Officials from Cottage Grove, Newport and St.
Snow isn't flying yet -- or at least it hasn't stuck -- and already, Myron Bailey has Christmas on his mind. Cottage Grove's mayor has a self-admitted Clark Griswold-esque love of holiday lights displays, decorating his home with thousands of bulbs and dozens of lawn decorations like the movie character made famous by comedian Chevy Chase. "It's the looks on those kids' faces and those parents' faces when they roll down the car window" and take in a display of Christmas lights, Bailey said. "It's kind of cool." And the mayor hopes more will join him in his holiday hobby.
3M this month plans to begin the process of excavating thousands of cubic yards of soil from the 3M Cottage Grove manufacturing plant as part of a remedial effort to prevent further perfluorochemical contamination of the area's groundwater. In 2006, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and 3M agreed to a settlement that called on the company to clean former dump sites where perfluorochemicals had been deposited, including the 3M Cottage Grove plant.
Cottage Grove City Council members moved Wednesday to shift some authority over proposed changes at the 3M Cottage Grove hazardous waste incinerator back to local officials, directing staff to draw up an amendment to the city's land use codes that would ban commercial incinerators within Cottage Grove's borders. The action came after the five-person council narrowly approved a list of measures drawn up by a city task force intended to ease concerns in the city over proposed 3M amendments to Minnesota Pollution Control Agency permits.
Cottage Grove Mayor Myron Bailey said he will not vote to approve a list of recommendations issued last week by a task force that studied proposed amendments to 3M's hazardous waste incinerator permits without an agreement to insert language permanently prohibiting commercial incineration at the site. The mayor was quick to praise members of the city's Task Force on the Environment for its nearly three months of study on the incinerator proposal -- which would see 3M begin burning chemical waste not produced by the company in its Cottage Grove incinerator -- and the handful of recommendations
The Republican Party of Minnesota has made a late push in support of three candidates for the District 833 School Board, delivering flyers touting the party's support to area doorsteps and angering some candidates who said Monday the race should remain non-partisan. Literature backing school board candidates Laurie Johnson, David Kemper and Ed Nowak arrived in some mailboxes just days before Tuesday's election, when voters will elect four board members from the 10-candidate field. Johnson said Monday she did not seek the Republican Party's endorsement, but was approached by a friend active i
St. Paul Park Police arrested one adult and cited 13 in connection with a large Pullman Avenue party broken up by police Friday night. According to St. Paul Park Police, officers stumbled upon the party at a rental property in the 200 block of Pullman Avenue after responding to another call. Police cited 13 adults and juveniles under the age of 21 for minor consumption of alcohol, and arrested an adult male -- whose name was not released by St. Paul Park Police -- for fleeing officers on foot. Partiers cited were from St. Paul Park, Cottage Grove, Maplewood, Newport and Woodbury.
Mysterious rumblings in a Newport neighborhood have residents along a stretch of First Avenue literally shaking in their homes -- and city officials don't have a clue what's causing it. Residents on First Avenue north of 20th Street in northwest Newport began complaining of vibrations rattling their homes in August.
It's campaign season in St. Paul Park -- but drive down Summit Avenue through the heart of town and it's hard to tell: no campaign signs clutter yards, no candidate literature is left on doorsteps. St. Paul Park City Council members Sandi Dingle and Jeff Swenson are running unopposed for reelection, just as Mayor John Hunziker did in 2007.
3M would include a condition that prohibits the company from accepting compensation for burning non-3M waste in its 3M Cottage Grove hazardous waste incinerator if city council members -- and, then, pollution control agency officials -- approve of a Cottage Grove environmental task force's recommendations.