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Cottage Grove and St. Paul Park change firefighter retirement programs
Cottage Grove police reports for Oct. 27: Assault, drunken driving, alcohol offense
Arson causes $30,000 damage to Cottage Grove park playground equipment
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Speaker demands health insurance action or will ask Dayton to resign
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Volleyball: Eagles cruise past St. Paul Harding
Volleyball: Park sweeps Highland Park to start section tournament
MN state parks to be free on day after Thanksgiving
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Football: Wolfpack rolls at North in regular season finale
Crowd gathers to support Oktoberfest for Friends in Need Food Shelf
Bailey Nurseries chairman wins conservation award
Banking on Oktoberfest: Oct. 16 fundraiser in Cottage Grove helps Friends in Need Food Shelf's bottom line
Films in Five Festival gets "bigger and better"
Fans flock to Films in Five Festival in Cottage Grove
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October 8, 2010
Judy Spooner: School-building boom years started in the '50s
In keeping with the local history theme in recent columns, I'm writing about the "boom years" in the '50s and '60s in the South Washington County Schools district. I'm including Newport Elementary, built in 1928, because it underwent several additions and much remodeling during the...
October 8, 2010 - 8:59am
October 1, 2010
Judy Spooner: Where 'Park' got its name
Some readers have told me that my columns about local history are interesting, so I'll continue to write them. I heard from Granville Smith, known as "Granny," about the naming of Park High School. Granny taught at St. Paul Park High School on Third Street in St. Paul Park before...
October 1, 2010 - 8:20am
September 17, 2010
Judy Spooner: Throwing all caution to the wind, I'll indulge
I had to drive to Roseville this week. I could have stopped off at HarMar Mall, but I passed it up to get to the Minnesota Lottery Office because I won more than $1,000 on a scratch-off game. I'm not much of a gambler. I can have fun at a casino, but I only spend $20 and I'm done....
September 17, 2010 - 7:00am
September 10, 2010
Judy Spooner: Some of the history of Highway 61
Highway 61 was once State Route 3 and was one of the first concrete roads in Minnesota. There is still a segment of it, which was built around 1930, that runs in front of Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park located south of the Innovation Road exit. Highway 61 was made a divided highway...
September 10, 2010 - 8:25am
September 3, 2010
Judy Spooner: Still time for a day at the fair
I was standing in a street with gutters filled with cigarette butts. The street was freckled with squished chocolate chip cookie from Sweet Martha's.
September 3, 2010 - 7:00am
August 27, 2010
Judy Spooner: A roadmap to how streets are named
Recently, someone asked me why there are several streets in Cottage Grove that don't seem to fit in with the current alphabetical system. Originally, Orrin Thompson, developer, named the streets as homes were built starting in the late '50s.
August 27, 2010 - 7:57am
August 20, 2010
Judy Spooner: What was your favorite candy?
Last week, husband Gary and I were discussing the candy we liked when we were kids. Getting money to buy candy was a big deal and we enjoyed the memories of saving up to buy our favorite treat. We agreed that Butterfinger candy bars were at the top of the list, but we also liked...
August 20, 2010 - 8:04am
August 13, 2010
Judy Spooner: Liver not the only fishy food
I sat alone at the kitchen table for what seemed like hours staring at the liver on my plate. During all the previous liver meals, my mother allowed me to eat only the onions and bacon that came with it. I got a free pass on the liver until this one night, when I was 7 years old....
August 13, 2010 - 7:50am
August 6, 2010
Judy Spooner: 'The new people' came in the '60s
I've written about the early history of the Cottage Grove area, but this week, I'm jumping ahead to the time when "the new people," as longtime residents called us, moved in. In 1900, there were about 800 residents in Cottage Grove Township.
August 6, 2010 - 8:19am
July 30, 2010
Judy Spooner: I have enough stuff to stock an emergency room
When I was done cleaning the two drawers in the downstairs bathroom, I had a large plastic bag of stuff to throw away. When I put all the other stuff back into the drawers, there was no extra room. "How can that be?" I said to myself. Drawer cleaning is not something people put...
July 30, 2010 - 7:00am
July 23, 2010
Judy Spooner: After two weeks, 'back on the beat'
A hospital is not a bad place to be during a tornado warning. The second-floor staff at Regina Medical Center in Hastings has just moved me from my hospital bed to a chair in the interior hallway. Being inside a big stone building during a tornado? It works for me. You might be...
July 23, 2010 - 7:58am
July 12, 2010
Judy Spooner: Finding happiness
My first-grade teacher wrote, "Judy is a very happy child," on my first report card. So, there it is. I try to discover the best in people and find something to make me happy every day. I get a double hit when I can make someone else happy. Happiness is all around you every day....
July 12, 2010 - 7:54am
July 2, 2010
Judy Spooner: Some local history you might not know
Did you know Cottage Grove was once in the running as a place to build Carleton College? In 1866, the Minnesota Conference of Congregational Churches wanted to build a college in Minnesota and Cottage Grove was the first community to put in a bid.
July 2, 2010 - 8:03am
June 25, 2010
Judy Spooner: Houdini cat or meathead? You decide
I was writing a news story on my computer when I heard a whoosh sound behind me. Our cat, Rudolf, or Rudy as we call him, had just leaped from a kitchen counter onto our table.
June 25, 2010 - 7:56am
June 18, 2010
Judy Spooner: A kid's summer hasn't changed
While at Cottage Grove Elementary School for Field Day, I saw kids doing things kids love to do. They were playing with hula hoops, running, sliding and eating ice cream. While there is a huge difference in technology, today's kids are not so different from those I played with when...
June 18, 2010 - 7:57am