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A lawsuit filed against the Washington County Community Development Agency by Newport business owners over a TIF (tax increment financing) district was dismissed. Libby Real Estate Holdings, LLC; Gale Libby and Mark Court, LLC filed the complaint back in May 2017, arguing that the TIF district was set up illegally. A Washington County judge Jan. 10, 2018, dismissed the complaint, allowing the CDA to move ahead with TIF district activities as planned.
Cottage Grove Officer and EMT Jeff Rydeen was on call when an overdose call came in last June. On arrival, he found a 24-year-old man lying in the street next to his truck, sweaty and unresponsive. His breathing was so low it was barely there. "He showed all the telltale signs (of an overdose)," Rydeen said. The man's girlfriend told Rydeen he had taken an abnormal looking Oxycodone pill before he fell to the ground.
Washington County Karla Bigham takes over as County Board chair Washington County commissioner Karla Bigham was elected 2018 chair of the board at the Jan. 2 meeting. "I want to say thanks for the opportunity to be board chair," Bigham said. "I know we rotate.... But I look forward to a fantastic year working on infrastructure projects and making sure that the residents get the services and expectations that they have." Bigham replaces Lisa Weik as the board chair.
The school let its first students in for class and childcare Dec. 26 and has been continually enrolling since. They accept children from infant to 12 years old for child care, early preschool, pre-Kindergarten and before and after school programs.
Holiday Train donating gathered steam last year, with over $100,000 raised in south Washington County. The total donations, announced Dec. 27, showed nearly $10,000 above the committee's goal.
Zumbro House has made a preliminary proposal for a supported-living apartment building on the north end of the city. The company is looking at Newport to build a 200-unit three-story, market rate apartment building at 2300 Hastings Ave — and in a second phase, a 7,000-square-foot retail center.
Newport's Opinion Brewing Co. building was condemned by the city Jan. 1. The city had given them a six month temporary certificate of occupancy to work out fire code issues.
After filling in gaps with appointments and elections, the St. Paul Park City Council has taken a new shape in the new year. Newly-elected member Bruce Zenner, the last addition made to the council, was sworn in at the Jan. 2 meeting. Zenner is filling the seat of Gregory Jahner III.
Judy Sturgill waited until Christmas to receive her birthday gift: a photo of with her grandson and great-grandson, all three of whom turned 19 in 2017. Sturgill, born Feb. 29, 1940, has only celebrated her birthday on the actual leap year day 19 times. Her grandson Jaden Bingen and great-grandson Michael Sturgill were born about six months apart, both turning 19 years old on their birthdays this year. Judy Sturgill revelled in the idea of being the same age as the two boys all year, finally getting a moment to get the trio of 19-year-olds together on Christmas day.
The Washington County Board approved pay increases for the county attorney, administrator and sheriff at the Dec. 19 board meeting. Washington County Attorney Pete Orput will receive a nearly 8 percent increase from his 2017 salary of $159,609. The 2018 salary is set at $171,580. Compared to other metro county attorneys, his salary was “significantly low in relation to the marketplace,” County Administrator Molly O’Rourke said.