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Posted 5/25/22

16 years ago SOUTH WASHINGTON COUNTY BULLETIN May 10, 2006 With arson suspected in two home fires on Glendenning Road in southeastern Cottage Grove, P. J. Mc-Mahon makes an observation: “Things …

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16 years ago

SOUTH WASHINGTON COUNTY BULLETIN May 10, 2006 With arson suspected in two home fires on Glendenning Road in southeastern Cottage Grove, P. J. Mc-Mahon makes an observation: “Things like that just don’t start on fire,” he says of the abandoned residences without electricity or other self-ignition sources. With firefighters responding from Cottage Grove and St. Paul Park after rail workers report the blaze at 4:47 a.m., with one home a loss and the other partially damaged.

Meanwhile from staff writer Tom Kaiser, comes a report on a new concept plan for Cedarhurst or rather land to the north of it. With 62 row homes and 216 back-to-back lot homes included in the proposal by Platinum Development Group, Plan Commissioner David Thiede asked the developers about their plans to recognize the history of Military Road, with Community Development Director Howard Blin saying the plan “preserved space for a trail and historical monuments.”

Last for review from 16 years ago, was the Class A state win for the seventh grade girls basketball team from the Cottage Grove Athletics Association. Team members taking the state trophy include Cassie McArthur, Josie Brinkman, Katie Ubl, Katie Horihan, Katie Kilgore, Christine Boening, Brook Vroman, and Claudia Larios.

The coaches meanwhile, are Dan Collins, Pam Horihan, and Steve Ubl.

20 years ago SOUTH WASHINGTON COUNTY BULLETIN January 2, 2002 Making the news in an editor’s letter from 20 years back is the opinion by a Woodbury resident named Jim Gelbmann that the new Cottage Grove Elementary didn’t reflect the people’s choice in its name, with the reputed favorite being Liberty Elementary instead. Citing a survey mailed to 384 families, Gelbmann—a member of the ISD 833 school board at the time—said the data was clear. “Eighty-one families responded to my survey,” Gelbmann wrote. “What impressed me most about the responses was the clear indication that many families spent a lot of time thinking about the name of the new school.” Nonetheless, not all had listened to the people.

“Unfortunately, a majority of my colleagues on the current school board opted to ignore the public input,” Gelbmann said, citing pressure from outside as the supposed reason for the name arrived at. Gelbmann had factored the input of citizens in his vote, he said. “I would like to thank all families that took the time to respond to my survey,” he closed out the letter to the editor. “Hopefully, the new members who will be joining the school board in January will be more receptive to opportunities to seek out public opinion and reflect that opinion with their votes, he wrote.

30 years ago

SOUTH WASHINGTON COUNTY BULLETIN May 28, 1992 Coming in for notice from staff writer Doug Rock thirty years ago, was the news that a “large athletic complex” might be coming to Cottage Grove.

The ballpark, to be ostensibly located by Cedarhurst Mansion, would come in for critical review in the months to come, as residents wrote in of the joyous or not so joyous experiences they had living next to similar fields.

Meanwhile, a detour was ahead for the Grove as reconstruction of East Point Douglas Road was due to begin that June. “The cost of the reconstruction will be split up between residents and businesses on East Point Douglas Road, Rock reported, “but the majority of the financing will come from Minnesota State Aid funding.”

40 years ago THE WASHINGTON COUNTY BULLETIN January 7, 1982 Reporting on the facts in-depth piece 40 years ago, a piece in the Bulletin made known that most wife beaters “didn’t fit the stereotype” or consider themselves such, taking the “old-fashioned patriarchal type” as a role model, according to Conjugal Crime by Terry Davidson. “The wife-beater doesn’t know what he wants,” Davidson stated. “He doesn’t see himself very clearly, and his wife doesn’t want to believe what she sees underneath his super macho exterior, her husband is a dependent little boy who never grew up—except in brute strength.” So why was it that wife beaters turned to wife beating? “Because it has been sanctioned by public attitude and laws are not enforced,” the piece stated. For an abusive husband his wife was “the most accessible target and he knows society won’t interfere.” To make sure, such a man often kept his wife isolated and away from friends, neighbors, and family. For one woman though, there was no going back.

“You don’t give anyone a second chance because you’ve seen things firsthand,” she said. “I don’t believe in fairy tales anymore.” As to spouse abusers, describing their actual actions could be a way to come to know themselves. “He may say, ‘I’m not a wife-beater,’ but we say, ‘what do you think you’re actually doing,’” the article stated. Running in a cycle of flareup and makeup, the ups and downs could be plotted on a bell curve.

“In the buildup stage, tension mounts. Incidents occur, we call them spats,” the article stated. With a break often happening from a red flag word or situation, things cooled back down. Emotions also played a role in the abuse cycle, including a range from “feeling defeated, scared and inferior, to angry.”

50 years ago THE WASHINGTON COUNTY BULLETIN May 25, 1972 Coming in for notice 50 years ago was the news that Grey Cloud Park as “Cottage Grove’s newest,” would open to the public May 25.

Located on Grey Cloud Trail after turning onto 103rd Street off Hadley, the report was that Mayor Roger Peterson and councilmembers would be present at the 11 a.m., with five picnic tables and barbeque fireplaces in the park. With hours from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and 6 a.m. to midnight on weekends, Grey Cloud Park was described as an “environmental park” by the Cottage Grove Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources Commission.

76 years ago HASTINGS GAZETTE May 10, 1946 Coming in almost eight decades back, 109,000 trees had recently arrived in Washington County for erosion control planting.

Given to farmers by the Washington County Soil Conservation District, the trees were destined for woodlots, waste areas, “field shelterbelts,” and gullies. Species distributed to area farmers included red pine, red cedar, green ash, white spruce, “and a few hundred black locusts. Operating on the basis of 1,000 per acre, the tree seedlings were expected to cover 109 acres, a small fraction of the 11,000 acres needing cover as “otherwise unproductive land. The seedlings had come from the Soil Conservation Nursery at Winona.

“The need for conservation is apparent to me as I drive through our county,” Grace McAlpine related as Washington County Superintendent of Schools. While students were showing “more and more enthusiasm,” the need for soil education in rural schools remained.

St. Paul Park Locals A baby daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Bert Wells on Wednesday, May 1st, with paternal grandparents being Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Wells. Of St. Paul Park and maternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Cummings of St. Paul.

The St. Paul Park High music department is reported to have made “a very excellent showing” in the recent contest at Owatonna. Just across Spring Lake in Dakota County… 164 years ago EMIGRANT AID AND JOURNAL City of Nininger, Dakota County, Minnesota Territory May 5, 1858 The Roads to Nininger — The next important matter at present in connection with the town is the question of roads. We have been unfortunately situated in this respect. We are now, however, slowly bringing this right. A road has been decreed, surveyed and staked out from Tenth street at the western extremity of the town across Herr & Stone’s addition, and out to the old road. This road the Town Council will proceed at once to have worked.

The Mourning Indian On the site of his ancient hunting ground, By the Mississippi’s flow, At the side of a consecrated mound, Stood the dark browed Oseo.

‘Twas a fearful weight on his heart that day, And it beat as a knell of death, When he saw how his tribe were all swept away, As dry leaves by the whirlwind’s breath.

He wept as the broken hearted weep, When overwhelmed by a sudden blow, For there all around lay the disentombed, Sad signs of his nation’s woe.