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Multicolored Peeps in wedding attire danced their way to victory Saturday, Sept. 12, during the first Films in 5 Festival in Cottage Grove, where longtime friends Jim Hesley and Peggy Walker’s stop-motion short “Marriage Equality Waits in 33 States” took home top honors. It was named the first-place finisher and was awarded the fan favorite, which was decided on the votes of the nearly 50 audience members.
One of the area’s most visited parks is also one of the least visible parks, but Washington County is looking to change that as it begins to update the Cottage Grove Ravine Park master plan. The county held the first of three open houses at the Cottage Grove Service Center July 28, in an effort to garner feedback from area residents for how to improve the park.
A fall tradition in south Washington County is just days away as Afton Apple Orchard readies for a busy apple- and raspberry-picking season. The nearly 200-acre hobby farm will open at 10 a.m. Saturday, and will be open for the fall season from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. To start, tangy Paula Red apples and fresh raspberries are ripe for the picking.
Recent high school graduate Gary Riege of Cottage Grove is a science and math whiz. He’s also a Star Wars fanatic, avid computer science techie and advanced placement student. He’s soft spoken, but he has big ideas, especially when it comes to bringing awareness to fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and the need for more educational opportunities. “I found out when I was really, really young,” Riege, 18, said about his diagnosis.
Washington County swimmers should skip Big Marine Park Reserve’s beach Wednesday, June 24 through noon Friday, June 26 as the beach is closed for treatment of swimmer’s itch. Swimmer’s itch is a rash caused by an allergic reaction to a parasite found in many lakes and rivers. As many as 40 percent of people are sensitive to swimmer’s itch. To avoid getting it, the county recommends showering and completely drying off after exiting the water.
As Washington County officials begin planning for the future of their libraries, one thing is clear: residents are passionate about keeping libraries around. The first of two open forums — designed to glean feedback from library users about what they envision in the near- and long-term — was held last week at the Cottage Grove Service Center.
Washington and Ramsey counties are open to the idea of purchasing Resource Recovery Technologies (RRT), the trash-processing facility in Newport, but officials are balking at the $26 million price tag. During a recent meeting of the Ramsey/Washington County Resource Recovery Project board, all but two members of the nine-person board voted in favor of purchasing the plant, which was put up for sale last month.
A little mud never hurt anyone — in fact it was the main attraction at the first Kids Mud Run Saturday morning at Woodridge Park in Cottage Grove. The event, jointly hosted by the Cottage Grove and Woodbury parks and recreation departments, drew more than 250 kids, ages 6-12, for a .75-mile obstacle course around the sprawling park.
A Woodbury family lost their two vehicles Tuesday when their detached garage caught fire. Fire crews from Woodbury, Cottage Grove and Newport responded to the 6500 block of Military Road, in Woodbury, just before 9:30 p.m., Cpt. Chris Klein said. “When we arrived on scene the garage was fully engulfed,” he said. There was no one inside the garage when it started on fire, Klein said, and there were no injuries reported.
Cindy Femling never thought she would be the wife of a farmer. But looking back 25 years ago when she and her husband, Frank, first opened the now well-known Afton Apple orchard, it’s a decision she said she would never take back. The family operation, which has provides area pickers fresh apples, strawberries, raspberries and pumpkins, is celebrating 25 years in business with a weekend gathering Sept.