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Firefighter joins the ranks in Cottage Grove

Andrew Lisson was sworn in as a Cottage Grove firefighter and parmaedic at the April 3 City Council meeting. Lisson's wife, Brianna, pinned on his badge. Submitted photo courtesy of Scott Seroka

Andrew Lisson was sworn in as a Cottgage Grove firefighter and paramedic at the April 3 City Council meeting.

Lisson grew up in Cottage Grove and graduated Park High School. He attended Winona State University and earned his Associates Degree in Paramedic Technology from Western Technical College in LaCrosse, Wis.

He worked as a paramedic for the Winona Area Ambulance Service and later as a firefighter and paramedic for the Winona Fire Department.

While a student at Park, he participated in the city’s Fire Explorer program.

In August, he and his wife Brianna welcomed their first child, a girl named Brinley.

In other actions:

Council approved a contract with Vector Sign Solutions in St. Paul to replace the electronic reader board on the monument sign outside the Cottage Grove Ice Arena. There were three bids submitted. Vector’s bid of $30,930 was $110 higher than the low bid, but the city will recoup that value because Vector will salvage parts of the old sign to use at River Oaks and include electrical disconnect and reconnect in their price.

Council also adopted a resolution that allow the city to seek partners in the acquisition of 7.2 acres of land along the Mississippi River Backchannel on Grey Cloud Island as a public water access and education center.

William Loeffler

William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009. 

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