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 business of helping families through a loved one's death not only is solemn, but it is growing as well. For nearly five decades, Kok Funeral Home has provided south Washington County communities with end-of-life services at its two locations -- Cottage Grove and St. Paul Park.
Newport will have one liquor store for the foreseeable future. A Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the Newport City Council did not abuse its discretion or violate the right to equal protection when it denied Stephen Linn a liquor license last year after he planned to build near an existing liquor store. The court's resolution, which came just 32 days after oral arguments were heard, said Linn failed to persuade the city council that a second liquor store in Newport was necessary and that the city council did not act arbitrarily in denying the request. "I'm glad to see that this
The Cottage Grove Crime Prevention Board, after more than a year of fundraising, collected $6,000 in donations and presented the city with a check to be used toward the purchase of a speed trailer, which will cost a total of $19,500. The board initiated several fundraisers with Bonngard's Family Meats and Deli, Culver's, and Caribou, among others, to raise the money. Director of Public Safety Craig Woolery said the city has never owned a speed trailer before and the technology will help address safety concerns regarding speeding.
Coincidences are often viewed in hindsight as serendipitous occurrences that can change an outcome. If that's the case, one big coincidence might have saved Cottage Grove runner Dan Delaney's life. Three hours into the Boston Marathon on Monday, Delaney, 51, was in the home stretch of the race.
A new tenant recently drove into the Cottage Grove Business Park and is giving area residents, and the world, a new reason to appreciate the automobile. Modern Automotive Performance quietly made the 45-minute trek east from Plymouth in late January and relocated to a bigger and better shop at 9800 Hemingway Ave.
Cottage Grove might be on the verge of a small housing boom.With more than 200 detached single-family homes to be built in the proposed Ravine Meadows and Eastridge Woods developments beginning this summer, it is a positive sign, City Engineer Jennifer Levitt said. "The activity level that we are seeing in the residential housing market is clearly a sign that the housing market is strengthening and the city is positioned well to enable development to occur," Levitt said. The city council last week approved preliminary plat applications for two development firms to rezone and grade 101 acres
A sign of the times has seen its last days in Cottage Grove as crews on Tuesday dismantled the iconic Cottage View Drive-In sign piece by piece. Along with the drive-in screen and equipment, the sign is being transported south to the Little Log House Pioneer Village in Hastings. "It's a little bittersweet to watch the sign go down," drive-in owner Gerry Herringer said while watching roof of the sign detach. "We've had some great memories here.
Three south Washington County runners participated in the Boston Marathon Monday that was disrupted by two devastating explosions that killed three and injured more than 175. All three local runners reportedly finished the race, and one was confirmed safe Tuesday morning. Attempts to contact the three local runners were unsuccessful Tuesday morning. Just after 3 p.m.
A growing number of city residents utilizing Highlands Park and the recently constructed splash pad aquatic play feature prompted the city of Cottage Grove and Washington County to study the Idsen Avenue and 70th Street intersection to address current and future safety concerns. Most recently, the engineering department discussed implementing a Hybrid Activated crossWALK beacon, or HAWK, system, and allocated capital improvement project funds for the installation.
Delapidating vacant homes continue to be a problem in St. Paul Park. Despite the housing market in the Twin Cities showing small signs of improvement, there are still empty, unkept homes scattered throughout the area. In an effort to clean up those properties, a registration program will be implemented to better monitor unoccupied homes in St. Paul Park. The program will come at a cost to the homeowner. Last year, St. Paul Park Mayor Keith Franke said he was distracted from the annual Heritage Days parade by several homes with broken windows and unsightly lawns along the parade route.