If you play soccer at Kingston Park much, say a little thank you to Peter Karlstrand next time your team doesn't have to traipse through the mud. The 17-year-old high school senior at the Math and Science Academy in Woodbury spent a recent Saturday morning installing pavers at the entrance to seven Kingston soccer fields to take care of a problem anyone who has used the entrances to the fields after a good summer rain knows about: mud.
Don and Michelle Drigans thought the little unpaved, grassy stretch of Park Place running next to their house on Second Avenue in Newport had been forgotten. They kept it up, mowed it. Even parked their boat at the end of it. But city officials have big plans for three 70-year-old Mississippi River overlooks that sit perched at the ends of Park Place, 10th and 12th Streets.
Maureen Walter can't wait to jump on a train in Cottage Grove, read the paper, chat for a bit and step off the platform in downtown St. Paul. The idea of not battling ever-worsening Twin Cities traffic excites her -- even if, she said, it might not excite many others quite yet. "Oh, driving is fine," she said, "but I'd rather have someone do the driving for me." The Red Rock Corridor Commission was in Cottage Grove Aug.
Cottage Grove City Council members approved agreements last week to bring a corporate headquarters -- and nearly 90 jobs -- to the city as early as next May. The council OK'd a development agreement with Werner Electric Supply Minnesota and a purchase agreement for acquisition of the proposed site near Hamlet Park off of 95th Street at a special Aug. 15 meeting, one day after Economic Development Authority members approved the project and sent it along to council members.
Cottage Grove Public Safety missed out last week on a highly sought-after state grant that would have helped place cameras in each of the department's squad cars. Currently, none of the city's 14 police squads are equipped with the in-car camera technology, said director of public safety Craig Woolery. "We're one of the only agencies remaining in Washington County -- if not all the (Twin Cities) metro -- without cameras," Woolery said. Half of the $1 million grant was already earmarked by the state legislature for the Minneapolis Police Department, Capt.
The state fair -- the self-coined "Great Minnesota Get-Together" -- wasn't always a 12-day affair as in its current incarnation. Doubt it? Ask Don Mullan, he'll tell you it's so. He's watched for 30 years, working Minnesota State Fair security detail, as the old Falcon Heights fairgrounds have changed, bit-by-bit into the event over one million Minnesotans will renew their late-summer love affair with beginning on Thursday. The former St.
Four Cottage Grove teens were charged last week in connection with a spring string of stop sign vandalism -- a "social statement" -- that has them facing up to five years in prison if convicted. Benjamin James Jorgenson, Adam James Arcand, Eric Stephen Hirte and George Anthony Lopez -- all 2007 Park High School graduates -- were each charged Aug. 14 in Washington County Court with one count of first-degree criminal damage to property for allegedly defacing over 70 stop signs in Cottage Grove and Woodbury last March.
If it's true you are what you eat, area anglers may want to watch out. The Minnesota Department of Health last week warned people to limit the amount of fish they eat from several east metro lakes -- including Ravine Lake in Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park -- after tests detected chemicals formerly produced by 3M in the fish. The new fish consumption advice was issued last Thursday, and included eight Ramsey County lakes, as well as Demontreville, Olson, Lake Elmo and Ravine in Washington County.
Over 1,800 Cottage Grove residents gathered at Kingston Park last Tuesday for National Night Out festivities, but public safety officials are talking about scrapping the citywide event for more neighborhood-oriented ones. Officer Gail Griffith said encouraging more, smaller neighborhood parties would be more in line with the original idea of National Night Out. On the other hand, the success of the current event makes deciding whether to change tough. "It was pretty well attended; it was a really nice event," Griffith said.
Ridership projections for the proposed Red Rock Corridor commuter rail have shrunk thanks to a change in the computer model used to estimate numbers of potential riders, but proponents of the Hastings to Minneapolis line say the time is still right to push forward with the ambitious project. Projections in 2001 by the Red Rock Corridor Commission predicted the commuter line would see 5,900 users per day.