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At 15, K. Coleman was left in the snow on the side of Highway 61 in Cottage Grove, bloody and bruised after being raped by three men. She experienced the brutal horror again years later when, at 19, she was forced by a group of strangerS with weapons into an unknown home. "I just started crying. 'I'm not here by choice, I need to get out,' and it didn't really phase him," she said. "So he assaulted me, but he kept saying, 'I'm sorry.'" Twice in five years Coleman found herself reporting rapes, talking to police and nurses, feeling lost and alone.
Key elements of our city's tagline — Where Pride and Prosperity Meet — were in prominent display at the June 2, 2018, open house of the new and needed fire station. "Prosperity" was reflected in the city's capacity to furnish firefighters with an exceedingly well-structured, esthetically pleasing and functional building. The fire-fighting appointments — training area and equipment bays to just name a couple — were designed to enhance skills and expedite response time.
Get ready to start searching. The Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest Medallion Hunt starts Monday, June 11, and there is up to $300 on the line.
State Rep. Tony Jurgens filed for re-election June 4 for the Minnesota House District 54B seat. He was first elected to the House in 2016. "It has been such an honor to learn about the priorities of our area residents and fight for them in the Minnesota House," the Republican from Cottage Grove said in a news release. "It would be a privilege to continue this service." District 54B includes the cities of Hastings, Cottage Grove and Afton, as well as Denmark and Nininger townships. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.
A spaghetti dinner/bike rally/silent auction/raffle/bake sale will take place from 1-6 p.m. on Sunday, June 10 at the VFW Red Barn in Cottage Grove, 9260 East Point Douglas Road. The benefit dinner will be held for Denyse Kruger, who is currently battling bone cancer. To learn more on Kruger’s story and to donate, go to www.gofundme.com/DenyseKrugerWillRideAgain .
Cottage Grove Middle School Student Council’s annual pet event has been rescheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 9. Admission is $7, which includes an event t-shirt. Other activities and concessions may have an additional cost. There will be many activities for attendees and their pets including a pet spa and photo booth. All proceeds benefit the Animal Ark Pet Rescue.
The deadline to nominate a veteran for the Veterans’ Voices Awards is Thursday, June 7. The Veterans’ Voices Award recognizes Minnesotans who have honorably served and are making extraordinary contributions to their communities. Nominees must be a current or former military service member living in Minnesota and be able to attend the October 7, 2018 awards ceremony. All anonymous nominations will be confirmed by the nominee if selected. For nomination criteria and more information, visit http://mnhum.org/vets/award/nomination/
The inaugural Park High School Hall of Fame Rise Up! Scholarship Breakfast will take place Wednesday, June 20 at River Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove. Check-in begins 7:45 a.m., followed by breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $20 for the breakfast buffet. The registration deadline for the Hall of Fame is Friday, June 15. Mail registration and payment to: Greg Juba, 7928 Isleton Ave. S., Cottage Grove, MN 55016-2148. All proceeds go directly to the Park Hall of Fame Scholarship Fund.
Nominations from county residents are now being sought for the 2018 Outstanding Senior Citizen Award for Washington County. The award recognizes outstanding senior citizens who have contributed their time and talent to benefit their community after reaching the age of 65. They will be honored at the Washington County Fair 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1 in the West Pavilion. Official nomination forms are available by contacting Emilie Carlson at 651-439-0293. Forms can also be picked up at area senior centers.
Four East Ridge High School juniors were designated finalists in the 2018 COMAPS' Mathematical Contest in Modeling. Leah Restad, Christopher Liu, Christine Severude and Jackson Anderson participated in the contest for high school students and college undergraduates. It challenges teams of students to clarify, analyze and propose solutions to open-ended problems.