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Robert Watson and his brother, William, were two of the earliest residents in Cottage Grove. Although none of the family now live in south Washington County, Robert's legacy remains: a firsthand written account of life in Cottage Grove in the mid- and late-1800s, and 20 European ornamental larch trees that are now 150 years old. The larches, not native to the United States, were grown from seed Robert Watson brought back with him from a trip to Scotland in the 1860s. They grow along a portion of Lamar Avenue in Old Cottage Grove and cross the farmland now owned by Don and Frankie Ratzlaff.
A plan to reconstruct streets, build new ones, replace problematic watermains and build medians near railroad crossings was approved 5-0 by the St.
The recycling business is booming, according to Patty Gearin, owner of Wipers Recycling in St. Paul Park. It's booming so much, Gearin is on a search for more space for her business, which turns old leather into absorbent tubes, sends used clothing to Africa and sells vintage shoes online. Finding that space has proven to be Gearin's biggest problem, though. She was hoping to relocate to Newport, but after being told by city leaders that her business was inappropriate for the four sites she was interested in, she's looking elsewhere. Her current location -- a half-acre at 501 Ninth Ave.
The New Life Academy baseball team scored victory No.
Each member of the Park-Port Lioness Club has a special salad recipe for which they are famous, and they prepare it for people other than their families just once a year -- the Club's renowned salad luncheon -- an affair area women have been flocking to for 25-plus years. This year's luncheon was held Saturday, March 24, at the American Legion Hall in St. Paul Park. More than 200 guests turned up for the annual event, which included door prizes for all, raffles and more than 50 salads from which to choose. "This is our biggest fundraiser of the year," said Marilyn Balow, event chair.
A neighborhood meeting for residents who live on streets recently added to the 2007 reconstruction project will be held March 28, at St.
Four homeowners in St. Paul Park are ready to experiment with rain gardens. Those homeowners, who live on Dayton Avenue and Blossom Lane south of 14th Avenue, have volunteered to let the city's public works department build free, experimental rain gardens in their yards, as a way to control stormwater runoff. "They welcomed us with open arms and agreed to the rain gardens and also to maintaining them," said St. Paul Park Public Works Supervisor Lee Flandrich.
St. Paul Park homeowners and businesses will pay less for street reconstruction this year. City Council members March 5 approved a resolution, 5-0, that changed the city's street assessment policy. The new policy calls for homeowners to pay 33 percent and commercial or industrial owners to pay 40 percent -- down from the 75 percent assessment charged in 2002-03. To reimburse homeowners who prepaid for street reconstruction at the higher assessment rate, the Council agreed last week to a 50 percent rebate.
After more than 100 years of use, the colors and memories that Mary Jane Arnfelt's quilt invokes are still vibrant. "It's not beautiful, but it's a wonderful quilt," said Arnfelt, a Cottage Grove resident. "When my husband lived with his grandmother, it kept him warm. Later, when we were married and lived on the farm, it kept our children warm." Arnfelt's story was one of many told last Saturday as members of the South Washington Heritage Society displayed quilts they had made or been given.
Despite one homeowner's protest, the St. Paul Park City Council approved plans to impose a stormwater fee on city property owners. The 5-0 decision to have city staff prepare the final draft for a new stormwater fee ordinance followed a public hearing held March 5. "We'll still be tweaking the ordinance," St. Paul Park Mayor John Hunziker said. "We will add a few things, possibly subtract a few things, but it will probably not be lowered. "In the metro area, stormwater management fees range from $12 to $105," Hunziker said.