Briefs: Workplace violence topic of Cottage Grove program

  • Updated: August 16, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Urban coyotes have been spotted at the Dale Road Off-leash Dog Park. The DNR website offers guidance about them.

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Det. Sgt. Randy McAlister, Cottage Grove Department of Public Safety, will speak on “Workplace Violence Prevention” at a Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce business luncheon this week. The event is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Mississippi Dunes Golf Links, 10351 Grey Cloud Trail S., Cottage Grove.

The cost is $15 for chamber members and $18 for nonmembers, and reservations can be made at via the Calendar tab.

Sgt. McAlister will discuss the 2011 ANSI/SHRM/ASIS (American National Standards Institute/Society for Human Resource Management/American Society for Industrial Security) national standard for workplace violence prevention and its implications for businesses. Additionally, the luncheon will address behavioral warning signs in workplace violence cases and attendees will watch a short video from the Department of Homeland Security on how to respond to an active shooter situation.

McAlister has been involved in the delivery of emergency services for more than 20 years as an EMT, paramedic and police officer. He has been with the Cottage Grove Police Department since 1998, where he has been assigned as a patrol officer, field training officer, multifamily housing officer, detective, patrol sergeant and administrative sergeant and now supervises investigations. He also served for 14 years on the Washington County SWAT team, retiring from it in 2013 as a team commander. During that time he received thousands of hours of advanced training in hostage rescue, active shooter response, dignitary protection, high-risk warrant service and crowd control.

McAlister is also a member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) and specializes in the assessment and management of targeted violence and threats in the areas of school violence, workplace violence, domestic violence and stalking. He is a national trainer for the Stalking Resource Center out of Washington, D.C., and trains locally in the areas of domestic homicide prevention, school violence and workplace violence prevention.

For more information, call 651-458-8334.


Roundabout work begins at intersection

The intersection of County Roads 13 and 20 (Radio Drive and Military Road) has been closed in preparation for construction of a single-lane roundabout.

The intersection closed Aug. 11 and is expected to reopen Aug. 29 to allow bypass lanes to be built. The work is expected to be mostly done by late November, and will entail periodic closures and detours.

Valley Paving Inc., which submitted the low bid of $1.24 million accepted by the Washington County Board, will build the roundabout. The project will be funded with state aid funds.

The project goal is to improve safety and mobility by easing the congestion during peak traffic times.

Cory Slagle, Washington County’s construction engineer, told the County Board recently that the roundabout is designed to be expanded to two lanes if development grows in the south part of Woodbury as expected.

Dog park undergoes some renovations

Woodbury’s Dale Road Open Space and Off-leash Dog Park, 11664 Dale Rd., has been closed for several weeks for renovations, but will reopen this week.

Although not completely fenced, the 70-acre park includes mowed walking trails with benches, shelter area with picnic tables, pet watering station, pet waste disposal stations with bags, portable restroom, trash containers and kiosk.

Urban coyotes have been spotted at the Dale Road Off-leash Dog Park. Coyotes are adapted to living in cities, suburbs and agricultural areas and when developments are built in and near their habitat, coyotes are not permanently displaced. For more information about the urban coyote, and what to do should you encounter coyotes when using the park, please visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource’s website: Urban Coyotes, at

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