Skip to main content
Murder charge filed in apparent drive-by shooting of David Frigaard
County to update emergency dispatch system
Newport Police reports for Jan. 21
Principal: Frigaard was ‘neat and caring individual’
Park High School art teacher David Frigaard dies in shooting
crime and courts
Park Wrestling: Wolfpack take second in Chisago Lakes
PWER Nordic Skiing: Stillwater sweeps the competition
East Ridge Gymnastics: Raptors show depth with shorthanded wins
Park Boys Basketball: Juba carries the Wolfpack past St. Croix Prep
East Ridge Boys Hockey: Raptors rally past Mounds View
St. Paul Park celebrates annual sledding day
The healing powers of art: Cancer survivors' work part of Woodwinds sculpture
Two local art events planned in Cottage Grove
Reeling in the 'Minnesota experience' during Cottage Grove's ice fishing outing
Birds of a feather: Carpenter Nature Center volunteers track avian population
arts and entertainment
Lori L. Battcher, 53
Mark F. Mulvihill, 66
Doris M. Pinault, 85
Jeanette Lampe, 79
Lucille Mann, 92
Viewpoint: McNaughton rules outline insanity defense
Letter to the editor: Respect property when snowmobiling
Letter to the editor: Wake up and face realities in District 833
Letter to the editor: Integrity of school district must be restored
Viewpoint: Don't let sun set on Oakwood possibilities
Get Out! Deals
April 10, 2013
Newport looks ahead on its library and community center
When Mike Laughton was hired to launch the Newport Library and Community Center, what he lacked in experience as a librarian he made up for in enthusiasm. Laughton aggressively sought donations to help stack the shelves left mostly empty after Washington County closed its Newport...
April 10, 2013 - 12:53pm
St. Paul Park to charge fee for vacant homes
Delapidating vacant homes continue to be a problem in St. Paul Park. Despite the housing market in the Twin Cities showing small signs of improvement, there are still empty, unkept homes scattered throughout the area. In an effort to clean up those properties, a registration program...
April 10, 2013 - 12:38pm
April 9, 2013
Urban fowl debate flaps on in Cottage Grove
As St. Paul Park loosens its ordinances regarding chickens on residential properties, the city of Cottage Grove is still struggling to find what council member Derrick Lehrke called a "happy medium" on the issue. The Cottage Grove City Council began discussing urban fowl last fall...
April 9, 2013 - 12:37pm
April 8, 2013
St. Paul Park approves urban poultry and beehive ordinances
Communities across the metro are rewriting city ordinances to accommodate urban fowl and beehives, and St. Paul Park is following the buzz. A recent request from City Council member Jennifer Cheesman prompted the council to re-evaluate its laws relating to animal restrictions to...
government / news
April 8, 2013 - 11:51am
April 5, 2013
Family assessments top Washington County investigations in dealing with child maltreatment
It's a big misconception that county child protection services take young victims of neglect and abuse out of their homes. "We cannot place children involuntarily, only police and a judge can do that," said Rick Backman, division manager of Washington County Children Services.
April 5, 2013 - 8:38am
April 2, 2013
Speakers split on Cottage Grove charter effort as vote nears
After more than a year of debate regarding a petition urging the city of Cottage Grove to relinquish its statutory form of government for a home-rule charter, a decision is expected at the end of the month. Residents unsuccessful in their efforts to force a citywide vote on financing...
April 2, 2013 - 8:09am
March 28, 2013
The flock thickens: Cottage Grove seeks more info on urban poultry issue
The debate over urban poultry in Cottage Grove remains unresolved as city officials continue to grapple with a solution to farm birds in residential neighborhoods. After neighbors filed complaints to the city's Community Development Department last fall, the Cottage Grove City Council...
March 28, 2013 - 9:15am
March 27, 2013
Budget tightens on Newport transit station project
Plans for a Red Rock Transit Station in Newport are being scaled back slightly. In order to stay on budget for the proposed $2.4 million commuter transit project, Washington County Senior Planner Andy Gitzlaff had to rearrange a few numbers -- roughly $200,000 worth. Gitzlaff said...
March 27, 2013 - 9:12am
Red Rock study to weigh commuter rail, bus rapid transit in south Washington County
A plan for the future of transit in south Washington County is expected to arrive later this year. The Red Rock Corridor Commission has begun a nine-month updated study of transit options for the southeast metro corridor that runs from St. Paul, through south Washington County and...
March 27, 2013 - 9:09am
March 22, 2013
Newport prepares for road construction
In an effort to prepare for an upcoming neighborhood open house regarding future street improvement projects, the Newport City Council last Thursday analyzed a feasibility study to determine where those improvements are needed. The study determined that many streets throughout the...
March 22, 2013 - 3:44pm
March 21, 2013
Cottage Grove Charter Commission to take public comment
The Cottage Grove Charter Commission is dedicating its full meeting this month to hearing from residents. The commission is seeking public comment on whether it should proceed toward drafting a new governing document for Cottage Grove. The commission meets at 7 p.m.
March 21, 2013 - 3:42pm
March 19, 2013
Crosswinds school fight gets tougher for District 833 as Perpich bill advances
District 833's attempt to acquire the Crosswinds Arts and Science School building suffered a setback after a problematic deadline was lifted on the preferred plan for the school building. State lawmakers considering whether to turn over the Crosswinds building in Woodbury to the...
education / government
March 19, 2013 - 10:42am
March 15, 2013
Newport hires new city accountant
The Newport City Council unanimously approved the hiring of Deb McDonald to fill its vacant accountant position. The council approved McDonald's hiring at its March 7 meeting. The position was previously held by Deb Hill, who was recently promoted to city administrator. McDonald...
March 15, 2013 - 9:25am
Newport Fire Department to get new truck
The Newport Fire Department is adding a new fire truck to its fleet. The rig is currently being built and Newport Fire Chief Mark Mailand said he is hoping for a delivery date of July, just in time for the department's annual booya festival and parade.
March 15, 2013 - 9:24am
March 14, 2013
Cottage Grove City Council supports Mississippi river bicycle trail
With the official start of spring one week away, bicycling enthusiasts soon will be hitting the well-traveled paths of the 600-mile long Mississippi River Trail (MRT) system. The Cottage Grove City Council on March 6 expressed its support of the MRT system, and the designation of...
March 14, 2013 - 9:18am