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The St. Paul Park Heritage Days Committee has dropped the traditional Sunday night fireworks display from this year's list of events at the festival held in August. "In order to keep the same lineup of events on Saturday and Sunday, we had to cut the fireworks, which cost anywhere from $3,000 to $4,200," said committee member and former chair Ruth Dinger. The display was in danger of being cut in 2009 but saved by last-minute donations from Marathon Petroleum, two city council members, Tennis Sanitation and the city, Dinger said.
A large assortment of annual, vegetables, flats and hanging baskets will be sold from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, at Community United Church of Christ, 1145 Summit Ave. in St. Paul Park.
Becky and Philip Vierling, who live on 10 acres of the old Anderson homestead in Denmark Township, breed their Nubian long-eared goats every fall and expect kids the next spring, but this year was different. "We didn't want as many kids, so we only bred four does," Becky Vierling said. They received four sets of quadruplets. "That's almost unheard of," she said. "Female goats (does) only have two teats, so the remaining kids must be fed by hand." Becky milks the mothers twice a day, pasteurizes the milk, heats it to 110 degrees and feeds it to the kids.
Bert Williams with help from Jay Kortus, sandblasted then applied primer and a final coat of white paint to the cross at Light the Way Church at the corner of Jamaica Avenue and 70th Street in Cottage Grove last recently. Kortus of Cottage Grove and Williams, from BW Sandblasting & Painting donated the job, which took most of the day. The cross, which stands at the corner of the property, was designed by church member Allen Pollock, and built and installed by church members in 1998, according to pastor John Magee.
Get out and enjoy the outdoors this weekend. Head to the community tree planting in Highlands Park, the benefit flower sale at Park High School or the Llama Magic event at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Cottage Grove is sponsoring a community tree planting from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 8, at Highlands Park, 6975 Idsen Ave.
St. Paul Park City Council members have changed their minds about Heritage Days revelers drinking on public property. At its April 19 meeting, the council revised a previous motion and will not require wristbands be worn by those who want to drink in designated public areas.
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.