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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When an allegedly impaired driver rear-ended another vehicle on a chilly January night and burst into flames, three area residents leapt into action, risking their lives to save a 29-year-old man and his dog. Because of their bravery and quick thinking, all parties in the accident were rescued, an extraordinary feat the city of Cottage Grove recognized last month when the Cottage Grove City Council presented awards to Chris Donahoe, Matthew Labine and Roger Gibney. "Because of your prompt action and humanitarian regard for the disoriented driver in the face of an extremely dangerous situatio
Everything about the morning of Monday, April 15, was ordinary for Newport resident Nycole Schneider, except she was preparing to run the grueling 26.2 mile course of the Boston Marathon for the first time. The lifelong athlete and avid runner qualified for the New England race with her times at the Twin Cities Marathon in 2010 and the Chicago Marathon in 2011. As she sat poised for the shotgun start in Boston, she never thought that shortly after crossing the finishing line she would be running for something more important than a medal.
Three people were taken to area hospitals Monday, April 29 following a mid-morning, two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 61 and Manning Avenue in Cottage Grove. Shortly after 11 a.m., Nathan Vincent Nelson, 23, and Nicholas Phillip Porras, 23, both of Stillwater, were transported to Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater after their silver Pontiac collided with a white SUV. Cottage Grove Police Capt. Pete Koerner said it is unknown which direction the vehicles were traveling when they collided, but he said at least one vehicle was northbound on Highway 61.
More than a year of in-depth study concluded last Thursday when the Cottage Grove Charter Commission voted 10-3 that drafting a city charter was both unnecessary and not desired. In just over an hour, commission members offered their opinions of the proposed governance change from a statutory form of governing, which is one that derives its power from and follows state statute, to a home-rule charter.
With new retail development set to occur along East Point Douglas Road and a number of new housing developments slated to break ground yet this year, the city of Cottage Grove is planning a major remodel of an underperforming bridge that soon might be unable to handle the pressures of projected traffic patterns. The Highway 61 and County Highway 19 interchange, also known as the Innovation Road exit, has been a troubled spot due to poor sight lines, speed limit issues, accident data and current traffic patterns. "(The interchange) does not have the capacity to support future growth in this a
The business of helping families through a loved one's death not only is solemn, but it is growing as well. For nearly five decades, Kok Funeral Home has provided south Washington County communities with end-of-life services at its two locations -- Cottage Grove and St. Paul Park.
Newport will have one liquor store for the foreseeable future. A Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the Newport City Council did not abuse its discretion or violate the right to equal protection when it denied Stephen Linn a liquor license last year after he planned to build near an existing liquor store. The court's resolution, which came just 32 days after oral arguments were heard, said Linn failed to persuade the city council that a second liquor store in Newport was necessary and that the city council did not act arbitrarily in denying the request. "I'm glad to see that this
The Cottage Grove Crime Prevention Board, after more than a year of fundraising, collected $6,000 in donations and presented the city with a check to be used toward the purchase of a speed trailer, which will cost a total of $19,500. The board initiated several fundraisers with Bonngard's Family Meats and Deli, Culver's, and Caribou, among others, to raise the money. Director of Public Safety Craig Woolery said the city has never owned a speed trailer before and the technology will help address safety concerns regarding speeding.
Coincidences are often viewed in hindsight as serendipitous occurrences that can change an outcome. If that's the case, one big coincidence might have saved Cottage Grove runner Dan Delaney's life. Three hours into the Boston Marathon on Monday, Delaney, 51, was in the home stretch of the race.
A new tenant recently drove into the Cottage Grove Business Park and is giving area residents, and the world, a new reason to appreciate the automobile. Modern Automotive Performance quietly made the 45-minute trek east from Plymouth in late January and relocated to a bigger and better shop at 9800 Hemingway Ave.