Hy-Vee is here. Starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, Hy-Vee is open seven days a week, 24-hours a day in Cottage Grove. The sprawling 98,000-square-foot store includes grocery, produce, made-to-order food, bakery, a sit-down restaurant, drive-thru pharmacy, baby products, in-store dietitian, health foods, floral, a walk-in clinic, beauty, clothing, Starbucks, liquor store and a gas station convenience store.
South Washington County Crime rates were down last year across Minnesota and Washington County, though state statistics showed increased crime in south Washington County cities. All area cities except St. Paul Park reported a higher overall crime rate, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's annual report. The crime rate describes the number of crimes per 100,000 inhabitants of an area. The 2015 crime rate for Cottage Grove was 6,092; 7,999 for St. Paul Park; 10,723 for Newport and 5,237 for Woodbury.
Cottage Grove Andy Hatch has been writing for 30 of his 43 years in Cottage Grove. Though many people know him as "coach" from his 29 years as an athletic coach at New Life Academy in Woodbury, some know him as Dad or just Andy. To shoppers on Amazon.com, he is known under his pen name, Andrew James Hatch. In 2013, he decided to finally publish the three books he had written over those 30 years. "I was on a trip across the Rockies on horseback, and I said 'I've gotta get the books published,'" he said.