Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed last Friday a bill authored by Sen. Katie Sieben that would have moved the state's primary elections earlier in the year and changed the way absentee ballots are handled. "We had made tons of concessions to really strip it down to get things that were bipartisan and really needed to happen just to try to help strengthen the integrity of our election system," said Sieben, DFL-Cottage Grove.
Local legislators all used one word to describe the way they feel about how this year's legislative session ended: disappointed. "People expect us in the end to come to a resolution between all the parties, and unfortunately that didn't happen," said Rep. Denny McNamara, R-Hastings. Rather than call a special session to reach an agreement on how to plug a more than $2 billion hole in the state's budget for the next two years, Gov. Tim Pawlenty told legislators he'll use a power called unallotment to pare down the budget himself. None of the three local legislators -- McNamara, Rep.
Longtime Cottage Grove resident Dan Zwakman, a home inspector, said he leads a pretty quiet life -- well he used to anyway. In the past few weeks, Zwakman has appeared on KSTP television, Fox 9, Kare 11, Air America radio, CNN and Fox News and he's been quoted in the Star Tribune. The attention is all because Zwakman, who is a follower of the Nemenhah organization, stepped up to act as spokesman for the family of fellow followers who recently defended in court their position that their 13-year-old son should not be required to have chemotherapy to treat his cancer. Zwakman didn't know the f
Former players coached by Eric Darwitz on the Park High School girls hockey team and the St. Paul Park American Legion Baseball team said they were taken aback by news that he'd been charged with criminal sexual conduct for having sex with two former hockey players when they were 16 years old. "I was really shocked," said Jac Daggit, a 2008 Park High School graduate and hockey player.
The new cameras in the Cottage Grove Police Department's squad cars led to an indecent exposure citation for a Cottage Grove man. A Cottage Grove officer was sitting across the parking lot from the American Motorsports Bar and Grill shortly after midnight last Saturday using the camera's zoom function to keep an eye on what was going on outside of the bar, according to Cottage Grove Police Department Investigator Greg Malcolm. At around 12:23 a.m. Anthony J.
A former Park High School girls hockey coach was charged Wednesday with criminal sexual conduct for allegedly having sex in a Woodbury home with two former players shortly after he resigned to take another coaching job. Eric P. Darwitz, 31, of Oakdale, allegedly drove two 16-year-old girls who had been on his hockey team to the home he shared with another man in Woodbury, and had sex with both of the girls late on Aug. 11 or early Aug. 12, 2006.
The Minnesota House of Representatives began debating Wednesday night a bill authored by Sen. Katie Sieben, DFL-Cottage Grove, that would allow early voting, move primary elections to June and change the way absentee ballots are handled. "Because of the Senate recount and the closeness of the election there was clarity about some aspects of Minnesota statute that I think should be updated or changed," Sieben said. "These are provisions that aren't necessarily controversial." One provision of the bill, Senate File 1331, would allow early voting starting 18 days before an election.
A fire that broke out around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, destroyed a home at 8815 88th Street in Cottage Grove. Firefighters that responded to the call had the fire under control within 15 to 20 minutes said Fire Chief Bob Byerly. The home's residents escaped without injuries, and are now staying with friends, he said. The Cottage Grove Public Safety department and the Minnesota State Fire Marshal's office are investigating what caused the blaze. So far they don't know, but they're focusing on the garage area, Byerly said.
Leon Moe said he's always been a patriot. The Cottage Grove resident's definition of what that means, though, has changed a lot. Forty years ago, when he was fighting with the U.S. Army in Vietnam, it meant following the U.S.