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The St. Paul Park Parkers Legion baseball team is looking to close out its regular season on a positive note after climbing above .500 for the first time since the beginning of the season. St. Paul Park wraps up its schedule over the next two weeks, following a recent 4-2 stretch that bumped its league record to 5-3 and its overall record to 14-13.
After an up-and-down start the Cottage Grove VFW Post 8752 baseball team is hoping for a solid finish to the 2012 season. Cottage Grove started the season 2-2 behind two strong pitching performances by Braeden Cordts but then managed just one win in the next eight games, leaving the team a 3-10 record heading into a break over the Fourth of July. "We started the season strong," said second-year head coach Scott Briggs. "Good pitching and timely hitting.
Wins have come often for the East Ridge VFW baseball team this summer. East Ridge compiled a 15-6 record through last week heading into the final stretch of the 2012 season. The VFW team got the season off to a good start, going 5-1 with wins over West St. Paul, Mahtomedi, South St. Paul, North St. Paul and Eagan.
Cottage Grove police are stepping up enforcement of late night youth curfews after a second consecutive night of messy vandalism at a city park building. Vandals splattered the exterior of the Hearthside Park building with streaks of paint late Monday or early Tuesday, the Cottage Grove Police Department says -- just a day after city workers had worked furiously to clean up an incident the previous night when vandals had covered the building's interior walls and floor with paint used for children's activities the night before the city's Parks and Recreation programs began. Cottage Grove Park
The task of finding a way to build a Vikings stadium falls to six legislative negotiators after the House and Senate passed different plans. The stadium half dozen will negotiate to find compromises that the Legislature can accept when the bill returns for full House and Senate votes. Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley said it is time to "sit down and roll up our sleeves" as the details of the final bill are hammered out. Senate bill author Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, said the House-Senate conference committee will start work as soon as possible.
Police on Friday identified the teenage driver killed in a single-vehicle crash that left a passenger hospitalized. Woodbury police named the driver as Nicholas Bibeau, an 18-year-old from Cottage Grove. He died Thursday, shortly after being taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, according to the Woodbury Public Safety Department. Bibeau's passenger, a Park High School student from Cottage Grove, was injured in the crash, which occurred at 4:40 p.m. Thursday in the 5800 block of Sunny Hill Drive -- on the border of Woodbury and Cottage Grove.
One Cottage Grove teenager was killed and another was critically injured Thursday after the vehicle they were in crashed in southern Woodbury. An 18-year-old male driver died shortly after being taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, according to a Woodbury Public Safety Department news release. A 17-year-old female passenger, also from Cottage Grove, was critically injured in the crash, which occurred at 4:40 p.m. in the 5800 block of Sunny Hill Drive -- on the border of Woodbury and Cottage Grove.
ST. PAUL - Legislators generally agreed with Gov. Mark Dayton that jobs are a key priority this year, although some hoped to hear more specific policy ideas from him during his Wednesday night State of the State speech. "He talked a lot about job creation, and that is truly the reason ... all legislators are here," Sen. Ted Lillie, R-Lake Elmo, said. Many lawmakers agreed with Dayton that while there still is work to be done, the state is headed in the right direction. "We're in a state of recovery," Sen. Katie Sieben, DFL-Cottage Grove, said.
ST. PAUL - Lawmakers exchanged handshakes and hugs early Tuesday as they returned to the Capitol for the 2012 Minnesota legislative session, but contentious issues soon chipped away at the friendly start. A Senate committee, controlled by the Republican majority, started the fireworks Tuesday afternoon by approving a nearly $2.7 million cut to the chamber's budget made necessary as part of the 2011 budget agreement. More than $400,000 of those cuts were to DFL staff, which would require a layoff of 12 to 14 people.
Tucked behind neighborhoods and in the yard of Langdon School in Cottage Grove is the impressive maze of Deadview Cemetery. It has a deceivingly small entrance, but beyond that entrance is the large variety of scenes designed to help spook the customers. It is all held up by wooden planks and black material, and lit up by multiple tiki torches and lights. The home of scary scenes, spooks and screams -- and homemade costumes and designs -- it is a great place for families to celebrate Halloween. It is also an opportunity to help support the Friends in Need Food Shelf, the St.