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COTTAGE GROVE — Homes could be going up as soon as snowflakes stop flying on Mississippi Dunes Boulevard. The Mississippi Dunes development, built on Hadley Avenue, 95th and 100th streets, will add its last 44 homes this year. The single-family homes will match the rest of the development started over a decade ago. The 44 homes were originally approved in 2003 with the rest of the residential development, and will be under construction as soon as weather allows.
Cottage Grove resident and former Washington County prosecutor Karin McCarthy is now working from the other side of the bench as a judge for Minnesota's 10th Judicial District. Gov. Mark Dayton appointed McCarthy Feb. 5 to replace Judge B. William Ekstrum, who retired in January.
The moment the molotov cocktail landed about three feet from Washington County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Joel Legut on Interstate-94 back in 2016, he knew this was something one agency couldn't handle alone, especially not without the right equipment.
WASHINGTON COUNTY — Though perfluorochemical levels in one Lake Elmo well forced the city to take it offline, south Washington County communities are not likely to face the same fate. The Minnesota Department of Health has been conducting quarterly testing on wells nearing the health index they announced last May. The health index is measured by the proportions of different PFC chemicals including PFOA and PFOS. If the value is above 1.0 for four consecutive quarters, MDH recommends that the city find a solution.
The early April snowfall dropping 6 inches on south Washington County caused over 400 crashes statewide, but only one in Cottage Grove. The State Patrol reported 421 crashes between Monday and Tuesday evenings. Injuries were reported in 32 of them; there were no fatalities.
Char Whitbred-Hemmingson always wanted to be a firefighter. When she was named an honorary firefighter and Firefighter of the Year March 24, her dream not only came true, she was officially initiated into a family legacy that has spanned generations.
WASHINGTON COUNTY — Public meetings have been added and rescheduled in light of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Department of Natural Resources announcing working groups that will serve as stakeholders and decision-makers for the $850 million 3M Corp. and state of Minnesota settlement. A meeting in Woodbury has been added and the Lake Elmo meeting, originally scheduled for March 29, has been pushed back.
ST. PAUL — Attorney General Lori Swanson announced last month that the $850 million settlement negotiated between 3M Corp. and the state of Minnesota would not be accessible to Legislators, but that has not kept lawmakers from getting involved in the process. Bills drafted by Reps. Tony Jurgens, R-Cottage Grove, and Kelly Fenton, R-Woodbury, were heard in the Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee March 20. Karla Bigham, DFL-Cottage Grove, is expected to sponsor the bills in the Senate. Well testing
Cottage Grove Public Safety Director Craig Woolery said goodbye to the department Feb. 23, after for a nearly 35-year career. Woolery announced his retirement back in September, allowing nearly five months for the hiring process, as well as what he called at the time his "long Minnesota goodbye." He has worked in Cottage Grove Public Safety since 1983, when he started as a Community Service Officer and paramedic. Three years later, he became a full-time patrol officer/ paramedic.
COTTAGE GROVE — To better handle animal control calls, City Council approved ordinance amendments that add clarification on service animals, banned species and more. "We wanted to make sure that it was better, more well-read for law enforcement (and) community service officers so that they may be able to inform the public and enforce if necessary, but more importantly it was to provide better definition and assistance," Sgt. Mike McCormick said at the March 21 City Council meeting.