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It wasn't a breeze, but a Cottage Grove resident on Wednesday got his wish: Cottage Grove City Council members unanimously approved a wind turbine proposed for a rural Cottage Grove residential property that last month ran into resistance. An application submitted by John Kooyman to construct the 113-foot-tall turbine on his property located off Geneva Avenue was OK'd by the council despite the opposition of neighboring landowner John Bailey.
Cottage Grove City Council on Wednesday will reconsider a resident's proposal to construct a 113-foot-tall wind turbine on his rural residential property at the council's first meeting of 2010. The council tabled John Kooyman's permit application in December after the owner of a neighboring agricultural property the city has tabbed for future housing development objected to the energy-generating structure and city staff said the turbine could violate noise ordinances. Also on Wednesday: Council members will consider authorizing submission of a proposal to provide building inspection services
State Rep. Karla Bigham will not seek re-election in 2010, the two-term Cottage Grove DFLer announced in a press release Monday. Bigham, first elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2006, said she is considering options that include attending law school when she steps away from state politics after her term expires next January. "It's a good time in my life to explore these options and consider going back to school," Bigham, 30, said in an interview Monday. Bigham succeeded current state Sen.
Washington County received $2.6 million in Counties Transit Improvement Board funding that will be used for land acquisition in Newport for a park-and-ride or future commuter rail station, the county announced Wednesday, part of $80 million in grants doled out by the board. County transportation planners have been negotiating a purchase agreement for a vacant commercial lot in Newport that officials envision as a park-and-ride facility for express bus commuters and, eventually, a station along the proposed Red Rock commuter rail line.
The city of Cottage Grove may take legal action over the state Board of Water and Soil Resources' reversal of an earlier boundary decision this month that city officials characterized as a politically motivated move. Cottage Grove officials expressed outrage at the decision, which came after a Woodbury resident petitioned the board, which has redrawn the new watershed district boundaries in line with those proposed by the city of Woodbury. The neighboring cities are on opposite sides of a battle over water management in south Washington County. "A homeowner's issue that has nothing to do wi
John Tinucci knows all about serving up fine food. The restaurateur is in the family business of feeding southeast metro diners at 51-year-old Tinucci's restaurant in Newport. Earlier this month, he did so in a setting vastly different from the small deli or dark, classic dining room, though. Tinucci helped serve more than 1,000 sirloin steaks to Minnesota National Guard members in the Middle East as part of a five-year-old program put on by a group of his colleagues in the St.
The National Weather Service predicts more than a foot of snow -- possibly as much as 20 inches -- will be dumped on the Twin Cities as a major snowstorm sweeps through the region beginning Wednesday evening. Washington County is part of a winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service in expectation of possible sleet, heavy snow and high winds that will batter the area through Christmas Day and into Saturday, and will slow holiday travel to a crawl. As much as five inches of snow could fall by Thursday morning, the weather service forecasts. The storm could be comparable to th
A St. Mary's Point real estate agent and radio host has filed to run for the Minnesota Senate District 57 seat held by Cottage Grove DFLer Katie Sieben. Karin Housley filed with the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board Nov. 24 and has announced on her Web site she will challenge the incumbent senator in the 2010 election. Housley is a small business owner and real estate agent in the St.
This story is the first in a two-part series. See the Dec. 30 issue of the Bulletin for Part II. Outside a low-slung house on Summit Avenue in St. Paul Park on a recent Friday, the thermometer tells the story of a frigid December day: zero degrees. At noon. Inside the home that was gutted by a devastating April fire, burly Mike McConnell stands by a wood-burning stove and stokes the flames with stacks of newspaper kept nearby. It's warmer -- but still not toasty.
A Cottage Grove resident wants to go green. A Cottage Grove landowner is worried about losing green. And Cottage Grove City Council members appear unsure of what exactly to do. The city council on Wednesday tabled a vote on a proposed 113-foot-tall wind turbine on a rural residential property, citing the absence of council member Mark Grossklaus. Council members will pick up discussion of the turbine at the Jan.