Hanukkah began at sundown last Friday, and on Sunday the Yeshiva High School of the Twin Cities held a quiet celebration marking the eight-day Jewish holiday. It's the third Hanukkah the 36 students and handful of rabbis and teachers that comprise the Orthodox Jewish school have observed together at their 3-acre campus along Indahl Avenue. Now, school officials hope and pray they'll get to celebrate a fourth. Its budget squeezed by a sluggish economy, the nonprofit Minnesota Baptist Conference, which owns the building wants the school to buy it outright by Feb. 1.
A vacant Cottage Grove building owned by home improvement giant Home Depot is still on the auction block, a commercial real estate agent marketing the site said last week, despite the postponement of the Web-based auction for more than a month. The empty 113,000-square-foot building was due to be auctioned off online last week.
The Cottage Grove stop along the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train's North American tour has earned a reputation as the biggest and best, local organizers have said. South Washington County worked hard to keep that status on Saturday evening: local Holiday Train planning committee chair Mary Slusser announced $53,000 had been donated to the Friends in Need Food Shelf in St.
Mix one part plummeting revenue, a dash of declining state aid plus a property tax levy bump -- what do you get?
Cottage Grove's streets are blanketed in snow, its residents bundled up against bitterly cold winds.
It's quickly become a holiday tradition for many in south Washington County: Gather the family, bundle up and head to the annual Cottage Grove stop for the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train. More gratifying to Michelle Rageth, Executive Director of the Friends in Need Food Shelf in St. Paul Park, is another tradition that's come along with it: giving. The Holiday Train's thousands of Christmas lights and music make for Christmastime family fun. When it stops Saturday, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Pauline Schottmuller, in the midst of her third term on the Newport City Council, said Thursday she would not seek reelection in 2010, a decision she intimated was the culmination of her turbulent 11th year on the city's governing body. Schottmuller -- whose father, Basil Loveland, served 22 years as the city's mayor -- announced her intention to sit out the next election cycle during a contentious budget hearing not unlike numerous meetings this year for the, at times, tempestuous Newport City Council.
They're big and they're sturdy -- at first glance, Cottage Grove's fleet of plow trucks looks more like public works workhorses than pieces of high-tech machinery. But more than $50,000 in funds from the South Washington Watershed District is changing that, helping the city install a computer-based road salt distribution system in its dozen plow trucks.
Cottage Grove revived a winter tradition Wednesday, lighting up 2,000 LED Christmas lights during a tree lighting ceremony at Cottage Grove City Hall. Residents, city council members and city staff gathered in the cold outside Cottage Grove City Hall for the event, which included hot chocolate, candy canes and a visit from Santa. Mayor Myron Bailey suggested the resumption of the tree lighting ceremony after a six-year absence.
It would be the first residential wind turbine in Cottage Grove under the city's revamped ordinances governing wind energy conversion systems -- and, already, someone's opposed. Cottage Grove resident John Kooyman has applied for the permit required to build a 113-foot-tall wind turbine on his five-acre property in Cottage Grove, six months after city officials tightened up zoning codes in anticipation of expanding interest in the alternative energy. Planning commissioners last week recommended approval of Kooyman's application to construct the 10-kilowatt wind turbine that he says would pow