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Minnesota Department of Health officials last week walked Cottage Grove residents through the results of a study that confirmed east metro residents have elevated levels of PFCs in their blood. Now, local officials say, they want to know what effects the chemicals have had on the health of south Washington County's residents. A study like that, though, would require millions of dollars in hard-to-come-by funding, the department's assistant commissioner said.
It seemed like a can't-miss opportunity, a chance to replace a blighted retail center with a combination of senior housing and shiny new shops in an area ripe for redevelopment. But more than a half-decade on -- and more than six months past a deadline that called for completion of the Norris Marketplace retail shops by the end of 2008 -- the corner of 80th Street and Hadley Avenue still sits empty, save for piles of earth waiting for commercial growth atop them. Cottage Grove planners and commercial developers pictured the site as another piece in the city's Gateway area redevelopment boom
A pair of former La' Pooch Salon pet groomers protested outside the business Monday, saying they are owed their final paychecks after quitting La' Pooch in June. Denise Berg and Stephanie Schauer stood along West Point Douglas Road holding signs and making their case to passing motorists -- with Schauer's dog Owen in tow. The two left La' Pooch on June 17, they said, to start their own pet salon in Maplewood. But they claim owner Pam Cunniff won't pay out their remaining wages. Not true, says Cunniff, who has operated La' Pooch for 18 years.
Washington County officials delivered an early snapshot of the 2010 budget last week, telling the five county commissioners that up to 15 full-time jobs will be cut, service levels to residents will continue to fall and the county will have to dip into its savings to balance next year's budget. Uncertain state funding levels and a struggling economy are major contributors to the budgeting challenges the county is facing as it looks ahead to 2010, deputy administrator Molly O'Rourke told commissioners at a workshop that began Washington County's budgeting process.
The Cottage Grove City Council last week donated nearly $700 in gambling fund contributions to a Cottage Grove woman recovering from a fight with a flesh-eating virus. Mayor Myron Bailey and fellow Cottage Grove City Council members handed over $691 in proceeds from a fundraiser held for Rebecca Eckes.
A memorial service for Carlos E. Wilcox IV, the Minnesota National Guardsman from Cottage Grove slain in a missile attack last week in Iraq, will be held Friday at Light the Way Church in Cottage Grove. A 10 a.m. wake will precede the 11 a.m. service at Light the Way Church, on the corner of Jamaica Avenue and 70th Street. Officials from Light the Way have urged those who want to honor the 27-year-old Wilcox to line the streets as the funeral procession makes its way from Kok Funeral Home, on 80th Street, to the church at 7000 Jamaica Ave. The procession is set to begin at 9:30 a.m.
It's green. It's mean. And it's heading south Washington County's way.
Newport City Council members split Thursday over possible changes in the city's zoning and home business ordinances that would transform a zone of large residential lots into one that could house a mix of homes and commercial businesses. Tempers flared during a lengthy post-meeting workshop, with some members insisting the changes should be made to allow a controversial light industrial business to continue operating in a residential neighborhood in the city's northeast corner, and others asserting the changes were aimed largely to aid one individual. No decision was made Thursday at the wor
Washington County has the highest per-capita income in the metro, more of its residents head to the polls than any other metro county and its third-graders meet state reading standards at the second highest rate in the Twin Cities. That's according to a recent compilation of trend studies presented last week to the Washington County Board of Commissioners. Commissioners were presented an overview of the Twin Cities Compass project, an effort by St. Paul-based Wilder Research to compile a wide range of data sets from sources like the U.S.
Cottage Grove City Council members on Wednesday appointed seven residents to the newly-formed Environmental Task Force that will begin meeting to discuss the 3M incinerator proposal early next month. The council unanimously approved the appointments two weeks after officials delayed the process due to a lack of applicants.