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Students get real-world hospital work experience Area students were part of a cohort that recently graduated from a six-week immersion program at Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater. The Explorers Program, offered through the Boy Scouts of America's Northern Star Council, lets students ages 14-20 explore health care careers in a real-world setting, such as sessions in the pharmacy, birth center, emergency department and radiology. Students who graduated Dec. 10, 2018, include: • Colin Muehlbauer, Clare Roti and Jack Seipel of Woodbury
After the long 2017 summer of watering bans and new revelations about perfluorochemicals in East Metro drinking water, the state of Minnesota and 3M Corp. finally settled the lawsuit for $850 million.
Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park reopened to the public June 19 after more than a year of extensive renovations that included the removal of invasive buckthorn and other noxious weeds. The 515-acre park now has a new entrance at County Road 19/Keats Avenue, additional parking lots, new and repaved trails and a new playground.
Things moved quickly after the 2018 legislative bonding bill allocated $9.5 million to the East Metro Public Safety Training Center. Formerly called the HERO Center (Health and Emergency Response Occupations), the remainder of the total $19 million cost will be split between the cities of Cottage Grove and Woodbury. The cities broke ground on the project early this fall, and expect it to be complete next autumn.
In June, city officials, firefighters and retired firefighters uncoupled a fire hose to officially open the new Central Fire Station The new 33,000-square-foot facility, at 8641 80th St., was built on the site of a former station that was built over 45 years ago. The department recently converted fully to the new model of EMT-firefighter staff.
Oltman Middle School announced the Scholars of the Month for December. Students were selected based on their outstanding demonstration of one or more of the following life skills: integrity, caring, common sense, initiative, effort, perseverance, organization, flexibility, pride, problem solving, responsibility, cooperation, sense of humor, patience, friendship, curiosity and courage. Students and their parents attended a breakfast in their honor sponsored by Hy-Vee, Ed's Trophy, Applebee's, Park Grove Bowl, Jimmy John's and Minnesota Historical Society.
Washington County residents interested in becoming a licensed family child care provider in the county may take the first step and attend an orientation 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10. Meetings are in Lower Level Conference Room 14 in the Washington County Government Center, 14949 N. 62nd St., Stillwater. Basic information regarding the family child care program and requirements for licensing will be discussed. Attendance is required at one of the meetings before a license can be issued. There is no fee for the informational meetings.
An open house to discuss improvements to Woodbury Drive will be 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Woodbury City Hall, 8301 Valley Creek Road. The meeting will be in the Birch Conference Room. There will be no formal presentation — attendees may come and go and ask questions as needed. The open house will allow residents to: • Learn about the project background, design process, schedule and next steps • Review existing conditions data and traffic analysis • Provide feedback and share ideas • Meet the design team
The English and AVID departments at Park High School celebrated Pajama Day as part of Spirit Week, Dec. 17-21. In the front row (from left to right): Laura Beard, Samantha Blom and Gloria Garrison. Back row: Maria Tol, Cara Roloff, Ashley Acosta and Nicole Berg. Submitted photo
Washington County released a list of drop-off sites to recycle Christmas trees. The following yard waste sites will accept trees: