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April 15, 2018
Ginny Yingling, a hydrogeologist with the Minnesota Department of Health, talked to Doreen and Gary Deutsch at a April 3 public meeting at Park High School. The state will spend $700 million in 3M settlement funds to clean up contaminated water. The Deutsches get their water from a private well at their home which is about a mile from a former 3M disposal site in Woodbury. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia
State to residents: 3M cleanup cash will flow to their faucets first, fish second
April 15, 2018 - 7:50pm
Phil Carlson with Stantec Consulting gave a presentation to the Housing Focus Group Feb. 26. Katie Nelson / RiverTown Multimedia
My Future Cottage Grove commissions take flight
April 15, 2018 - 10:49am
April 14, 2018
A left-turn lane will be added to Keats Avenue onto Indian Boulevard this summer. Courtesy of Washington County
As winter wanes, construction season approaches
April 14, 2018 - 6:47pm
April 12, 2018
The smile remains weeks after Afton, Minn., native Jessie Diggins won the first American women's gold medal in Olympic cross-country skiing. She shows off her medal Thursday, April 12, 2018, hours after returning to Minnesota for the first time since the Olympics. Don Davis / Forum News Service
State leaders dig Olympic champion Diggins
April 12, 2018 - 6:30pm
Washington County Attorney Pete Orput will run for reelection in November. Submitted photo courtesy of Washington County
Orput will seek reelection
April 12, 2018 - 1:52pm
City Administrator Charlene Stevens swore in new firefighters (from left) Peter Fischer, Tim Oachs, Christy Kreminski, Mike Armesto at the April 4 City Council meeting. Katie Nelson / RiverTown Multimedia
Fueling the fire department: 4 full-time firefighters sworn in
April 12, 2018 - 11:00am
April 10, 2018
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and Lt. Gov. Michele Fischbach, also the state Senate president, mug for the cameras Tuesday, March 13, 2018. They were in an elder care news conference together, one of the few times they have seen each other since Fischbach rose to the job a couple of months ago. She insisted upon remaining a senator, although Democrats say she cannot hold both positions. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Fishbach again sued for being senator, lieutenant governor
April 10, 2018 - 6:35pm
April 4, 2018
MPCA officials say the plume, containing PFCs, is stable and not causing a rapid increase in PFC levels. Courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Health
Lake Elmo's well closure not a sign of things to come
April 4, 2018 - 6:25pm
April 3, 2018
Char Whitbred Hemmingson, standing with St. Paul Park fire chief Kurk Lee, is given the firefighter of the year award by Rep. Keith Franke, R-St. Paul Park. Photo courtesy of Sandi Dingle
'Fire in our blood:' Honorary firefighter Char Whitbred-Hemmingson named Firefighter of the Year
April 3, 2018 - 5:25pm
March 30, 2018
Working groups proposed for $850 million 3M settlement
March 30, 2018 - 12:31pm
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Assistant Commissioner Kirk Koudelka and Rep. Tony Jurgens, R-Cottage Grove, discuss Jurgens' bill in the House Environment Finance Committee March 20. Courtesy of Minnesota House Photography
East metro reps take on 3M settlement
March 30, 2018 - 6:00am
March 29, 2018
Minnesota state Sen. Mark Johnson of East Grand Forks on Thursday night, March 29, tells a Senate committee about legislation that would force some people who receive goverment-funded medical care to get jobs. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Deep divisions surface in Minnesota Senate over Medicaid work requirement
March 29, 2018 - 9:10pm
Craig Woolery pitches the HERO (health and emergency response occupations) Center during a Legislative bonding tour last fall. Katie Nelson / RiverTown Multimedia
Woolery departs after 34 years
March 29, 2018 - 8:00pm
Cottage Grove City Hall. File photo
Cottage Grove's ordinance changes crack down on service animals, pet species
March 29, 2018 - 2:26pm
The eastern leg of Ravine Parkway, between Jamaica Avenue and Keats Avenue, will be under construction starting this spring. Courtesy of the city of Cottage Grove
City Ravine Parkway project moves ahead
March 29, 2018 - 12:43pm