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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The city of Cottage Grove may soon be following the recent trend to ditch the bulky power poles and bring the lines underground in an effort to curb outages resulting from downed power lines and conform to current aesthetics. Xcel Energy has partnered with the city to facilitate a program that will remove overhead power lines that impede on recent development and replace them with underground power wires. Electrical undergrounding was first discussed in the city's Public Works Department in February when staff recognized seven high-traffic areas that would benefit from the removal of power l
The city of Cottage Grove might be on the verge of a retail boom. The emergence of the Shoppes at Cottage View, the groundbreaking of a 180,000-square-foot Walmart and several plans in the works to fill vacant retail lots, has the city poised to pull in shoppers from around the area.
The latest thriller in area theaters has audiences captivated and local residents recognizing the backdrop. For only one more night, those in need of a good scare can catch the psychological thriller "Profile of a Killer," which filmed several scenes in Cottage Grove, at theaters in Hastings and Oakdale. Set on Highway 61 in northern Minnesota, "Profile of a Killer" is a terrifying journey into the acts of a young sociopath named David, played by Joey Pollari, who scatters his victims throughout the county and takes the FBI on a rollercoaster of mind games.
Gold-painted shovels churned fresh dirt Wednesday morning as Cottage Grove city officials marked the official groundbreaking of the 180,000-square-foot Walmart on the former Cottage View Drive-In site. Walmart Market Manager Ted Jones, who will oversee the store when it opens next year, welcomed city and local business leaders and thanked former drive-in owner Gerry Herringer for selling the property. "This is truly an honor to be able to offer our company to this great community," Jones said.
Construction on the new 180,000-square-foot Walmart on East Point Douglas Road is in full swing. Just days after the last pieces of the Cottage View Drive-In sign departed, crews moved on site and began razing the ground in preparation for the proposed Shoppes at Cottage View retail center. To celebrate the official groundbreaking, city officials are planning a recognition ceremony at 10 a.m.
Police said a driver was transported to an area hospital Monday after she failed to yield and caused an accident at a busy Cottage Grove intersection. According to police, Rachel Skaggs, 45, was westbound in her Chevrolet Cavalier on 80th Street shortly after noon preparing to turn south on East Point Douglas Road. Cottage Grove police officer Mike McCormick, who was in the area at the time of the crash, said Skaggs had a green light but not a green arrow.
After more than five months of discussion, the Cottage Grove City Council has yet again postponed a vote regarding the urban fowl ordinance. The council was expected to take a final vote at its May 1 meeting but the topic was not on the agenda.
For the third time since 2008, Newport-St.
The city of Newport has changed the scope of its multi-year, multi-million-dollar road construction plan to include roads some citizens expressed concern about during a recent neighborhood meeting. The overall rehabilitation and reconstruction project aims to fix deteriorating pavement on city streets by 2020. At an estimated $3.7 million, projects for the 2013 and 2014 road construction seasons include milling, overlay, reconstruction and curbing, with the majority of work being conducted on the northeast side of Highway 61. "We tried to come up with a plan that would get the job done for
To most dog owners, the furry canine is an integral part of family dynamics. A best friend, member of the family. But, for dog owners battling cancer, they can be life savers. For the last three years, the American Cancer Society Bark For Life has given cancer survivors, their friends and family members, and those in support of the cause another reason to walk their dogs.