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NEWPORT, Minn. — After 112 observations with the "nasal ranger" over eight days this summer and fall, the Ramsey/Washington County Recycling and Energy Center has reached a conclusion: the weather affects whether the garbage smell travels south to Newport. The county center near the St. Paul-Newport border came to the conclusion after collecting data from 14 sites around Newport and the center during an odor mitigation study. Consultants used a nasal ranger olfactometer to measure the odors at those locations and a kestrel to record different weather conditions.
Minnesota Legislature Angela Eder said she saw the extreme toll post-traumatic stress disorder can play on emergency workers when her firefighter husband died by suicide. "He had reached out for help, but was trying to hide it," she said. Eder said the last line of her husband's suicide note last January said: "I died of PTSD." Eder shared her story during a roundtable meeting Tuesday at the Minnesota Senate Building that focused on post-traumatic stress disorder among public safety workers.
After more than a year of planning and preparation, the city cut the ribbon on Eagles Bar and Grill at River Oaks Golf Course, but work still isn’t finished on...
Bill Junco moved Cottage Grove Florist out to West Point Douglas Road with a vision of the new store fully formed in his mind. Junco and his wife Linda bought the florist shop in the 80th Street Crossing shopping center almost four years ago. This year, they decided to move the store along Highway 61 for better visibility.
Afton Apple Orchard has been honoring first responders this fall. For its fifth weekend, Afton Apple's corn maze will host and honor local EMS, fire and police departments. Corn maze paths spell out "thank your local heroes," and the orchard held meet-and-greets and other events with officers. "They were really excited to do that, and I was excited that they would come out to our corn maze," Afton Apple manager Sarah Parkos said. Parkos said they featured four local departments this year: Woodbury, Hastings, Cottage Grove and Washington County.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation will help with frustrating Interstate 494 commutes in 2018. Improvements are being designed to help alleviate westbound stacking on the Wakota Bridge by continuing the lane that drops at Hardman Avenue and continuing it to the Highway 52 exit.
Inspired by horror greats from his childhood, Bill Zywiec set out 30 years ago to create his own haunting experience at the namesake Garden and Landscape Center — and it has only grown since. “We did pumpkins and stuff in ‘82 and we needed something more,” he said. “One night I took employees out on a hayride and I thought, ‘this is pretty good.’” The “Hayride of Horror” was born out of that ride, and then Zywiec added a house, changing the name to the “Hayride and House of Horror.”
Newport residents may finally find the source of the city’s infamous stench. The Ramsey/Washington County Recycling and Energy Board is conducting an odor study in Newport to confirm the cause and origin of the foul odors residents have long complained of. “I’ve talked to a lot of people, and they say, yeah, this place stinks,” council member Bill Sumner said. The study was passed by the Ramsey/ Washington County Recycling and Energy board in February and testing began in July.
3M has decreased the amount of groundwater pumped through barrier wells at a former dump site between Woodbury Drive and Cottage Grove Drive south of Dale Road that was contaminated by chemicals manufactured by the company. Beginning Tuesday the company started reducing its level of pumping under approval and regulation of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).
COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. — Michael and Paula Bushilla built a treehouse — but it certainly doesn’t hold a “no girls allowed” policy. The 1,100-square-foot building built in a tree was unveiled this month as the new honeymoon suite at Hope Glen Farm in Cottage Grove, southeast of St. Paul.