Monitors needed to detect invasive species

  • Updated: July 5, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Volunteers are being sought for a trash cleanup project and appreciation picnic on the St. Croix River on July 15. Those interested should call Community Thread to register. If high water is a problem, the event will be moved to July 29.

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Two free classroom training and paddling sessions will be held on the St. Croix River to teach residents how to monitor for invasive species. Hosts will be the River Alliance of Wisconsin, St. Croix River Association, National Park Service, Polk County Land and Water Resources Department, and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The project will teach residents how to report invasive species within river corridors. Species of concern include garlic mustard, oriental bittersweet, purple loosestrife, Japanese knotgrass, yellow iris, curly leaf pondweed, Eurasian water milfoil, zebra mussel, quagga mussel and New Zealand mudsnail.

Workshops are scheduled for Saturday, July 12, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Wednesday, July 16, from 1-5:30 p.m. at the St. Croix River Association, 230 S. Washington St., St. Croix Falls, Wis. Both sessions will include a paddle outing on the St. Croix River (weather permitting). All equipment, including canoes and life vests, will be supplied along with a light lunch or snacks.

To register, call the St. Croix River Association at 715-483-3300 or send an e-mail to To learn more about invasive species in river corridors, go to


Jerry’s grocery coming to Bielenberg Gardens

A new Jerry’s Foods — the first in the east metro — will be coming to Bielenberg Gardens. Officials had previously announced intentions to build a grocery store on the site to serve residents in the developing southern half of the city and the northern part of Cottage Grove, but the name of the new store wasn’t revealed until June 25.

Construction of the planned 65,000-square-foot store, operated by Edina-based Jerry’s Enterprises Inc., is expected to be complete in early 2015. It will anchor the 30-acre retail development near Radio Drive and Bailey Road, which will include a 6,200-square-foot liquor store (also operated by Jerry’s Enterprises); a 12,300-square-foot multitenant retail building, and 10 additional retail lots that could become shops, restaurants, a bank and a gas station. The company operates 37 stores in three states under the retail banners of Jerry’s Foods, Cub Foods, County Market and Save-A-Lot.

Bielenberg Gardens is the retail component of the Urban Village master plan, which will include the Bielenberg Sports Center and the 208-unit St. Therese senior housing complex.

Oak Park Heights

Road work begins near Stillwater prison

Construction will begin on the 56th Street/Pickett Avenue road project in Oak Park Heights the week of July 7.

The first phase will continue through early September and will require closure of Pickett Avenue between Hwy. 95 and south of 56th Street N. Work will include land clearing, road reconstruction and utility improvements.

The work is being managed by Washington County in coordination with the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the cities of Bayport and Oak Park Heights. Stagecoach Trail, 56th Street and Pickett Avenue are being rebuilt to improve conditions and provide a new connection to Hwy. 95.

Details are available at

Washington County

Absentee voting begins at four county offices

Absentee voting for statewide primary races began June 27 and continues through Monday, Aug. 11. Voters can vote in person at any of the following Washington County offices:

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