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Candidates for the 2018 Washington County Board of Commissioners District 2 seat Julie Ohs and Stan Karwoski answered questions from voters centering on transportation and water quality at a public forum Thursday night, Sept. 6. About 25 people attended the League of Women Voters forum at the Cottage Grove City Hall. The nonpartisan, non-profit organization will also host forums for city council and state representative races this month.
The Minnesota-based arena rock tribute band Hairball prides itself on near-identical portrayals of icons like Alice Cooper. So when a white vocalist appeared wearing dark makeup to play Prince's "Purple Rain" to a crowd of 7,500 at the Minnesota State Fair recently, it was business as usual, said their manager Mike Findling. "They wear makeup on KISS. They wear makeup on Alice Cooper. They wear makeup on Prince," Findling said, adding that he didn't consider the powder vocalist Kris Vox wore to look black to be blackface. "How would we do it in any other way?"
Although Jeff Swenson didn't spend a single dollar or a minute on campaigning, 1,405 voters ensured he will appear on the ballot this November for a seat on the Washington County Board of Commissioners.
Although he dropped out of the race weeks ago, one Washington County Board candidate has won enough votes in the Minnesota state primary to advance to the November general election. In what has been a historic primary across the state for its unusually high turnout, Stan Karwoski and Julie Ohs in Washington County's District 2 and Wayne Johnson and Jeff Swenson — who has said he resigned from the race citing time commitment concerns — in District 4 have beat out other county commissioner candidates to appear on the ballot this November.
Ahead of the Aug. 14 primary, RiverTown Multimedia spoke by phone with each of the three candidates running for the Washington County Board of Commissioners District 2 seat. Joe Delaney and Julie Ohs are challenging incumbent Stan Karwoski for the seat, which covers portions of Woodbury, White Bear Lake and Mahtomedi, as well as the entireties of Oakdale, Landfall, Pine Springs, Birchwood and Willernie. Answers have been lightly edited for length.
Ahead of the Aug. 14 primary, RiverTown Multimedia spoke by phone with each of the four candidates running for the Washington County Board of Commissioners District 4 seat. District 4 includes Cottage Grove, Denmark Township, Grey Cloud Island Township, Newport, St. Paul Park and portions of Woodbury and Hastings. Jeff Swenson has left the race, citing time commitments he said he thinks would interfere with his ability to best serve the board. Answers have been lightly edited for length.
Seated around a stretch of picnic tables spanning over 160 feet, more than 350 people shared potato salad and stories at Hudson's Lakefront Park Sunday.
Washington County Board approved an application for the cross-country ski grants-in-aid program from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The grant application requests funding for maintaining trails at Lake Elmo Park Reserve, Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park, St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park, Pine Point Regional Park and the Big Marine Park Reserve. The county is eligible for $21,428 in reimbursement based on trail usage.
County Board unanimously approved increasing the wheelage tax, which is charged when drivers renew their license plate tabs, from $10 to $20 per vehicle, effective January 2019. The increased tax, which does not apply to motorcycles, mopeds, trailers and non-motorized campers, will fully fund the county's pavement preservation program, said Wayne Sandberg, deputy public works director and county engineer.
County Board approved a $175,683.80 contract with HR Green, which previously did the design services for Olinda Boulevard North and Osgood Avenue North in Baytown, that includes redesign engineering services that were not included in the original 2015 contract. Public Works Director Don Theisen explained this will improve the safety of the intersection, which needed a redesign after a nearby large housing development proposal. In other news: