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Due to some setbacks with merchandise and construction, Burggraf’s Ace Hardware pushed back its opening until after the new year. The first day will be Jan. 4, about a week later than initially expected. A grand opening will be held in the spring, franchise owner Steve Burggraf said. The store is fully staffed with about 12 employees. “We’re ready to go,” Burggraf said. “We’re excited.”
Western Refining and Tesoro struck a deal, and refinery workers want one too. Tesoro’s $6.4 billion buyout of Western Refining, which operates the St. Paul Park oil refinery, was announced in November but the two are separate companies until the transaction is closed sometime in the next six months.
A Newport family remains displaced from their home after a Christmas Eve fire. A fire started on the second floor of the home at 1671 Third Ave., around 3:40 p.m. Dec. 24, with first responders arriving about three minutes later. Newport Fire Chief Steve Wiley said the fire was contained to the second floor, and the firefighters were able to knock it down “relatively fast” in under 15 minutes.
Western Refining and Tesoro struck a deal, and refinery workers want one too. Tesoro’s $6.4 billion buyout of Western Refining, which operates the St. Paul Park oil refinery, was announced in November but the two are separate companies until the transaction is closed sometime in the next six months. Meantime, a deadline looms for a contract between Western Refining and union refinery workers. Tesoro is not involved in the negotiations, said Gary Hanson, Western Refining’s vice president of communications.
Due to the success of the last Facebook live community engagement event, the city has decided to hold another. The event will be 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3. Residents can participate by watching the video on the city of Cottage Grove Facebook page and commenting on the video as it plays. Residents not able to participate in the live event can watch the video after it ends and submit comments.
As Presbyterian Homes prepares to build out the corner of 80th Street and Hadley Avenue with two more buildings adjacent to Norris Square, its TIF (tax-increment financing) agreement from the original building has been extended by the Economic Development Authority.
The Parks and Recreation Department replaced playground equipment at Kingston Park last week, after being fire-damaged in October. Parks and Recreation Director Zac Dockter said the repairs aren’t complete yet, but the bulk of the work is done. “There were two additional posts damaged, so until they can get those final two poles in there, it’s not quite finished,” Dockter said. The repairs cost about $43,000, with the two extra poles.
Arbor Meadows Park next year will see its first playground equipment upgrade in 20 years.
Minnesota Legislature Angela Eder said she saw the extreme toll post-traumatic stress disorder can play on emergency workers when her firefighter husband died by suicide. "He had reached out for help, but was trying to hide it," she said. Eder said the last line of her husband's suicide note last January said: "I died of PTSD." Eder shared her story during a roundtable meeting Tuesday at the Minnesota Senate Building that focused on post-traumatic stress disorder among public safety workers.
The Ramsey/ Washington County Recycling and Energy Center has reached the conclusion that the weather affects whether the garbage smell travels south to Newport after an eight-week odor mitigation study last summer and fall.