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The Cottage Grove task force that has scrutinized 3M's proposal to begin burning non company-produced chemical waste at its Cottage Grove incinerator will present its report on the plan Tuesday night and could deliver a recommendation on how the city should proceed, one city official has said. Cottage Grove's Task Force on the Environment will discuss a menu options on how to recommend city council members address the proposal, said community development director Howard Blin, one of two staff liaisons to the group.
Cottage Grove City Council members formally approved the hiring of longtime Farmington finance director Robin Roland on Wednesday to fill the city's vacant finance post. City officials offered the position to the 13-year veteran of Farmington City Hall earlier this month. Roland notified Farmington officials she would accept the position last Tuesday. Roland's employment with the City of Cottage Grove will begin Nov.
As a kid, Bill Zywiec remembers, he wasn't much for trick-or-treating. "I was more interested in scaring people," he said, recalling Frankenstein costumes more fondly than buckets full of candy. Maybe, then, it's no surprise that the Haunting Experience, the 47-year-old's brainchild, is celebrating its 20th anniversary of scaring the daylights out of fright fanatics after dark at his family-owned Zywiec's Landscape and Garden Center in southern Cottage Grove. It began humbly, just Zywiec, family and friends taking a few hundred people on a one-and-a-half mile haunted hayride, with a few sca
HealthPartners will open a new clinic in Cottage Grove early next year, the organization announced last week. The 5,000 square-foot clinic will be located at 7500 80th Street South, in the lower level of a two-story office building near Cottage Grove City Hall, according to a release from Bloomington-based HealthPartners. The southeast Twin Cities metro is already home to a pair of HealthPartners clinics, in Woodbury and Inver Grove heights. The Cottage Grove primary care clinic will be staffed by a combination of doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners, the release said.
It was an unwelcome start to the weekend Friday for some Cottage Grove commuters: seven vehicles were broken into at the Metro Transit Cottage Grove Park and Ride lot, the first such incident on a similar scale, Cottage Grove Police said, since security cameras were installed last year. The break-ins were reported shortly after 3 p.m., when express buses from Minneapolis and St. Paul began returning commuters to their vehicles.
Farmington's longtime finance director has accepted an offer from the City of Cottage Grove to fill the city's vacant finance position, Cottage Grove officials confirmed Thursday. Robin Roland, a 13-year veteran of Farmington City Hall, was offered the position late last week, and this week submitted her notice of resignation to Farmington city officials. If approved by council members at next Wednesday's city council meeting, as Mayor Myron Bailey said he expects, Roland would begin her employment with Cottage Grove on Nov.
About as long as 32-year-old Henry Pommerening has been alive -- certainly as long as he can remember -- his family has spent their fall peddling pumpkins out on his grandparents' southern Cottage Grove farm. It's a Pommerening pumpkin tradition: each summer, family members get out in the field, mound the dirt, drop in five seeds, walk another 12 feet and do it again. Then, come autumn, they share their wares with south Washington County. His late-grandfather, Henry, started it.
The Cottage Grove City Council on Wednesday amended a slew of city fees, including an increase in charges for life support services in a city ambulance and a rise in sewer rates, with decreases in streetlight and water fees. Council members discussed the fee amendments during August's budget workshops. The new fees will take effect Jan. 1, 2010. Some of the key changes: - Water usage up to 15,000 gallons per billing period will now cost $1.30 per 1,000 gallons, down from $1.50. - Residential and commercial base charges for sewer service will jump 10 cents in 2010, to $1.65 per property.
Jay Behnken's an experienced hockey dad -- he's sat bundled in chilly arenas all across the Twin Cities watching his son skate and shoot. But Behnken, the parent of a ninth-grader in the East Ridge High School boys hockey program that calls the Cottage Grove Ice Arena's newest rink home, said he was taken aback by just how frigid the building's addition can get. Cottage Grove officials last week heeded similar complaints of cold and approved a plan to add radiant heating above a portion of the year-old rink's bleacher area.
Newport's police department will be reduced to six working officers until at least February, the city's administrator said Monday, a move the department's outgoing and interim chiefs said will present significant staffing challenges. The exit of one of the department's seven officers on Monday leaves Newport Police two officers shy of the eight-person staff it has generally operated with since 1991. "It's going to be extremely difficult," said outgoing Newport Chief of Police Veid Muiznieks. "Both the acting, interim chief (Sgt.