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The HERO (health and emergency response occupations) Center may be one step closer to a reality after the House Capital Investment Committee made a stop at Cottage Grove City Hall Sept. 5 to consider it for the 2018 bonding cycle. If the funding is allocated to the facility, construction could begin next year. Cottage Grove and Woodbury city councils have been working together on planning and design. The project received $1.45 million in the 2015 bonding bill for pre-design costs.
St. Paul Park police officer Kyle Lindquist is moving on after 29 years in blue. Lindquist said his goal was to work for the city 30 years, but stepped down early this month after "28 and a half great years," and a "miserable" ending. In 2005 he was injured after falling from a ladder, his "first time in an ambulance as a patient," he said. He had to have two surgeries on his shoulder in the last year, one unsuccessful and another in May that he had better luck with.
Two dogs were admitted to the Washington County jail Aug. 17. Rocket and Nabi, a 20-pound version of a chocolate lab and a fluffy white cotton ball of a dog, were the first two "Peace Creatures" brought into the jail as part of a new therapy dog program. Washington County Sheriff Dan Starry said he wanted to find a way to brighten the spirits at the jail, and reached out to the Home for Life animal shelter in Star Prairie, Wis.
A solar garden is in the works near an Aggregate Industries mining site. The proposed solar garden will take less than 10 acres of that area. Aggregate Industries will lease their land to Minnesota Solar Connection that will produce about 1 megawatt of power.
The city is hoping new Eagles Bar and Grill manager Dennis Neitz will help turn things around at River Oaks. Neitz has worked at facilities similar to River Oaks before.
Teens looking to pursue a law enforcement career can start as early as ninth grade using Cottage Grove's new Exploring program. The program is for 14- to 20-year-olds living in Cottage Grove or attending Park High School.
Work is underway on an expansion that will triple the size of the Norris Square senior living community. A 64-unit independent living building and a 75-unit skilled nurse and memory care facility will connect to the standing building through a small town center.
An unobtrusive pair of birds with heavy rounded beaks and a hue brighter than a Blue Jay has made its home in scrubland at the edge of Hamlet Park with their three chicks. The little family of Blue Grosbeaks have drawn several local birders to its nest, after Peter Nichols and Ben Douglas spotted it for the first time ever in Washington County last month. It is the 324th bird recorded in the county since documentation began over 100 years ago. Nichols estimates about 235 of the 324 get recorded in the county each year.
A handful of Cottage Grove cops could be patrolling Minneapolis, St. Paul and Bloomington during the week of the Super Bowl.
Incumbents Mayor Sandi Dingle and council member Jeff Swenson have decided they want to keep their seats, announcing bids for re-election last week, along with newcomers Jeff Haggerty and Bruce Zenner adding their names to the growing list of candidates.