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• Woodbury Service Center, 2150 Radio Drive, Woodbury;

• Cottage Grove Service Center, 13000 Ravine Pkwy., Cottage Grove;

• Government Center in Stillwater, 14949 62nd St. N.;

• Headwaters Service Center, 1995 Forest Road N., Forest Lake.

Voting hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Additional hours for absentee balloting will be offered Saturday, Aug. 9, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Voters also can apply for an absentee ballot online at https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/ABRegistration/ABRegistrationStep1.aspx, or vote absentee by mail by calling 651-430-6175 to request a ballot. Questions about the Aug. 12 primary, absentee voting or voter registration can be directed to Washington County at the same phone number.

Spraying for noxious weeds begins soon

The annual effort to control noxious and invasive weeds along county roads in Washington County will begin about July 14 and continue for at least two weeks.

Washington County complies with state law by spot-spraying with herbicides Telor XP and Tordon K. The county offers an option for landowners to control noxious weeds, on behalf of the county, within county highway rights of way adjacent to their property. The application to apply for a Noxious Weed Control Agreement can be obtained online at www.co.washington.mn.us/weedcontrol. The county maintains a list of properties exempted from the county’s noxious weed-control efforts, and also provides “Do Not Spray” signs upon request.

Questions can be addressed to Carol Hanson at 651-430-4313 or Carol.Hanson@co.washington.mn.us. Additional information on state requirements, including a list of designated noxious weeds, is available from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture at www.mda.state.mn.us/weedcontrol.

Healthy Foods funding applications available

Applications for 2014-15 Healthy Foods Partner Project funding are being accepted in Washington County.

Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) funds will be awarded to help communities increase fruit and vegetable consumption and decrease intake of foods high in sodium, saturated fats and added sugar. The total for any project cannot exceed $4,999. Applications are due by 4 p.m. July 18.

Funds will be available through Sept. 30, 2015. Living Healthy in Washington County will provide training, resources and technical assistance. A conference call will be held from 1-2 p.m. Monday, July 7, to provide an overview of the Partner Projects and a time for questions. Please register by contacting Cathy Mackiewicz at 651-275-7279 or Cathy.Mackiewicz@co.washington.mn.us. For an application and guidelines, see http://www.livinghealthywc.org/HealthyFoods2.html.

St. Croix Region

Volunteers to remove trash during river cleanup

As part of River Awareness Week, volunteers will clean up trash along the St. Croix River. Community Thread, in collaboration with the National Park Service and the St. Croix River Association, will coordinate the July 15 event. If high water levels persist, the event will be postponed until July 29.

Volunteers can choose from start times of 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. Pontoons are being provided by Stillwater Boat Club & Rentals for transport to the islands. After the event, volunteers can join Community Thread for a volunteer appreciation picnic at the Boom Site Scenic Overlook.

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  • 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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