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The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has awarded the Washington County Sheriff's Office a grant to fund the salary and benefits for an additional officer focused on reducing impaired driving.
Captain Kirk could hardly sit still as he received his badge from the Washington County Sheriff's Office. Kirk, a 1-year-old bulldog-lab mix from the Woodbury Animal Humane Society, jumped and wagged his tail as Sheriff Dan Starry pinned on his new badge, culminating his training since his June adoption. While the K-9 unit has six other dogs cross-trained in skills including drug detection, Kirk will focus solely on narcotics, filling a spot left by a retired canine officer that did the same.
As she enters her fourth season with the Hastings Arts Center, owner Sarah Lockwood says her organization has expanded its offerings beyond the niche she thought it would fill.
Wayne Johnson will be running unopposed this November for the Washington County Board of Commissioners District 4 seat, though Jeff Swenson's name will still appear on the ballot. Citing time commitment concerns, Swenson withdrew from the race mid-summer without having spent a penny on campaigning. Though he had missed the deadline to get his name off the ballot, his exit was reported in the South Washington County Bulletin and the Pioneer Press. Still, 1,405 primary election voters ensured him a spot on the November ballot.
Candidates for the 2018 Washington County Board of Commissioners District 2 seat Julie Ohs and Stan Karwoski answered questions from voters centering on transportation and water quality at a public forum Thursday night, Sept. 6. About 25 people attended the League of Women Voters forum at the Cottage Grove City Hall. The nonpartisan, non-profit organization will also host forums for city council and state representative races this month.
The Minnesota-based arena rock tribute band Hairball prides itself on near-identical portrayals of icons like Alice Cooper. So when a white vocalist appeared wearing dark makeup to play Prince's "Purple Rain" to a crowd of 7,500 at the Minnesota State Fair recently, it was business as usual, said their manager Mike Findling. "They wear makeup on KISS. They wear makeup on Alice Cooper. They wear makeup on Prince," Findling said, adding that he didn't consider the powder vocalist Kris Vox wore to look black to be blackface. "How would we do it in any other way?"
Although Jeff Swenson didn't spend a single dollar or a minute on campaigning, 1,405 voters ensured he will appear on the ballot this November for a seat on the Washington County Board of Commissioners.
Although he dropped out of the race weeks ago, one Washington County Board candidate has won enough votes in the Minnesota state primary to advance to the November general election. In what has been a historic primary across the state for its unusually high turnout, Stan Karwoski and Julie Ohs in Washington County's District 2 and Wayne Johnson and Jeff Swenson — who has said he resigned from the race citing time commitment concerns — in District 4 have beat out other county commissioner candidates to appear on the ballot this November.
Ahead of the Aug. 14 primary, RiverTown Multimedia spoke by phone with each of the three candidates running for the Washington County Board of Commissioners District 2 seat. Joe Delaney and Julie Ohs are challenging incumbent Stan Karwoski for the seat, which covers portions of Woodbury, White Bear Lake and Mahtomedi, as well as the entireties of Oakdale, Landfall, Pine Springs, Birchwood and Willernie. Answers have been lightly edited for length.
Ahead of the Aug. 14 primary, RiverTown Multimedia spoke by phone with each of the four candidates running for the Washington County Board of Commissioners District 4 seat. District 4 includes Cottage Grove, Denmark Township, Grey Cloud Island Township, Newport, St. Paul Park and portions of Woodbury and Hastings. Jeff Swenson has left the race, citing time commitments he said he thinks would interfere with his ability to best serve the board. Answers have been lightly edited for length.