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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After a longtime partnership between CCE Technologies, Cottage Grove's first Business Park tenant, and Woodbury-based AVEKA Group, the two particle processing companies have merged. They are now called AVEKA CCE Technologies. "It dovetails very nicely," former CCE President Charlie Regenhard said of the merger. "We do a lot of things they don't do and they do a lot of things we don't do.
After several cloudy, rainy days, sunshine and warm weather made planting the Cottage Grove garden that much brighter. The Pineridge Garden Club has planted the city's garden annually for the last 25 years but members shared their excitement last week about planting the garden in front of the new City Hall on Ravine Parkway. "It's a fun experience because we get to start from scratch this year," garden club member Claudia Glass said.
Despite being torn on the idea of spending more than $166,000 to bury a handful of electrical poles underground, the Cottage Grove City Council voted 3-2 last month to move the project forward.
After a recent two-day showing at the International Council of Shopping Centers retail convention in Las Vegas, local officials said Cottage Grove could soon be home to LA Fitness, Chipotle, Maurices and other similar retail businesses. For the fourth consecutive year, the city attended the ICSC convention last month hoping to draw potential retailers to the city. Mayor Myron Bailey said businesses are attracted to Cottage Grove. "This was a very encouraging year at the convention," Bailey said.
Anyone who thought sports and astrophysics are on opposite ends of the spectrum has never met high school seniors Mikayla Dalton and Rachel Glick, just two in an elite class of 28 graduating from the Math and Science Academy in Woodbury. The two MSA students, who have near 4.0 grade-point averages, have been friends since the first grade and said the competitiveness of their small class kept them coming back for more challenges. "I find math and physics fascinating," Glick said. "Physics is how the world works and math is what makes physics work.
The $1.2 million Broadway Water Tower recondition project earned unanimous support last week, as the St. Paul Park City Council approved preliminary specifications and ordered the approval to seek construction bids. Earlier this year, the project jumped to the top of the priority list at the Minnesota Department of Health and St. Paul Park began applying for a low interest loan through the Public Facilities Authority Drinking Water Revolving Fund. Because the water tower directly relates to the quality of water in St.
The city is looking at restructuring the finances of River Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove to end perennial deficits and pay back a long-term loan while keeping the 4.5-star municipal course open for business. Despite a high course rating from Golf Digest, River Oaks has for the last several years reported annual operating losses, prompting the city to reevaluate its viability.
An eleventh-hour tax deal reached by state lawmakers nullifies Cottage Grove's proposed 9 percent levy increase for next year and forces city officials to re-evaluate their initial 2014 budget. After four years of essentially flat property tax levies, a preliminary budget proposed the staggering levy hike as part of a $14.6 million draft general fund budget for the 2014 fiscal year. The city proposal calls for a total levy increase from this year's $12.24 million levy to $13.35 million.
The Cottage Grove Planning Commission signed off on a concept plan to construct a $9 million, multi-unit elderly housing facility at the corner of Hinton Avenue and 70th Street, a project that would require the city to rezone the vacant lot. For many years, Mike Rygh, founder of Custom One Homes and lot owner, originally planned for it to be occupied by several commercial properties.
The Cottage Grove housing market continues to show promise as the Planning Commission gave the green light for a high-end housing development to be located in the Upper Ravine area of the East Ravine neighborhood. Ryland Homes unveiled a detailed concept plan last week for 133 lots for detached single-family homes on 69.3 acres directly north of The Waters at Michaels Point subdivision, west of Jamaica Avenue and south of Military Road.