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Karla Bigham will take her seat in the Senate when the Legislative session starts Feb. 20, after securing a tight victory over Denny McNamara in a special election Monday night. Bigham, DFL-Cottage Grove, beat McNamara, R-Hastings, by about 4 points Feb. 12, after a long and fierce fight to the polls. The seat was vacated after former DFL Sen. Dan Schoen resigned in December amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
As the legislative bonding session looms, the HERO Center faces new obstacles, including competition for state funding with a Dakota County law enforcement facility. The Health and Emergency Response Occupations Center, long planned by Cottage Grove and Woodbury Public Safety, is seeking bonding dollars from the 2018 Legislature. The facility was not included in Gov. Mark Dayton's bonding proposal he released in early January.
New analyses of birth outcomes and rates of cancer in south Washington County released by the Minnesota Department of Health this week show that there may not be higher instances in the east metro, after all. MDH scientists found that rates of cancer, low birth rates and premature births in Washington and Dakota counties are in line with other areas of the metro, the department announced Feb. 7. Residents in Washington County have long worried that perfluorochemicals groundwater pollution in the area has caused higher rates of cancer or other adverse health effects.
Special interests, political action committees and state party offices are out to sway votes in the Feb. 12 special state Senate election, with fliers, commercials and online ads inundating area voters.
Voters will choose between two candidates in a special election for Minnesota Senate District 54, which covers Washington and Dakota county communities.
With less than two weeks left before the Feb. 12 Senate special election, candidates Denny McNamara, R-Hastings, and Karla Bigham, DFL-Cottage Grove, clashed at the Jan. 30 League of Women Voters' candidate forum.
Slippery conditions caused a rollover off Highway 61 Sunday morning, leaving one injured. A Red Wing man hit ice and snow on northbound Highway 61 Feb. 4, causing him to leave the highway ridge about Jamaica Avenue and travel down a steep embankment.
The Cottage Grove Public Safety Department is holding an informational meeting Thursday, Feb. 8, to inform the community of a level-3 predatory offender staying in the city.
Legends of Cottage Grove will become home to dozens of new residents when move-in begins Feb. 1. The four-story, 184-unit senior living facility is currently about 60 percent booked, Legends Community Manager Bailey England said. The developer, Plymouth-based Dominium, took a little over a year to construct the building which includes amenities such as a theater, library, meeting rooms and event space with kitchens. Each of the one-, two- or three-bedroom independent senior apartments available for rent also have a living room, kitchen and laundry.
A property known as Block 89, between the Mississippi River, 11th Street, Main Street and Pullman Avenue has been gathering attention from developers. Two companies have approached the city with preliminary proposals on either end of the housing spectrum, and more companies have expressed interest in the site. One developer, High Pointe Development has proposed as many as 54 small homes around 820 square feet in size. They expect the homes would cost around $200,000 and could be marketed as first family homes or for senior citizens to downsize.