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Last August, the city council unanimously approved a contract worth $1.3 million to a consultant, Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH), to help repair and maintain the Commonwealth Water Tower beginning this spring. What makes this contract unique is that unlike almost all other construction and maintenance contracts the city enters into, this one was awarded without opening the bid process up to local, experienced Minnesota contractors and the craft professionals they employ.
The first School Board meeting of 2018 for South Washington County Schools took place Thursday, Jan. 4 at the District Service Center in Cottage Grove. Four board members were sworn into office, including returning members Tracy Brunnette, Katie Schwartz and Sharon Van Leer as well as newly elected board member Patricia Driscoll. All four seats expire in December 2021. Immediately after taking the oath of office, the board elected officers to the following positions: • Board Chair — Tracy Brunnette • Board Vice Chair — Ron Kath
I want to congratulate Heather Hirsch on her win for a two-year seat on the District 833 School Board. I want to thank all those who supported me in my campaign that came up just short. I hope that the new members of the school board will consider some of the issues that I raised in the campaign, most importantly, the need to take more seriously the growing problem of chronically disruptive behavior and the very troubling effects this is having in our classrooms.
I was a health care employee from 1972-2009 and as of 2002 I was diagnosed with a chronic disease. So I am no stranger to this system that has nothing to do with "health care." The insurance companies and big pharma has never cared for me or any of the patients I saw. It is time patients and our providers are allowed to determine and afford quality care. There is absolutely no place in health care for profit on the backs of the most vulnerable. This is just sick.
Woodbury police arrested on 34-year-old woman on active warrants July 31 at the Hudson Road Walmart after loss prevention employees reported she exited the store with a cart containing unpaid merchandise. Drugs
Van Leer deserves re-election
The East Metro All-Stars junior PGA golf team made its mark at the PGA Junior League Midwest Regional tournament held earlier this month.
A portion of Woodbury Drive/County Highway 19 north of Valley Creek Road is slated to close for six days beginning Wednesday, Sept. 27. The road will be closed to traffic between Regatta Drive and Fox run Road/Wynstone Drive through Oct. 5. The detour will be Radio Drive via Valley Creek Road and Tamarack Road.
For an elected official who decried "partisan bickering and the blame game" in her last column, Rep. JoAnn Ward apparently does not practice what she preaches. A recent letter to the editor attacking fellow Rep. Kelly Fenton was not only partisan and negative, but wildly inaccurate as well.
Katie Nelson's recent story ("Health care town hall in Cottage Grove shines light on Medicaid recipients") featured personal stories of those who have benefited from public safety net programs. Good stuff, but unfortunately, focusing on those low-income families, children and those with disabilities for whom Medicaid programs are intended obscures what's really driving unsustainable costs in these programs — the expansion of Medicaid eligibility to childless, able-bodied adults. Conflating the two groups misleads the public to think that any future cuts to Medicaid will disproportionately affect those who really need these programs. That is simply not the case.