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Cottage Grove's proposed 2008 pavement management project faced a chorus of criticism from worried homeowners last week before City Council members voted to move ahead with the road and sewer work, promising to analyze how to better assess residents their share of the multi-million dollar refurbishment. More than 900 homes will be assessed under the improvement plan, the eighth such road project in Cottage Grove since the city's systematic program of major road and infrastructure repairs began in 1994.
It was 10 years ago, Thanksgiving Day 1997, that Katie Olson's heart stopped, as she went into cardiac arrest. Her husband, Conway, heard the thump of his debilitated wife on the floor. And, miraculously, she spent a bright, snowy recent morning doing what grandmothers do this time of year -- buying Christmas gifts for grandchildren. Their day together wouldn't have been possible, 77-year-old Conway and 76-year-old Katie said, without Cottage Grove's emergency medical personnel.
The former Parkside apartments on Hemingway Avenue in Cottage Grove are being spruced up and re-christened, just in time for the holidays. The town home development now called The Woodlands was retrofitted with new building fronts and a cement stairway in place of the aging wooden steps previously in place. New management took control of the properties on Jan. 1, 2007, and new manager Lisa Fredriksen said the renovations were a needed improvement to the buildings, which struggled to lure tenants, giving them a "downtown, main street feel." "There's a huge difference," she said.
Huong Hem, the 33-year-old owner of the New Century Salon in Cottage Grove often gets customers who ask, 'How'd you learn to cut hair so fast?' a question that might shock most hair stylists who have been licensed more than a decade. But Hem, a Cambodian immigrant who has lived in Minnesota for 14 years, isn't surprised a bit by the question. That's because for six years the year-old salon's owner and stylist operated a former Cottage Grove favorite, the New Moon Asian Restaurant and Bar which closed nearly two years ago.
Cottage Grove's proposed 2008 pavement management project faced a chorus of criticism from worried homeowners Wednesday night before City Council members voted to move ahead with the road and sewer work, promising to analyze how to better assess residents their share of the multi-million dollar refurbishment. The vote followed more than two hours of public discussion in a packed City Council chamber about the project that would include pavement reconstruction, limited curb repairs, spot replacement of storm and sanitary sewers and water main replacement. Trunk water main installation, and pa
Right now, Newport authors Matt and Erin Smith's debut novel ranks 832,858 amongst online book-selling behemoth Amazon.com's best sellers, but the married first-time writers have some big designs for their debut novel. Silver screen big. "We have people tell us it would make a great movie," Matt said of the couple's first fictional foray, a "pharmaceutical thriller" entitled Trials: The Risk/Benefit Ratio under pen name M.E. Smith, which will be released to bookstores early next year.
It goes without saying the hinterlands of northern Zambia bear no resemblance to the suburban sprawl of Cottage Grove -- just how different the south African country was, though, came as a shock to Park High School senior Amy Kringle. During months most of the 18-year-old's classmates spent lounging at the beach and working summer jobs, Kringle traveled to Africa with a teen mission group, helping put shoes on the feet of children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic ravaging the continent. "A lot of people ask, 'What was it like? Did it make you sad?' " she said from home last week. "And it did.
Michelle Rageth is seeing it more and more these days -- middle-class parents, pushed financially to the edge, walking through the doors at the Friends in Need Food Shelf to help feed their families. Rageth, the food shelf's director, expects to have helped keep more than 12,000 from going hungry by the end of 2007, up from 11,700 in 2006. And those numbers are up thousands from a decade ago, she said, when between 3,000 and 4,000 came to the St.
The holiday season is about ready to break into full swing, but Cottage Grove councilmember and Strawberry Fest planning committee chair Myron Bailey's thoughts are already on a summer weekend more than six months away. Groundwork is already being laid for the 2008 edition of Cottage Grove's summer celebration, and a number of changes that are in the works were discussed at the planning committee's meeting last week. Among the tweaks is a small addition that might surprise -- strawberries. In recent years, the fruit that lends its name to the weekend has been conspicuously absent.
Cottage Grove City Council members said 'no thanks' to the bright lights and flashy messages of dynamic signs last week, passing an ordinance amending the city's sign ordinance and banning the moving billboards as well as electronic readerboard signs often found outside schools and businesses. The city adopted a moratorium on the installation of dynamic signs in January 2007 after they began popping up along highways across the Twin Cities with officials saying the movement-filled billboards "that are effectively TV screens" could be distracting to passing motorists.