An Xcel Energy practice of clearing vegetation under its high-tension power transmission lines has sparked disagreement between some Newport officials and the Minneapolis-based public utility company because of plans to remove flora from the city's Bailey School Forest and fears of erosion in steep-graded areas where clearing has already occurred. City officials have expressed their fears in phone calls and e-mails, but Xcel Energy's community relations manager Colette Jurek said this week the company has been more than accommodating -- even though it doesn't have to be. The vegetation eradi
Cottage Grove city administrator Ryan Schroeder likened the budget dilemma facing the more than $6 million ice arena expansion to that of a homeowner going through an expensive kitchen remodeling -- go with the cheap trim and you run the risk of making the whole thing look bargain basement. With that principle in mind, Cottage Grove City Council members last Wednesday discussed possible cuts to the expansion designs that currently sit roughly at $229,000 more than original estimates, eventually deciding a $62,500 rear team entry and accompanying driveway was an expendable feature of the city'
Growing up on St. Paul's West Side, Dean Rehpohl knows the Mississippi River. Or at least he thought he did. Then the busy multimedia animator, photographer and sculptor picked up a camera, loaded up his canoe and gathered his cat. Slow, meandering mornings on the backwaters of the Mississippi from Grey Cloud Island to St. Paul Park, he said, have connected him in a way he'd never experienced before with the river most Minnesotans might take for granted. "Everybody in the world knows what it is, knows how to spell it," Rehpohl said.
Donations to Cottage Grove's Ice Arena Expansion Capital Campaign have been few and far between since the fundraiser began this summer and city officials are turning to a revenue sharing program with local hockey organizations in hopes of increasing interest.
You can take the country out of the bar, but you can't take the country out of its new manager.
The cure for area motorists' roundabout confusion may be on the way sooner than expected. With a nod of approval from state and federal authorities, Cottage Grove City Council members Wednesday night OK'd a proposal to install experimental "fishhook" traffic signage city officials said they believe will better instruct drivers how to properly enter the Jamaica Avenue/ Highway 61 roundabouts. "Hopefully, this fishhook will show people you've got to go around this dot in the middle," said councilmember Pat Rice.
More than 150 early-risers attended the second annual Cottage Grove area prayer breakfast Thursday morning, an ecumenical gathering for "A Tribute to the Community" that featured local business and civic leaders and prayers for the area's well being. The breakfast's keynote speaker was Paul Ridgeway, a Twin Cities businessman involved in special event planning and two past presidential campaigns who spoke of his poor, abusive upbringing in Minneapolis. Other speakers during the event held at Cottage Grove's River Oaks Golf Course included city councilmember Myron Bailey, State Rep.
Five years into the rebuilding of Highway 61 and the Interstate 494 Wakota Bridge through Newport and it's still just "tire-kickers" and an unfinished bridge.
Newport Mayor Kevin Chapdelaine and 15 area civic leaders met last Wednesday with Gov. Tim Pawlenty in St. Paul to push for a special session addressing increases in state aid to local governments. A hike in local government aid was vetoed this spring as part of a larger tax bill.
Bryan Klaes' day with the Minnesota Vikings in September was a dream come true -- a Saturday spent as honorary coach of his favorite football team, collecting handshakes, jerseys and footballs. But for the 19-year-old Cottage Grove boy who lives with cerebral palsy -- a neurological disorder affecting body movement and muscle coordination -- what made his weekend wasn't the autographs, the playbook or the tickets to the game that Sunday versus rival Green Bay.