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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.
The Cottage Grove City Council has appointed a new interim member to serve through November 2019. Local business owner Wayne Butt was selected out of 10 candidates to fill the vacancy left by Wayne Johnson, who was elected to the Washington County Board in November. The council interviewed and voted on candidates at a special meeting held Dec. 19. After three rounds of voting, Butt won 3-1 against Ken Brittain. He was sworn in Friday and will serve until a special election for the seat is held next November. The term goes through January 2021.
Since opening the Woodbury location of Osaka Sushi and Hibachi five years ago, owner Rebecca Wang says she's heard a recurring request. "A lot of people come from Cottage Grove, and they're like, 'Oh, it's kind of sad that there's no sushi restaurant down here,'" she said. This week, she's set to fill the void with her new restaurant, Sushi Cafe. Located on Harkness Avenue, the restaurant's offerings include customizable sushi dishes, hibachi-style entrees, poke bowls, noodles and bubble tea made with real fruit.
The Washington County Board of Commissioners raised salaries for the first time since 2009 — a pay bump from $52,713 to $69,000. The board also increased salaries for Washington County Attorney Pete Orput from $171,580 to $180,159; Sheriff Dan Starry from $152,876 to $161,570; and administrator Molly O'Rourke from $176,344 to $185,161. Board requests speed studies from MnDOT
Ahead of the legislative session, state lawmakers are exploring proposals including creating an emergency supply of insulin and setting price controls on the drug.
The Washington County Board approved its 2019 budget Dec. 11, which includes a 5.47 percent increase in the property tax levy.
A new spa is coming to Woodbury Lakes. The national chain Woodhouse Day Spa opened its second Minnesota location this week. The spa will host an open house Wednesday, Dec. 12 featuring live holiday music, tours, free treat bags and discounts on services, boutique items and gift cards, said owner Amy Adams. Adams said Woodhouse differentiates itself from most salons by offering over 70 services, including nail and skin treatments, facials and massages. "Woodhouse is designed to be a resort quality spa, right in your backyard," Adams said.