Flames destroyed a more than century-old Cottage Grove home Sunday night that was originally part of the famed Cedarhurst Mansion. Cottage Grove fire crews responded to reports of smoke and flames at a home on Military Road at 10:40 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, finding the former carriage house to Cottage Grove's most famous residence swallowed in flames, according to Cottage Grove Fire Department Chief Bob Byerly. Firefighters "saw heavy flames from the roof, the whole house engulfed," Byerly said.
To the scouts in Boy Scout Troop 237, the task before them -- to build, paint and assemble a series of wooden ramps and walls -- didn't look like much fun. It was to become an agility course for Blitz, the Cottage Grove Police Department's German Shepherd K-9 dog, and his partner, officer Mike Vandervort. The boys reacted, said Barry Caswell, one of the troop's assistant scoutmasters, like kids do when adults give them an assignment.
Unable to find a buyer for a Cottage Grove building that formerly housed a Home Depot, the giant home improvement retailer has elected to list the empty retail space on a public auction Web site. The space, part of a larger retail complex off of East Point Douglas Road, has been vacant since Home Depot abandoned the location last year. It is part of an auction beginning Dec. 7 that includes 39 other commercial properties around the country, including 10 vacant Home Depots. Starting bid on the piece of Cottage Grove commercial real estate?
It was inane. It was zany.
A Newport committee on Thursday unveiled a still-developing plan for a Mississippi River fishing pier at the end of Sixth Street that recommends the installation of a removable floating dock. Newport City Council members OK'd the work plan submitted by the five-person Fishing Pier Committee that was formed in August to investigate improving the river access at Sixth Street, near Pioneer Park, with a public fishing pier.
It stands out against the flat farmland along Jamaica Avenue, north of 70th Street in Cottage Grove, a house that sits as a reminder of a boom that seems long past. It's a model home -- the only home -- in The Preserve, an upscale housing development that broke ground in 2006, before the bottom fell out from the nation's housing market and new residential construction ground to a screeching halt. But in Cottage Grove's latest new home construction figures released last week, city officials see a positive -- at the very least, there's still interest in building in the Cottage Grove market, ev
Is an old drive-in theater a piece of history worth saving?
Three foundations will match donations made to the Yeshiva High School of the Twin Cities in Cottage Grove on Tuesday as part of a promotion celebrating the school's use of a new Web-based fundraising tool. The school on Tuesday launched the use of GiveMN.org, a Website that helps promote Minnesota-based non-profit organizations. All donations made before 8 p.m. Tuesday will be matched. The St. Paul Foundation, the Minneapolis Foundation and the Bush Foundation will provide the matching funds. Donations will go to Yeshiva High School's scholarship fund, said Rabbi Moshe Weiss.
In 2005, when 3M's Minnesota Pollution Control Agency permits that govern the company's Cottage Grove hazardous waste incinerator last came up for re-permitting, there were no cries of outrage from the city's leaders, no task force meetings or scramble to redraw city ordinances. Mayor Myron Bailey -- then a first-year city council member -- says he doesn't even recall knowing the re-permitting process was underway. That year, there was, in fact, no comment from the City of Cottage Grove at all.
Officials at Cottage Grove City Hall have deemed a trip last month to a regional retail convention in Chicago a success. Now they're planning for another. Economic Development Authority members on Tuesday began planning to send four city officials, including Mayor Myron Bailey, to the International Council of Shopping Center's Global Real Estate Convention in Las Vegas next May. Last month, city officials attended the council's Chicago Deal Making Conference, meeting with roughly 40 retailers and commercial real estate brokers.