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Mississippi Dunes Golf Links could soon be turned into a housing development. The golf course, a house, Doc's Landing restaurant, banquet and maintenance facility are all up for sale on the 185-acre site for a $10 million price tag.
The fire hall was packed with kids, firefighters and a bouncy house at the Fire Department Open House Oct. 10. Residents had the opportunity to talk with firefighters, see the equipment and fire rigs up close, and kids could even man the fire hose.
The city is holding a presentation of the My Future Cottage Grove engagement study report. Rebecca Ryan of Next Generation Consulting — the firm that completed the study — will be sharing the report and recommendations 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Historic John P. Furber Farm, 7310 Lamar Ave.
This summer was one of the worst for what public works employees can only call sinkholes. The handful of major storms — rains of two inches or more, coming down quickly — did a number on the stormwater infrastructure by eroding holes in the area.
A vulnerable adult missing from Hastings since Oct. 4 was found in River Falls Monday night. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Amanda Jean Olson, 22, left her Hastings home around 2 a.m. last Wednesday. Hastings police said Olson was found in a home in River Falls Oct. 9 safe, uninjured and there of her own will. "It was the best outcome we could have hoped for," Deputy Chief Dave Wilske said. Police received information that Olson was at the home, and Hastings police requested River Falls police check the home.
Though Afton Apple Orchard's 2017 theme is "Celebrating 60 Years of the 'Cat in the Hat,'" it may as well be fundraising. Starting as a tie-in with their "Thank Your Local Heroes" theme last year, the orchard raised over $21,000 for public safety departments.
Negotiations for police officers and public works employees for 2018 through 2020 were approved at the Oct. 4 city council meeting. Employees in the police and public departments received a 3 percent cost of living adjustment each year and a three-day allowance for bereavement leave, separate from their annual leave balance.
A new distribution or technology center will likely be operating in Cottage Grove by 2040, according to a business park planning study. Stantec Consulting Services completed the alternative urban areawide review, or AUAR, ordered by the city in July for about $100,000.
The city has developed a plan to run utilities to all the currently unserved areas of Newport. Though not all areas will be built out with utilities anytime soon — if ever — an extensive study has shown what it would take to bring water and sewer to the areas not currently connected.
Police said a St. Paul man crashed into the entrance of the 3M-Cottage Grove campus after drinking at Treasure Island Oct. 5, leaving the driver and passenger injured.