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In the end, new retail trumped nostalgia. After 47 seasons, the Cottage View Drive-In will close next month following the Cottage Grove City Council's approval of Walmart's plan to build a Supercenter store atop a portion of the venerable drive-in's property. Walmart has agreed to purchase roughly 24 acres of the 52-acre Cottage View property held by drive-in owner Gerry Herringer's Apache Chief Theater Company after the council cleared the way for a 178,000-square-foot pharmacy, retail and grocery store to be built on East Point Douglas Road near County Highway 19. City officials have hera
A husband and wife who died in a head-on car crash last Sunday will be laid to rest Thursday in Cottage Grove, and a third person involved in the crash died overnight Wednesday as a result of injuries sustained in the crash near Prescott. A funeral service for victims Richard and Irene Skare of Stillwater was scheduled for noon Thursday, May 24, at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Cottage Grove. A published obituary noted that the Skares were longtime employees at 3M.
Cottage Grove police officer Dan Schoen and Hastings resident Joanna Bayers will represent Democrats this fall in local state House races after winning the party's endorsement Saturday at the Senate District 54 nominating convention in South St. Paul. Schoen, of St. Paul Park, easily won the party's nod to contest the House District 54A race on the first ballot, earning more than 60 percent of the ballots cast by local DFL activists during the morning gathering at South St. Paul High School.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota legislators are in the third week of what many leaders say will be a 10-week legislative session, but plenty of questions remain about constructing a Minnesota Vikings stadium. Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, said a group of legislators working on the stadium issue is awaiting information from Ramsey County and Minneapolis about their stadium proposals. "How soon that will happen, I don't know," he said Wednesday. Lanning and Sen.
ST. PAUL -- Many in the Minnesota Legislature think the annual session that begins at noon today could be the shortest since 1998. Plenty of others hope so. For instance, Moorhead Mayor Mark Voxland said the only thing lawmakers must do this year is pass a public works funding bill. After that, they should go home, he said. "I applaud the House and the Senate for wanting to do a short session," the mayor said.
MINNEAPOLIS - President Barack Obama told thousands of American Legion members what many hoped to hear Tuesday as he pledged to improve their health care and fight unemployment and homelessness among veterans. "As today's wars end, as our troops come home, we're reminded once more of our responsibilities to all who have served," he said during the Legion's national convention in Minneapolis. In his second Minnesota visit in 15 days, Obama touched those major issues, saying America must take care of veterans "as well as you have taken care of us." Veterans Administration benefits and unemplo
MINNEAPOLIS -- President Barack Obama told 10,000 military veterans Tuesday morning that the country needs to take care of them "as well as you have taken care of us." In a 34-minute speech, he outlined plans to help unemployed veterans find jobs. Speaking to the national American Legion convention in Minneapolis, his second Minnesota visit in 15 days, Obama talked about the economy and continued to criticize Washington gridlock. Looking ahead to Sunday's 10th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks, Obama said that "we will honor all of those who have kept us safe in those 10 difficult y
ST. PAUL -- A Ramsey County judge ordered some of Minnesota's executive branch to remain operational if there is a partial government shutdown Friday, following what earlier this month Gov.
ST. PAUL - The National Football League commissioner emerged from a meeting with Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Two weeks are left in the Minnesota legislative session and it is not pretty. "If we don't get done on time, members, the blame lies at the feet of the governor," Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, told fellow representatives hours after a meeting among he, another lawmaker and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton abruptly ended. Dayton invited Lanning and Sen. Mike Parry, R-Waseca, to a meeting about negotiations on their state government spending bills. "He basically wanted to lecture and scold us," Lanning said in an interview.