin in February 2013. She covers local government in Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park and Newport, along with other general assignment reporting. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
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