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COTTAGE GROVE — The city's 12th municipal well will be up in running before long, upping water capacity early in light of last year's watering ban. Water will start flowing from the well May 1 at up to 1,500 gallons per minute. While the well is operational, construction on the well building will not be complete until July. Cottage Grove had a 12th well in its capital improvement plan for several years, dependent on new development would require another city water source.
COTTAGE GROVE — A developer is considering several different redevelop routes for the former Mississippi Dunes Golf Links. Chevalle Development proposed a multitude of options to the City Council during a workshop April 18, including some single family and senior housing; park space and river access; and maintaining the event center and some of the golf course. Currently listed by Edina Realty for $7 million, the 185-acre site includes the golf links, event center, house and access to the Mississippi River.
COTTAGE GROVE — Burning laundry prompted an evacuation of the Country Inn and Suites in the early morning hours of April 19. One of the housekeeping dryers started on fire around 2:30 a.m., setting off the sprinklers and prompting the Cottage Grove Fire Department to respond. The sprinklers put out most of the flames, but firefighters did spray water to fully extinguish it. Fire Chief Rick Redenius said the fire was contained to the room it began in, but the amount of smoke made them decide to evacuate all workers and guests. There were no injuries.
COTTAGE GROVE — After 50 years, the Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce can still launch new ... for their 15th annual Business Showcase. Most of the showcase will be business as usual, including more than 60 vendors and insulated tote bags for the first 500 families arriving at the Cottage Grove Ice Arena. Beyond that, the event will be nearly unrecognizable to longtime showcase-goers. Chamber Director Jennifer Wenshau said this will be a bit of a "transition year," as it will be the first year implementing some big changes for the business showcase.
COTTAGE GROVE — MWF Properties has agreed to swap parcels with the Cottage Grove Economic Development Authority to build proposed workforce housing apartments at a different site. The city, through the EDA, owns property around the former Majestic Ballroom site, where MWF Properties proposed a four-story, 174-unit workforce housing apartment building. After signing a letter of intent with the city, MWF is set to purchase the former Majestic Ballroom site and swap that parcels with the Cottage Grove EDA.
COTTAGE GROVE — A weekend-long springtime blizzard made travel hairy across the state from the evening of April 13 to the morning commute April 16. Cottage Grove police reported two accidents with minor injuries. There were also nine property damage accidents and at least 16 vehicles off the road or in need of assistance. Woodbury responded to 17 crashes, and nearly 50 vehicles off the road, stuck or disabled on Saturday and Sunday. One semi, on April 14, jackknifed on Highway 61 near Kingsborough Trail, blocking all northbound lanes for a time.
COTTAGE GROVE — The My Future Cottage Grove recommendations announced last September have now formed into resident-staffed working groups. Six committees — celebrating diversity, the community center task force, Settler's Island programming, the retail and restaurants, the parks connections and the housing focus group — started meeting this winter. Retail and restaurants, celebrating diversity and the Settler's Island committees are looking for more members. Celebrating diversity
COTTAGE GROVE — The city will be light on road construction this year, with only a handful of road projects to disrupt traffic. The city will forgo pavement management this year. The remaining stretch of 80th Street improvements — from Jamaica to Keats — won't be done until 2020. Ravine Parkway The city's largest road construction project in 2018 will be a portion or Ravine Parkway — a roadway long in the making. The road was designed as part of the Ravine Master Plan created by staff several years ago.
COTTAGE GROVE — Mike Armesto, Christy Kreminski, Tim Oachs and Peter Fischer are the newest Cottage Grove firefighters. The new firefighters have been on staff for about a yearlong probationary period, and will now be full staff members. "Well-qualified staff here," Fire Chief Rick Redenius said. "They come with varying experiences from other fields, but also in the paramedicine fields and fire fields. So we are just gaining more knowledge in our service from these folks right here." "We're very honored, and proud to have you here," he added.
WASHINGTON COUNTY — Former Twin Cities sports radio personality Jeffrey Dubay will not face jail time for an August 2017 assault. Dubay, 50, of Cottage Grove, was convicted for third-degree assault in Washington County District Court March 22. He was sentenced to an 18-month stay of execution with five years probation, with 120 days jail time suspended pending completion of treatment at the from Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge recovery center in Minneapolis. Dubay pleaded guilty to the assault in December.