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After digging out of a record snowfall, residents like Kris Heywood faced another challenge last month: clearing the yard of six months worth of dog poop. Heywood enlisted 10-year-old Cottage Grove resident Silas Ruprecht for his dog poop removal services. Two hours and a clean lawn later, she asked if he'd help pick up after Sadie and Diva on a weekly basis. "His eyes lit up," she said. "He's like, 'oh, yeah!'"
Mayor Bill Palmquist was joined by Miss Pre-teen North Star Rylee Van Houten and U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, among others, for the ribbon-cutting Saturday. Jackie Renzetti / Rivertown Multimedia
Just after reaching 100 days in Congress, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig held her fourth monthly town hall meeting Tuesday night. Over an hour, Craig answered nine questions as about 60 people listened from risers in Cottage Grove Middle School's cafeteria. Participants asked about Craig's views on health care and transportation, with some pressing for her support on gun control and pro-life policy. As with previous town halls, the moderate Democrat emphasized civility throughout the event.
WOODBURY — An ongoing fundraiser by area businesses has raised over $20,000 for Landen, the 5-year-old Woodbury boy who remains hospitalized after being thrown from a Mall of America balcony earlier this month. The April 12 crime drew national attention, as did a Gofundme page started by Woodbury resident and friend of the family, Noah Hanneman. Close to $1 million has been raised for the family as of Monday, and local businesses are seeking a boost.
Whether it's someone writing from a church in Leesburg, Va., or a mayoral convention in Maryland, Bill Doherty says most of his weekly emails boil down to the same thing: "I think there's increasing fatigue with the polarization and a hunger to find some ways past it," he said. "There's just a lot of concern out there in the country."
As schools add more on-site resources, Washington County's longtime education program for juvenile offenders will close after this school year.
NEWPORT — The biggest housing development to come to Newport hit a new milestone last week. To mark its official opening to the public, Bailey Meadows hosted an open house with city staff and councilmembers on March 7. The new neighborhood will have about 185 homes ranging from $400,000-$600,000 — adding to a housing boom the city hasn't seen since the '80s, said city planner Sherri Buss.
Joining a national movement, Washington County Sheriff Dan Starry has pledged to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jail.
A day after the historic government shutdown came to a pause, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig took questions from constituents at her first public forum.
Michael Merabella knew he had a knack for science class. Rocks are his favorite part, he said. But last summer, the Oakdale fourth-grader discovered a new talent — one that produced a week's worth of salad and $1,000 for college.