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An alleged kidnapping by a convicted sex offender who was the former owner of a Newport motel is prompting legislative action. Sen. Katie Sieben and Rep. John Kriesel say they will push this year for a law that would prohibit convicted sex offenders from operating motels and hotels. The planned legislation is a result of requests from Newport city officials following an incident last year at the Sure Lock Motel.
A group aiming to change the way the city of Cottage Grove is governed has said it collected nearly 1,600 petition signatures, over 200 more than are needed to begin the legal process that could put a city charter before voters in a referendum. Leon Moe, a Cottage Grove resident who has led a petition drive aimed at creating a home-rule charter -- essentially, a municipal constitution that lays out the extent of a city government's power -- to rein in the city's elected officials he and members of the group say they believe aren't listening to them. Based on turnout in the last general elect
A group of St. Paul Park residents this summer presented a petition to officials at City Hall asking the city to pave their gravel alleyway between Selby and Lincoln avenues. Then, apparently, they saw how much it would cost. City Council members dropped the proposed paving of the Selby/Lincoln alleyway and two others nearby from a planned $1.4 million road and utility improvement project during the summer of 2012. City policy calls for 100 percent of the cost of paving alleyways to be assessed to benefitting properties.
With no presidential race, no congressional contest and no state offices up for grabs, candidates for the St. Paul Park City Council and the District 833 School Board had the ballot to themselves when voters went to the polls Tuesday. Recent election data shows that in years with no other major races driving the public to the polls, those voters who show up to help choose key city and education decision-makers are in small company. In 2009 -- the last time voters went to the polls to decide St.
Longtime Washington County Administrator Jim Schug announced Thursday he will retire early next year after 25 years with the county. Named county administrator in 1994, Schug began his quarter-century with Washington County as the director of the county's Community Services Department. He has worked in county government for more than 37 years in Crow Wing, Redwood and Washington counties, beginning his career as a social worker. Schug, who lives in Stillwater, announced his plan to retire in late January in an email to employees.
The owner of the Sure Lock Motel in Newport is charged with kidnapping following a six hour standoff Sunday at the Hastings Avenue motel, and police still are investigating a related allegation of sexual conduct involving an underage girl. Roger A.
Construction of a new city hall and public safety facility will be opened to bids after the Cottage Grove City Council recently approved final plans and specifications for the $16 million project. The city council OK'd by a 4-0 vote the plans for a 67,000 square-foot building to be constructed near Ravine Parkway and county Highway 19 during a special meeting held at Cottage Grove City Hall Friday evening.
Strawberry Fest-goers were met with hard rain, drizzle, mist and a few periods of dry skies as the weather put a damper on, but did not wash away, the third day of Cottage Grove's annual community celebration. The weather forced festival participants to change their plans, organizers to cancel some events and determined parade crowds to hunker beneath ponchos and umbrellas. Periods of heavy downpours plagued Saturday morning's parade, drenching participants and sending the thousands lining the route along Jamaica Avenue and Indian Boulevard scrambling for cover under tarps, trees and garages
Washington County Commissioner Bill Pulkrabek will not face a felony charge in connection with an alleged domestic assault, the Ramsey County attorney decided, but the prosecutor is recommending a misdemeanor charge. Pulkrabek, 41, was arrested May 30 on suspicion of felony domestic assault by strangulation and misdemeanor fifth-degree assault after his girlfriend alleged he choked her and pulled her down stairs by her hair during an incident at his Woodbury residence, according to a police report. Pulkrabek briefly addressed the incident in a statement Tuesday to commissioners and county of
The Cottage Grove City Council is poised to select a Prior Lake official to fill Cottage Grove's top economic development position, completing the hiring process quicker than expected. The council is scheduled to approve Wednesday the hiring of Danette Parr, who currently serves as Prior Lake's community development and natural resources director. She would serve as Cottage Grove economic development director. The appointment is part of the agenda for the regular council meeting at 7:30 p.m.