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COTTAGE GROVE — On a wet, rainy summer day, the 3M settlement working groups sat down together for the first time to start brainstorming solutions to perfluorochemical pollution in East Metro water. Facilitated by Colorado-based contractors Abt Associates, two meetings spanned the day at the Cottage Grove Washington County Service Center for the Government and 3M Working Group and the Citizen and Business Working Group each to begin considering how best to use the remaining $720 million from the 3M Corp. and state of Minnesota lawsuit settled in February.
A trailer was stolen from Royal Tire, 1846 block of Fourth Ave., July 1. Deputies are investigating. A Newport man reported a bike stolen off his property in the 1500 block of Second Avenue July 6. A Newport man reported a snow plow light bar stolen July 7 in the 1200 block of Hastings Avenue. An unknown man stole a bottle of vodka from Opinion Brewing, 374 21st St., July 9. The bottle was later located near the footbridge.
COTTAGE GROVE — Two years after an expansion that nearly doubled the Renewal by Andersen campus, the business is expanding again to keep up with its rapid growth. The company purchased 9.2 acres to the west of its current site — just south of its business park neighbor LeafLine Labs — to enlarge the parking area. Renewal by Andersen spokesman Adam May said though the lot is only slated for increased parking right now, it could house more expansion of the business in the future.
ARDEN HILLS — Five students form Park and Woodbury high schools attended the Minnesota American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program June 10-16 at Bethel University. Linda Lubi, Giselle Nuñez and Katelyn Wollschlager attended from Park High School. Isha Desai and Swetha Ganeshkumar attended from Woodbury High School. Mackenzie Swaim from Park High School was a second alternate.
COTTAGE GROVE — Kids gathered at Hidden Valley Pond July 11 to cast a line at the Catch of the Day event aimed at teaching fishing. Catfish swung on the lines of a few lucky anglers before they were tossed back in. The event was sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department and MinnAqua.
Work is underway on extensive construction for the Bailey Meadows development project that will greatly alter the look and feel of the northeast end of the city. The area near La and Ria lakes is losing much of its natural character now that grading has begun and tree removal has been completed.
GREY CLOUD ISLAND — Another parcel has been secured for the long-in-the-works Grey Cloud Island Regional Park on Lower Grey Cloud Island. A 30-acre parcel — seven of which are above ground and 22 under water — was approved for purchase by the Washington County Board of Commissioners June 5 from the estate of Betty Kartarik for $550,000. A master plan for the Grey Cloud Island Regional Park was completed in 1994, and the county has been slowly chipping away at land purchases. The county currently has about 140 acres of the 1,440 proposed for the park.
From Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi River stretches 2,350 miles long, and Cottage Grove claims 72 miles its coastline. For several years, the city of Cottage Grove has had a goal of increasing residents' access to the Mississippi River for its natural areas primed for fishing, boating, canoeing, birdwatching and hiking. Now that the Mississippi River Access Task Force has launched, there are concrete steps being taken toward that goal.
After a short break for the week of the Fourth of July, the CE Skoolie bus is back on the streets for weeknight No Kid Hungry events. Games, free meals and activities come with the bus. The events are coordinated by the South Washington County School District and Second Harvest Heartland, aimed at fighting child hunger.
Goodbye Ruby Tuesday, hello Muddy Cow. The former Ruby Tuesday building will get a second life late this fall when the Coon Rapids-based Muddy Cow opens the latest of its six restaurants.