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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An accounting dispute will cost the city of Cottage Grove nearly $100,000. The city was recently fined $94,068 after a 2012 state audit of several of the city's tax increment financing (TIF) districts included four findings of noncompliance with state TIF law.
The stormwater collection system at new City Hall featured.
A couple's planned wedding and event venue has drawn concerns from neighbors.
The construction contract the city of Cottage Grove has with Stantec Consulting Services for the Highlands Park splash pad was amended.
The city received the official numbers last week when a representative for Smith, Schafer and Associates accounting firm summarized the annual audit. The representative praised the work of Financial Officer Kim Sommerland saying she was "very forthcoming and we had no issues and no concerns when performing the audit."
Barry Sittlow, visionary behind the new Sittlow Park, dedicated the playground Saturday.
After 15 years of volunteer service at the Heritage Society, longtime St. Paul Park resident Alice Robinson is honored for her efforts.
The Walmart Supercenter project is on schedule for spring 2014 opening.
Seven girls will represent Cottage Grove for the next year at community events, area festivals and other civic celebrations. The Strawberry Fest Ambassador Scholarship members are Kathy Melton, Miss Princess; Haullidey Dalbec, Miss Princess; Megan Terry, Miss Queen; Hailey Carlson, Junior Ambassador; Brijit Arntzen, Cottage Grove Ambassador; Caitlyn Swanson, Cottage Grove Ambassador; and Sophia Garrick, Little Miss Ambassador. They were chosen at a coronation Monday evening, which drew this year's Strawberry Fest celebration to a close.
After serving Cottage Grove in various volunteer and paid positions, Park High School grad Nick Bailey joins local police department.