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South Washington County cities passed 2018 budgets last week with small increases to the levy to fund various projects.
Two Cottage Grove restaurants failed a compliance check last month, when waitresses sold alcohol to underage patrons Nov. 30.
A crowd young and old braved the chilly winds to witness the tree lighting before retreating inside to warmth and treats inside City. The tree lighting ceremony included carols from the Park High School choir and band, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, cookies and hot cider and the main event.
Denny McNamara is one step closer to the District 54 Senate special election after securing the GOP endorsement Dec. 12. The Hastings Republican retired last year after 14 years in the House of Representatives, but planned a Senate bid after Sen. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, announced he would resign Dec. 15 following multiple sexual misconduct allegations. McNamara secured the endorsement over fellow Republican candidates Leilani Holmstadt of Cottage Grove and Bob Anderson of Hastings.
Police say a man broke into a Cottage Grove woman's home and assaulted her while holding her hostage for several hours.
With candidates barely announced for the Senate District 54 special election in February, the November 2018 House District 54A race is beginning to take shape with South St. Paul DFLer Anne Claflin announced her candidacy. Claflin announced her run on Dec. 11. Rep. Keith Franke, R-St. Paul Park, holds the seat.
Police arrested three juveniles and one 18-year-old for motor vehicle theft, and they are also suspected in multiple other vehicle tampering cases in the city. Early Dec. 4, an officer on routine patrol found four males standing in the road in the 9100 block of 79th Street.
The planning commission is considering Cottage Grove's latest housing development, Kingston Fields, near the northern edge of the city. Kingston Fields is a 124-lot development on about 60 acres that are currently farmland. Developer DR Horton is proposing a mix of villa and single family homes.
For many years the St. Paul Park refinery — currently owned by Andeavor — has been acquiring land for what's known as a buffer zone, much to the concern of some Newport residents.
Mary Slusser's life has always involved trains. Growing up in LaCrosse, Wis., she lived about two blocks from the nearest train tracks, and many of her family members worked for a railroad. It wasn't until her husband, himself a locomotive engineer, took her to the St. Paul Holiday Train stop in 2002 that she found her own way into the train community.