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It was a flawless fall afternoon Saturday, one that reminded Sgt. John Kriesel of an eerily similar day just 10 months earlier. On that day, Dec. 2, 2006, the Minnesota National Guardsman lost both legs in a roadside bomb attack near Fallujah.
Kaye Kraft likes to think she's a "young" 69 years old. The active retiree swims, gardens, plays bridge, sells auto parts on eBay -- in short, the Newport resident likes to keep herself busy. But with her 74-year-old husband Frank under hospice care for emphysema, doing the things she loves while caring full-time for her spouse and keeping up with work around the house became almost impossible. So in stepped HomeShare St. Croix of Stillwater to help save the day.
Famous for its frozen custard and Butterburgers, Wisconsin-based Culver's got the OK from Cottage Grove City Council members earlier this month to begin building on an expanse of parking space south of Kohl's and west of the US Bank building. The burger chain had been trying to find a suitable spot within the city for six years, Culver's officials told the City Council Wednesday night. Construction will begin before the end of the month on the planned 4,200 square-foot restaurant and should be open by late-March or early-April.
Looking for that first tattoo? Maybe another piercing? Cottage Grove City Council members recently approved a zoning code amendment to allow body art establishments to open for business in the city's retail and general business zones. Before this month, the city's code didn't necessarily prohibit such businesses from opening their doors in Cottage Grove. Instead, it just simply ignored it, said director of community development Howard Blin. "It was probably a use that was never thought of or considered," he told the City Council at its Oct.
The Cottage Grove Public Safety, Health and Welfare Commission will discuss proposed changes to the city's dangerous dog ordinance at its Tuesday, Oct. 16 meeting that could place increased responsibility on owners of aggressive canines. A summer spate of incidents involving pit bulls, including an August attack that left a young Cottage Grove girl injured, has led officials to rethink its laws regarding violent dogs.
It's just about this time each year that Gerry Herringer gets ready to help close down the classic Cottage View Drive-In for the long winter months, putting the theater's off-white screen and faded red sign into hibernation until the warmth of spring returns. Now -- with a proposed 90-acre commercial development and skyrocketing property taxes hanging over the 41-year-old theater -- the owner said he might be doing it for the final time. Whether the PariPassu Companies' proposed development comes to fruition or not, Herringer said the drive-in may go dark for good this winter -- a decision t
Right on schedule, the Jamaica Avenue/ Highway 61 roundabouts opened to traffic Saturday afternoon. "I'm excited we were able to maintain our construction schedule, despite a very rainy August," Cottage Grove city engineer Jennifer Levitt told City Council members at Wednesday night's meeting. Drivers should be aware, she said, that construction will still be occurring, and that landscaping will be completed in Spring 2008. A formal ribbon cutting ceremony will be held Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 2 p.m.
Cottage Grove police and officials at a local Jewish boarding school made a public appeal Monday for the safe return of a Torah valued in the tens of thousands of dollars stolen just more than a week ago. Officials at Yeshiva High School of the Twin Cities reported the 2-foot tall scroll stolen Tuesday, Oct. 2 in the midst of three-week student break. The theft most likely occurred on Sunday, Sept.
Right on schedule, the Jamaica Avenue/ Highway 61 roundabouts will open to traffic Saturday afternoon, Cottage Grove city engineer Jennifer Levitt said Wednesday. "I'm excited we were able to maintain our construction schedule, despite a very rainy August," she told City Council members at Wednesday night's meeting. Drivers should be aware, she said, that construction will still be occurring, and that landscaping will be completed in Spring 2008. A formal ribbon cutting ceremony will be held Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 2 p.m.
Sam Pahr can't get enough of World War II history, and luckily for him the Park Grove Branch of the Washington County library system has been there to help feed his passion, letting him tear through page after page of books on the conflict. "I just like learning about what people had to live through and go through before I was here, I guess," he said. So last weekend, the 17-year-old Boy Scout started giving back to the library he has used so heavily, leading a book drive intended to supply the branch with plenty of volumes to peddle at its used book sale Oct.