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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Representatives from CliftonLarsonAllen, L.L.P., the city's auditor, presented their findings from the 2012 audit and reported that the city of Cottage Grove has a clean audit opinion. Back in April, the auditors delved into the financial health of the city and concluded that the city "has no material weakness or significant deficiencies." Overall, general fund revenues and expenditures stayed fairly even, with the revenues a bit higher because of increased property taxes in 2012.
Stormy weather Saturday morning may have dampened the soil too much to plant, but it did not stop the Greet Your Garden festivities from taking place inside the St.
The St. Paul Park City Council upheld an ordinance last week regarding the number of animals on a residential property, preventing a longtime resident from continuing to foster abandoned and ill dogs. Carolyn Kne has opened her home to dozens of abandoned or sick pooches throughout the last decade. Volunteering with Basset Buddies Rescue, she has provided a temporary home for many dogs searching for a permanent home. "I just love animals," Kne said. "It breaks my heart to see how some people treat these animals. If I could foster a whole houseful I would.
Cottage Grove City Council members have nearly caged their nine-month urban poultry debate and moved to effectively prohibit chickens and ducks on most urban, residential properties. The council voted 5-0 Wednesday to recommend a city code change that would allow farm birds on residential properties 3 acres or larger.
For Armstrong Elementary fifth-grader Noah Acree, basketball is a way of life. And, when the Minnesota Lynx are playing, Acree usually is in the stands. As one of the professional women's basketball team's youngest season ticket holders, the 11-year-old Cottage Grove resident and his aunt Bonnie Bjork cheer for Lynx player Maya Moore every chance they get. And on May 8, Acree and his entire fifth-grade class at Armstrong Elementary got to meet Moore in person. "A few months ago we went to an event with an auction," Bjork said of the Lynx Foundation's holiday party.
It's estimated that each day approximately 10,000 baby boomers across the country reach retirement age.
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.