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 fate of businessman Stephen Linn's proposed liquor license is in the hands of three Minnesota appellate court judges. An Appeals Court heard oral arguments Thursday in the seven-month-old dispute between the city of Newport and Linn, whose company last year was denied a liquor license for a proposed off-sale store along the city's centrally located Hastings Avenue. The issue: Linn proposed opening the shop in one of his vacant properties a mere 500 feet from the only other liquor store in town, Newport Liquor.
firstname.lastname@example.org The troubled, under-utilized and yet highly visible West Point Douglas Road corridor is getting another look from development-minded city officials. In a recent joint discussion with the city's economic development authority, planning commission and city council, the first steps were taken to once again search for a viable solution to the longstanding problem. The under-developed corridor, which runs along Highway 61 from the 80th Street/Grange Avenue exit to the Jamaica Avenue exit, is nearly three miles of possible real estate plats, half of which are sitting vacant.
West Draw Park on the north side of Cottage Grove could soon be the newest haven for mountain bike enthusiasts from around the metro. The sprawling 26-acre, open concept park has attracted residents with its kid-friendly play structure, three soccer fields, and ample picnic shelters.
For mere pennies on the dollar, local start-up businesses can move into the Business Enterprise Center, formerly the Cottage Grove City Hall, and begin their journey toward entrepreneurial success. Following the business accelerator model which has become a nationally recognized way of helping small businesses grow, the BEC offers affordable work space and supportive services to aspiring entrepreneurs.
Nearly a year after Walmart submitted blueprints to build a 177,000-square-foot store on the former Cottage View Drive-In property, plans to close on a real estate agreement are on the horizon. The Cottage Grove Economic Development Authority briefly discussed the update last week.
The Newport City Council unanimously approved the hiring of Deb McDonald to fill its vacant accountant position. The council approved McDonald's hiring at its March 7 meeting. The position was previously held by Deb Hill, who was recently promoted to city administrator. McDonald is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas, and has 13 years of experience in finance management. "I think she will be a great fit," Hill said
The Newport Fire Department is adding a new fire truck to its fleet. The rig is currently being built and Newport Fire Chief Mark Mailand said he is hoping for a delivery date of July, just in time for the department's annual booya festival and parade.
St. Paul Park's Broadway Avenue water tower provides clean water to local residents but city officials say the tower itself needs cleaning. St. Paul Park City Administrator Kevin Walsh told the City Council early last week that while the Broadway Avenue water tower is not in disrepair, it is in need of "preventative" work, such as painting and sandblasting. The tower was inspected in November 2011, Walsh said, and inspection officials stated that repairs were needed within three years. The reconditioning project, part of St.
With the official start of spring one week away, bicycling enthusiasts soon will be hitting the well-traveled paths of the 600-mile long Mississippi River Trail (MRT) system. The Cottage Grove City Council on March 6 expressed its support of the MRT system, and the designation of the stretch of trail from Elk River, through Cottage Grove, to Hastings as the metro portion. The metro trail section is the third and final segment of the MRT system the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has nominated to be part of the United States Bicycle Route.
Cottage Grove residents might want their pocket calendars handy the next time the phone rings because it could be DSG Metering Technology calling to schedule the replacement of their outdated water meter. The Burnsville-based company has been contracted by the city of Cottage Grove for a five-year, $244,000 project that will replace 7,500 water meters in homes throughout the city. The last major meter replacement project was in 1993 when the city replaced 4,500 water meters.