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Residents invited to plant trees at park
Cottage Grove is celebrating Arbor Day by inviting residents to help city employees plant trees and remove buckthorn starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, at Pinetree Valley Park, 8431 Indian Blvd.
Stop at the Pinetree Valley Park building to receive instructions and tools, if needed. There also will be a coloring contest, birdhouses to build and one free pine seedling per child. No registration is required.
If work is completed at Pinetree Valley Park before 11 a.m., you may be asked to volunteer at North Ideal and Nina’s Park.
Cottage Grove residents this year also can remove buckthorn from their own property, place it at the end of their driveway and have it picked up at no charge on Monday, April 29.
Call 651-458-2808 by Friday, April 26, to schedule a buckthorn pickup. The Arbor Day event happens rain or shine.
Businesses to strut stuff at showcase
“Connecting Businesses with Community,” the 10th annual Spring Business Showcase sponsored by the Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce, will run from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, at the Cottage Grove Ice Arena, 8020 80th St. S. in Cottage Grove.
The showcase offers an opportunity to learn about a business, service or organization in Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park, Newport and other local communities. The event is free and open to the public.
The event is hosted by the Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce and showcases products and services of local businesses and organizations in banking and finance, computers and wireless services, cuisine, health and wellness, home and office products, home improvement, local organizations, personal care, pet care, professional services, promotional products, real estate, recreation and more.
Activities include the 3M Visiting Wizards, Minnesota National Guard Rock Climbing Wall and face-painting.
Spring cleaning set to begin this week
Woodbury’s Public Works Department expects to begin spring maintenance activities in residential neighborhoods starting on Monday.
Weather permitting, street sweeping will begin on Monday. Residents are asked to sweep or shovel excess gravel and sand from their boulevards into the street gutter before the street is cleaned, so sweepers can remove any sand buildup from winter plowing.
Once the sweeping is completed, flushing of fire hydrants will begin. Though flushing may occasionally discolor the water for a few minutes, it is safe to drink, the city said. Residents should check for signs of discoloration before using the water to wash clothes.
For more information call the city Public Works Department at 651-714-3720.
Kevin Giles, Jim Anderson