A man who shot and killed a woman Thursday outside a Cottage Grove strip mall died later in the evening after being hospitalized for a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to police. Police said late Thursday the man died at Regions Hospital, hours after he chased down a woman in a parking lot outside a fitness club and fired as many as 12-15 shots in a mid-afternoon shooting observed by a number of witnesses and possibly caught on camera, police said. Police responded about 3:35 p.m.
3M will build a large addition to a manufacturing building at its facility along the Mississippi River in south Cottage Grove. The company last week received Cottage Grove City Council approval for a needed variance for the 89-foot-high, 93,500-square-foot addition to Building 112.
After almost five decades of summer nights under the stars at the Cottage View Drive-In, the city of Cottage Grove will hold a farewell party this week as the classic theater nears its closure. The city will host a "Cottage View Celebration" beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 that will feature a showing of "Grease" as a send-off to the theater that is set to close for good in coming weeks. The theater's closure will clear the way for construction of a Walmart Supercenter approved by the city earlier this month. Gates at the theater will open at 6 p.m.
A pair of 100-degree days, some tropical dew points and nearly a week of excessive heat warnings -- not a bad time to break in a new municipal aquatic play feature. Cottage Grove officials probably couldn't have timed it any better if they had tried when the city opened its new water play area, called a splash pad, amid a record-setting weeklong heat wave that dogged the Upper Midwest through last weekend. The new play area, located at Highlands Park on Idsen Avenue and 70th Street, is an interactive water feature with interchangeable play equipment and nozzles that shoot water like a giant
Walmart has submitted a building plan for a Supercenter store on the Cottage View Drive-In site, city officials said Friday. The retail giant proposes a 177,000-square-foot store with groceries and a drive-thru pharmacy on a 22-acre lot along Highway 61 near Keats Avenue. The project would eventually bring an end to the Cottage View's four-decade-plus existence.
Improvements to an at-grade rail crossing that will allow trains to pass through a Cottage Grove neighborhood without sounding their horn could begin as early as this spring, city officials said recently. The estimated $70,000, federally-funded project will construct a center median and make other safety improvements to a rail crossing at Belden Boulevard that are required to designate it a train horn quiet zone. The crossing is located adjacent to a residential neighborhood near Hadley Avenue.
Residents will have a chance next month to offer input on a planned road project to realign a trio of busy Cottage Grove roadways. Washington County transportation planners say they'll hold a public open house in March to discuss the estimated $2.5 million project that will rearrange the tightly-spaced roadways of 70th Street (County Road 22), Keats Avenue (County Road 19) and Military Road (County Road 20).
A Newport man and Navy veteran is planning to challenge Democratic U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum in the newly redrawn 4th Congressional District. Dan Flood, 47, will seek the Republican Party's nomination at its April convention to face the six-term congresswoman in a district that includes Newport and a portion of St. Paul Park. A 20-year Navy veteran, Flood is making his first run for elected office against McCollum, a St. Paul Democrat who has won each of her six congressional races by a wide margin.
South Washington County Democrats and Republicans are beginning the push toward the November election from very different places. Republicans, buoyed by recent ballot success and upbeat activists, are increasingly optimistic they can sweep the area's legislative seats this fall.
A Cottage Grove City Council member's complaint about the city scrutinizing a petition that could lead to big changes in city government triggered a significant change in how the petition will be validated. Council member Derrick Lehrke had questioned the city's inspection of nearly 1,600 signatures collected by a group of residents who are seeking to create a home rule charter - essentially a municipal constitution - in Cottage Grove that they say would give citizens more of a voice in city governance. The group, Cottage Grove Citizens Voice, submitted the petition to the Washington County