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A sea of small red berries attracted dozens of pickers Wednesday for the second full day of the summer strawberry season at Afton Apple Orchard. Starting about a week later than usual, the orchard’s owner, Cindy Femling, said the unseasonably cold winter and recent heavy rainfall has slightly affected the strawberry crop. However, she said she anticipates a full four-week season. “We’re excited to get this going for another season,” Cindy said.
The recent move of a second Level 3 sex offender to south Washington County prompted law enforcement officials in St. Paul Park to hold a community meeting during which safety and awareness were stressed. More than 50 residents showed up to the meeting at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in St. Paul Park last week where Minnesota Department of Corrections representative Sarah Hustad and police officer Mike Knudson outlined the offenses of Jeffrey Richard Lofgren, a 56-year-old registered sex offender who was released from a Wisconsin prison and moved to St.
Located in the Shoppes at Almar Village, the shop is a roughly 3,700-square-foot haven for dogs in the area.
Last rating increase was five years ago.
It was always a lifelong goal of Jim ‘Smitty’ Smith to wear a police uniform. An encounter with law enforcement as a young child ignited a passion for community service within the longtime Cottage Grove police sergeant that transcended into a career spanning three decades. With many experiences secured in his police belt, Smith’s final sign-off, or 10-7, was broadcast across the local scanners last month following his last day of patrol. “It’s been good to me,” Smith said of his law enforcement career.
Sonia Gutierrez almost couldn’t contain her excitement as her full name was announced last week during District 833’s Next Step Transition Program graduation ceremony. The 21-year-old Mexico City native, along with nine of her classmates, accepted her diploma to thunderous applause from friends and family at the district’s Program Center in Cottage Grove.
After sitting vacant in the Gateway North district for several years, the Hollywood Video site in Cottage Grove is being demolished. Crews were on site early Tuesday tearing down the 6,650-square-foot building after renovations were halted in April following the discovery of exterior mold. A crew member said demolition began shortly after 7 a.m. and should take approximately three days to fully tear down the building.
Members at Hope Community Church in Cottage Grove are upcycling T-shirts, pillowcases and sheets into children's dresses and shorts.
Stepping into the spotlight isn’t an everyday occurrence for South Washington County Telecommunications’ lead producer, Ann Simpson. The 14-year SWCTC production veteran is normally tucked behind a video camera shooting segments for the various shows on the cable commission’s channels and its website. However, Simpson was named Cottage Grove’s 2013 Preservationist of the Year, an accolade that both forced her to stand under the glow of the limelight and unearthed a passion for showcasing what she called historical gems in the area. “I’ve never been anything of the year before,” Simpso
City approves preliminary special event permit despite a less than complete application.