High-profile St. Paul defense attorney Earl Gray is representing former Park High School girls hockey coach Eric Darwitz, who has been charged with allegedly having sex with two former players shortly after he resigned for another coaching job. Darwitz made his first appearance in Washington County District Court Thursday, July 2, and his next appearance is set for Sept.
The Park High School Wrestling Booster Club is asking School District 833 to earmark some of its excess funds from the 2006 bond referendum toward paying for a subfloor that was installed in the team's new room. Rick Ayers, treasurer of the booster club, spoke at the June 18 School Board meeting, asking for $6,000 from the excess of about $5 million to go toward the project, which has already been completed. As part of the renovations at the high school, heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment was installed where the former wrestling room was located, and a new room was built las
The owner of Cassini's Pizzeria in Cottage Grove asked the school board to reconsider awarding the bid for pizza at Park High School, Oltman Junior High and Cottage Grove Junior High to Domino's. Domino's beat Cassini's out in a bidding process, but Cassini's owner Jason Clark suggested the fact he is a local business that buys his ingredients locally and much of his revenue goes back into the Cottage Grove community should weigh into the decision. He said he's been providing pizzas to the schools for 10 years with no complaints, and supports the schools through donations. "I know your budg
From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. every summer day you'll find, Richard and Elaine Oftedahl in the same place they've been 25 summers before -- Raceway to Fun in Newport. "Toward the end of the season the hours get to you," Elaine said. But you get the winters off, she added. While this year's season is well underway, it's been a slow start due to the cold weather, Richard said. "It's really hurting us big time," Richard said. The couple started the business in 1982 with a go-cart track on land rented from Marathon Petroleum Co., Elaine said.
Two men have been charged with robbing another man at gunpoint near the end of Grey Cloud Trail in Grey Cloud Island Township. Jerome D. Misters, 24, of Newport and Matthew D. Smith, 21, allegedly robbed a man they met at Treasure Island Casino the morning of May 29. According to a Washington County Court Complaint, Ronald Garcia was doing well playing blackjack at the casino when he started talking with other people at the table. At about 2 a.m., three other people at the table asked him if he wanted to go to a party in Newport.
An Eagan man was charged recently for his alleged involvement in a drug deal in the Point Restaurant parking lot. Police arrested Travis J. Ramsbacher, 18, after completing an undercover drug deal according to the Washington County Court Complaint. According to the complaint, police were in the restaurant's parking lot the afternoon of March 25 waiting for their suspected drug dealer to arrive, when they saw a woman driving a man, later identified as Ramsbacher, slowly through the parking lot.
The Cottage Grove City Council will consider at Wednesday night's meeting creating an environmental task force that would look at issues including 3M's request to burn outside wastes in its incinerator. The incinerator issue inspired the idea to create a citizens task force. The task force as discussed could look at any issue related to the environment, pollution and sustainability. Click the link to see the full agenda for tonight's meeting.
A watchful resident helped Cottage Grove Police catch two men who allegedly broke into a Hinton Heights apartment. Troy Thomas Larson, 24, of Cottage Grove and Ozzie B.
Cottage Grove public works employees helped the police department recover an ATM from the water along the 10900 block of Grey Cloud Island Drive May 24. A man fishing with his son in the area spotted the machine and called police. Two public works employees used a utility truck with a crane boom to get the machine out of the water, said Gary Orloff, street foreman. It took about an hour to get out of the water, he said. The machine has been logged into the police department's property room, and is now being investigated, according to the police report.