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WASHINGTON COUNTY — The Department of Natural Resources is asking residents of Washington County not to light any fires after announcing that the current fire risk is extreme. Cottage Grove firefighters have seen more grass and brush fires this year than in past years, Deputy Chief PJ McMahon said, though every spring brings fires of this kind.
SOUTH WASHINGTON COUNTY — Get ready for an influx of bikers and walkers on their way to school Wednesday, May 9. With the warmer weather, so comes warm weather school activities such as Walk or Bike to School Day. South Washington County Schools is encouraging elementary students to get active by taking walking and bike paths to school. Grey Cloud, Pullman, Red Rock, Royal Oaks and Middleton Elementary schools are all taking part. Parents and teachers are welcome to participate in the events with their kids.
WOODBURY — East Ridge High Schoolers strutted their stuff at "A Night of a Thousand Lights" -themed Grand March and Prom. For about two hours, prom-goers showed off their threads and their dates at the East Ridge High School gymnasium, decked out with decadent stations for couples to pose. The prom dance was held at the InterContinental St. Paul Riverfront.
COTTAGE GROVE — A developer is considering several different redevelop routes for the former Mississippi Dunes Golf Links. Chevalle Development proposed a multitude of options to the City Council during a workshop April 18, including some single family and senior housing; park space and river access; and maintaining the event center and some of the golf course. Currently listed by Edina Realty for $7 million, the 185-acre site includes the golf links, event center, house and access to the Mississippi River.
COTTAGE GROVE — A weekend-long springtime blizzard made travel hairy across the state from the evening of April 13 to the morning commute April 16. Cottage Grove police reported two accidents with minor injuries. There were also nine property damage accidents and at least 16 vehicles off the road or in need of assistance. Woodbury responded to 17 crashes, and nearly 50 vehicles off the road, stuck or disabled on Saturday and Sunday. One semi, on April 14, jackknifed on Highway 61 near Kingsborough Trail, blocking all northbound lanes for a time.
WASHINGTON COUNTY — Former Twin Cities sports radio personality Jeffrey Dubay will not face jail time for an August 2017 assault. Dubay, 50, of Cottage Grove, was convicted for third-degree assault in Washington County District Court March 22. He was sentenced to an 18-month stay of execution with five years probation, with 120 days jail time suspended pending completion of treatment at the from Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge recovery center in Minneapolis. Dubay pleaded guilty to the assault in December.
The moment the molotov cocktail landed about three feet from Washington County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Joel Legut on Interstate-94 back in 2016, he knew this was something one agency couldn't handle alone, especially not without the right equipment.
WASHINGTON COUNTY — Though perfluorochemical levels in one Lake Elmo well forced the city to take it offline, south Washington County communities are not likely to face the same fate. The Minnesota Department of Health has been conducting quarterly testing on wells nearing the health index they announced last May. The health index is measured by the proportions of different PFC chemicals including PFOA and PFOS. If the value is above 1.0 for four consecutive quarters, MDH recommends that the city find a solution.
WASHINGTON COUNTY — Public meetings have been added and rescheduled in light of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Department of Natural Resources announcing working groups that will serve as stakeholders and decision-makers for the $850 million 3M Corp. and state of Minnesota settlement. A meeting in Woodbury has been added and the Lake Elmo meeting, originally scheduled for March 29, has been pushed back.
ST. PAUL — Attorney General Lori Swanson announced last month that the $850 million settlement negotiated between 3M Corp. and the state of Minnesota would not be accessible to Legislators, but that has not kept lawmakers from getting involved in the process. Bills drafted by Reps. Tony Jurgens, R-Cottage Grove, and Kelly Fenton, R-Woodbury, were heard in the Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee March 20. Karla Bigham, DFL-Cottage Grove, is expected to sponsor the bills in the Senate. Well testing