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After digging out of a record snowfall, residents like Kris Heywood faced another challenge last month: clearing the yard of six months worth of dog poop. Heywood enlisted 10-year-old Cottage Grove resident Silas Ruprecht for his dog poop removal services. Two hours and a clean lawn later, she asked if he'd help pick up after Sadie and Diva on a weekly basis. "His eyes lit up," she said. "He's like, 'oh, yeah!'"
Mayor Bill Palmquist was joined by Miss Pre-teen North Star Rylee Van Houten and U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, among others, for the ribbon-cutting Saturday. Jackie Renzetti / Rivertown Multimedia
By the time she moved into her Woodbury home, Barb Lau had met most of her neighbors — and even owned some of their furniture. Before closing on her house in early May 2011, she stopped by and discovered the Woodbury Lions Club garage sale. The annual event continues to strengthen bonds in her neighborhood, she said last weekend during its 42nd year. "It's the first time we see our neighbors in the spring," Lau said. "We get to catch up because we're outside for three days."
WOODBURY — An ongoing fundraiser by area businesses has raised over $20,000 for Landen, the 5-year-old Woodbury boy who remains hospitalized after being thrown from a Mall of America balcony earlier this month. The April 12 crime drew national attention, as did a Gofundme page started by Woodbury resident and friend of the family, Noah Hanneman. Close to $1 million has been raised for the family as of Monday, and local businesses are seeking a boost.
Whether it's someone writing from a church in Leesburg, Va., or a mayoral convention in Maryland, Bill Doherty says most of his weekly emails boil down to the same thing: "I think there's increasing fatigue with the polarization and a hunger to find some ways past it," he said. "There's just a lot of concern out there in the country."
NEWPORT — The biggest housing development to come to Newport hit a new milestone last week. To mark its official opening to the public, Bailey Meadows hosted an open house with city staff and councilmembers on March 7. The new neighborhood will have about 185 homes ranging from $400,000-$600,000 — adding to a housing boom the city hasn't seen since the '80s, said city planner Sherri Buss.
A day after the historic government shutdown came to a pause, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig took questions from constituents at her first public forum.
Michael Merabella knew he had a knack for science class. Rocks are his favorite part, he said. But last summer, the Oakdale fourth-grader discovered a new talent — one that produced a week's worth of salad and $1,000 for college.
Since opening the Woodbury location of Osaka Sushi and Hibachi five years ago, owner Rebecca Wang says she's heard a recurring request. "A lot of people come from Cottage Grove, and they're like, 'Oh, it's kind of sad that there's no sushi restaurant down here,'" she said. This week, she's set to fill the void with her new restaurant, Sushi Cafe. Located on Harkness Avenue, the restaurant's offerings include customizable sushi dishes, hibachi-style entrees, poke bowls, noodles and bubble tea made with real fruit.
Ahead of the legislative session, state lawmakers are exploring proposals including creating an emergency supply of insulin and setting price controls on the drug.