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Cottage Grove police launch proactive policing initiative
Washington County reviews groundwater management plan
New MnDOT specs add to cost of Cottage Grove street repairs
School District 833 teachers get amped for Ed Camp
Newport to waive cold-related excess water fees
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Park girls basketball: Wolfpack no match for No. 1 Eastview in final
Park wrestling: Decade of coaching ‘went by extremely fast’ for Jim LaBrosse
Kuemmel's Corner: Spring has sprung
PJ's Perspective: Lauryn Morris to coach at Mankato, East Ridge boys basketball team wins academic state championship, and more
Cottage Grove native Jim Scanlan creating a powerhouse at East Grand Forks
Photo gallery: 2014 Cottage Grove photography contest winners
Carpenter Nature Center hosts 'Masters of the Sky'
'Kumiko' film with south Washington County scenes expected to be shown in Twin Cities this year
Cottage Grove woman featured in National Geographic photo
Cottage Grove Park grad to star in Disney On Ice
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Willard W. Anderson, Jr., 78
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Viewpoint: Consider alternatives to resolve court case
Analysis: Election-year politics never will be far from legislators
Milking the golden cow
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December 10, 2010
New river rules raise concerns in Newport
New state rules proposed for a Mississippi River critical area that includes Newport could place a heavy burden on city officials and restrict what riverfront homeowners can do with their own properties. City Council members recently approved a "strongly worded" letter expressing...
news / outdoors
December 10, 2010 - 9:52am
November 22, 2010
(Update) Deer numbers down in Pierce County, up in west-central Wisconsin
Preliminary totals of the first two days of the gun-deer season show a slight decline in harvest totals for Pierce County but a slight uptick in harvest numbers across the west-central part of the state. According to the west-central office of the DNR, the 19-county west central...
November 22, 2010 - 1:01pm
November 4, 2010
Bow hunting ordinance off-target?
Should bow hunters be allowed to take aim in Newport to help control what city officials say is a growing deer population? City council members recently said yes, giving the OK for licensed hunters to practice their sport in rural residential neighborhoods on the north and east fringes...
news / government / outdoors
November 4, 2010 - 5:11pm
October 19, 2010
Take a hike
Whether walking the family dog, exercising daily, biking or just walking off a large piece of pumpkin pie during the holidays, Cottage Grove residents can choose from more than 45 miles of trails and sidewalks. The newest addition is an .89-mile paved trail south of existing Hamlet...
October 19, 2010 - 3:54pm
October 18, 2010
Going to the dogs
The WAG Farms Dog Park was open to Cottage Grove dogs on Saturday.
October 18, 2010 - 8:24am
September 27, 2010
Thousands watch as eight raptors are released into the wild
More than 2,000 area residents turned out Saturday to watch eight birds of prey released back into the wild at the Carpenter Nature Center along...
news / outdoors
September 27, 2010 - 11:45am
September 1, 2010
More butterflies take flight this summer
They seem to be everywhere this summer -- small yellow butterflies flitting around farm fields and colliding with car windshields on a regular basis. The Clouded Sulfur butterfly is common in these northwestern parts of Wisconsin, but this year's population appears to have spiked. According...
September 1, 2010 - 8:47am
August 11, 2010
Mr. Big Shot
With 1,000 pairs of eyes on him, he sets the shotgun to his shoulder. On his command the clay pigeons zip into the air. A quiet instant passes...
sports / outdoors
August 11, 2010 - 12:25pm
Officials consider fish passageway at Lock and dam in Red Wing
Since the construction of U.S. Lock & Dam No. 3 near Red Wing, only the strongest fish have been able to force their way past the dam's gates. A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan, however, proposes a first-of-its kind project for the upper Mississippi River: a passageway for other...
August 11, 2010 - 9:39am
Northern pike rule proposed
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is taking public comment and holding two public meetings on a proposal that would require anglers on Sallie and Melissa lakes in Becker County to release all northern pike 24-36 inches in length. The 24-inch limit would be replaced with...
August 11, 2010 - 9:35am
Dog Days could be best summer fishing
Ah yes, the "Dog Days" of summer. Some look at this period of angling instability as an easy scapegoat for poor fishing. During a season like this, where the predictable patterns that typically accompany an average year are unreliable, the "Dog Days" may prove to be some of the best...
August 11, 2010 - 9:32am
Engagement ring, lost for more than a month in Green Lake, found
WILLMAR, Minn. -- Tiffany Koltes of Eden Prairie was liberated from her engagement ring July 4 while swimming in Green Lake. She didn't notice the ring, worth several thousand dollars, was missing until later so finding it in a lake as big as Green seemed unlikely. Later that day...
August 11, 2010 - 9:31am
July 27, 2010
Asian carp threatens most of Minnesota
ST. PAUL -- Fast-growing and destructive Asian carp could take over most Minnesota streams and lakes if the federal government does not act soon, a U.S. senator, the state attorney general and conservationists warn. Only the small part of Minnesota drained by the north-flowing Red...
July 27, 2010 - 11:46am
July 21, 2010
Constellations and conservation in Afton
Many consider Belwin Conservancy a great place to observe nature and the land, but next month the Afton destination will also be a place to observe the night sky. In a partnership with the Minnesota Astronomical Society, Belwin is in the process of building an observatory, which...
July 21, 2010 - 12:07pm
June 8, 2010
State gets deed to Vermilion parkland
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's newest park is a reality, and visitors may be able to make limited use of it later this year. Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed an agreement this morning to pay U.S. Steel $18 million for 3,000 acres along Lake Vermilion in northeastern Minnesota. Joining Pawlenty...
June 8, 2010 - 1:14pm