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COTTAGE GROVE — The inaugural meetings for the 3M settlement working groups have been scheduled. The state of Minnesota and 3M Corp. agreed to an $850 million settlement in February regarding the dumping of perfluorochemicals, or PFCs, in the East Metro. Two working groups are being formed to discuss how to use the $720 million remaining after legal fees.
NEWPORT — Washington County and Newport are partnering to apply for a grant to connect trails on the north end of the city. Though it likely won't happen until 2023, City Administrator Deb Hill said applying in conjunction with the county will make it more likely for them to win the grant to fill in the trail gap between Maxwell Avenue and 20th Street. "It's a very competitive alignment for receiving this grant," she said. The grant would cover 80 percent of the cost, with the county and city each covering 10 percent.
COTTAGE GROVE — Cottage Grove resident Katie Swenson has completed the Partners in Policymaking course designed to teach Minnesotans with disabilities or children with disabilities how to advocate for their rights. Swanson took the course to become a better advocate for her son, Cooper, who has severe autism. During the course, Swenson and other participants met with legislators at the Capitol. "The class opened my eyes to all the work that needs to be done," Swenson said in a news release.
WASHINGTON COUNTY — For a staggering number of students in the South Washington County School District, there is no home for them to return to after school.
COTTAGE GROVE — Improvements benefitting both two-legged and four-legged visitors to WAG Farms Dog Park are due to be complete this summer. Since the park opened in 2011, WAG Farms presidents Ellen Edwards and Dick Swanson said the most-requested improvements have been stairs, running water and possibly a paved parking lot. This summer, two of the three are finally becoming a reality.
SOUTH WASHINGTON COUNTY — Most offices and city halls will be closed Wednesday, July 4 in recognition of Independence Day. Here is the south Washington County guide of festivities for the day off: Cottage Grove The Cottage Grove celebration starts 5 p.m. in Kingston Park, 9195 75th St., hosted by the Cottage Grove Lions Club. There will be food and games at the Kingston Park pavillion, as well as prizes for both kids and adults. Ice cream and cheese curds will be sold by food vendors. Fireworks will start at 10:15 p.m.
COTTAGE GROVE — The nonprofit Rise won a Life Enrichment Award from the Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation, or MOHR, for their Art Speaks class. Art Speaks is a program designed to empower Minnesotans with disabilities express themselves through art. The class serves more than 200 people across all Rise locations. The Art Speaks creations have been featured on display across the region at coffee shops, government offices and art galleries.
As use of the Cottage Grove Ice Arena continues to grow, so too do the space needs of the facility. The number of teams in the Cottage Grove Hockey Association have more than doubled in the last seven years, and membership is still growing. In order to continue expanding hockey programs, the city and the East Ridge Face-Off Club will build an addition for new locker rooms.
STILLWATER — The man who threatened to commit a school shooting at Park High School this spring has been sentenced to a five years probation. Tyler James Giebner, 18, Cottage Grove, was charged with making terroristic threats, a felony, and sentenced in Washington County District Court June 4. According to the criminal complaint filed March 23:
ST. PAUL PARK — After a lengthy engineering study, the city is moving forward with granular-activated carbon (GAC) filtration for temporary treatment. The Minnesota Department of Health recently informed the city that perfluorochemicals in two of three municipal wells are too high. The engineering study presented to City Council June 18 outlined four options for water treatment, but council members felt the filtration option was most appropriate. They voted 5-0 to approve the filtration.