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SOUTH WASHINGTON COUNTY — Get ready for an influx of bikers and walkers on their way to school Wednesday, May 9. With the warmer weather, so comes warm weather school activities such as Walk or Bike to School Day. South Washington County Schools is encouraging elementary students to get active by taking walking and bike paths to school. Grey Cloud, Pullman, Red Rock, Royal Oaks and Middleton Elementary schools are all taking part. Parents and teachers are welcome to participate in the events with their kids.
Cottage Grove's spring clean up day is set for 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 5 at the Public Works building, 8635 West Point Douglas Road. The city accepts hazardous materials, electronics, document shredding and other drop offs. Drops offs of furniture, appliances, tires, and other such objects will cost about $12 to $30. The hazardous materials and electronics can be dropped off free of charge.
NEWPORT — One landowner in Newport iks trying to add a little more into their city space. Stonehammer Development applied to subdivide the lot located near the Highway 61 pedestrian overpass into two with the intent of building a five- to seven-unit apartment building on the larger half. An existing home will remain on the other side. Water and sewer already exists at the site, 1894 Hastings Ave., so the project would only require the subdivision and construction.
COTTAGE GROVE — A fire in the Grey Cloud Dunes Scientific and Natural Area lit over 80 acres ablaze for the better part of the afternoon April 25. The land, managed by the DNR, caught fire before 3:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon and spread across the prairie area. DNR helicopters mapped the fire and dropped water on it from above. On the ground, firefighters used water bag packs and ATVs fitted with sprayers to extinguish the vast brush and grass fire. Over a third of the nearly 240-acre natural area was affected by the fire.
Cottage Grove’s spring clean up day is set for 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 5 at the Public Works building, 8635 West Point Douglas Road. The city accepts hazardous materials, electronics, document shredding and other drop offs. Drops offs of furniture, appliances, tires, and other such objects will cost about $12 to $30. The hazardous materials and electronics can be dropped off free of charge.
WOODBURY — East Ridge High Schoolers strutted their stuff at "A Night of a Thousand Lights" -themed Grand March and Prom. For about two hours, prom-goers showed off their threads and their dates at the East Ridge High School gymnasium, decked out with decadent stations for couples to pose. The prom dance was held at the InterContinental St. Paul Riverfront.
COTTAGE GROVE — Skylar Fields from Girl Scout Troop 52797 was recognized at the April 18 City Council meeting for earning the Girl Scout Gold Award. Fields taught kids in Kindergarten through fifth grade some gardening, cooking and baking skills, as well as creating a manual for parks in Minnesota. "I love cooking and baking with a passion and want our new generation to see what we can do with simple things," she said at the meeting.
A home in the 500 block of Seventh Street was robbed April 10. The homeowner came home to find the door open and several tools missing from the garage. Loss: $720. Vandalism Two unknown juvenile males reportedly throw a rock through the rear window or a vehicle April 10 in the 800 block of Ford Avenue. Red Rock Lodge, 1280 Hastings Ave., reported damage to the heater, linens, towels and sink by three Newport men April 10. Drugs
COTTAGE GROVE — New promotions among police department staff are bringing new ideas to the forefront and allowing space for newer officers to share their vision. Pete Koerner moved into the public safety director's seat back in February when Craig Woolery retired, leaving a captain position up for grabs. Randy McAlister, a detective sergeant until April 16, was sworn in as the new captain at the April 18 City Council meeting. Brian Franck will fill his sergeant vacancy.
COTTAGE GROVE — Justin Fox was immediately suspicious when he walked into River Oaks April 17 for the volunteer recognition ceremony. He wondered if his dad had showed up because he'd done some volunteering Fox didn't know about, but he said when his wife started taking photos, "then my Spidey sense turned on."