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The big chew: Goats deployed to Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park to eat invasive shrubs
Residents upset over BNSF parking lot plan
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Dominium breaks ground for Legends of Cottage Grove
Liberty keeps it local: Family business keeps on growing
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Crowd gathers to support Oktoberfest for Friends in Need Food Shelf
Bailey Nurseries chairman wins conservation award
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Films in Five Festival gets "bigger and better"
Fans flock to Films in Five Festival in Cottage Grove
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Real Estate Showcase
September 21, 2016
County proposes 3.49 percent levy hike
Washington County plans a modest bump in its property tax collections in 2017. The increase is included in the 2017 preliminary budget, which Washington County commissioners unanimously approved Sept. 13. The board proposed a property tax levy of $96.1 million, an increase of 3.49...
September 21, 2016 - 9:16am
September 16, 2016
Cottage Grove steering committee members appointed
Seventeen applicants for the upcoming Future Forward Cottage Grove envisioning committee were accepted: Suzanne Elliot, Sandi Scott, Erik Holtan, Dan Sullivan, Joe Kovarik, Bart Fischer, Michael Laverdure, Eric Radel, Tod Oswald, Jess Davison, Melissa Jungbauer, Nicole Toni, Jessica...
September 16, 2016 - 8:00am
September 14, 2016
City to launch business retention program
The city of Cottage Grove will work with the University of Minnesota Extension Office beginning this fall to complete a business retention and expansion program. “It’s an opportunity for us to speak with the businesses, hear about what their opportunities and challenges are, and...
September 14, 2016 - 4:00pm
September 9, 2016
Heritage Park upgrades delayed; focus shifts to park improvements and fire engine
The St. Paul Park City Council has shifted focus from a Heritage Park building renovation to park repairs and a new fire engine for 2017. Renovations to the Heritage Park building — estimated to cost $560,000 — were pushed from next year’s budget since funding would not be available...
September 9, 2016 - 8:00am
September 2, 2016
Newport's additional building material revised
The Newport City Council voted Aug. 18 to change an ordinance regarding the building materials required for secondary or accessory buildings on residential properties. The ordinance required the accessory building to be built of the same materials as the primary building; it has been...
September 2, 2016 - 5:11pm
September 1, 2016
County seeks more staff to address growing social service caseloads
Washington County officials are requesting more staff next year to address increased caseloads for social service programs. The Washington County Board of Commissioners conducted their second 2017 budget workshop after their Aug. 23 meeting. The board heard budget requests from Community...
September 1, 2016 - 9:18am
August 31, 2016
Cottage Grove City Council narrows 2017 budget
New public safety positions make up the bulk of new spending in Cottage Grove’s preliminary 2017 budget. The Cottage Grove City Council and staff decided Aug. 24 to add four new positions in the Public Safety Department as part of the preliminary budget. The city estimates a 4.99-percent...
August 31, 2016 - 4:35pm
August 30, 2016
Cottage Grove City Council approves new fire station plans
Cottage Grove’s new central fire station is estimated to cost just under $9 million. Designs reveal a two-story fire station on 80th Street...
August 30, 2016 - 2:41pm
August 26, 2016
Newport to pursue Verizon tower
The Newport City Council informally decided in an Aug. 4 workshop to pursue an agreement with Verizon Wireless to construct a cellphone tower in the city. The preliminary plans call for a 65-foot-tall tower near Ford Road under a conditional use permit. Verizon would pay $12,000 rent...
August 26, 2016 - 4:43pm
August 25, 2016
St. Paul Park adds dangerous dog restrictions
The St. Paul Park City Council has passed an ordinance that will put more responsibility on owners of dangerous or potentially dangerous dogs,...
August 25, 2016 - 4:44pm
Newport may close rink and warming house, add public works position
Newport may close a city ice rink and warming house due to lack of use. During a budget workshop on July 21, city staff and council members discussed closing the ice rink and warming house at Loveland Park, in addition to adding a new public works position. “Staff has noticed attendance...
August 25, 2016 - 2:00pm
St. Paul Park hires new public works supervisor
The search finally ended both for the city of St. Paul Park and for Jeff Dionisopoulos when he was offered the position of Public Works supervisor...
August 25, 2016 - 8:43am
August 24, 2016
City applies for programs to help fill business park
Cottage Grove may pair with Xcel Energy, as well as the state, to help fill undeveloped land in the city’s business park. Economic Development Director Christine Costello said she is working on an application after being approached by Xcel to partner with them to find a business...
August 24, 2016 - 5:00pm
St. Paul Park joins driver diversion program
The St. Paul Park Police Department will participate in a program that helps drivers with outstanding fines and offenses get on a payment plan and reinstate their license. The City Council on Aug. 15 approved participation in Diversion Solutions’ license reinstatement program. “It...
August 24, 2016 - 12:26pm
August 23, 2016
80 homes with higher PFC levels to get bottled water
State officials identified 80 homes in south Washington County with drinking water containing certain chemical levels that exceed new federal health guidelines.
August 23, 2016 - 3:45pm