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WOODBURY — Woodbury Days held Aug. 24-26 is going little in its 40th year — by adding more fun and games for the kids. Woodbury Days Council President Kati Cheney said this year the handful of new events are targeted at a younger audience. New kids' craft booths throughout the weekend include a clay donut workshop, tiny robot building, LEGO dogs, fusebeads creations, slime-making and more.
COTTAGE GROVE — The East Ridge Face Off Club and Cottage Grove Ice Arena broke ground Aug. 14 on new locker rooms that will help growing hockey teams have enough space. The number of teams in the Cottage Grove Hockey Association have more than doubled in the last seven years, and membership is still growing. The expansion will add nearly 2,200 square feet onto the west side of the arena's west ice sheet for the locker rooms and extra storage. The city expects the expansion to be complete by November.
NEWPORT — A preliminary proposal made back in April has caused waves among many in Newport, especially those living along the Mississippi River's edge. Developer Mark McCain inquired at the April 5 Newport Economic Development Authority meeting about possibly constructing a planned unit development (PUD) along the river in the Mill Pond area. He suggested twin homes targeted at empty nesters looking to downsize, for around $400,000 to $450,000. The developer would have to purchase parcels of city-owned land and some private property to gather enough for a PUD.
ST. PAUL PARK — Donald and Mary Drigans took a risk when starting Park Grove Electric in 1973, but it has paid off. "When first we were in business, we operated from out of our home," Mary Drigans said. "We had four kids at home at the time. It was difficult, but we managed to do it." Forty-five years later, two of those four children — Don and Jim — now own and manage the business. "It's been 45 years," she said. "It seems like it was just yesterday."
Jim Domeier loved parades. From 2002 until he died last May, he was either a Heritage Days volunteer or St. Paul Park royalty chaperone. In his honor, the Heritage Days committee named his family the grand marshals for this year's parade.
WOODBURY — An Eden Prairie man is facing two felony counts of filming pornographic images of minors. According to the criminal complaint: Dean Andrew Avery, 48, bought clothing for three girls under the age of 10 and asked them to change into the different outfits, including bikini swimsuits. He asked them to strike poses or do the splits, and would focus the shots on the genital areas. Avery can be seen in the videos in a Windgate Road home. He was arrested Aug. 2 on a search warrant.
The Cottage Grove McDonald's is now closed until December. >Reconstruction of the McDonald's — originally constructed in 1973 — will begin this week, construction manager Charlie Miller said.
With the filing period near its close, the candidates running for Cottage Grove City Council, Newport City Council and Grey Cloud Island Town Board have continued to grow. The filing period closes at 5 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 14. These candidates will be on the Nov. 6 ballot: Cottage Grove The two incumbents — Steve Dennis and Dave Thiede — filed for re-election last week, as well as Evan Kolstoe, Dwayne Brauch, Chad Poitra and Jerret Wright. Jeff Mack, 56, recently added his name to the race on Aug. 10.
Bands and entertainers are the main draw this year, with more bands than ever and a Sunday wrestling event unlike anything Heritage Days has ever seen.
COTTAGE GROVE — The inaugural season of Tunes into Twilight will wrap up soon, after one more outdoor performance. The July performance was the Nick Dinius Band. Cottage Grove's Olivia Paasch joined the band with her pink guitar for a few songs. The last Tunes into Twilight will be Thursday, Aug. 16, featuring the Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli Aztec Dancers, a Mayan Dance Group at 6:30 p.m. at Peter Thompson Park.