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Hidden Harbor in St. Paul Park, known for many years as Willie's Hidden Harbor, is back in business after being closed for two seasons. "We are accepting boats and have opened the upstairs bar to customers," said co-owner Paul Narpaul. "The harbor dredging has been completed for now and we are building new docks. They will be installed by the end of May. The lower-level restaurant is scheduled to open by May 15." Narpaul said he expects to have approval by April 30 on a final concept plan to hook up the marina to city sewer and water service.
Activities this weekend in south Washington County range from Arbor Day in Cottage Grove to a booya bash in St. Paul Park, with a variety of church and sports benefits mostly based on food. The first-ever Woodbury Community Expo, an activity designed to introduce more than 100 area businesses and nonprofit organizations to families, will take place at the Bielenberg Sports Center.
Cottage Grove resident Maggie Larson's black Labrador-Newfoundland mix was in bad shape when he arrived at Animal Ark No-Kill Shelter in Hastings. "He was 3 or 4 years old and had belonged to a family in northern Minnesota who didn't want him. They barely fed him and never gave him any water," she said.
The Park High School senior all-night party committee is hosting a meat raffle from 4:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 16, at the Cloverleaf Bar and Grill in Newport. The Park High School girls softball team will host its "Build-a-Burger" fundraiser, silent auction and bake sale from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 16 at Park Place, 200 Broadway Ave. in St. Paul Park.
The St. Paul Park City Council voted to waive city code and allow consumption of alcohol on public property for two days during the 2010 Heritage Days Festival after a lengthy discussion Monday night. Drinking will be allowed on public property from 8 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21 and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug.
Wristbands for people who want to drink on the streets during Heritage Days is one of several proposed changes for the annual event that will be considered at the St. Paul Park city council meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 5. Other changes, requested by the Heritage Days committee and recommended for approval by the city's public safety commission, include slightly altered drinking hours, hours for the street dance and fencing the street dance. In a memo sent to the council on March 26, St.
Firefighters from Cottage Grove and St. Paul Park battled a grass fire and the wind today at about 2:45 p.m. behind the residence at 8591 Geneva Avenue in Cottage Grove. The fire, which covered 4 to 5 acres, was described as an "illegal burn," by Cottage Grove Deputy Fire Chief Al Beasley. Blowing from the south-southwest at 20 mph, the wind was gusting close to 30 mph, leaving firefighters with hot spots to control throughout the burn area.
In early March, Cottage Grove sugar artist Mary Ann Moy-Hochstetler taped a new episode of TLC TV's "Ultimate Cake Off," a program that invites teams of specialty cake makers to compete in a nine-hour event to design and build cakes that sometimes tower over five feet and weigh hundreds of pounds. The new episode will air on TLC TV on Monday, April 19. Moy-Hochstetler's three-person team appeared in its first episode of Ultimate Cake Off last fall.
Low-income, single moms in need of a vehicle or car repairs with nowhere to turn might try a group of Christian men who like to work on cars. "It's easy to give advice, but our goal is to do something," said Cottage Grove resident Tom Share. Share and volunteers from all over the southeast metro meet one Saturday a month to repair cars for families and individuals living within 200 percent of the poverty level. Volunteers, all members of the St. Croix Valley Christians in Action program based in Lake Elmo, start each Car Care Saturday with a prayer.
After turning down the proposal to share building inspection services with Cottage Grove last year, the St. Paul Park City Council reversed its decision and approved the move on March 15. "Several things have changed since last year; the new proposal is slightly different," said St. Paul Park city administrator Kevin Walsh. St. Paul Park residents will still come to their own city hall for a building permit, Walsh said. Also, the city's former building inspector Metro West does most of its business on the other side of the metro area. "It isn't cost effective for them to work in St.