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Two dogs were admitted to the Washington County jail Aug. 17. Rocket and Nabi, a 20-pound version of a chocolate lab and a fluffy white cotton ball of a dog, were the first two "Peace Creatures" brought into the jail as part of a new therapy dog program. Washington County Sheriff Dan Starry said he wanted to find a way to brighten the spirits at the jail, and reached out to the Home for Life animal shelter in Star Prairie, Wis.
Hastings' historic dome overlooking the Mississippi River is in need of restoration, city officials told members of the House Capital Investment Committee. The city is requesting $1.5 million from the 2018 bonding bill for improvements to City Hall, as well as some renovations to the connected police station. City officials estimate it will cost $6 million to fully renovate the campus, but are currently only pursuing half that amount with the request and a 50/50 match. Lawmakers on the committee that assembles the public works funding bill visited Hastings Tuesday, Sept. 5.
An unobtrusive pair of birds with heavy rounded beaks and a hue brighter than a Blue Jay has made its home in scrubland at the edge of Hamlet Park with their three chicks. The little family of Blue Grosbeaks have drawn several local birders to its nest, after Peter Nichols and Ben Douglas spotted it for the first time ever in Washington County last month. It is the 324th bird recorded in the county since documentation began over 100 years ago. Nichols estimates about 235 of the 324 get recorded in the county each year.
A Woodbury man faces criminal charges after his car crashed in a field near the Cottage Grove Service Center Monday and was destroyed by fire.
Authorities say a St. Paul man tried to disguise himself as a woman to evade police after stealing a handgun from Cabela's in Woodbury and driving a stolen vehicle to a Lake Elmo mobile home park.
The city is ensuring residents they will not have to pay for perfluorochemical remediation in light of 3M's dispute over whether they are responsible to pay mitigation costs. The city was assured in a letter from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency that reimbursement for remediation efforts will be paid by the state. "We are covered, we are being reimbursed," Mayor Myron Bailey said. "The citizens of Cottage Grove ... should not have to pay for damages of something they did not cause."
Post-traumatic stress disorder sufferers can now register for medical cannabis treatment.
Passion, courage and determination marked the dozens of survivors honored at Relay for Life of South Washington County June 9. Survivors' shirts read "we are the courageous, we are the passionate, we are the determined, we are hope" — adjectives that became themes for the 2017 celebration. Organizers spoke about survivors and caretakers in this way during the opening ceremony. "Loved ones have turned purple since I've been doing this, and that's not going to stop me," Organizer Dave Olson said, referring to the color of shirts worn by cancer survivors.
Drinking water in Woodbury is still safe to consume.
Cottage Grove announced a watering ban and encouraged citizens to participate in water conservation in light of the Minnesota Department of Health's decision to lower recommended levels of perfluorochemicals (PFCs) in drinking water.