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 construction contract the city of Cottage Grove has with Stantec Consulting Services for the Highlands Park splash pad was amended.
The city received the official numbers last week when a representative for Smith, Schafer and Associates accounting firm summarized the annual audit. The representative praised the work of Financial Officer Kim Sommerland saying she was "very forthcoming and we had no issues and no concerns when performing the audit."
Barry Sittlow, visionary behind the new Sittlow Park, dedicated the playground Saturday.
After 15 years of volunteer service at the Heritage Society, longtime St. Paul Park resident Alice Robinson is honored for her efforts.
The Walmart Supercenter project is on schedule for spring 2014 opening.
Seven girls will represent Cottage Grove for the next year at community events, area festivals and other civic celebrations. The Strawberry Fest Ambassador Scholarship members are Kathy Melton, Miss Princess; Haullidey Dalbec, Miss Princess; Megan Terry, Miss Queen; Hailey Carlson, Junior Ambassador; Brijit Arntzen, Cottage Grove Ambassador; Caitlyn Swanson, Cottage Grove Ambassador; and Sophia Garrick, Little Miss Ambassador. They were chosen at a coronation Monday evening, which drew this year's Strawberry Fest celebration to a close.
After serving Cottage Grove in various volunteer and paid positions, Park High School grad Nick Bailey joins local police department.
Only 10 minutes after the fourth clue was posted Monday morning, Hastings native Matthew Koskie found the Strawberry Fest medallion hidden beneath the Ravine Parkway Bridge. "I never thought it would be in the southern part of town," Koskie, 23, said. Over the course of the weekend, medallion hunters from around the area combed wooded areas and city and county trails in hopes of uncovering the marble prize.
A week after bids opened for a budgeted $100,000 road maintenance for 95th Street, the city has awarded the project to T.A. Schifsky and Sons, Inc. Bidding the lowest at $94,672, the construction company will soon begin patching and repairing parts of 95th Street from Ideal Avenue to Jamaica Avenue. Also included in the maintenance is repainting yellow and white lines. Vehicle traffic will be able to access this portion of roadway during construction, which is anticipated to last roughly five days. The contractor must complete the work by August.
In preparation for the road project that will align County State Aid Highway 20, or 70th Avenue, to Keats Avenue, Washington County transferred over ownership of a portion of the highway to the city of Cottage Grove. "With a great deal of progress comes a great deal of challenges," said Danette Parr, the city's economic development director. Currently, traffic traveling in either direction on 70th Street near the Shoppes at Almar Village must turn onto Keats in order to continue on 70th Street.