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COTTAGE GROVE — MWF Properties has agreed to swap parcels with the Cottage Grove Economic Development Authority to build proposed workforce housing apartments at a different site. The city, through the EDA, owns property around the former Majestic Ballroom site, where MWF Properties proposed a four-story, 174-unit workforce housing apartment building. After signing a letter of intent with the city, MWF is set to purchase the former Majestic Ballroom site and swap that parcels with the Cottage Grove EDA.
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.
COTTAGE GROVE — The My Future Cottage Grove recommendations announced last September have now formed into resident-staffed working groups. Six committees — celebrating diversity, the community center task force, Settler's Island programming, the retail and restaurants, the parks connections and the housing focus group — started meeting this winter. Retail and restaurants, celebrating diversity and the Settler's Island committees are looking for more members. Celebrating diversity
COTTAGE GROVE — The city will be light on road construction this year, with only a handful of road projects to disrupt traffic. The city will forgo pavement management this year. The remaining stretch of 80th Street improvements — from Jamaica to Keats — won't be done until 2020. Ravine Parkway The city's largest road construction project in 2018 will be a portion or Ravine Parkway — a roadway long in the making. The road was designed as part of the Ravine Master Plan created by staff several years ago.
COTTAGE GROVE — Mike Armesto, Christy Kreminski, Tim Oachs and Peter Fischer are the newest Cottage Grove firefighters. The new firefighters have been on staff for about a yearlong probationary period, and will now be full staff members. "Well-qualified staff here," Fire Chief Rick Redenius said. "They come with varying experiences from other fields, but also in the paramedicine fields and fire fields. So we are just gaining more knowledge in our service from these folks right here." "We're very honored, and proud to have you here," he added.
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.
COTTAGE GROVE — Homes could be going up as soon as snowflakes stop flying on Mississippi Dunes Boulevard. The Mississippi Dunes development, built on Hadley Avenue, 95th and 100th streets, will add its last 44 homes this year. The single-family homes will match the rest of the development started over a decade ago. The 44 homes were originally approved in 2003 with the rest of the residential development, and will be under construction as soon as weather allows.
Cottage Grove resident and former Washington County prosecutor Karin McCarthy is now working from the other side of the bench as a judge for Minnesota's 10th Judicial District. Gov. Mark Dayton appointed McCarthy Feb. 5 to replace Judge B. William Ekstrum, who retired in January.
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.