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Rejection letters turned up in his mailbox so often Schon Zwakman just plain lost count. The 34-year-old part-time author from Cottage Grove would weave science fiction tales, submit his short stories to far-flung magazines and publishing houses, only to get the same response each time: a short, dispassionate rebuff; thanks but no thanks. So he tried again. And again. And again. Finally, some recognition came his way. In late August, Zwakman was honored in Los Angeles as a winner in the L.
Newport packs a lot of history inside its compact borders, and this weekend amateur historians can take a walk through what the old river town has to offer during the Newport History and Parks Walk. The walk, held on Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon, will be a self-guided stroll around Newport's west side.
Bruce Nelson never meant to get into the cemetery business. Newport's public works director expects to oversee the summertime mowing of Pioneer Park's grass, the wintertime plowing of Hastings Avenue -- but the upkeep of a more than 160-year-old cemetery? For the past three years the city of Newport has been responsible for maintaining historic Red Rock Cemetery, following the dissolution of a cemetery association that had overseen the final resting place of some of the city's founders and a push for better oversight of the graveyard from the city's heritage preservation commission.
Kids are all using it; heck, even mom and dad are writing on each other's walls these days. In 2009, it seems, everybody is on Facebook. Why not your city, too? Cottage Grove this month joined the Facebook age with its very own Facebook page, a place where the city can post reminders of upcoming events and meetings and where residents can become a "fan" of the city to receive automatic updates when they're published. "I think more and more people of my generation are finding themselves on similar sorts of (Web sites)," said city administrator Ryan Schroeder.
Cottage Grove has the demographic makeup to support more retail stores, restaurants and services, according to a report delivered to the Economic Development Authority last week, a study city officials say will help the city focus its efforts to recruit more business at a retail convention next month. A number of factors make Cottage Grove ripe for further commercial development, according to the report on retail sales potential by real-estate consultants McComb Group, including an average household income of $85,084 in the city's trade area, which includes St.
Just say no. Cottage Grove Environmental Task Force members heard that message often Wednesday during an emotional forum held to gather public input on the 3M Co.
Washington County may purchase a former commercial site in Newport that transportation planners favor for a bus and rail transit station, then lease the lot to a Minnesota-based concrete supplier interested in purchasing the site until large-scale development is ready to occur. County officials last Thursday sought the Newport City Council's support in purchasing the former Knox Lumber site on Maxwell Avenue, an 11-acre parcel that transportation planner Ted Schoenecker said is No.
Newport is awaiting Minnesota Department of Transportation approval to go ahead with a $1.8 million project to stabilize the city's North Ravine. Newport City Council members earlier this month approved the project and assessments to adjacent properties.
Newport City Council on Thursday appointed Newport Police Sgt. Curt Montgomery as interim chief of police effective Dec. 1, when longtime chief Veid Muiznieks will retire after 34 years with the city's police department. Montgomery, who joined the Newport Police Department in 1995, will oversee a smaller force: City Administrator Brian Anderson said the city, at least temporarily, would not add an officer to replace the promoted sergeant.